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How did your life collide with the headlines in 2007?
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Broadcast Date: February 12, 2005
Opening Theme: Start From Scratch - Artist: Galactic
CD: Crazyhorse Mongoose (Capricorn)
Listen IconSgt. Benderman: Reporter's Notebook
Sgt. Kevin Benderman refused an order to deploy to Iraq last month after he applied for conscientious objector status. A few days ago, he appeared in court for a hearing to determine if there's enough evidence to proceed with the charges. Barbara Bogaev talks with two journalists who have been covering the case.
Online resources:
Previous conversations: Jan. 15, Jan. 8, Nov. 13
Kevin Benderman Web site
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Music Bridge: Camaro - Artist: Couch
CD: Fantasy (Kitty Yo)
Jazz Picks with Nate Chinen
Jazz Picks with Nate Chinen
Is that tuba in your jazz? Jazz Times critic Nate Chinen has a pick from David Douglas and some of his rather unexpected colleagues. He also reviews Pat Metheny and the Paul Motian Trio.
Nate's set list:
Twelve Degrees Proof | Dave Douglas from the album, Mountain Passages (Koch Records)
The Way Up (Part One) | Pat Metheny Group from the album, The Way Up (Nonesuch)
Odd Man Out | Paul Motian Trio from the album, I Have The Room Above Her (Ecm Records)

Listen IconBob May, Arctic Angler
Wisconsin ice fisherman Bob May shows us around Friese Lake in Wisconsin for a weekend of ice fishing.
Online resource:
The Ice Fishing Home Page

Weekend Weather
Weekend America's John Moe takes a look at weather patterns and Saturday happenings all across the country.
Weather reports:
hour 1 | hour 2

Music Bridge: Beat Connection (Disco Dub Version) - Artist: LCD Soundsystem
CD: DFA compilation #2 (DFA)
Listen IconLetter's Lost Love Found
Babbette Hines spent years scouring thrift shops, garage sales, and swap meets looking for "Love Letters, Lost." The results of her project are collected in a book of the same name. She shares some of her Valentine's favorites with Bill Radke.
Online resource:
"Love Letters, Lost "

Music Bridge: Chez Nous - Artist: Paris Combo
CD: Living Room (Tinder)
Listen IconStage Fright Serum
Drugs like Ritalin, Paxil or Inderal are meant to treat people with diagnosed illnesses like Attention Deficit Disorder, anxiety and heart disease. But lately, people without those problems have started taking those drugs too. It's a practice called cosmetic psychopharmacology. Reporter Laila McClay went to New York City to talk to some top musicians about their pharmacological treatments for stage fright.
Online resource:
"Mozart in the Jungle" (Atlantic Monthly Press)
Blair Tindall's Web site
More information about Inderal (Drugs.com)
Fact sheet on Propranolol (WebMD.com)

Music Bridge: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini - Artist: Lang Lang
CD: Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2; Paganini Rhapsody (Deutsche Grammophon)
Listen IconRequiem for a Jingle
There's an old candy bar jingle that went, "Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don't." Bill Radke has been humming it for weeks, but he noticed that there aren't many jingles like it on the airwaves now. Bill talked with the guy who wrote the Almond Joy song-and many others-about the death of the jingle.
Online resource:
More about Joe Levin (MixOnline.com)

Music Bridge: Alright - Artist: Supergrass
CD: I Should Coco (Capitol)
Listen IconIt's Curtains for Central Park
Remember the artist who wrapped Berlin's Reichstag in silver cloth and put thousands of yellow umbrellas up in California's wine country? Christo has another installation opening this weekend in New York's Central Park. Reporter Ian Chillag joins Barbara and Bill live to tell them about the sights and sounds from the debut of Christo's latest work.
Online resource:
Central Park Conservancy
Christo and Jean Claude Web site

Music Bridge: Kim Is Designer - Artist: Kim Hiorthøy
CD: Live Shet (Smalltown Supersound)
Listen IconThe Doonans and Don'ts of Fashion
High heels, designers, and runway shows-it must mean that Fashion Week is in the air in New York City. Simon Doonan, our fashion expert, sent this postcard from the runways.
Online resources:

Music Bridge: Eclipse - Artist: Riow Arai
CD: Delivery Room: Special Low Price Sampler (Leaf)
Authur Miller
Listen IconArthur Miller Remembered
Playwright Frank Gagliano saw the first staging of "Death of a Salesman" in 1949. He talked with Barbara Bogaev about some of his memories of the play and its author.
Online resources:
Plays and major works
American Masters: Arthur Miller (PBS)
American playwright Miller dies (BBC)

Music Bridge: Love Comes Quickly - Artist: Memphis
CD: I Dreamed We Fell Apart (Paper Bag)
Listen IconHubble, Hubble, Toil and Trouble
The Hubble Telescope's days are numbered. NASA has set aside $75 million to design a "kamikaze" robot. Basically, it's a rocket designed to attach itself to the Hubble and steer it out of its orbit and into the ocean. What's it like to be the Hubble hitman? Barbara and Bill talk with Preston Burch, the project's manager.
Online resource:
NASA budget would kill Hubble (CNN.com)

Music Bridge: F Codex - Artist: Bitsream
CD: Domestic Economy 7 (Modern Love)
Listen IconBenderman Awaits Decision
Sgt. Kevin Benderman has been in the news after refusing and order to deploy to Iraq. He was in military court this week for the army equivalent of a grand jury hearing. Barbara talks with Kevin, his wife Monica, and an army representative about their sticky situation.
Online resources:
Previous conversations: Jan. 15, Jan. 8, Nov. 13
Kevin Benderman Web site
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Music Bridge: Taqasim - Artist: DJ Rupture
CD: Special Gunpowder (Tigerbeat 6)
Wing Girls
Listen IconLooking for Ms. Goodbar
Hank Rosenfeld has been lucky in a lot of things, but not in love. So he decided to tackle the problem by hiring a pair of "wing girls." They're women paid to go to a bar with a single guy and help him meet other women. But what happens when your wing girl is also the girl of your dreams?
Online resource:
Ice Breakers Web site

Music Bridge: Baby, You're My Destiny - Artist: Taj Mahal
CD: Sugar Mama Blues (Just a Memory)
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