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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 23, 2004
Opening Music: Start From Scratch
Artist: Galactic - CD: Crazyhorse Mongoose (Capricorn)
Stolen Honor

Must See TV
The Sinclair Broadcast Group news special that aired last night is critical of John Kerry's anti-war involvement during the Vietnam era. How did it go over with viewers? We'll get reactions from families who tuned in.

Online resources:
Sinclair Broadcasting Group
List of stations to air 'A POW Story'
"Anti-Kerry Film Won't Be Aired"
'Stolen Honor' documentary excerpts

Jim Sterngold
Jim Sterngold
Sterngold on Sinclair
Correspondent Jim Sterngold watched the Sinclair documentary "Stolen Honor" and joins us live with his response.
Music Bridge: Desert Eagle
Artist: Ratatat - CD: Ratatat (XL)

Martín Espada
Baseball in Verse
Martín Espada joins us with a poem about baseball. He also talks about visiting Chile and the life of Pablo Neruda.

Online resource:
Martín Espada

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

Clowns Without
Clowns Without Borders
Moshe Cohen has been traveling to the world's refugee camps trying to make people laugh. He's the founder of the American chapter of Clowns Without Borders and this weekend he's on his way to a refugee camp in Burma.

Online resource:
Clowns Without Borders website

Music Bridge: Playmates
Artist: Lyle Ritz - CD: How About Uke? (Verve)

The Hills Are Alive
Researchers at the California Institute of Technology have been wondering why some sand dunes are burping, humming and shaking. We'll listen in on the dunes and talk with Melany Hunt, a professor of mechanical engineering at Cal Tech.

Outtakes: dune slide noise; sands in a jar; Melany explains the jar test.
More about Melany Hunt
Audio and Video of researches on the Kelso Sand Dunes (183 MB download, broadband suggested)
"Singing and Booming Sand Dunes of California and Nevada"

Music Bridge: Indigo Azure Cyan
Artist: Telegraph Melts - CD: Ilium (Absolutely Kosher)

Steamboat Arabia
Treasure in a Cornfield
A family in Kansas City discovered a steamboat buried forty feet underneath a Missouri cornfield. They nearly went bankrupt unearthing the priceless antiques and pre-Civil War treasure. They found everything from Wedgewood china to edible pickles. Reporter Heather McElhatton explores their obsession with the dig, and how a steamboat gets beneath a cornfield in the first place.

Online resources:
Steamboat Arabia Museum (Their website will provide information on future volunteer opportunities.)
"Legislation would protect historic river wrecks "

Leroy Chiao
Leroy Chiao
Pick of the Week
The first astronaut to vote in a presidential election from space requests "Fly Me to the Moon."

Online resource:
More about Leroy Chiao

Election Series, Part 5
Producers Richard Paul and David Welch have been talking to Americans about what they believe. This week they asked people about personal security.

More from this series:
Parts: 1, 2, 3, 4

Featured Song: There She Goes, My Beautiful World
Artist: Nick Cave - CD: Abbatoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus (Anti)
Featured in Hour Two

Ted Williams
Meeting a Legend
A story from Steve Wolfe about meeting Ted Williams, a baseball, and becoming a Red Sox fan forever.
Live in St. Louis
Amidst all this Red Sox fever, the St. Louis Cardinals have gotten lost in the shuffle. We'll talk with Cardinals fans in St. Louis about their reasons for loving the team that will meet the Sox in the World Series.
Featured Song: Streets of Your Town
Artist: The Go-Betweens - CD: 16 Lovers Lane (Beggars Banquet)

Marc Salem
Mind Games
Mentalist Marc Salem joins us to talk about how to read minds using only the power of observation.

Online resources:
Marc Salem website
Marc Salem's Mind Games on Broadway

Music Bridge: Infinity of Rhythm Instrumental
Artist: Ammon Contact - CD: One in an Infinity of Ways (Plug Research)

Family Secrets
What happens when two friends, one white and one black, discover a secret? Hal Humphreys shares what happened when he learned that his family once owned his adopted grandfather's ancestors.

Online resource:

Music Bridge: Before Charley Bradley's Ten-Sixty-Six Blues
Artist: John Fahey - CD: Red Cross (Revenant)

Black Tuesday
Reporter Matthew Algeo has been talking to people who remember the stock market crash of October 29, 1929. He'll share their voices and we'll also talk about the power of living witnesses with historian Mary Marshall Clark.

More from this series:
Marketplace Series: The Crash of 1929

Music Bridge: Such Pretty Eyes for a Snake
Artist: Magnolia Electric Co. - CD: Trials and Errors (Secretly Canadian)

Amel Larrieux
Fertile Ground
R&B Picks with Kristi Lomax
Host of Restless Soul on KPFK-FM in Los Angeles, Kristi Lomax comes in to share her favorite R&B picks.

Kristi's set list:
For Real - Amel Larrieux from the album, Brave Bird (Bliss Life)
Fertile Ground - Live in the Light from the album, Black Is... (Counterpoint)

Election Series, Part 6
Producers Richard Paul and David Welch talk to people about what the idea of patriotism means to them.

More from this series:
Parts: 1, 2, 3, 4

Music Bridge: Kim is Designer
Artist: Kim Hiorthoy - CD: Live Shet (Smallsound Supersound)
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