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Suzie Lechtenberg

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  • Fences and Mohawks

    Our panel of non-experts reviews this week's most salient news. This week we hear from author and Harvard psychology professor Steven Pinker, Yale literature professor Amy Hungerford, and journalist James Lileks, author of the blog, the Daily Bleat.

  • Campaigning in a Country Called Texas

    A map of the counties in Texas.

    In anticipation of next week's primary, campaign foot soldiers are trying to cover the vast geography of Texas, from the bayous of East Texas to the Rio Grande. The political terrain is as varied as the landscape. Weekend America talks to people all around the state, to find out what matters to Texans.

  • Washington to Alaska: Stopping Off in Anchorage

    Erin and Knik Arm

    Erin McKittrick and her husband Bretwood "Hig" Higman have been walking, rowing and skiing north from Seattle for eight months now--since last June. They are headed for Unimack Island, Alaska, and when they get there they will have walked 4,000 miles. All to bring awareness to environmental issues. They check in with Weekend America.

  • Spy Satellites and Claims to the Arctic

    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 hear from Michael Govan, the director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; author Susan Jacoby; and writer and actor David Rakoff.

  • Mitt-less-ness, Zell and Nature

    Our panel, Yale literature professor Amy Hungerford, syndicated columnist Gustavo Arellano, and former NPR reporter Luke Burbank, who now hosts the Seattle radio show "Too Beautiful To Live," discuss the Mitt-less world, Sam Zell and nature.

  • Tightening Belts on the Weekend

    Eileen and Jim

    As the stock market wobbles and credit tightens, American consumers are cutting back, or taking on second or third jobs. Often weekend fun is the first to go when times get tough. We hear from listeners on how the economy is cutting into their weekends.

  • The MLK and LBJ Tapes

    LBJ & MLK

    The working relationship between Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and President Lyndon Johnson has come up in the campaigns of Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination. Weekend America host Desiree Cooper speaks with Nick Kotz, historian and author of "Judgment Days: Lyndon Baines Johnson, Martin Luther King Jr., and the Laws That Changed America."

  • More on the Election

    This week it's Super Tuesday, the Super Bowl and other things super. We hear from political commentator and writer David Frum, comedy writer Dana Gould, and conceptual and performance artist damali ayo.

  • The Non-Barbecue of North Carolina

    Pork Belly

    When host Bill Rake is in North Carolina, he decides to go against the grain, to throw convention out the window, to NOT eat barbecue. Food writer Kelly Alexander was his guide to distinctive North Carolinian foods that are un-barbecued.

  • Unemployment, Life Skills and Cloned Food

    Food from cloned animals, ditching physical education in school for teaching life skills, and no more clowns in hospital decor. Is all this good news, bad news or no news?

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