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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: June 4, 2005
Weekend America's theme music was composed by Galactic
Listen IconWill the Real "Deep Throat" Please Stand Up?
Earlier this week, Vanity Fair revealed the name of the Watergate scandal's most notorious anonymous source - "Deep Throat." Now that the speculation is over, Weekend America host Barbara Bogaev speaks to the children of two men who were on the short list of suspects to find out what it was like living with the specter of an informant.
Online resources:
Identity of "Deep Throat" Unveiled (Nixon.archives.gov)

Music Bridge: Boom Bip: Jim Dodge Dines At The Penguin Cafe - Artist: Lucky Pierre
CD: Touchpool (Melodic)
Listen IconKansas City Here We Come
Every city has an identity. Some even have songs. "Kansas City" is a famous blues tune, but it's not the city's official anthem. Weekend America host Bill Radke talks to columnist Mike Hendricks from the Kansas City Star about a little ditty you've probably never heard.

Music Bridge: Kansas City - Artist: Brenda Lee
CD: Anthology Vols. 1 & 2 (MCA)
Jazz Picks with Tom Pryor
Jazz with Jason Koransky: Wayne Shorter
Jazz great Wayne Shorter is still kicking' at 71 years. Downbeat magazine's Jason Koransky reviews Shorter's latest live album, Beyond the Sound Barrier.
Jason's set list:
Wayne Shorter Quartet - Beyond the Sound Barrier | From the album, Beyond The Sound Barrier (Verve)
Arturo O'Farrill - Well, You Needn't | From the album, Live In Brooklyn (Zoho)
Miguel Zenón - Seis Cinco | From the album, Jíbaro (Marsalis Music)

Listen IconSmall Town Justice
Both sides rested yesterday in trial of pop star Michael Jackson. Weekend Americahost Barbara Bogaev talks to Loyola law professor Laurie Levenson about what happens when high profile cases meet small town justice.

Music Bridge: Camaro - Artist: Couch
CD: Fantasy (Kitty Yo)
Listen IconToo Much Pomp, Too Much Circumstance
Once solemn and respectful, modern graduation ceremonies have gotten out of hand. To counter this trend, school officials are taking a hard line, restricting the rowdy behavior that's become so commonplace. Weekend America host Bill Radke talks to a former high school valedictorian about why no one remembers her speech. Then, Bill gets a view from the other side, from a pastor whose family members unexpectedly got the boot.

Music Bridge: Out - Artist: Tape vs RQM
CD: Autoreverse (Kitty - Yo)
Listen IconThe 21st Century Groom
Traditionally, men have not been very involved in the preparations of their weddings. Staying away from the bustle of choosing the flowers, cake, linen and such sundries that make up the big day. That is changing and we spoke to a couple, Leora Kay and her fiancÚ Doug Gordon who are getting married in August. Doug has enthusiastically thrown himself into the planning process.
Online resources:
www.planetgordon.com
www.theknot.com
www.weddingchannel.com
www.bridalguide.com
www.modernbride.com
www.brides.com

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 IconSlab City
A few weeks ago, the Pentagon announced its preliminary list of base closings. Camp Dunlap Naval Base met that fate years ago. All that's left of it are giant slabs of concrete in the California desert. It's been taken over by aging hippies and hermits who call it Slab City. New York Times writer Charlie Le Duff introduces us to some of the locals. Produced by Ben Adair.
Online resources:
www.slabcity.org
Photos of Slab City

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Listen IconTo Join or Not to Join?
After months of debate, the European Union is still struggling to gain traction. In another setback this week, French and Dutch voters rejected the union's constitution. If the U.S. Constitution had to be ratified today, would all 50 states sign on? Should they? Barbara Bogaev puts this question to two legal experts.
Online resources:
Would you sign / ratify the Constitution? Take our survey...
Constitution of the United States: Main Page
The Charters of Freedom: "A New World Is at Hand"(Archives.gov)

Music Bridge: Oslo Skyline - Artist: Jaga Jazzist
CD: What We Must (Ninja Tune)
Listen IconA Passion Beyond Scale
When reporter Jeff Lunden read Sam Posey's book on model trains, he knew he'd found a kindred spirit. Posey's tale recounts a project that took sixteen years. Jeff takes us on a personal tour of the author's labor of love.
Online resources:
Posey's book, Playing with Trains: A Passion Beyond Scale, is available at the Public Radio BookSources.
Lionel Trains
This feature was supported in part by HearingVoices.com

Music Bridge: Absinthe On A Bicycle - Artist: Luther and Toby
CD: Karny Sutra (Hit Thing)
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Listen IconWilt's Big Night
Sports history was made on March 2, 1962. Basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points in one game. But the moment would be lost to all but memory if not for one resourceful college student. Weekend America host Bill Radke talks with Jim Trelease about the story behind the one-of-a-kind recording of a remarkable quarter in NBA history.

Music Bridge: Anlauf - Artist: Blond
CD: Faller (Payola)
Listen IconUse-It-Again Roadshow
Right now in Seattle, people are flocking to a garage sale with the best deals in town. It's called the Use-It-Again Road Show, and everything is free. Reporter Cathy Duchamp takes us there to find out how it works.
Online resources:
"The Use-It-Again Road Show schedule"
www.letsrecycle.com
www.recycle.com
Internet Consumer Recycling Guide
ServiceMagic.com - find a recycling service in your neighborhood
www.epa.gov/recyclecity/
www.nrc-recycle.org

Jazz Picks with Tom Pryor
Jazz with Jason Koransky: Arturo O'Farrill
Arturo O'Farrill is one of many Latin artists who love Thelonius Monk. Jason Koransky, editor of Downbeat magazine's, tells us why and shares O'Farrill's version of classic Monk.
Jason's set list:
Wayne Shorter Quartet - Beyond the Sound Barrier | From the album, Beyond The Sound Barrier (Verve)
Arturo O'Farrill - Well, You Needn't | From the album, Live In Brooklyn (Zoho)
Miguel Zenón - Seis Cinco | From the album, Jíbaro (Marsalis Music)

Listen IconThe World on a String
The "Earth Harp" is the world's largest string instrument. Its inventor, Bill Close, played it this week on Landmark Plaza in downtown St. Paul, Minn. and invited the audience to give it a try. Weekend America listens in.
Online resources:
Stringing the biggest harp in the world (MPR News)
MASS Ensemble

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