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  • The Fallacy of a 'Gross Happiness Index'

    Smiling Patriot

    As reports of a slowing economy continue, Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND) held a hearing about whether traditional economic measures really capture our national sense of well-being and whether the government should be tracking non-economic indicators. Can happiness be quantified? We talk to Darrin McMahon, author of the book "Happiness: A History."

  • Do Overs: Love, Marriage, Jazz and a little Spanish

    Linda Burnham and Steve Durland in New York, 1981

    There's do-overs a plenty in the news, politics and sports. We asked you, our listeners, if you had the chance to do something over again, what would it be? You told us all about your do-overs and your wishes for a second chance.

  • Voting Rights: Release or Restrict?

    A woman drops her ballot in a voter box .

    With Democratic candidates running neck and neck, every vote counts. That includes the votes of convicted felons, if allowed. Mississippi is one of 10 states that does not allow felons who have completed their sentences to vote. Mark Mauer, executive director of the Sentencing Project, talks to us about the situation in Mississippi and elsewhere in the country.

  • Don't Ask the GPS

    Map of California as an island, circa 1650.

    Last week in Secaucus, N.J., a GPS system led truck drivers directly into a road block on a residential street, instead of the industrial area they were looking for. But map mistakes are nothing new. It's just the technology that changes. We talk to Mark Monmonier of Syracuse University about the world's biggest cartographic blunders and what happens when they go uncorrected.

  • The Best Movie Lines Ever?

    "It's the Libyans!"

    Weekend America asked you for your most memorable movie lines. And you responded in force. Read some of the best movie lines ever as determined by you, our listeners.

  • An Author Weighs in on Cuba

    A graffiti mural in Havana.

    Cuban-American author and Professor Cristina Garcia shares her feelings about what it means to be Cuban and how Fidel Castro's resignation may affect her community.

  • Concert Memories

    Bobbye Larson

    Weekend America asked listeners about their best and worst concert memories, and we got an outpouring of responses.

  • Terms of Endearment

    Daddy's Girl

    We say "I love you" in so many ways. Sometimes it's the phrase. Sometimes it's some other totally unrelated phrase. Sometimes it's just a funny face. We asked you what you call your sweetie and how you tell them, "I love you."

  • Black History: Barack Obama to Timbuktu

    University at Sankore

    Of course we'll hear about Dr. King and Malcom X, Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass during Black History Month, but of course, there's more. Dr. Lisbeth Gant-Britton, a UCLA professor, says specialty months are important to remind people that there are great people of all kinds and that diversity is the foundation upon which this country was built.

  • Little-Known Facts in Black History

    Thomas "Blind Tom" Wiggins

    February is Black History Month. And instead of regurgitating the same black history facts we hear every year, we're going to do something a little different. Every weekend in February, there will be a new set of African-American firsts and little-known black history facts for you to sink your teeth into.

  • A Sighting in Stephenville


    Since the alleged UFO sighting in Stephenville, Texas on Jan. 8, the town of almost 17,000 has been a buzz. News crews and UFO investigators have taken over the town with the common goal of finding out what it is people really saw. Some locals shared their stories with Weekend America.

  • 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.

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