Sponsor
Support Weekend America with your Amazon.com purchases
Search Amazon.com:
Keywords:
  • News/Talk
  • Music
  • Entertainment
Weekend America home page
Weekend America Primary Navigation
Play Consumed
Get Involved

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?

Section Bottom
Browse
Section Bottom
Browse
Broadcast Date: June 11, 2005
Weekend America's theme music was composed by Galactic
Listen IconThe Wheels of Justice
Three civil rights workers were murdered in Philadelphia, Mississippi in 1964. The incident ignited a fire under the movement that played out on a national stage. Rights were won, laws were passed, but the murders were never solved. Next week, an 80-year-old suspect goes to trial. Weekend America correspondent Ian Chillag and writer Gary Younge, went down south to hear how locals are reacting to the news, and to see if anything has changed.
Online resources:
Killen trial to proceed (The Neshoba Democrat)

Music Bridge: Boom Bip: Tremors - Artist: Japancakes
CD: Waking Hours (Warm)
WA Production Image
Listen IconIt's Not Over Till It's Over
Washington finally has a governor. Democratic candidate Christine Gregorie wins by a hair. Throughout the election and the aftermath, Weekend America checked in with people on both sides of the campaign. Now that it's over, Weekend America host Bill Radke talks with the governor's daughter about being in the center of the storm.
Previous coverage:
11/20/04: Washington Runoff
11/27/04: A Close Call in Washington
12/18/04: Never Give Up

Listen IconLetters for June 11, 2005
Weekend America hosts Barbara Bogaev and Bill Radke read excerpts from the listener mailbox.

Music Bridge: Untitled - Artist: Kid Loco
CD: The Grafitti Artist (Mettray)
Listen IconThe Long Mile
Dealing with a cancer is daunting. Sometimes dealing with treatment is worse. Sue Mell discovered this during her own battle with breast cancer. Last spring, she reached the end of her radiation treatment. In a moving remembrance, she recalls the toughest part of this difficult situation.

Music Bridge: Atlantic - Artist: Lanterna
CD: Sands (Badman)
Listen IconFainting Spells
Every writer hopes to move readers with their words, and writer Chuck Palahnuik, author of Fight Club, is no exception. He has them rolling in the aisles when he reads from his latest collection of stories. But not for reasons you might expect. Weekend America host Barbara Bogaev talks with Chuck about pushing the literary envelope.
Online resources:
Chuck Palahniuk book, Haunted, is available at the Public Radio BookSource.
Learn more about Chuck Palahniuk at ChuckPalahniuk.net

Jazz Picks with Tom Pryor
Indie Music with Marc Wheat: Smog
The latest work from SMOG leaves behind the grand production that made him famous and returns to the folk tradition,. Mark Wheat from The Current talks about his new album, A River Ain't Much to Love.
Marc's set list:
Smog - In The Pines | From the album, A River Ain't Too Much in Love (Drag City)
Electrelane - Bells | From the album, Axes (Too Pure)
Prospect Hummer - Prospect Hummer | From the album, Animal Collective & Vashti Bunyan (Fat Cat)

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

Listen IconBorn to Sing
After a series of odd jobs, Grey DeLisle has come into her own as a singer songwriter. She found success with her voice long ago, with voiceovers and cartoon characters, but she always longed for more. Producer Trey Key traces her winding road to stardom as she reflects on a life with no regrets.
Online resources:
Grey DeLisle's latest album Iron Flowers is available at the Public Radio MusicSource.

Music Bridge: Joanna - Artist: Grey DeLisle
CD: Iron Flowers (Sugarhill)
Weekend America's theme music was composed by Galactic
Listen IconPoster Child
Every cause has a public face. Often, it's one person whose personal drama becomes a test case. But not everyone does so willingly and the effects can last a lifetime. We hear from one man who took a stand and became a poster child in a new controversy. Then, Weekend America host Bill Radke talks with an attorney, about the challenge of putting a public face on a legal dilemma.
Online resources:
article8.org

Music Bridge: Anlauf - Artist: Blond
CD: Faller (Payola)
Listen IconIn Search of the Best BBQ
Sometimes great food turns up in the most unusual places. Weekend America correspondent Patrick Hirsh went in search of the best BBQ and wound up in church.
Online resources:
Prayer Assembly Church of God in Christ, (310) 327-9474, 442 E. El Segundo Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90061. Serving BBQ from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday.

Music Picks
Indie Music with Marc Wheat: Electrelane
In the age of technology, some groups still record the old-fashioned way, live, from start to finish. Mark Wheat, host of The Current shares one such new work from Electrelane.
Marc's set list:
Smog - In The Pines | From the album, A River Ain't Too Much in Love (Drag City)
Electrelane - Bells | From the album, Axes (Too Pure)
Prospect Hummer - Prospect Hummer | From the album, Animal Collective & Vashti Bunyan (Fat Cat)

Listen IconVirus Detective
Some doctors track diseases the way policemen chase criminals. Last month, a strange virus appeared in transplant patients. The medical community was stumped until one doctor put all the pieces together. Weekend America correspondent Rebecca Roberts reports on what it takes to solve a medical mystery.

Music Bridge: Goin' Back to Smashed Potatoes - Artist: Tal M. Klein
CD: Alpha Beats (Aniligital)
Listen IconA Fashionable Life
Simon Doonan knows fashion. As creative director of Barney's New York, his opinion counts. But he didn't always run in such glamorous circles. Weekend America host Barbara Bogaev talks with him about his new memoir "Nasty." She finds out what he learned from the queen of style-on-a-shoestring -- his mother.
Online resources:
Simon's book, Nasty: My Family and Other Glamorous Varmints, is available at the Public Radio BookSource.

Music Bridge: Out - Artist: Tape vs RQM
CD: Autoreverse (Kitty - Yo)
Weekend America Image
Listen IconAn Open Letter to Penguins
What if we could give the universe a piece of our mind? That cause was taken up by McSweeney's, an online literary magazine. Today we air one of the magazine's "Open Letters to People and Entities Who Are Unlikely to Respond." Tony Cross sends words of wisdom to penguins.
Online resources:
More open letters...

Independent Picks with Marc Wheat: Animal Collective
Folk fans have reason to celebrate a new CD called, Prospect Hummer. Mark Wheat from The Current gives us his take on a unique collaboration between Animal Collective and folk singer Vashti Punyon.
Marc's set list:
Smog - In The Pines | From the album, A River Ain't Too Much in Love (Drag City)
Electrelane - Bells | From the album, Axes (Too Pure)
Prospect Hummer - Prospect Hummer | From the album, Animal Collective & Vashti Bunyan (Fat Cat)

Listen IconFix'er Up Dad
Joshua Kilpatrick grew up with a dad who gave everything and everyone a second chance. As a child, Jason took it for granted, but when faced with his own crisis, he had a change of heart.
Online resources:
06/19/04: Remembering Fathers on Father's Day

Section Bottom
As Mentioned on Weekend America
Section Bottom
As Mentioned on Weekend America
... on our December 15 broadcast:

» Weekend America
iPodEnhanced Podcast:
Skip back and forth through stories, see images on iTunes and on your iPod, all with better sound quality.
» The Huckabee Mystique: See video of Mike Huckabee and Chuck Norris.
» Another Great Moment in Small Talk: Read how Charlie Schroeder became an unpopular "tool" because of Borat.
» Listener Letters: Renewable Christmas Trees: Read listeners' alternate endings to "Puff the Magic Dragon."
» Sign Up for the Weekend America weekly newsletter: Find out what's on the upcoming show, and listen to the most popular previous segments.
Section Bottom
As Mentioned on Weekend America
Newsletter
Sign Up for the Weekend America Weekly Newsletter


Find out what's on the upcoming show, listen to the most popular previous segments, and be the first to participate stories about our listeners.

» Subscribe to the Newsletter

Section Bottom
Send Us Your Stories
This week: Have you exper-
ienced any strange seasonal changes: springtime plants sprouting; squirrels sunbathing?
Let us know...
Section Bottom