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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: August 6, 2005
Listen IconHiroshima Revisited
This weekend marks the 60th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, Japan at the end of World War II. Fiction writer Naomi Hirahara's parents were there. One parent talks about it and the other one thinks it's better to forget. Weekend America host Bill Radke talks with them about dealing with the past and their responsibility to future generations.
Online resources:
» Atomic bomb timeline, links and resources
» Web-only: Interview with Dr. James Yamazake
» Web-only: Listen to Naomi Hirahara read from her book, Summer of the Big Bachi
» Naomi Hirahara website
» Naomi Hirahara's book, Summer of the Big Bachi is available at the Public Radio BookSource.

Music Bridge: The Golden Morning Breaks - Artist: Colleen
CD: The Golden Morning Breaks (Leaf)
Music Bridge: Innocent Eye, Crystal See - Artist: Eyvind Kang
CD: Virginal Co Ordinates (Ipecac)
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Listen IconComanche Code Talker
Last week, Charles Chibitty died. He was the last of the Comanche code talkers who used their native language to prevent the Germans from deciphering Allied messages during World War II. A few years ago, he shared some memories with Oklahoma Public Radio. Producer Scott Gurian tells the story of a hero.
Online resources:
» CodeTalkers.info

Music Bridge: Bright - Artist: efterklang
CD: Springer (Leaf)
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Listen IconI Think I Can
Living with a disability can be limiting, but Bill Picard doesn't let cerebral palsy stop him from pursuing his dreams. Twenty years ago, Picard set out to do five things in his life -- be independent, buy property, get a degree, have a career and get married. Producer Matt Largey profiles Bill and finds out how much he's accomplished.
Online resources:
» Salt Institute for Documentary Studies

Music Bridge: Great Scintillates - Artist: Drowsey
CD: Growing Green (Fat-Cat)
Music Picks
Listen IconPop Music: Judd & Maggie
Judd and Maggie are the latest artists to be launched by legendary music producer, Lenny Waronker. Music critic Alan Light reviews their debut album, Subjects.
Online resources:
» Judd & Maggie - Sleeper | From the album, Subjects (RCA)

Listen IconTaking Back Our Streets
Some pastors preach peace from the safety of the pulpit. Pastor Bruce Wall is taking his message to the mean streets of Lyndhurst in Dorchester, Massachusetts. This week, he moved into the dangerous neighborhood to try to be a voice for change. Pastor Wall shares recordings from his diary exclusively with Weekend America. Then, he'll talk with Weekend America host Barbara Bogaev, live from Dorchester.
Online resources:
» Global Ministries Christian Church

Weekend Weather
Listen IconWeekend Weather
Weekend America's John Moe takes a look at weather patterns and Saturday happenings all across the country.
Online resources:
» Event information

Music Bridge: Beat Connection (Disco Dub Version) - Artist: lcd soundsystem
CD: DFA compilation #2 (DFA)

Music Picks
Listen IconPop Music: The New Pornographers
Music critic Alan Light found some new music from Canada. They're The New Pornographers, a group made up of solo artists who come together once in a while. Weekend America host Barbara Bogaev talks with Alan about their third album, Twin Cinema.
Online resources:
» The New Pornographers - Sing Me Spanish Techno | From the album, Twin Cinema (Matador Records)
» Listen to the April 4, 2005 interview with Neko Case

Listen IconMan Clones Dog
South Korean scientists successfully cloned a dog for the first time. If you could clone man's best friend, would you? Weekend America host Bill Radke goes to a dog park to find out how dog owners feel about duplicating Fido.
Online resources:
» Dog parks in Los Angeles

Listen IconGoing on with Life
The U.S. death toll in Iraq is now more than 1800. The families of the soldiers who gave their lives often find solace in each other. Weekend America host Bill Radke talks with Elaine Roach Clark, who lost her son seventeen months ago.
Online resources:
» Joel K. Brattain memorial website

Music Bridge: Immaculate Heart 2 - Artist: American Analog Set
CD: Set Free (Arts and Crafts)
Listen IconYou Can Go Home Again
Juan Alexander is moving his family from San Jose, California, back to his hometown. And that's a good thing because the town is on the verge of disappearing. With only 22 residents, Nicodemus, Kansas, a black settlement founded by emancipated slaves, is struggling to survive. Producer Jordana Gustafson visits with the Alexander family as they prepare to move.
Online resources:
» The African-American Mosaic (Library of Congress)
» Nicodemus, Kansas (Library of Congress)
» Gilead: A Novel is available at the Public Radio BookSource.

Music Bridge: And So It Goes - Artist: Jet Black Crayon
CD: Low Frequency Speaker Test (5rc)
Listen IconIt's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's an Ultra-light
The Experimental Aircraft Association Fly-in is the largest air show in the world for aviation junkies. Carl Unger, a fixture at Oshkosh, spent the past 40 years promoting aviation by giving free rides in a plane with no doors or windows. Producer Jason Paur goes for a ride.
Online resources:
» Oshkosh Airshow (Wikipedia)
» 2005 AirVenture Oshkosh

Music Bridge: Coltan Anyone - Artist: Baikonour
CD: For the Lonely Hearts of the Cosmos (Melodic)
Listen IconIt Has Its Ups and Downs
In the future, average people will travel into space, but not necessarily by shuttle. They'll get there by elevator if one entrepreneur has his way. Weekend America host Barbara Bogaev interviews Michael Laine about the next stage in galactic transport.
Online resources:
» The LiftPort Group
» More about space elevators (Wikipedia)

Music Picks
Listen IconPop Music: Cowboy Junkies
The Cowboy Junkies are playing the blues. Their latest album is all cover versions of the band members' favorites. Does it work? Music critic Alan Light shares his take with Weekend America host Barbara Bogaev.
Online resources:
» The Cowboy Junkies - You're Missing | From the album, Early 21st Century Blues (Zoe Records)

Weekend Weather
Listen IconWeekend Weather
Weekend America's John Moe takes a look at weather patterns and Saturday happenings all across the country.
Online resources:
» Event information

Music Bridge: Beat Connection (Disco Dub Version) - Artist: lcd soundsystem
CD: DFA compilation #2 (DFA)
Listen IconA Duet's Work in Progress
If you want to know what makes a great duet, ask professional songwriters Caitlin Cary and Thad Cockrell. They've explored the musical and romantic tension that's part of a long tradition in country music and discovered their own unique harmonies. Weekend America listens in as they work on their latest album. Produced by David Schulman and engineered by Chris Stamey.
Online resources:
» Thad Cockrell's website
» Caitlin Cary's website
» Caitlin Cary and Thad Cockrell website
» Purchase their music at the Yep Roc website

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