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