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  • RNC Undercover

    Jim and Hugh

    The Democratic and Republican conventions that have dominated the last two weeks show an increasingly partisan America. In many ways, American communities are becoming more and more like political conventions all the time. Studies show that most of us spend the majority of our time interacting with people who agree with us. But that's not the case with reporter Jim Gates. He's a Democrat, but he found himself at the Republican National Convention as a personal guest of an Arizona delegate.

  • Medicinal Music

    BMT CD

    Having trouble sleeping? Some doctors are experimenting with a remedy that uses music personalized to your own brain waves that reportedly relaxes you into slumber. Weekend America's Jim Gates speaks with a patient who uses, and the doctors who prescribe and design a new treatment called Brain Music Therapy, or BMT.

  • Catching the Big One

    Chris on the hook

    More than 30 million people in the United States fish each year. What a nice relaxing way to spend the weekend. Kicking back, waiting for a nibble. But sometimes fishing can go wrong. Very wrong.

  • Big Boi's Hip-Hop Ballet

    Big Boi at work

    Antwan "Big Boi" Patton, one half of the hit-making musical group OutKast, is teaming up with the Atlanta Ballet for a series of performances matching traditional ballet with hip-hop.

  • The Godfather of Soul Saves Boston

    The Godfather of Soul

    Rioting erupted in more than 100 U.S. cities following the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. But many say Boston was spared the violence in part by a live TV broadcast of James Brown at the Boston Gardens.

  • Signs of Spring

    A sure sign of spring -- cherry blossoms in bloom.

    This weekend, the signs of spring are everywhere. We celebrate the arrival of the season with three stories of how folks say farewell to winter and embrace the Northern Hemisphere's return to the sun.

  • A War Over an Hour

    The transition to Daylight Saving Time hasn't always been an easy one. From riots in Athens, Ohio, over shortened bar hours to time-zone separation anxiety in the Twin Cities, Dr. David Prerau, shares stories of Daylight Saving Time dilemmas.

  • Concert Memories

    Bobbye Larson

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

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