How did your life collide with the headlines in 2007?
What's your holiday performance story?
Opening Theme: Start From Scratch - Artist: Galactic
CD: Crazyhorse Mongoose (Capricorn)
Censors Punt Super Bowl Ad
It's Super Bowl weekend and the estimated 90 million viewers will not be seeing this ad: A clergyman finds a set of keys in the collection plate and the keys lead him to a 2006 Lincoln Mark LT luxury pickup. What's so objectionable? To find out, Bill and Barbara speak with Philippe Perebinossoff, a former ABC TV censor about the controversy.
The Game of Life
So a baseball fan and a football fan walk into a bar, and they argue about which sport is a better metaphor for life. Bill Radke joined the debate just in time for the Super Bowl this weekend.
Music Bridge: Hideyaface - Artist: Prefuse 73
CD: Hideyaface (warp)
Tribute to Ossie Davis
Weekend America takes a look back at the life of actor Ossie Davis, who died yesterday at the age of 87. Ossie Davis and his wife Ruby Dee captured the hearts of Americans with their idyllic love story; the couple also garnered respect with their fight for racial justice on Broadway, on the silver screen, and in real life.
Music Bridge: Both Veils Must Go - Artist: Charles Lloyd Quartet
CD: Jumping the Creek (ECM)
"It's Phuc Tap"
It's not easy growing up, especially when you feel like the odd one out. Eileen Fogarty looks different from her siblings, and she was painfully aware of it as a child. Fogarty translated her experiences into a play about growing up different called "It's Phuc Tap," which means "it's complicated" in Vietnamese.
Music Bridge: A Closed Circuit - Artist: Rainstick Orchestra
CD: The Floating Glass Key in the Sky (Ninja Tune)
Busker in the Big Easy
The Super Bowl is getting all the attention this Sunday, not to be forgotten however is Mardi Gras which kicks off in New Orleans. Producer Barrett Golding traveled to New Orleans and sat down with musician Eluard Burt. Burt is a flautist, born and raised in the Big Easy. He's well versed in the flavors, feelings, spices and sounds of this Mississippi River city.
(This piece is made possible with support from HearingVoices.com.)
War Comes Home: Twentynine Palms
The people who live in Twentynine Palms, California know all too well about the repercussions of war. The town is home to around 11,000 marines who train at the base; they have suffered 53 casualties in Iraq thus far. In the first part of a series, Barbara Bogaev explores the effects of war on the family and friends of those who serve, on location in Twentynine Palms. In this first installment, Barbara talks with a couple that run the community radio station about life in a military town.
Music Bridge: Spanish Armada - Artist: Ratatat
CD: Self Titled (xl)
Music Picks with Alan Light
Tracks Magazine editor Alan Light reviews a new song from singer Mary Gaultier, country / hip-hop fusion from Buck 65 and indie-rock sensation, Bright Eyes.
Alan's set list:
Contributor Tamara Keith and her boyfriend Ira have different tastes, literally. Tamara likes to experiment in the kitchen but her boyfriend only likes foods that are brown or beige. Tamara spent the day making Indian food and they sat down to talk compromise.
"Quick and Easy Indian Cooking" by Madhur Jaffrey
Music Bridge: Druganaut - Artist: Black Mountain
CD: Black Mountain (Jagjaguwar)
Conflict of Interest
Gift-giving season at the National Institutes of Health ended last week. The director announced that all NIH staff scientists are banned from accepting any income from drug companies. Weekend America asked a longtime family doctor and a medical student how they draw the line between taking unethical gifts and the acceptable perks of the trade.
Music Bridge: Clear Day - Artist: Ulrich Schnauss
CD: A Strangely Isolated Place (Domino)
Can You Hear Me Now
Until a telephone line was installed this week, the tiny town of Mink, Louisiana was one of the few communities in the United States that didn't have phone service. Bill Radke called Alma Louise Bolton to talk about Mink's newest novelty.
Mink gets the 411 on telemarketers from governor (Shreveporttimes.com)
Music Bridge: Cafe Paris - Artist: Motion Trio
CD: Pictures from the Street (Indigo)
Finding Common Ground
A few weeks ago, Weekend America talked to two parents with different ideas about how evolution should be taught in schools. At the end of the interview, one guest invited the other to do something radical... to sit down over coffee and have a civil conversation. Listener response was overwhelming; one listener wrote to say that he used to have great talks with a friend who had different beliefs. Weekend America brought the two together to do something many Americans can't seem to do... talk.
Previous Weekend America coverage:
Music Bridge: langen - Artist: f.s. blumm
CD: Zweite Meer (Morr Music)
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)
Malcolm X Remembered
Forty years ago this month Malcolm X was getting ready to speak to a packed house at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City when he was shot and killed. Weekend America recalls that speech.
Music Bridge: Goin' Back to Smashed Potatoes - Artist: Tal M. Klein
CD: Alpha Beats (Aniligital)
Roving in the Cold Chamber
Continuing our series on cold, Barbara Bogaev traveled to the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, California to find out how to design a vehicle that can survive extreme cold. Barbara asked an atmospheric scientist to imagine what it's like in the chilly southern hemisphere of Mars.
More from this series:
Music Bridge: Transistor - Artist: Radian
CD: Juxtaposition (Thrill Jockey)
In Search of Hot Pot
February 9th is New Year's Day on the Chinese lunar calendar and the beginning of the Year of the Rooster. Mostly, it's a day that's all about the food. Bill Radke took a trip to a Chinese market with food writer Carl Chu to learn more about what goes into a Chinese New Year meal.
More about Chinese New Year (About.com)
More about Hot Pot
Carl Chu's guides to Chinese Food - Chinese Food Finder: Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley, The Bay Area and San Francisco, and New York
Music Bridge: Improvisation - Artist: Bang on a Can meets Kyaw Kyaw Naing
CD: Self Titled (Canteloupe)
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