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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 September 4, 2004
Music Bridge: Start From Scratch
Artist: Galactic
CD: Crazyhorse Mongoose (Capricorn)
Jim Sterngold
Jim Sterngold
Ownership Society
Owning a house is part of the so-called American dream. Correspondent Jim Sterngold tells us about the pitfalls of real estate.

Related stories & commentary:
"'Ownership Society's' bogus balance sheet"
"Bush to push ownership society"

Music Bridge: Before The Dream
Artist: Call and Response
CD: Winds Take No Shape (Badman)

Music Bridge: Homesick
Artist: Kings of Convenience
CD: Riot on an Empty Street (Astralwerks)

Mo Rocca
Mo Rocca on the Conventions
The roving reporter for CNN's Larry King Live gives a humorous take on the Republican and Democratic conventions.

Online resources:
Mo Rocca on "The Daily Show"
Mo Rocca's bio
"Over the top with Mo Rocca"

Live Chat with Victor Matus
Victor Matus of the Weekly Standard joins us live from Washington, DC.

Victor talks about the Republican National Convention.

Is "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" about LSD?

Music Bridge: Mokoondi
Artist: Mice Parade
CD: Mokoondi (Bubblecore)

Music Bridge: Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds
Artist: The Beatles
CD: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Capitol)

Weekend Weather
Weekend America's survey of events, celebrations, unplanned gatherings and -- of course -- weekend weather.

Weather reports:
From hour 1
From hour 2

Music Picks
Cristina Branco
Malagasy Allstars
World Music Picks
Tom Pryor, editor of Global Rhythm magazine, talks about new releases in world music.

Set list:
Pay Back Africa -- Antibalas from the album, Who Is This America? (Rope-A-Dope Records)
The Nymphs -- Cristina Branco from the album, Sensus (Decca)
Vakoka -- The Malagasy Allstars from the album, Vakoka (World Music Network Introducing Series)

Online resources:

Ode to Summer
Labor Day weekend traditionally marks the end of summer. To bid farewell, Barton Sutter, a poet in Duluth, Minn., reads an ode to summer.

Online resource:
Barton Sutter's book, "Farewell to the Starlight in Whiskey ," is available at the Public Radio Booksource.

Music Bridge: Tremor
Artist: Japancakes
CD: Waking hours (Warm)

Vanity Fair
This week, the movie "Vanity Fair" opened, starring Reese Witherspoon and a cast of thousands and thousands of costumes. We sent Karen Lowe, foreign editor at Marketplace, and her 18-year-old daughter Erika Soloman to see the film for us.

Music Bridge: Breaking Away
Artist: Ratatat
CD: Self Titled (XL)
Featured in Hour Two

Heidi Pickman
with Mother,
Claire Pickman
Raising My Parents
Monday is Labor Day, so we thought we'd celebrate the opposite of working...Retirement! Weekend America producer Heidi Pickman visited her parents in Delray Beach, Florida. She brings us this story of growing up and growing old.

Audio outtakes from this story:
Listen: Drug use behind the scenes
Listen: Arthur Pickman sings There Is a Place to the tune of Nature Boy

Latin Grammys
Cafe Tacuba
The Latin Grammys
You know the Latin Grammy Awards took place earlier this week, and unfortunately just like the Olympics not everyone can win. We ask our world music guy Tom Pryor what he thought of the Latin Grammys and he said he was a little disappointed with the Best Alternative Music Album Category. Here's what won: It is a band called "Café Tacuba" who have been dubbed the Mexican Radiohead.

Online resources:
The 5th Latin Grammy Awards
5th Latin Grammy Winners
"Latin Grammys Red Hot"

Music Bridge: Kinky
Artist: Por Que Se Vengan
CD: Atlas (Nettwerk)
Fay Chapel
SkyRose Chapel
So Long, Fay Jones
This week, architect Fay Jones died at age 83. He was one of Frank Lloyd Wright's best students, but he became known for his own airy, elegant designs. The Thorncrown Chapel in Arkansas is his best-known work. Barbara takes a tour of one of his last buildings, the SkyRose Chapel in Southern California. We then hear from Frank Lloyd Wright's grandson, and fellow architect, Eric Lloyd Wright.

Online resources:
Thorncrown Chapel
"Fay Jones, 83, Architect Influenced by Wright, Dies"
More about Fay Jones

Music Bridge: Banjo
Artist: Ui
CD: Answers (Southern)
Listening Post
The GOP Convention from Afar
New York may have been the GOP capitol of the week, but not every faithful Republican was there. Bill Radke talks to conservative activists Jay Armstrong and Pat Ranson about what the convention looked like...from Kansas.

Music Bridge: Peppermint Forest
Artist: Kiln
CD: Sunbox (Ghostly International)
Bill Banfield
Bill Banfield
Live Chat with Bill Banfield
Our hosts talk with Bill Banfield, a professor, composer, and author. Bill talks about music and American culture, and plays us a song from his latest album, "Striking Balance."

Bill talks about the Detroit Jazz Festival and how music influences culture.

Bill performs a jazz-guitar instrumental called "Song for Earl".

Online resources:
MPR's archive of Bill Banfield
"An interview with musicologist William Banfield"

Music Bridge: Come Out and Play
Artist: Bill Banfield
CD: Striking Balance (Innova)
On the Trail of Lewis and Clark
It's the bicentennial of Lewis and Clark's journey, and this summer we're featuring places along the explorer's path. 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. This postcard features Lois and Betty surveying farm life from the breakfast tables of a small-town cafe in Patterson, Wash.

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

Ode to Summer: Hostel Director
Mark Wurm, director of the Venice Beach Hostel, tells his favorite story from this summer season. It involves a 19-year-old college student, who came here on vacation but decided to stay and become an actor.
Music Bridge: 12 Halfs
Artist: E* Vax & Supersprite
CD: Fork Ends Compilation (Audio Dregs)
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