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?
Flood of Money In the aftermath of the tsunamis in South Asia, former Presidents, fundraisers, and telethons are asking Americans to donate money. How much of it is getting through to the people who need it? Jocelyn Ford reports on the effects of the relief effort in Sumatra.
Music Bridge: Der See Artist: Rechenzentrum - CD: Team Kitty Yo Compilation (Kitty Yo)
When is Enough, Enough Both governments and private citizens are pitching in to help rebuild South Asia. But some organizations like Doctors Without Borders say that they've gotten enough donations to help tsunami victims. Weekend America's Tinku Ray wondered who receives the money we donate, and if we still need to help.
Music Bridge: Holographic Moon Owls Artist: Secret Frequency Crew - CD: Forest of the Echo Downs (Schematic)
In most snowy cities, people parked along the street spend hours digging their cars out of the snow. Then they mark the cleared spot as theirs with almost anything-cones, broken chairs, barrels, stuffed animals. Technically, it's public space, but taking someone else's spot is just plain rude. In Boston, the mayor is tightening up restrictions and sending crews out to remove the placeholders. Bill Radke spoke with two people on different sides of the snowdrift.
Gonzales Confirmation Hearings This week, the Senate began confirmation hearings for George Bush's nominee for Attorney General, Alberto Gonzales. Barbara Bogaev talks with Mohammad Alami of Al-Jazeera's Washington Bureau about his network's coverage of the confirmation hearings.
Open Questions Over the last few years, Tray and Dan have stood at a Connecticut train station in a pair of t-shirts. One asks something like, "War on Iraq?" or "What makes a good American" and the other "What's your opinion?" Bill Radke asked them about the responses they've gotten and what they've learned about Americans in the process.
Saving Sergeant Benderman
Sgt. Kevin Benderman fought in Iraq in 2003 and was scheduled for re-deployment yesterday. Last week, he filed for conscientious objector status, explaining that he opposes to war on moral and ethical grounds. Kevin spoke with Barbara Bogaev throughout the week as he tried to have his application considered.
Music Bridge: Daddycation Artist: Food - CD: Last Supper (Rune Grammofon)
The Sinking of the Reuben James
The Rueben James was the first American Navy warship sunk in what would become WWII. After most of the crew died waiting to be scooped out of the waters south of Iceland, Woody Guthrie memorialized the event with a song. Producer Adam Allington spoke with Bob Howard, one of the few who survived the attack, about his memories of that night.
Tsunamis Hit Home
Jeanne Johnston survived the tsunami that hit her hometown of Hilo, Hawaii in 1946. Jeanne was only six years old, but has vivid memories of the disaster that killed 159 people in Hawaii. Barbara Bogaev talks with Jeanne, who founded the Pacific Tsunami Museum in Hilo, about how the tsunami changed her life.
Cowboy Jack Clement has written some of country music's best songs that were sung by people like Johnny Cash. He's just released his first album in 26 years, "Guess Things Happen That Way," and played some of his favorite songs for Bill Radke.
Friends call the clutter in contributor Hank Rosenfeld's apartment a squirrel's nest. But when Hank set out to organize a bit, he realized that years of memories are buried in the piles of magazines and boxes full of photos. Hank did some digging and has these recollections.