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  • Inside Blackness: Black Santa

    Jay Hollowell with Santa

    This weekend, you might be headed to the mall to see Santa. Some kids can't wait to get on Santa's knee. Others go to Santa kicking and screaming. For some people of color, the local mall's Santa can bring on a crisis of a different sort. As part of the series Inside Blackness, we hear about the complicated relationship some black families have with the traditional Santa Claus.

  • Blagojevich, Auto Bailouts and Leno

    Jay Leno

    Our panel of non-experts weigh in on this week's news events in a parlor game to gauge what kind of week America had. Joining us on this week's panel are: Nancy French, author of "A Red State of Mind"; comedian and writer Dana Gould; and Yale literature professor Amy Hungerford.

  • America Forecloses, Japan Watches

    A sign outside a foreclosed home in Denver.

    Foreclosure tours are popping up in American cities as a way to showcase the inventory stacking up on the real estate market. There's one underway in Denver this weekend, and it's attracted some unusual interest. A Japanese television crew from NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) is on board. They're filming what will be a New Year's special in Japan.

  • Weekend Soundtrack: "Tracy in the Bathroom Killing Thrills"

    Paula Pisani Bungee Jumping

    It's time to listen to your weekend soundtrack - the songs that bridge the gap from Friday to Monday. This week our story comes from Paula Pisani. Her weekend soundtrack is the song "Tracy in the Bathroom Killing Thrills" by the rock group Mary's Danish. She says it gives her an adrenaline rush to start the weekend.

  • Dear Dad: A Christmas Card

    Ian Oncioiu's Passbook

    We're getting into the thick of the holidays. Maybe you've already spent some time shopping for gifts. Maybe you've started receiving a few holiday letters or cards. Sometimes these letters are incredibly personal - and not always in the best way. Sometimes they even reveal family secrets long buried. Raluca Oncioiu, whose family is originally from Romania, received one such Christmas card.

  • The Death of News?

    The Chicago Tribune

    In light of the Tribune bankruptcy and the massive loan the New York Times just leveraged on its own building, the future of daily journalism looks to be on life support. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. Weekend America's Ben Adair debunks the top three myths of the media meltdown and tells us why reports of newspapers' demise have been severely exaggerated.

  • Reflecting on Mumbai

    Reflecting on Mumbai

    London had the 7/7 bombings. Madrid had the 3/11 train bombings. America had September 11th. And while India has suffered bombings before, last week's terrorist attacks were something else altogether. Brooklyn-based Indian-American poet Vijay Seshadri lived through 9/11, and this weekend, he talks about what the events in Mumbai mean for him and the poem that helps him get as close as he can to understanding it all.

  • Change of Seasons: Poetry and Curling

    A curling stone on the ice

    Is there a chill in the air yet, in your neck of the woods? Our nose hairs haven't frozen yet, but we're sure that treat is just around the corner. Which can only mean one thing: winter! You still have a couple weeks until the official beginning (December 21st, to be exact) but here's a little primer for the season.

  • The Story of Stuff

    Annie Leonard and The Story of Stuff

    Annie Leonard spent a decade researching where all our "stuff" comes from: consumer goods, electronics, cars, food. She figured out how it was made, who bought it, and where it all ended up. Then she made a 20 minute video, "The Story of Stuff." As it turns out, everything comes from somewhere. You buy it, you use it, you throw it away. But the story of stuff has a plot line that might hold the world in the balance.

  • Muslim Cowboy

    Kareem Salama as a kid

    When he was growing up in northeast Oklahoma, Kareem Salama knew that he wanted to be a cowboy. Now he's an aspiring country music star. He's also a practicing Muslim. He sees no contradictions in that, saying his upbringing in Oklahoma made it all possible. Reporter Kyle Gassiott brings us his story.

  • Blip Festival

    Nullsleep at Blip Festival 2007

    This weekend in New York City, artists will be playing video game consoles for eager crowds. Blip Festival 2008 is underway. Audiences are attending chip-music concerts. Chip-music artists modify old Gameboys and old video game consoles and recast them as musical instruments. We spoke with three artists who are trying to push the limitation of those old game systems.

  • Obama's Team of Rivals, Getting Paid for Good Grades, and Bratz

    President-elect Barack Obama

    Our panel of non-experts weigh in on this week's news events in a parlor game to gauge what kind of week America had. Joining us on this week's panel are: author and New York Times reporter Jennifer 8. Lee; television host Sofia Dickens; and Luke Burbank, who hosts the radio show "Too Beautiful To Live" in Seattle.

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