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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?

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Broadcast Date: September 24, 2005
Listen IconWatching the Hurricane
Weekend America talks live with Lauri Barr as she waits out Hurricane Rita from the safety of Houston. Barr had to evacuate her home in La Porte, Texas and now waits for news on the fate of her home and neighborhood.
Online resources:
» Expanded hurricane coverage

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Listen IconYour Own Reality Show
With the news coverage of Hurricane Rita along the Texas Gulf Coast and an emergency plane landing in Los Angeles this week, people directly affected by events in the news have been able to watch their fate unfold live on TV. Host Barbara Bogaev talks to clinical psychologist Eyal Rozmarin about how this coverage colors our perceptions of ourselves.
Online resources:
» Expanded hurricane coverage

Music Bridge: With a Red Suit You Will Become a-man - Artist: Saxon Shore
CD: The Exquisite Death of Saxon Shore (Burnt Toast)
Listen IconAustin City Limits Festival
Pounding rain may be affecting cities along the Texas coast but further inland, the fourth annual Austin City Limits Music Festival is going on as planned. David Brown, host of KUT's Texas Music Matters, joins hosts Bill Radke and Barbara Bogaev to talk about how Hurricane Rita is affecting the event.
Online resources:
» Austin City Limits Music Festival 2005 Web site
» Austin City Limits Music Festival 2005 performance schedule
» Texas Music Matters

Music Bridge: Flora de Caña - Artist: Grupo Fantasma
CD: Unreleased Song (Verdad y Justicia)
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Music Bridge: Meltphace 6 - Artist: Alarm Will Sound
CD: Acoustica (Canteloupe)
Listen IconInspired Learning
Benjamin Zander conducts the Boston Philharmonic, and for the past 35 years, he has taught a class called "Interpretation." On the first day of class, he asks his students to write an essay on what grade they deserve and why. We talk to Benjamin Zander and Rosamund Stone Zander about his unique teaching strategy and reaching your full potential.
Online resources:
» Benjamin Zander Web site
» Benjamin Zander on teaching and student evaluation
» Read letters from his students
» Zander's book, The Art of Possibility, is available at the Public Radio BookSource.

Music Bridge: Mahler's 9th Symphony (2nd Movement)- Artist: Benjamin Zander conducting the Phillharmonia Orchestra
CD: Mahler: Symphony No. 9 (Telarc)
Listen IconHometown Happenings
Weekend America's John Moe takes a look at 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 IconHigh School Reunion
For some people, high school reunions are an opportunity to show old friends how they've bloomed since their teenage years. American Public Media's Stacey Vanek Smith tells us what she discovered about herself after her class reunion a few weeks ago in Boise, Idaho.
Online resources:
» Boise High School Web site

Music Bridge: Buddy Holly - Artist: Weezer
CD: Blue Album (Geffen)
Listen IconStaying Put
As Hurricane Rita was heading for Galveston earlier this week, Fletcher Harris stayed put. Weekend America and a Katrina evacuee, Sarah Dean of New Orleans, spoke to Fletcher as he prepared to ride out the storm in Texas.
Online resources:
» Expanded hurricane coverage

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Listen IconSurviving the Storm
Popular New Orleans musician Buckwheat Zydeco talks about how to keep up your spirits in the face of this deadly hurricane season, and shares some advice for those who are thinking of trying to ride out Rita.
Online resources:
» Buckwheat Zydeco Web site
» Explore the music of Buckwheat Zydeco at the Public Radio MusicSource.
» Expanded hurricane coverage

Music Bridge: Come Back Home Baby - Artist: Buckwheat Zydeco
CD: Jackpot! (Tomorrow Recordings)
Listen IconPeace and War
Hosts Barbara Bogaev and Bill Radke talk live with correspondent Jessica Smith live in Washington, DC, about the anti-war and pro-war marches happening in the capitol this weekend.

Music Bridge: Giddy Up - Artist: Stromba
CD: Tales from the Sitting Room (Fat Cat)
Listen IconCommon Ground
Do anti-war activists and war supporters have anything in common? Host Barbara Bogaev talks to Brian Smith, a peace activist who's attending this weekend's march, and Kristinn Taylor, a counter-demonstrator.

Listen IconThe Audition
Pedro Diaz made a deal with himself: if he wasn't playing music in an orchestra by the time he turned 40, he would give up his passion and pursue another career. With his birthday looming, Pedro decided to take a job with a small Mexican opera company. But then an audition from the New York Metropolitan Opera changed everything. We catch up with Pedro in New York City.
Online resources:
» The Metropolitan Opera

Music Bridge: Act V, Ah! Des Grieux!...O Manon! Tu Pleures! - Artist: Angela Gheorghiu & Roberto Alagna
CD: Massenet: Manon (EMI)
Listen IconFrom Convent to Copy Editor
Barbara Nicolosi is a former nun, who is trying to infuse Hollywood with Christianity. She's gone from convent to copy editor, and now she's spreading the word to others through her script writing classes. Independent producer Shannon Mullen spoke with Nicolosi about her mission.
Programs mentioned:
» Act One, INC.
» Barbara Nicolosi Web site
» Barbara Nicolosi's Blog, Church of the Masses

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Listen IconHollywood and Christianity
Host Bill Radke talks to Dr. Robert Johnston, professor of theology and culture at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, California, about the new dialogue between Hollywood and the Christian church.

Listen IconHometown Happenings
Weekend America's John Moe takes a look at 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 IconTribal Journey, Part 2
For years, tribal nations of the Pacific Northwest have been trying to revive their culture. During the past 13 summers, tribal members have canoed along the Pacific shoreline to unite their communities spread along the coast. Independent producer Jesse Boggs was invited along for part of this year's journey and this week, he brings us the final chapter of his experience.
Online resources:
» Additional production support came from Hearing Voices.com. Special thanks also to Island Outfitters in Anacortes, Washington.
» Learn more about Tribal Journeys at NOAA.gov
» Learn more about Marc Daniels' skin-boat kayaks at TrueNorthBoats.com
» Listen to Part 1 of Jesse's kayak adventure

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