How did your life collide with the headlines in 2007?
What's your holiday performance story?
Music Bridge: Start From Scratch - Artist: Galactic
CD: Crazyhorse Mongoose (Capricorn)
"Nine Parts of Desire"
When Heather Raffo is on stage, she's a Bedouin woman, an Iraqi girl stuck inside her house, and a woman who lost her family in the first Gulf War. She talks with Barbara Bogaev about her new play, "Nine Parts of Desire," about the lives of nine Iraqi women. Barbara asked Heather about how her characters would feel about this weekend's Iraqi election.
Music Bridge: Summa - Artist: Tape
CD: Opera (Hapna)
Classical Music Picks
Steve Smith of "Time Out New York" joins Barbara Bogaev to share his classical picks: Hayden's Keyboard Concerto in D; a hot new Mexican tenor and a new version of an old classic.
Michael's set list:
Nine Lives at Sundance
A cat has 9 lives, and so does Rodrigo Garcia. He directed "9 Lives," a film about the lives of nine women trapped in relationships of their own making. Bill talked with Rodrigo Garcia about the inspirations behind the film.
More about the film:
Music Bridge: Biduman - Artist: Sekou Diabate
CD: Guitar Fo (World Village)
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)
Philip Johnson, 20th Century Man
Sunshine, chocolate, a hug, a smile -- all these things can lift the spirit. For one man, though, it's a building, the Crystal Cathedral in Southern California. It was designed by Philip Johnson, who died this week. Host Bill Radke finds out why and how a building becomes spiritual.
Music Bridge: Written on the Sky - Artist: Max Richter
CD: The Blue Notebooks (Fat Cat)
State of the Union, State of a Life
When Ronald Reagan gave his State of the Union speech in 1985, he mentioned a West Point student named Jean Nguyen. Reagan called her an American hero. Host Bill Radke called Jean to find out how the speech changed her life.
Music Bridge: Give Something Else Away Every Day - Artist: Magnolia Electric Company
CD: What Comes After The Blues (Secretly Canadian)
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When you think game show, names like "The Price Is Right," or "Jeopardy" come to mind. But have you ever heard of the Poetry Game Show? The host reads the first line of a famous poem and has people guess which poem it is. Sean Cole, a poetry fan and reporter for WBUR, checked it out.
Music Bridge: Sister Savior (DFA Dub) - Artist: The Rapture
CD: DFA compilation #2 (DFA)
Crime and Punishment
After a man caused a disastrous train crash in Los Angeles this week, some victims and their families hope that he receives a harsh punishment. Host Bill Radke talked with former Los Angeles District Attorney Gil Garcetti about how prosecutors deal with public pressure to get the harshest sentences.
Music Bridge: No Matter - Artist: Masha Qrella
CD: Unsolved Remained (Morr Music)
Ethics in Journalism
This week, newspaper columnist and marriage researcher Maggie Gallagher admitted she was paid to advise the federal government on promoting marriage. Gallagher claims the government paid for her expertise, and the money had no bearing on her columns or talk show appearances. We hear an excerpt of Gallagher defending herself earlier in the week on WBUR's talk-show "On Point."
Music Bridge: Stone - Artist: Tarwater
CD: The Needle Was Traveling (Morr Music)
Website of the Week
Weekend America's tech guy Chris Spurgeon shares his favorite new website, Shashdot, "news for nerds, stuff that matters."
Music Bridge: Miss You - Artist: To Rococo Rot
CD: Hotel Morgen (Domino)
Roots of Rastafari
Bob Marley took the words for his song "War" from a speech that Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie made in 1963 about African independence. Marley would have turned 60 next week, and we play some clips of his song "War" and Selassie's speech in his honor.
Music Bridge: War - Artist: Bob Marley
CD: Songs of Freedom (Island)
Snowy Parking Revisited
If you dig out a parking space from the snow, how long is it yours? In the wake of last week's big storm, we talk to two people with different philosophies about how they dealt with snowy parking.
Snow Rage: Part I of this discussion
Music Bridge: Decompression - Artist: Tussle
CD: Kling Klang (Troubleman Unlimited)
Counter Culture: Rachel Lelchuck
Rachel Lelchuck was a waitress at Louis' Restaurant for 55 years. She's got enough stories up her sleeve to fill an entire program, and shares her favorites with producer Candacy Taylor.
More from this series:
Contributer John Moe plays Sherlock Holmes and goes undercover with restaurant critic Penelope Corcoran of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
Music Bridge: When Did You Stop Loving Me - Artist: Jeff Parker
CD: The Relatives (Thrill Jockey)
Poetry and Place: New England Coast
How much do you love where you live? Enough to write a poem about it? Yes, if you're Elizabeth Bishop. She wrote many poems about the Maine coast, including "At the Fishhouses." We'll hear the poem and how it compares to the life of a real lobsterman.
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