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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?

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Broadcast Date: May 7, 2005
Opening Theme: Start From Scratch - Artist: Galactic
CD: Crazyhorse Mongoose (Capricorn)
Listen IconProtecting Sources
Two reporters who refused to reveal their sources lost a federal court appeal last week. If their case reaches the Supreme Court, the decision rendered in Branzburg v. Hayes will likely be cited. We revisit this precedent with Kentucky judge Ed Schroering and professor Mark Feldstein, and explore the ramifications for journalists today.

Music Bridge: Out - Artist: Tape vs RQM
CD: Autoreverse (Kitty - Yo)
Music Picks with Mark Wheat

Ellie Fridell
Listen IconReflections on Motherhood
In honor of Mother's Day, we visit with several women who are expecting a child, as they reflect on what motherhood means to them. Ellie Fridell struggled with fertility for years, and with an adoption imminent, suddenly became pregnant. She talks about rethinking her ideas of motherhood.

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

Music Bridge: Beat Connection (Disco Dub Version) - Artist: lcd soundsystem
CD: DFA compilation #2 (DFA)
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Listen IconAnd, They're Off!
It's Derby Day in Louisville, Kentucky. We go live to Churchill Downs for a taste of history and tradition at the 131st run for the roses.
Online resources:
Kentucky Derby 2005

Music Bridge: Si Paloma - Artist: Sun Kill Moon
CD: Ghosts of the Great Highway (Badman)
Listen IconSCOTUS Short List: Part 2
First, we asked listeners to help us discern the must-have qualities for our next Supreme Court Justice. This week, we ask Mike Miller, an executive search consultant, and Adi Ignatius, an editor from Time Magazine, to come up with a short list of candidates. Find out who made the cut and why.
Online resources:
Vote for the next Supreme Court Justice
Related interviews: John Isaacson and James O'Hara

Music Picks with Mark Wheat

Dudley Williams
Listen IconReflections on Motherhood
In honor of Mother's Day, we visit with several women who are expecting a child, as they reflect on what motherhood means to them. Author Alexandra Fuller, who grew up in Africa and had her first child there, ponders how motherhood will be different in her new home, a world away, in Wyoming.
Online resources:
Fuller's book, Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood, is available at the Public Radio BookSource.

Music Bridge: This Time Last Week - Artist: Pedro
CD: Early Pedro (Melodic)
Opening Theme: Start From Scratch - Artist: Galactic
CD: Crazyhorse Mongoose (Capricorn)
Listen IconReal Life Survivor
Earlier this week two teenaged boys were rescued after 6 days at sea. Most of us can only imagine what it must have been like for them. Deborah Kiley knows. Bill Radke finds out how her life changed after being lost at sea for five days, then Barbara Bogaev explores what all survivors have in common with clinical psychologist Susan Ko.
Online resources:
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Deborah Scaling Kiley

Music Bridge: Wonderplucks - Artist: Freeform
CD: Outside In (Skam)
Listen IconThe Return of Tiki
Mai Tais, Polynesian artifacts, and exotic lounges were an early 20th century trend that reached the height of hip in the 50's and 60's. Now, Tiki is making a comeback. Alex Cohen takes us on a tour of the kitschy cultural tradition that's become all the rage, again.
Online resources:
The Tiki Oasis V
Caliente Tropics Motel
Project Pimento (featured music)

Music Bridge: Bali Ha'i - Artist: Project Pimento
CD: Magical Moods of the Theremin (Tru Blu Lu Records)
Listen IconProm Stylin' with Mr. Mickey
Fashion guru and Paper Magazine editor, Mr. Mickey, shares stories about prom and gives tips on how to dress for the big night.
Online resources:
PAPERMAG

Dudley Williams
Listen IconReflections on Motherhood
In honor of Mother's Day, we explore the meaning of motherhood through the experiences of several women as they await the birth of their children. Tara McMillan knows the pain of losing a child. Her second pregnancy should be cause for celebration, but instead, she's consumed by fear and envy of other, happier mothers. She tells us what it's like to face the future carrying the burden of loss. Janine Kingston is having a baby later in life than she ever would have expected. With her oldest child in college, she reflects on how motherhood has evolved over the years.
Online resources:
Fuller's book, Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood, is available at the Public Radio BookSource.

Music Bridge: Summa - Artist: Tape
CD: Opera (Hapna)
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Listen IconMusic Class, Life Lessons
As music education gets the squeeze in public schools, non-profits like the New York Pops Orchestra try to pick up the slack with free lessons through their Salute the Music program. WA correspondent Jonathan Mitchell looks in on a group of woodwind students and their teachers, who hope they'll learn lessons that last a lifetime.
Online resources:
The New York Pops Education Program

Listen IconSpringtime, and Entertaining Is Easy
The season for outside entertaining has begun. But where's the best place to hang out with friends - on the porch, or in the garage? We talk to two people with very different views on the best use of their real estate.

Music Bridge: Jim Dodge Dines At The Penguin Cafe - Artist: Lucky Pierre
CD: Touchpool (Melodic)
Music Picks with Mark Wheat

Mother's Day
Listen IconReflections on Motherhood
In honor of Mother's Day, we explore the meaning of motherhood through the eyes of a woman awaiting the birth of a child. Jacqueline Cranford is an attorney who's pushing 40 and working 15 hours a day. Now that she's pregnant, she ponders the many ways her life and priorities will change.

Music Bridge: Showstop (Op Art Informal) - Artist: High Llamas
CD: Retrospective, Rarities & Instrumentals (V2)
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