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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 August 21, 2004
Music Bridge: Start From Scratch
Artist: Galactic
CD: Crazyhorse Mongoose (Capricorn)
Santa Cruz Home Buyer
With house prices skyrocketing, it's become especially hard for first time buyers to get on the ladder. Krissy Clark tells a remarkable story about one young couple's creative efforts to buy a house.
Santa Cruz Home Owner
Bill Radke speaks with Larry Baach, the man who sold his house to the young couple in Santa Cruz.

Online resource:
National Association of Realtors
Housing Price Index 2004Q1 Update
Home Buying Guide at Bankrate.com

Music Bridge: Elephants
Artist: Japancakes
CD: If I Could See Dallas (kindercore)

PJ Harvey
Interview with PJ Harvey
Barbara Bogaev has an intimate chat with the rock and roll artist about balancing family, friends and career. Her new album, "Uh Huh Her," has just been released.

Online resources:
PJ Harvey's latest release "Uh Huh Her" is available at the Public Radio MusicSourceTM. Your purchase helps support our Weekend America.
PJ Harvey Web site

Music Bridge: You Come Though
Artist: PJ Harvey
CD: Uh Huh Her (Island)
Skerker the Soothsayer of Weekend Weather...
Ben Skerker's unusual survey of events, celebrations, unplanned gatherings and -- of course -- his prognostications on weekend weather.

Weather reports:
Part 1
Part 2

Photo: Courtesy
Museum of TV & Radio
Radio Camp
The weekend is for theater and the summer is for camp. Today, we combine the two...In an old time style radio drama...made at summer camp.

Online resources:
Museum of TV & Radio
Recreating Radio

Music Bridge: Original 1922 Musical Score of Robin Hood
Composer: Victor Schertzinger
Performer: Adapted and Performed by Eric Beheim and the "Elton Thomas Salon Orchestra"

Photo: Courtesy
Zane Kesey,

Uncovering Ken Kesey
Regular contributor Hank Rosenfeld found some never before recordings of Ken Kesey of the Merry Pranksters fame. Barbara Bogaev finds out more about them in her conversation with Hank.

Online resources:
Official Ken Kesey Web site
Kesey's former Web site
The Beat Page's bio for Kesey
Kesey obituary

Music Bridge: Adouma
Artist: Angélique Kidjo
CD: Aye (Mango)
Richard Paul
Richard Paul
Live Chat with Political Correspondent Richard Paul
It's great to hear archival tape when it makes you reflect on life today. Richard Paul plays an educational film from the 1950s that challenges our politically correct sensitivity.

Online resources:
Prelinger Archives

Music Bridge: Do you Wanna
Artist: Mr. Scruff
CD: Verve Remixed (Verve)
Olympic Pollster
Can the Olympics tell us anything about the upcoming elections? We try our own method of polling: The number of medals won by Americans at the Olympics, transferred into potential votes for Democrats and Republicans, according to the birth state of the medal winners. Confused yet? To analyze the statistics Barbara Bogaev talks with Bruce Cain, political scientist and director of the Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley in California.

Online resources:
Listen to Richard Paul's commentary on polling
Institute of Governmental Studies
Projected Electoral College Vote, 2004

Music Bridge: Kim is Designer
Artist: Kim Hiorhoy
CD: Live Shet (Smalltown Supersound)
Featured in Hour Two

Hurricane Charley Gallery
Florida DJ Weathers the Storm
Hurricane Charley caused death and destruction as it passed over the state of Florida last week. Floridians are still trying to get their lives together. For one radio station, which was near the eye of the storm in Fort Meyers, it meant going into emergency mode. Bill Radke chats with Dave Alexander of WINK-FM who had to turn from rock DJ ... to community radio host ... overnight.

Online resources:
"Hurricane Charley Death Toll Rises to 22 in Florida"
U.S. National Hurricane Center
Ten Things to Do After a Hurricane Strikes
FEMA for Kids: Hurricanes

Music Bridge: Ridin' The Storm Out
Artist: REO Speedwagon
CD: American Salute: Ridin' The Storm Out (Epic)

Starting Up with Google
To start a relationship with Google, we turned to E. Jean Carroll, the longest running advice columnist in America for Elle Magazine. She is the author of several books including, "Mr. Right Right Now: How A Smart Woman Can Land her Dream Man in Six Weeks."

Online resources:
Listen to John Ridley's commentary on Google, investing and dating
Carroll's book, "Mr. Right Right Now: How A Smart Woman Can Land her Dream Man in Six Weeks," is available at the Public Radio BookSourceTM. Your purchase helps support Weekend America.

Music Bridge: Future Vision
Artist: John Kong & Moonstarr
CD: Unmeasured (fluid ounce)
John Ridley
Live Chat with John Ridley
The multi-talented screenwriter, movie director and novelist talks about the Republican National Convention, Al Sharpton and political cinema.

Online resources:
Ridley bio at Time Warner Bookmark
Ridley filmography at IMDb.com
NPR feature of Ridley

Music Bridge: Day Another Day (Live)
Artist: Jaga Jazzist
CD: Day (Smalltown Supersound)

Photo courtesy
High Country News
Poking around the Olympics
We catch up with Adam Burke, our correspondent in Athens, Greece, about the latest news at the 2004 Olympic Games, and the experience of a stranger in a Greek land.

Online resource:
The Olympics official website

Music Bridge: Congratulations
Artist: Phoenix
CD: Alphabetical (Astralwerks)

Classical Music Picks
From mezzo-sopranos to classical music, Steve Smith, classical editor of Time Out New York, gives Barbara his trilling picks.

Steve's set list:
Kol domu se ted potacim -- Bernarda Fink from the album, Dvorak Lieder (Harmonia Mundi)
Sangen Geigen ubern See -- Magdalena Kozena from the album, In Recital (Deutsche Grammophon)
Il suol che preme, l'aura che spira -- Lorraine Hunt Lieberson from the album, Handel Arias (Avie Records)

Lewis & Clark
On the Trail of Lewis & Clark
Another in the series on the bicentennial of Lewis and Clark's journey. Radio producer Barrett Golding and his friend Josef Verbanac bicycled the Lewis & Clark Trail, and sent us audio postcards on the people they met along the way, like this Penobscot Indian sitting on a bench in Chamberlain, South Dakota, arranging his dozen or so maps.

More from Golding and Verbanac on Lewis & Clark:
"Biking with Lewis and Clark" parts I, II, III, IV at Savvytravler.org
"Pedaling Lewis and Clark" at the Living On Earth Web site

This story comes from HearingVoices.com, funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

Music Bridge: Hear The Winds Coming
Artist: Steffan Basho-Jungens
CD: Rivers and Bridges (Strange Attractors Audio House)

Hip-Hop Literature
Host Barbara Bogaev goes back to class: Lynwood High School teacher, Alan Sitomer, walks her through one of his English classes. Sitomer teaches literature and poetry using hip-hop for examples. Sitomer is the author of "Hip-Hop Poetry and the Classics for the Classroom."

Online resources:
Listen to John Ridley's thoughts on hip-hop in the classroom
Sitomer's book, "Hip-Hop Poetry and the Classics," is available at the Public Radio BookSourceTM. Your purchase helps support Weekend America.

Music Bridge: Ja Fun Mi (Instrumental)
Artist: Sunny Ade And His African Beats
CD: Nigeria 70 Compilation (afro strut)
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