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How did your life collide with the headlines in 2007?
Iraq, the subprime crisis, Facebook, immigration, oil prices - 2007 had no shortage of hefty headlines. We'd like to hear about how these and other major news events of the past year affected you. Where did your life collide with the news in 2007?

What's your holiday performance story?
The office talent show, the neighborhood caroling posse, the school pageant ... At holiday time we often sing, dance, and dress as shepherds. Did you bloom in the warmth of your audience's adulation, or freeze up like the snowman you'd rather be building? Did your holiday performance change your life or that of someone close to you?

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Broadcast Information for July 10, 2004
Music Bridge: Start From Scratch
Artist: Galactic
CD: Crazyhorse Mongoose (Capricorn)
Chapter 11 at the Chapel
Portland's Archbishop speaks to public radio for the first time about his decision to declare bankruptcy for the diocese.

Online resource:
Voice of the Faithful

Finding God, Again
Jen Crowe was six years old on a sit-n-spin when she realized she wanted to be a Minister. But it took her two decades and a frustrated career as a child-psychologist before she took the call. John Rabe talks to her before she heads to her first job at a Unitarian church this fall.

Music Bridge: Morning Coffee
Artist: Lullatone
Web site: Little Songs About Raindrops (Audio Dregs)
A Short Story
Ever feel like your editor takes out all the good stuff? Author J. Robert Lennon reads his story "Koan," about editing gone hay-wire, when a writer turns her 1000-page novel into a haiku after years of publishing house rejection letters.

Online resource:

Sharon Glassman
Essay on Demand
On your mark, get set, commentate! Performer Sharon Glassman delivers a thoughtful bit of radio wit--on demand. Her topic: Envy.

Online resources:
More Sharon Glassman at the Public Radio Exchange
Sharon Glassman's homepage

Skerker the Soothsayer of Weekend Weather...
Ben Skerker's unusual survey of events, celebrations, unplanned gatherings and -- of course -- his prognostications on weekend weather.

Listening Post: Police Brutality
More than 10 years after Rodney King, police brutality is still an issue in Los Angeles -- and other cities. How are communities, and the police, responding? John Rabe talks with Kitty Felde from KPCC in Los Angeles, and Art Hughs from KNOW in Minneapolis.

Online resources:
"Community weighs police brutality allegations" by Bradt Williams
"Miller Beating Commission Holds First Meeting" by John Rabe

PJ Harvey
Lila Puna
Brave New Music
Barbara Bogaev talks to Patty Schmidt, host of the Canadian radio show "Brave New Waves," about her pick of new music releases. Lali Puna, PJ Harvey, and Destroyer.

Music Reviewed:
Call 1-800-fear - Lali Puna from the album, Faking the Books
From Oakland to Warsaw - Destroyer from the album, Your Blues
The Letter - PJ Harvey from the album, Uh Huh Her

Band homepages:
Lali Puna's homepage
Destroyer's homepage
PJ Harvey's homepage

More about Brave New Waves

High-Speed Religion, Part 1
First in a series of "infomercials" from people of faith. Members of the Ba'hai faith take a minute to explain the one-ness of God.
Music Bridge: Zaar
Artist: Peter Gabriel
CD: Passion (Geffen)

Richard Paul
The Veep
Now that the news about John Edwards is out of the bag, we reflect on just what a Vice President does, anyway. Barbara Bogaev gets a retrospective from PRW campaign correspondent Richard Paul.

More about Richard Paul:

Music Bridge: L.T.W.T.M.S.
Artist: The Trouble With Sweeney
CD: Fishtown Briefcase (Burnt Toast)
Looking for God in All the Wrong Places
A desperate young woman goes to church in search of faith, and ends up breaking into her pastor's email account in an act of revenge. This story was produced by Hillary Frank and Amy Dorn, for Chicago Matters, a public information series on Chicago Public Radio.

Music used in this piece:
"November Snow" by Trevor de Clercq
"Yoshiwara" by Alloy Orchestra on the album "Silents"
"Dressed to Kill" by Abwarts from the album "For Films: Selected Tracks for Moving Pictures"
"Love Streams" by Marz from the album "For Films: Selected Tracks for Moving Pictures"
Untitled, by Jason Bitner

Online resources:
Chicago Matters
Trevor de Clercq's website

High-Speed Religion, Part 2
Second of in a series of "infomercials" from people of faith. A Buddhist describes compassion.
Music Bridge: Monk With Bells
Artist: Michael Stearns
CD: From the soundtrack of "Baraka"

Jack H. Bloom, Ph.D.
Rabbi and
The Rabbi's Couch
Isolation is a common challenge for clergy from all faith. Rabbi Jack Bloom thought he could help. He became a clinical psychologist, and now he ministers to religious leaders in distress. Barbara Bogaev talks to him.

Online resource:
Jack H. Bloom's website
"The Rabbi as Symbolic Exemplar" by Jack H. Bloom

Music Bridge: Sin The Moon
Artist: Shark Quest
CD: Gods and Devils (Merge)
High-Speed Religion, Part 3
Third in a series of "infomercials" from people of faith. The spiritual life of witches (hat and broom NOT included).
Music Bridge: I Put a Spell on You
Artist: Screamin' Jay Hawkins
CD: Voodoo Jive: The Best of Screamin' Jay Hawkins (Rhino Records)
TV Nation
Networks are unveiling their fall line-ups this week. John Rabe gets a preview from Rick Kushman of the Sacramento Bee. Will reality dominate the airwaves? Will "Joey," the "Friends" spin-off, tank?

Online resources:
More about Rich Kushman at Sacramento.com

The N-Word
There's one word that's haunted black Americans for hundreds of years. Barbara Bogaev talks to Brandt Williams, an African-American reporter at Minnesota Public Radio, about his personal exploration of this explosive word. (Listener advisory: The N-word is mentioned more than once in this piece.)
Music Bridge: Silhouette
Artist: The Eternals
CD: Rawar Style (Aesthetics)

Charles Dawes
Song writer
The Secret Life of Vice Presidents
John Rabe and Barbara Bogaev talk about Charles Dawes, the only Vice President who also wrote a Top Ten Hit.

Online resources:
Songwriters Hall of Fame
"Charles G. Dawes - Biography"

Michael Hearst &
Josh Camp
I Write the Songs
Take a handful of nerdy musicians who like to play obscure instruments, add a few literary types like Margaret Atwood and Paul Auster, and you get the album "As Smart As We Are." Trey Kay brings us a sampling of songs.

Music used in this piece:
Natty Man Blues
Kiss Me You Brat
Sew Me A Lady
The Story of the Hair Call

Online resource:
One Ring Zero's website

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