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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: May 21, 2005
Opening Theme: Start From Scratch - Artist: Galactic
CD: Crazyhorse Mongoose (Capricorn)
Akbar Ahmed
Listen IconSacred Text
This week, news of the alleged desecration of the Koran at the hands of U.S. soldiers in Guantanamo Bay created a firestorm of controversy and violence. But what do most of us know about Islam's most sacred text? As the investigation into the incident and its validity continues, we talk to an imam and a religious scholar about the personal and symbolic significance of the Koran.
Online resources:
Learn more about Akbar Ahmed

Music Bridge: Boom Bip: Micronomic Rmx - Artist: Lali Puna
CD: I Thought I Was Over That (Morr)
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Listen IconHot Dogs and Buns, Together at Last
For years, a dilemma has plagued hot dog lovers -- what to do with the extra buns. Their prayers have been answered. Manufacturers have reached an historic truce vowing to sell hot dogs and buns in the same quantities -- packs of 8. We talk to a hot dog vendor about the good news.
Online resources:
Read Bill Radke's blog posting: "You mean they pay you to love?"

Music Bridge: C + F - Artist: Sam Prekop
CD: Who's Your New Professor (Thrill Jockey)
Listen IconImagination
What do the book "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" and the movie "The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" have in common? The novel's author Jonathan Safran Foer and the movie's director Michel Gondry both believe in childlike imagination and friendship. We brought them together to talk about their friendship and the roots of imagination with Weekend America host Barbara Bogaev.
Online resources:
Work of Director Michel Gondry is available at the Public Radio Music Source
More about Michel Gondry
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close is available at the Public Radio BookSource

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)
Listen IconFilibusters in Training
At Colby College in Waterville, Maine students are talking and talking and talking. Organizer Miki Starr and her friends join the ranks of students across the country who have read Beowulf, the first 3500 digits of Pi, and Hunter S. Thompson's obituary for Richard Nixon out loud for hours in tribute to something they say is an important democratic institution -- the filibuster.
Online resources:
FilibusterFrist.com

Music Picks with Tom Pryor
World Music with Tom Pryor: Autorickshaw
Global Rhythm magazine's Tom Pryor shares the best new World Music, including the South Asian-inspired sounds of the Canadian band, Autorickshaw, whose funky arrangements are bringing new life to old standards.
Tom's set list:
Aphrodesia - Rebel Motion | From the album, Front Lines (Full Cut)
Luminescent Orchestrii - Taraf Hijacked | From the album, Luminescent Orchestrii (Lumi)
Autorickshaw - Saraswati | From the album, Four Higher (AAD)

Opening Theme: Start From Scratch - Artist: Galactic
CD: Crazyhorse Mongoose (Capricorn)
Listen IconUndocumented Students
From coast to coast, high school commencements are under way. But while many high school seniors are looking forward to going away to college next fall, others will encounter disappointment -- not for lack of academic achievement, but because they were born on the wrong side of the border. Reporter Helen Thorpe introduces us to a young woman facing an uncertain future.
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More immigrant stories from our July 3, 2004 program

Music Bridge: Crevette Le Bandit - Artist: Billie Mahonie
CD: Bucolique Vol. 1 (Audio Dregs)
Listen IconChain of Influence
In a recent segment of our series that follows people and their greatest influences, the trail led from an eminent child psychologist, to a man who works with a Catholic ministry for the poor. Weekend America host Barbara Bogaev speaks with his influence, author Aviva Gotlieb Zornberg, from her home in Israel. She's a Jewish scholar who specializes in interpreting biblical texts.
Online resources:
Follow each link in the "Chain of Influence" series
WA Blog: "Chain of Influence"

Music Bridge: Brennivin - Artist: The Album Leaf
CD: Seal Beach (Better Looking)
Listen IconNice Guys Finish First -- The Interrogator
The name Sherwood F. Moran doesn't ring a bell for most of us, but he's a legend in military circles as the most successful interrogator in history. His methods were once widely taught, and his writings have reached cult status. His secret technique? Kindness. Bill Radke talks with Atlantic Monthly correspondent Stephen Budiansky about Moran's revealing conversations with the enemy.

Music Bridge: For All You Happy People - Artist: Jaga Jazzist
CD: What We Must (Ninja Tune)
Jazz Picks with Tom Pryor
World Music with Tom Pryor: Aphrodesia
Tom Pryor, editor of Global Rhythm magazine, shares the latest release from Aphrodesia, a ten-piece Afrobeat band that draws from a variety of African traditions to make their own unique sound.
Tom's set list:
Aphrodesia - Rebel Motion | From the album, Front Lines (Full Cut)
Luminescent Orchestrii - Taraf Hijacked | From the album, Luminescent Orchestrii (Lumi)
Autorickshaw - Saraswati | From the album, Four Higher (AAD)
Weekend America Music Blog: Musical Inspiration

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Listen IconWhat's the Word in Johannesburg
American music has always been our cultural ambassador to the world. Everything from jazz to rock to disco has made its way to the far corners of the earth. Hip Hop is the latest to take hold. Reporter Sean Cole witnessed its popularity first hand on a trip to South Africa where he heard the sounds of an ambitious collective called MUN Productions. He talks to the musicians who make up Music Uniting Nations, about their hope to spread their message of unity and the true roots of rap.

Jazz Picks with Tom Pryor
World Music with Tom Pryor: Luminescent Orchestrii
There's a little bit of everything in the new release from Luminescent Orchestrii, one of the Gypsy-inspired bands on the New York music scene. Global Rhythm magazine's Tom Pryor gives us the low down on the Brooklyn-based string quartet.
Tom's set list:
Aphrodesia - Rebel Motion | From the album, Front Lines (Full Cut)
Luminescent Orchestrii - Taraf Hijacked | From the album, Luminescent Orchestrii (Lumi)
Autorickshaw - Saraswati | From the album, Four Higher (AAD)

Listen IconAirseum
For most of us, airports are points of entry and departure, a stopover on the way to somewhere else. But as Producer Harriett Baskas found out, some airports are worth a closer look. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport has a reputation for its collection of public art. This month, after a multimillion-dollar upgrade, Baskas gives us a tour of an airport with so much to see; it's a destination in its own right.
Online resources:
Art at Sea-Tac Airport

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