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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?

What's your holiday performance story?
The office talent show, the neighborhood caroling posse, the school pageant ... At holiday time we often sing, dance, and dress as shepherds. Did you bloom in the warmth of your audience's adulation, or freeze up like the snowman you'd rather be building? Did your holiday performance change your life or that of someone close to you?

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Broadcast Date: February 19, 2005
Opening Theme: Start From Scratch - Artist: Galactic
CD: Crazyhorse Mongoose (Capricorn)
Listen Icon21st Century Homestead Act
Bright lights and Kansas corn fields? Some small Midwestern towns are anxious to lure young people back from the big cities. What would it take to get hip twenty-somethings to flood back to the heartland? Weekend America brainstormed some ideas with an advertising firm and a Disney Imagineer.
Online resources:
Listen to the Heartlandia ad we didn't broadcast
Collie + McVoy produced this radio spot
"Towns offer free land to newcomers"(USA Today)

Listen IconKansas Land Rush
A Kansas official has a solution to the Midwestern brain drain: she's offering free land to anyone who will come and build a house in her county.
Online resources:
Ellsworth County Welcome Home Plan

Music Bridge: O Kentucky - Artist: Papa M
CD: Three Songs (Drag City)

Music Bridge: Elephants - Artist: Japancakes
CD: If I Could See Dallas (Anticon)

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 IconStacks Behind Bars
Inmates have a lot of time on their hands. William Campbell, an avid reader who's serving 8 years in the Martha's Vineyard jail, spends most of his days in the prison library with a good book. Produced by Chelsea Merz.

Music Bridge: Quiz - Artist: Skalpel
CD: Skalpal (Ninja Tune)
Listen IconChain of Influence
Weekend America is linking Americans through the people who influence them. We started with poet Ted Kooser and now we've come to Peter Kramer. He's the author of a book called "Listening to Prozac."
Follow the chain of influence yourself:
Dr. Bill Lydiatt (01/15/2005), Ted Kooser (12/18/2004)
Peter Kramer hosts the public radio program The Infinate Mind
Peter Kramer's book, "Listening to Prozac," is available at the Public Radio BookSource

Music Bridge: Morning Coffee - Artist: Lullatone
CD: Little Songs About Raindrops (Audio Dregs)
Music Picks with Tom Pryor
What's the musical equivalent of putting a punk teenager in a Hawaiian shirt and a pair of Bermuda shorts? The group Nouvelle Vague has a new album that takes some of the biggest songs of the 80's and sets them to Bossanova beats. Other picks include: Version City Rockers, Paris Combo and Manuel Guajiro Mirabal.
Tom's set list:
Love Will Tear Us Apart | Nouvelle Vague from the album, Nouvelle Vague
Prête à Porter | Paris Combo from the album, Motifs (DRG)
El Rincon Caliente | Manuel Guajiro Mirabal from the album, Buena Vista Social Club Presents (Nonesuch)
Sing And Pray To Jah | Version City Rockers from the album, Darker Roots (antifaz)

Listen IconBubbie's Cookies
Producer Sara Lerner's grandmother used to make the most unforgettable multi-colored butter cookies. Sara's working to keep the cookies flowing. She has all the ingredients -- Bubbie's recipe and plenty of hungry relatives.
Online resource:
Read Bubbie's cookie recipe

Listen IconNuclear Nostalgia
What did Americans hear on their radios when the nuclear bomb was being tested? Weekend America visited a museum with relics from the testing of the nuclear bomb that's opening this weekend in Las Vegas.
Online resource:
Nevada Test Site Historical Foundation

Listen IconDownwinders
When Jay Truman was a kid, he played "Atomic War" instead of "Cowboys and Indians." He grew up downwind, 90 miles from a test site. He talked with Barbara Bogaev about his memories from childhood and what it's like to watch nuclear tensions escalate around the world.
Online resource:

Music Bridge: False Face - Artist: Pit Er Pat
CD: Shakey (Thrill Jockey)
Listen IconWhat Are Whickies?
There's a 1919 letter that said love "grows on me like whickies... everyday a new little crop of loves." It sounds charming enough, but what does it mean? Bill Radke is determined to find out.
Related story:
Letter's Lost Love Found (02/12/2005)

Music Bridge: You Set My Face On Fire - Artist: Global Goon
CD: Family Glue (Audio Dregs)
Listen IconYoung Mayors
President Bush is pushing Social Security reform hard. It won't change much for older Americans, but what about America's younger set? Barbara Bogaev talked with two budding politicians about this and other the challenges they'll face in the future: Richard Carlbom, mayor of St. Joseph, Minnesota; Josh Roberts, mayor of West Union, South Carolina.

Music Bridge: Crevette Le Bandit - Artist: Billy Mahonie
CD: Bucolique Vol. 1 (Arbouse)
Listen IconWebsite of the Week
Weekend America's web guy, Chris Spurgeon, delves into the world of museum websites.
Museums mentioned:
The Louvre
The National Holocaust Museum
The Whitney

Listen IconBookstore Update
President's Day is Monday, so does that mean that books about our country's forefathers will be flying off the shelves? Bill Radke called two bookstores across the country to find out.
Online resource:
Books suggested by Chuck Robinson with Village Books in Bellingham, Washington; Lisa Walden at Page One Books in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Music Bridge: Rag - Artist: Giant Sand
CD: It's All Over The Map (Thrill Jockey)
Through My God's Eyes
Listen IconThrough My God's Eyes
Christianity and "The Simpsons" make for strange bedfellows. Producer Heather McElhatton asked an evangelical Christian to imagine how the show might look through the eyes of the God she believes in.
Related story:
Through My God's Eyes: John Musik

Music Bridge: Si Paloma - Artist: Sun Kill Moon
CD: Ghosts of the Great Highway (Badman)
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