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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: July 23, 2005
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Listen IconClimate of Fear
With this weekend's bombings in Egypt and earlier bombing attempts on London's mass transit system, residents are living in a climate of fear. Some Americans see parallels to their own lives in crime-ridden, violent inner cities where random violence is already commonplace. Weekend America reporter Tinku Ray talks with two women from South Central Los Angeles about the emotional toll of living under siege.

Music Bridge: Refrain Tomorrow - Artist: Mice Parade
CD: Obrigado Saudade (Bubble Core)
Listen IconToo Old To Serve
The military is always looking for a few good men. And John Conroy is anxious is serve, but he recently found out that he's a few years too late, over the hill at 40 years old. Weekend America host Bill Radke talks to him about facing disappointment and efforts to change the military age limit.

Music Bridge: For the Lonely Hearts of the Cosmos - Artist: Baikonour
CD: For the Lonely Hearts of the Cosmos (Melodic)
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Listen IconA Voice For Change
The Brooklyn Dodgers integrated baseball when they signed Jackie Robinson in 1945. But some say it never would have happened if Lester Rodney didn't light the match with his sports writing in a Communist newspaper. Weekend America correspondent Jordana Gustafson talks with Lester about finally getting his due.

Music Bridge: A Colt's Tooth - Artist: The Zincs
CD: Dimmer (Thrill Jockey)
Listen IconIndependent Music Pick: Jamie Lidell
Music critic Mark Wheat of The Current talks with Weekend America host Bill Radke about the latest in blue-eyed soul. But if you think it's Joss Stone, you'd be wrong. It's Jamie Lidell. He's best known for electronic music, but his new album "Multiply" would be right at home alongside old school R & B.
Online resources:
Jamie Lidell - Multiply | From the album, Multiply (Warp)

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Listen IconPolitical Dreamscape
Politics make strange bedfellows. A new study reveals that our political views affect our dreams. Weekend America host Barbara Bogaev talks with author Kelly Bulkley about the latest research on what liberals and conservatives are dreaming about since the last election.
    "I was onstage singing 'If I Had a Hammer' to President Bush who was my sole audience, who didn't appreciate my talents and had me forcibly removed by his henchmen."

      "I was at a presidential rally, where GW Bush was speaking. There was much red white and blue. Bush speaks: 'There are those who say that we are giving up our civil liberties. But I say, we should be proud to sacrifice our freedoms for America!' The crowd went wild, clapping, cheering, and waving flags. I awoke in a cold sweat."

    "In the dream I am sitting on my sofa in the apartment I was living in 4 years ago (cream sofa, white walls) watching the election night news on TV with my fiancÚ (same age and background, but more centralist in political view). That part is more like remembering the night of the last election. When the news analyst announces for whom each state's votes will support, they are pretty much even, until suddenly the announcer says that all of the states have changed their votes for Bush and that Bush will be the president again. The announcer looks right at me and adds 'because he (Bush) doesn't like YOU, AMY!' My stomach sinks and I realized that it's all my fault. I wake up feeling affronted and guilty and out of breath."

      "I was friends with George W. Bush and we were working together on his ranch.
      I was happy to be there."
    Online resources:
    » Political Dreams from 10/2/2004

Music Bridge: Mister Sandman - Artist: Chet Atkins
CD: Guitar Legend: The RCA Years (RCA)
Listen IconLucid Dreamer
One man's nightmare is another's inspiration. Jason Morphew's songs are the stuff of his dreams. Producer Aimee Machado visits Jason to find out how he turns his subconscious into art.
Online resources:
» "The Living End" - Jason Morphew
» "The Living End" (acoustic version)
» JasonMorphew.com

Listen IconWeekend Weather
Weekend America's John Moe is away, but Hank Rosenfeld takes a look at weather patterns and Saturday happenings all across the country.

Music Bridge: Beat Connection (Disco Dub Version) - Artist: lcd soundsystem
CD: DFA compilation #2 (DFA)
Listen IconThe Right To Be Nude
The Bible Belt is an area known for its conservative views. But the people of Tennessee support the right to be nude and have three nudist resorts to show for it. Weekend America producer Todd Jerrell finds out why some like to get naked.
Online resources:
Cherokee Lodge and Resort, nudist camp
American Association for Nude Recreation
Maryland Health Society, organizers of the upcoming BBQ

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Listen IconSupreme Crystal Ball
Last week, John Roberts landed the Supreme Court nomination. He's 50 and if confirmed, stands to be on the bench for decades. What prickly issues lay in his future that are only a glimmer in some jurist's eyes today? Weekend America host Bill Radke finds out from legal futurist Stuart Forsythe.

Music Bridge: Tape vs. RQM - Artist: Out
CD: Autoreverse (Kitty Yo)
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Listen IconA Test of Endurance
Lance Armstrong is still in the lead at the Tour De France. What's it like to keep the pace? Weekend America host Barbara Bogaev gets on a bike to find out.

Music Bridge: Reflet - Artist: Paris Combo
CD: Motifs (Koch)
Listen IconThe Face of Terror
Suicide bombers dominate the headlines. But most of us will never come into contact with these people. Time magazine correspondent Bobby Ghosh has met two potential bombers face to face. Weekend America host Barbara Bogaev talks with Ghosh about his interview with two young men, willing and able to perform the ultimate final mission.

Music Bridge: For All You Happy People - Artist: Jaga Jazzist
CD: What We Must (Ninja Tune)
Listen IconRemembering Papa John
Hank Rosenfeld,s grandfather lived to be 102. When he turned 100, the Rosenfeld-Krasnick clan threw a big bash in his honor and Hank was charged with getting him ready for the big event. Weekend America listens in on some of Hank's favorite memories of his Papa John.

Music Bridge: Stomin' At the Savoy - Artist: Chick Webb
CD: The World of Swing (Sony)
Listen IconSecret Scenes
Last week, the rating on the latest installment of popular game Grand Theft Auto was changed to Adults Only after the rating board found hidden sexual content. Weekend America host Barbara Bogaev talks with animation historian Jerry Beck about the longstanding tradition of creating secret scenes and messages for viewers to find.

Listen IconIndependent Music Pick: The Books
The latest album from "The Books" continues their tradition of mixing archived sound elements with original lyrics. Music critic, Mark Wheat, gives us a glimpse of "Lost and Safe."
Online resources:
» The Books - An Animated Desription of Mr. Maps | From the album, Lost and Safe (Tomlab)

Listen IconWeekend Weather
Weekend America's John Moe is away, but Hank Rosenfeld takes a look at weather patterns and Saturday happenings all across the country.

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CD: DFA compilation #2 (DFA)
Listen IconIn Einstein's Shadow
One hundred years ago, in 1905, Albert Einstein had a miracle year. He published four major papers including his landmark theory of relativity. But despite his revolutionary accomplishments, he didn't win that year's Nobel Prize. Weekend America science reporter Rebecca Roberts asks why and profiles the man who won instead, Philip Lenard.

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