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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 18, 2005
Weekend America's theme music was composed by Galactic
Listen IconLong Lost Dad
Like many kids today, young Graham Thomas Shelby never knew his birth father. His mother and step dad raised him. But one day he watched the evening news and everything changed. Graham's a writer now, with three kids of his own. He reflects on that fateful day and the meaning of fatherhood.

Music Bridge: Oberer - Artist: F.S. Blumm
CD: Zweite Meer (Morr)
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Listen IconThe Right to Live
In recent news, family members fought over a patient's right to die. Leslie Burke wants to be kept alive. He has an illness that will eventually deprive him of movement and speech. Weekend America host Barbara Bogaev talks with Les about his battle to preserve the quality of life.
Online resources:
Web Extra: Extended interview with Leslie Burke
Leslie Burke's Website
Weekend America: The Language of Life (03/26/2005)

Music Bridge: Radiance - Part 8 - Artist: Keith Jarret
CD: Radiance (ECM)
Listen IconRaising My Parents
Retirement isn't what it used to be. Weekend America's producer, Heidi Pickman, visited her parents in Delray Beach, Florida. She brings us this story of growing up and growing old.
Audio outtakes from this story:
Listen: Drug use behind the scenes
Listen: Arthur Pickman sings There Is a Place to the tune of Nature Boy

Music Bridge: Morning Coffee - Artist: lullatone
CD: Little Songs About Raindrops (audio dregs)
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Listen IconFab Lab
Is the production line a thing of the past? Yep, if MIT professor, Neil Gershenfeld has his way. We'll make everything we need in a laboratory at home. Weekend America Barbara Bogaev talks with the author of "FAB" about his plan.
Online resources:
MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms
MIT Fab Labs around the world
MAKE Magazine (for people who want to do their own fabrication)

Music Picks
Listen IconClassical Music: Jean Phillipe Rameau
Jean Phillipe Rameau's work is best known as an accompaniment to opera and ballet. Classical music critic Steve Smith shares his thoughts on a new compilation of Rameau's work that's good enough to stand on its own.
Online resources:
Jean-Philippe Rameau - La Poule | From the album, Une Symphonie Imaginaire (Archiv)

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 IconNate's Vision
Marketplace's Nate DiMeo was diagnosed with a rare migraine condition. He doesn't get headaches, but he suffers from a visual disturbance that never goes away. DiMeo tells host Bill Radke how he found a computer to help him accomplish a common everyday task -- reading.
Online resources:
The Early History of Talking Machines (Yale.edu)
Speech synthesis (Wikipedia)
Demonstrate the AT&T Natural Voices Text-to-Speech Engine

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Listen IconA Few Good Men
As the war continues, military recruiters face the difficult task of convincing people to enlist. Weekend America host Bill Radke talks with Staff Sergeant John George about how he makes the tough sell.
Military recruiting information:
Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, National Guard
U.S. Army School Recruiting Handbook

Listen IconOpting Out
Students of a certain age have come to expect a call from a military recruiter. They get the information from the government. But it doesn't have to be that way. Weekend America correspondent Hank Rosenfeld went along for the ride with a group of Los Angeles teachers. They're spreading the word about how to opt out.
Online resources:
Palisadians for Peace

Music Bridge: Baikonour - Artist: Coltan Anyone
CD: For The Lonely Hearts of the Cosmos (Melodic)
Listen IconDriving Mr. Wouk
You know those cool hybrid cars cruising the nation's highways? Dr. Victor Wouk developed the technology for enviro-friendly wheels back in the 1970's. Weekend America host Barbara Bogaev goes for a ride with Dr. Wouk.
Online resources:
Victor Wouk, 86, Dies; Built Early Hybrid Car (NYTimes.com)

Music Picks
Listen IconClassical Music: John Corigliano
Can a film score hold its own without the film? Music critic Steve Smith from Time Out New York thinks so. He tells us about a new album from composer John Corigliano. He wrote the cutting edge score for the film, "Altered States."
Online resources:
John Corigliano - Sacrifice from Three Hallucinations | From the album, Phantasmagoria (Sony)

Listen IconLiving in Limbo
Somali refugee Jama Keyse served his time for assault in Minnesota, but five years later he's still in jail. The U.S. government wants to deport him, but Somalia refuses to let him in. Reporter Elizabeth Stawicki, from our partner station KNOW, tells us his story.
Online resources:
Local Somali man waits in limbo for deportation (MPR.org)

Music Bridge: Charley Bradley's Ten-Sixty-Six Blues - Artist: John Fahey
CD: Red Cross (Revenant)
Listen IconMan of Steel
Mark di Suvero is famous for his enormous sculptures. He's been known to take years to create one piece. Weekend America's arts correspondent Amanda Aronczyk pays a visit to the Storm King Art Center as his latest installation is completed and talks with the sculptor about his life's work.
Online resources:
Visit our interactive map featuring Mark di Suvero's sculptures around the United States.
Storm King Art Center - Richard Bellamy and Mark di Suvero

Jazz Picks with Tom Pryor
Listen IconClassical Music: Susan Graham
Can a mezzo-soprano be sexy? Music critic Steve Smith finds the answer in a new release from Susan Graham.
Online resources:
Susan Graham - Le Jet d'Eau | From the album, Poèmes de l'Amour (Warner Classics)

Listen IconMy Father, the Coach
Michael Alltop is a theater director, but he learned everything he knows about life from a baseball coach -- his dad. Michael followed his father's example and coaches his son's little league team. He reflects on a life in sports and the ties that bind.

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