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Inside the Jury Box
Recently, the trial of two former Tyco executives accused of stealing over $600 million in company funds ended in a mistrial. Lawyers from both sides are in the process of selecting jury members for a new trial. Bill Radke spoke with members of the first jury about their experiences in the jury box.
Music Bridge: Pollen And Spores - Artist: Secret Frequency Crew
CD: Forest of the Echo Downs (Schematic)
Independent Music Picks
Weekend America's music director Michael Raphael gets behind the microphone to share his favorite new independent releases from Low, Arve Henriksen and the Sky Green Leopards.
Michael's set list:
In another from our series on cold, producer Katie Davis has a story about a surprising find, one snowy morning in her Washington, DC neighborhood.
More from our "Cold" series:
Music Bridge: Smack Dab in the Middle - Artist: Joe Williams
CD: Every Day: The Best of the Verve Years (Verve)
Weekend America's John Moe takes a look at weather patterns and Saturday happenings all across the country.
Music Bridge: Beat Connection (Disco Dub Version) - Artist: LCD Soundsystem
CD: DFA compilation #2 (DFA)
The reviews of President Bush's inaugural speech have been coming in, some good and some less than enthusiastic. Barbara asked Tom Hollihan, who teaches media and politics at the University of Southern California, for his opinion.
Music Bridge: Washington Post March - Artist: George Montalba
CD: Pipe Organ Favorites (Hit Thing)
"Shelf Life": Painting the Past
In another from our series on what libraries mean to us, producer Chelsea Merz talks with artist Brad Johnson about the books and libraries that have inspired him to paint.
Music Bridge: Joanna Will - Artist: 33.3
CD: Plays Music (Aesthetics)
Secrets from the Card Catalog
Since 1989, artist David Bunn has been finding memories and meaning in forgotten library card catalogs. He's made art and poetry from what he's found there and shared some of his work with Barbara Bogaev. Bill and Barbara also go elevator riding to visit one of his installations at the Los Angeles Public Library.
Music Bridge: Take Time - Artist: The Books
CD: The Lemon of Pink (Tomlab)
Winter Blues: E=MCSad
A study released this week used a mathematical formula to pinpoint the saddest day of the year, January 24. Weekend America talks with people about what they do to avoid the winter blues.
Music Bridge: Spoonful - Artist: Howlin Wolf
CD: 20th Century Masters: The Millenium (Columbia)
This week marks the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the WWII concentration camp, Auschwitz. Correspondent Heather McElhatton has spent the past few days talking to students about what they know about the Holocaust and joins Barbara to talk about what she's learned. Barbara also talks with Dr. Marcia Horn, a professor at Ferrum College, about her experiences teaching the history of the Holocaust.
Music Bridge: Avminnast - Artist: Nils Økland
CD: Runeology 2 (Rune Grammofon)
What Are You Eating This Weekend?
For Bob Trohn, it's fresh mullet that he's hooked in the Manatee River. His daughter Robin Sussingham tagged along on a fishing trip to talk to her dad about his favorite way to spend the weekend.
Biosphere for Sale
The Biosphere 2, a failed science experiment in the middle of the Arizona desert, is up for sale. Bill Radke talks with Jayne Poynter, a member of the original Biosphere 2 team, about her memories of life inside the 3-acre dome.
Sundance Festival Live
The Sundance Film Festival starts today. We'll go live to our correspondent, Jeff Tyler, who has the scoop on who's there and what's playing.
Music Bridge: Reflet - Artist: Paris Combo
CD: Motifs (Koch)
Marcus Arnold, Legal Wunderkind
Recently the Los Angeles Times featured an obituary for 19-year-old Marcus Arnold, who fooled people into believing he was an adult and became a top-rated legal expert for the website, askme.com, at 15. Weekend America spoke with his brother, Marc, and writer Michael Lewis about the power of the Internet to bring celebrity.
Composer and violinist Annie Gosfield has always been interested in the sounds from space. Recently, she composed a piece for violin and satellite, using radio frequencies recorded from Sputnik.
Music Bridge: Everything Under The Sun - Artist: Lusine
CD: Serial Hodgepodge (Ghostly)
It's Not Easy Being Green
The island of Hawaii is overrun with small Coqui frogs, an invasive species that threatens the entire ecosystem of the island as well as the hearing of local residents. This week, Harry Kim, the mayor of the county of the big island of Hawaii, made a plea for a state of emergency declaration and asked for $2 million to launch a program to combat the frogs. We spoke to Ann Fielding of the Kokomo Road Coqui Frog Squad on Maui about what it's like to live amidst the cacophony.
Music Bridge: Waltz for a Little Bird - Artist: Rainstick Orchestra
CD: The Floating Glass Key in the Sky (Ninja Tune)
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