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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: November 12, 2005 | Map these stories
Listen IconChurch Probe
This Sunday, at All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, California, Rector Ed Bacon will be speaking to the congregation about an unusual topic. His sermon is entitled, "The IRS Goes to Church." All Saints is currently under investigation by the IRS for allegedly violating rules for tax-exempt charities. Barbara Bogaev talks with Rector Bacon about his Sunday sermon.
Online resources:
» All Saints Church Web site
» Transcript of the sermon

Music Bridge: Wonderplucks - Artist: Freeform
CD: Outside In (Skam)
Listen IconFrench Unrest
A little over two weeks ago, rioting erupted in France. The deaths of two teenagers, attempting to hide from the police, sparked unrest in the Paris suburb of Clichy-sous-Bois. Rioting quickly spread to other, mainly poor and run down parts of France. Weekend America arts reporter Amanda Aronczyk recalls a French film called Hate (or La Haine) which portrays a few young men who live in these marginalized communities.
Online resources:
» More about Hate at IMDB.com

Music Bridge: la 25eme Image - Artist: Iam & Duddy Nuttea
CD: La Haine: Musiques Inspirees du Film (Tinder)
Music Picks
Listen IconWorld Music: Roswell Rudd & MBB
Weekend America host Barbara Bogaev talks to Anastasia Tsioulcas, a columnist for Billboard Magazine, about trombonist Roswell Rudd's collaboration with the Mongolian Buryat Band. Anastasia shares her take on a song called "Blue Mongol."
Online resources:
» Roswell Rudd & MBB | The Camel | From the album, Blue Mongol ((Sunnyside)

Listen IconMarathon Man
Last week, Weekend America correspondent Ian Chillag ran the New York Marathon. He hadn't planned on participating until he got a call from the Achilles Track Club that a blind runner from Mongolia needed a guide. Ian took them up on their offer.
Online resources:
» Achilles Track Club
» The ING New York City Marathon

Music Bridge: Suddenly the Trees Are Giving Way - Artist: Ulrich Schnauss
CD: Far Away Trains Passing By (Domino)
Listen IconSalute to Veterans
This Veterans Day weekend, solemn renditions of "Taps" will ring out across the country. But this could be a fading sound as "Taps" players are in short supply in the U.S. Weekend America hears from World War II veteran, Tuck Marcantonio, who averages 150 "Taps" performances a year.

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Listen IconSolomon Squad: Vaccination
Once a month, Weekend America brings together two people to weigh in on a stranger's moral conundrum. Host Bill Radke talks with Sherry Lansing, former chief of Paramount Pictures and William Hurlbut, a professor of medicine at Stanford, and a member of the President's Council on Bioethics, about the hot-button issue of kids and vaccinations. The subject of the discussion is Dr. William Zavod, a pediatrician from suburban Philadelphia. Dr. Zavod says that if parents refuse immunizations for their children, he cannot be a part of their children's medical care. The Solomon Squad weighs in on this moral quandary.
Online resources:
» More about the "Solomon Squad"
» Discuss this issue with other Weekend America listeners.

Music Bridge: Composure - Artist: B. Fleischman
CD: The Humbucking Coil (Morr)
Weekend Weather
Listen IconWeekend Weather / Hometown Happenings
Weekend America's John Moe takes a look at the weather 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 IconTrading Up
Last July, Kyle MacDonald, a 26-year-old Canadian, started making trades. He traded a little red paper clip for a pen that was shaped like a fish. He then traded the pen for a doorknob, which he then traded for a Coleman stove. Hosts Barbara Bogaev and Bill Radke talk with Kyle MacDonald about his hopes to eventually trade his way to home ownership.
Online resources:
» OneRedPaperClip.com: Kyle McDonald's blog

Listen IconLatinos in the Military
No one really knows exactly how many Latinos fought in World War II. Estimates range from 250,000 to 750,000, but the number is uncertain because there was not a classification at that time. Regardless, this war was considered a turning point for many Latino soldiers. At war, many say they were treated as Americans for the first time. This feeling remained, and what evolved from it was a new movement for Latino rights. Bill Radke speaks with Hank Cervantez, one of the few Latino pilots in World War II. Bill also speaks with Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez, the director of the U.S. Latino and Latina WWII Oral History Project. Rivas-Rodriguez's father was a veteran and she has catalogued veterans' stories.
Online resources:
» Hank Cervantes' book, Piloto!: Migrant Field Worker to Jet Pilot, is available at the Public Radio BookSource.
» U.S. Latino & Latina World War II Oral History Project Web site

Music Bridge: Muy Sabroso Blues - Artist: Lalo Guerrero Y Sus Cinco Lobos
CD: Pachuco Boogie (Arhoolie)
Listen IconD&D Bonding
The game Dungeons & Dragons has made a surprising comeback as of late. It reached its zenith of popularity in the 1980s and has been slowly creeping back into public consciousness. Recently, producer Jesse Boggs sat down with his teenage son's gaming group to try and figure out the secret to D&D's success.
Online resources:
» Official Dungeons & Dragons Web site

Music Bridge: "Courant" from "Battle Suite" by Samuel Scheidt - Artist: The American Brass Quintet
CD: Renaissance, Elizabethan and Baroque Music (Delos)
Music Picks
Listen IconWorld Music: Souad Massi
Billboard Magazine columnist Anastasia Tsilcous shares a selection from North African musician Souad Massi. Massi's sound is often compared to that of musicians like Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez.
Online resources:
» Souad Massi | Kilyoum | From the album, Mesk Elil (Wrasse)

Listen IconThe New Urbanism
New Urbanism is a leading school of thought in urban planning. It advocates denser, multi-use town centers that are meant to encourage community involvement and discourage commuting and urban sprawl. Kentlands, Maryland is often held up as one of the best examples of New Urbanism in the country. Producer Jessica Smith gets a tour of the town to see how the theory works in reality.
Online resources:
» Congress for the New Urbanism
» Kentlands Web site

Music Bridge: Fingerbib - Artist: Acoustica
CD: Alarm Will Sound (canteloupe)
Listen IconBuilding Biloxi
Much of Biloxi, Mississippi needs to be re-built after Hurricane Katrina. The storm wiped out entire neighborhoods. Shortly after the disaster, dozens of urban planners and architects from around the country descended upon Biloxi to draw up new plans for the city. Weekend America host Barbara Bogaev, speaks with Lisa Michiels, a resident of Biloxi, about New Urbanism proposals in her town.

Weekend Weather
Listen IconWeekend Weather / Hometown Happenings
Weekend America's John Moe takes a look at the weather 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 IconPlay That Funky Tuba Right Boy
R. Winston Morris has an unusual passion for tubas. Morris is the founder and director of the Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble, an orchestra made up entirely and exclusively of tubas. The ensemble is one of the most successful single-instrument bands around. Correspondent Todd Jarrell takes us to a rehearsal.

(Special thanks to WPLN, Nashville for this story.)

Online resources:
» Tennessee Technological University: Tuba / Euphonium Studio

Music from the album Play That Funky Music Right Boy
audio icon "Beat It"
audio icon "Favorite Things"
audio icon "Shaft"
» This music can be found at the Tap Music Web site.

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