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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 October 16, 2004
Music Bridge: Start From Scratch
Artist: Galactic
CD: Crazyhorse Mongoose (Capricorn)
Interview with Leon Panetta
With a little more than two weeks before the election, both camps are pulling out the stops to make sure they win. Leon Panetta, who served as President Clinton's chief of staff, fills us in on what it's like behind the scenes of the campaign.

Online resource:
Campaigns worry about last-minute surprise

Music Bridge: Si Paloma
Artist: Sun Kill Moon
CD: Ghosts of the Great Highway (Badman)
Quemoy and Matsu
USC journalism professor Murray Fromson explains how two islands changed a Presidential debate between Kennedy and Nixon.

Online resources:
Listen to and / or read the 1960 Nixon-Kennedy Debate
The Consortium for Independent Journalism
Murray Fromson

Music Bridge: Unland
Artist: Triola
CD: Triola im Funftonraum (Kompakt)
Paul Giamatti
Paul Giamatti
Sideways: Conversation with Actor Paul Giamatti
Barbara talks with actor Paul Giamatti about his role in director Alexander Payne's new film, "Sideways." They'll also talk about his favorite weekend activity: collecting books.

Online resource:
Sideways movie website and trailer

Music Bridge: Obsession
Artist: Marc Ribot
CD: Muy Divertido (Atlantic)

Amanita panthera
- common, but poisonous!
Seattle reporter Cathy Duchamp recently lost the mushroom patch where she's been growing chanterelles. She's been searching for a new patch of her favorite mushroom.

Online resource:
2004 Wild Mushroom Show
Oregon Mycological Society Annual Wild Mushroom Show
Mycological Society of San Francisco
North American Mycological Association

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

Devendra Banhart
The Fiery Furnaces
Pop Music Picks with Patty Schmidt
Patti Schmidt talks with Bill about some of the most exciting up-and-coming musicians.

Patty's set list:
You've Gone Away Enough - Mirah from the album, C'Mon Miracle (K Records)
This is the Way - Devendra Banhart from the album, Rejoicing in the Hands (Young God Records)
Straight Street - The Fiery Furnaces from the album, Blueberry Boat (Sanctuary Records)

Sharon Glassman
Sharon Glassman
Sharon Glassman will join Barbara and Bill to deliver an "essay-on-demand."

Online resource:
Sharon Glassman website
More Glassman essays: Envy, Grocery Store
Suggest a topic for Sharon's next essay-on-demand.

Music Bridge: Glory 8
Artist: Global Goon
CD: Family Glue (Audio Dregs)
Election Series, Part 3
Producers Richard Paul and David Welch ask Americans about patriotism and community, and what those ideas mean to them.

More from this series:
Parts: 1, 2

Music Request of the Week
Neil Young's "Cinnamon Girl" -- selected by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.
Featured in Hour Two
Faith and Public Life
President George Bush and Senator John Kerry spoke about the role of faith in their lives. Barbara talks with people about religion and how it impacts their life in the workplace.
Music Bridge: Crayon
Artist: Manitoba
CD: Delivery Room (Leaf)

9/11 Report
It's more than a government report, it's literature. The 9/11 Commission Report is up for the National Book Award. We offer a condensed version. Then, we'll talk with bookstore owners to find out if copies of the 9/11 Report are flying off the shelves?

Online resource:
The 9-11 Commission Report
Second Chance Books

The Winter Flip-Flop
We're predicting fashion trends and designing a flip-flop that can endure the coldest weather. Barbara visits shoe designer Adriana Caras.

Online resource:
More about Adriana Caras
Virtual tour of Adriana's showroom

Music Bridge: Sir Dub Plate
Artist: Twilight Circus Dub Sound System
CD: Dub Plate Selection (Alpha & Omega)

"Precious" creators
Claudia Ravaschiere
and Michael Moss.
Precious Art
Sean Cole of content partner WBUR reports on an art installation that asks art-goers to think about what matters to them.

Online resource:
Photos and sound from the exhibit
25th Annual Fort Point Open Studios

Eric Dishman has been inventing ways to help people in cognitive decline. We'll take a tour through a lab and learn how a person with memory impairment can make a cup of tea.

Online resource:
More about Proactive Health at Intel.com
RFID Journal

Leonard Bernstein
Bernstein on the Radio
It's the 14th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein's death. We'll hear about a new 11-hour radio documentary about the composer and conductor's life.

Online resource:
Leonard Bernstein Website
More information on the 11-part Leonard Bernstein documentary
Where to listen
DVD - Young People's Concerts / New York Philharmonic (1961)
"The Joy of Music" by Leonard Bernstein

Music Bridge: Winters Love
Artist: Animal Collective
CD: Sung Tongs (Fat-Cat)
Election Series, Part 4
Producers Richard Paul and David Welch ask Americans about patriotism and community, and what those ideas mean to them.

More from this series:
Parts: 1, 2

Music Bridge: Soul Miner
Artist: Tommy Guerrero
CD: A Little Bit of Something (Mo Wax)
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