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Angela Kim

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  • Questioning Our Religious Leaders

    Rev. Marian Hale

    Our pastors, priests, rabbis, imams and shamans can sometimes say some outrageous things their congregations don't agree with. Just ask Sen. Barack Obama about the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, or Sen. John McCain about John Hagee. Our listeners sent in their own stories of outrageous moments in religion, and how it influenced their own spiritual journey.

  • The Ghazal: A Poem of Longing

    Suzanne Gardinier

    Poet and college professor Suzanne Gardinier latest book, "Today: 101 Ghazals," pays homage to a form of poetry from the Middle East and India -- a collection of couplets that usually depicts pain, loss and longing. She shares what the poetry form has added to her own craft.

  • Tales for Tax Time

    Mark Johanson and his wife Lenora, $12,247 richer!

    Whether you're filing this weekend or you finished two months ago, take a break from your deducting or your gloating to enjoy some of this year's best tax stories from our listeners.

  • 'Sleeping With One Eye Open'

    Poet Mark Strand

    It's National Poetry Month -- every April since 1966, we celebrate poets and their work. Former U.S. Poet Laureate Mark Strand provides a special reading of a poem he wrote during the height of the Cold War -- hinting that things have changed little over the years.

  • Beyond the Silk Road With Yo-Yo Ma

    Yo-Yo Ma

    Yo-Yo Ma has worked for nearly a decade to educate people about the culture of the Silk Road. Weekend America's Bill Radke speaks with the renowned cellist about his latest collaboration with the Silk Road Ensemble.

  • Shanties on Ice

    Sent from the Ice

    Every year on Medicine Lake, people submit designs in hope of being chosen to erect their shanty on the lake. It's the Art Shanty Project in Minnesota and Weekend America's Angela Kim and Sanden Totten paid the village a visit.

  • Mom's Graduation

    Proud to be an American

    So far in the new millennium, more than 4.5 million people have become naturalized citizens in the United States. Weekend America producer Angela Kim recently went to her first naturalization ceremony -- her mother's.

  • An Issue of Belonging


    Overseas, one group who has been pulling for Barack Obama in the political elections here are Kenyans. Obama's father was Kenyan. But in the wake of recent strife, some are reconsidering their support for tribal reasons. Weekend America host Desiree Cooper speaks with ABC News correspondent Dana Hughes about the change.

  • How to Write a Love Letter

    Sweet Words

    Writing a good love letter is like being a good lover: you need to know when to be strong and when to be vulnerable. At least that's what Bill Shapiro recommends, and it's pretty likely he knows what he's talking about.

  • A History of Super Tuesdays

    The Ballot Screen

    More than two dozen states will hold primaries and caucuses on Feb. 5. This weekend the campaigning is intense, as the surviving candidates try to hit more states than ever before. Barbara Norrander, a political science teacher at the University of Arizona, tells Weekend America host Desiree Cooper about how Super Tuesday came to be, and why it may be a relic by the next election cycle.

  • A Sleep Deprived Election Season

    Sleeping Rally

    This year's presidential candidates are criss-crossing the country daily, often on only a few hours of sleep a night. What exactly happens to the brain after months of sleep deprivation? To answer that, Weekend America host Desiree Cooper speaks with Matt Walker, director of the Sleep and Neuro-imaging Lab at the University of Calif. at Berkeley.

  • Songs in the Dead of Winter

    Bon Iver

    Last year, Bon Iver, aka Justin Vernon, holed up in his father's hunting cabin, far away from everything and everyone. His band had just fallen apart, he was sick in bed for three months and he broke up with his girlfriend. He tells us about the time he spent alone in with the Wisconsin winter and the music he made.

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