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  • Jane Has a Dream

    Jane Elliot

    After Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated, elementary school teacher Jane Elliott changed her lesson plan, dramatically. She divided up her all-white students by eye-color and then discriminated against one group, in order to teach them about racial injustice. The experiment had a huge impact.

  • Reversing a Reputation

    Klan Robe

    For years, the small town of Howell, Mich., has been trying to live down its reputation as a hotbed for the Ku Klux Klan. Weekend America's Desiree Cooper visited Howell for an update on their progress.

  • Musica Sacra's Sounds of Winter

    Lifting Voices

    Can the human voice can evoke a freezing storm or the warmth of home? The choral ensemble, Musica Sacra of Cambridge, Mass., perform modern compositions that represent winter.

  • Light Snow, Deep for Walking


    Myth has it than Eskimos have more than 100 words for snow. Not quite, but some Alaskan languages have several dozen. Ronald Brower is an Inupiaq language professor at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. He tells us their 37 words for snow, and then Colorado climatologist Nolan Doeskin reveals several English words for snow that most of us have never used.

  • Caucus in the House

    County Delegates

    Jim and Gracia Willis Iowa home is one of the few that still plays host to political caucuses. The Willises had a few dozen folks for the Democratic caucus at their house this year and we check in to see how it all went.

  • Wanted: Parents

    Chris and Amanda

    Sixteen-year-old Amanda and her brother, 18-year-old Chris, have been foster children for most of their lives. They were recently featured in the American Radio Works documentary "Wanted: Parents." It follows them over the course of two years, as they search for an adoptive family. "Weekend America" host Desiree Cooper checks in with Amanda and Chris for an update.

  • Fertility and Horse Death

    Our panel of non-experts review the week's events in a parlor game to gauge what kind of week America had. This week, we have National Book Award Winner Sherman Alexie; columnist Dan Savage; and author and commentator Linda Chavez.

  • Resurrecting the Rosary

    John and Bill

    Bill Gildenstern works in the commercial jingle writing business. But lately, he's been thinking about how to make the rosary easy to remember.

  • Comedy and Race

    Teja Arboleda

    A new documentary, "Crossing the Line, Multi-Cultural Comedians," reveals the difficulties that multi-racial comedians, and also the freedom they enjoy. Desiree Cooper talks to two of them.

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