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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 November 13, 2004

Back-Door Draft
In the military, a "stop loss" order keeps military personnel on duty beyond their contracted time. Some soldiers are protesting. They claim that the military has broken their contract. Kevin Benderman's service has been extended an additional 9 months. He shared his feelings about the stop loss order.
Music Bridge: Crevette Le Bandit
Artist: Billy Mahonie - CD: Bucolique Vol. 1 (Arbouse)
Gonzales Appointment
Author Geoffrey Stone is an expert on freedom of speech and civil liberties. Barbara Bogaev asked him for his take on the nomination of Alberto Gonzalez for Attorney General and what it means for those freedoms.

Online resources:
"Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime from the Sedition Act of 1798 to the War on Terrorism" is available at the Public Radio BookSource.

Music Bridge: Druganaut
Artist: Black Mountain - CD: Black Mountain (Jagjaguwar)

Rita Dove on the Dance Floor
Former Poet Laureate Rita Dove's latest collection of poetry, "American Smooth," explores her love of music, words, and movement. Weekend America host Bill Radke met her on the dance floor to talk about her writing and fancy footwork.

Online resource:
Rita's latest collection of poetry, "American Smooth," is available at the Public Radio BookSource.

Jimmy Cliff
Sekou Diabate
Carla Bruni
World Music Picks
Tom Pryor of Global Rhythm Magazine brings his favorite world music. This week: Jimmy Cliff, Sekou Diabate and Carla Bruni.

Tom's commentary and set list:
People - Jimmy Cliff from the album, Black Magic (Artemis Records)
Biduman - Sekou Diabate from the album, Guitar Fo (World Village)
Quelqu'un M'a dit - Carla Bruni from the album, Quelqu'un M'a dit (V2. Int'l)

What Would Darwin Say
Some Georgia textbooks have warning labels cautioning readers that evolution is a theory. Our hosts talk to biologist and author Kenneth Miller and Texas State Board of Education member Gail Lowe about the future for evolution in the classroom.

Online resource:
Author of textbook describes Cobb County disclaimers as 'very weird'
More about Kenneth Miller

The Spin Doctor
Kim Green is a flight instructor in Tennessee, but she needed to learn how to take a plane in and out of a nose-first tumble towards earth. Bill Kershner, her flight instructor, helped her through her first try.
Featured in Hour Two

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After Arafat
Robbie Franco and Elias Botto belong to Jewish-Palestinian Living Room Dialogue, a group that meets near San Mateo to talk about politics in the Middle East. Bill Radke talks to Robbie and Elias about their thoughts on the future for the Middle East after Arafat's death.

Online resources:
The founders of the "Jewish-Palestinian Living Room Dialogue" have a cookbook coming out this fall called"Palestinian and Jewish Recipes for Peace."

Music Bridge: L.T.W.T.M.S.
Artist: The Trouble With Sweeney - CD: Fishtown Briefcase (Badman)

Clinton Comes Home
The Clinton Presidential Library opens next week. Bill Radke spoke with diners at one of Clinton's favorite Little Rock restaurants about the festivities.

Online resource:
Doe's Eat Place
The Clinton Presidential Center

America Reads?
The National Book Award Nominees didn't include much fiction. Are Americans reading less? Rick Karr explains that we might not be reading as many books, but we are reading more in different ways.

Online resource:
NEA Report: Reading at Risk

Music Bridge: Hope
Artist: Fat Freddy's Drop - CD: World 2004 (Wrasse Records)
Neighborhood Watch
Katie Davis lives in the D.C. neighborhood where she grew up. She's been sitting on her porch thinking about other porch-sitters she's known and the ways they've held the neighborhood together.

Online resource:
More about Katie Davis

Music Bridge: Ploy
Artist: Giant Sand - CD: Is All Over the Map (Thrill Jockey)
Trojan Pride
As we move further into the college football season and closer to the big bowl games, Weekend America contributor Nancy Farghalli captures the essence of football fever at a USC tailgate party.

Soccer Moms
Contributor Laila McClay reflects on her childhood, watching her mom play football, and continuing the tradition of being a soccer mom who also plays soccer.
Music Bridge: You Set My Face On Fire
Artist: Global Goon - CD: Family Glue (Audio Dregs)

Photo: C. Fichera
With This Ring...
In Massachusetts, teens wear a silver ring that means they've pledged to wait until marriage for sex. WBUR's Sean Cole produced a documentary on the movement and talks with Barbara about abstinence and the effects it had on his life.

Online resources:
Inside Out Presents: With This Ring - Pledging Abstinence

Cutting Grass, Burning Gas
Most weekends, lawnmower racers are speeding along at 50 miles per hour. Contributor Tim Steele tells a story of a family that takes lawnmower racing very seriously.

Online resources:
Tim Steele website

Featured Song: "Carry Me Home"
Based in Brooklyn, Hem has traveled all the way to the Slovak Republic to make country music. Leader Dan Messe describes their sound as Countrypolitan. The band fills out some of their songs with string arrangements from the Slovak Radio Orchestra. Here is a song called "Carry Me Home."

Online resource:
Hem's release Eveningland can be found at the Public Radio MusicSource.

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