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  • Rock Steady Boxing

    Mary Yeman works out at Rock Steady Gym

    This weekend, there's some heavy action at the Rock Steady Gym in Indianapolis. A lot of folks are punching bags and flinging left jabs and right hooks. The difference is that folks in these weekend classes have Parkinson's disease, a neurological disorder that about 1.5 million people in the U.S. Reporter Colleen Iudice recently met the founder of Rock Steady and tells us his story.

  • Hillary Clinton, Gitmo's Future, and the New Bond

    Senator Hillary Clinton

    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 Esquire columnist Stacey Grenrock-Woods; Reason Magazine contributing editor Kerry Howley; and Eugene Jarecki, documentary filmmaker and author of "The America Way of War."

  • Fan Free Agent

    SuperSonics being trounced by the Denver Nuggets.

    Weekend America host John Moe has always been a fan of the Seattle Supersonics basketball team. But this year, his team moved away and changed their name. So now John is a free agent. Free to sign as a fan with any team in the league. One of the worst things about the Supersonics' demise was that thousands of Sonics fans were completely powerless in the transaction. But maybe, just maybe, this fan can empower himself and turn the tables on the NBA.

  • "Friday On My Mind"

    Jim Leftwich as a young man

    We've been asking listeners about the songs that bridge the gap from Friday to Monday. Our latest story comes from Jim Leftwich of Skokie, Ill. His soundtrack is "Friday on My Mind" by Richard Thompson.

  • Post-Election Mix Tape

    Post-Election Mix Tape

    The polls closed and a new president was elected. At the precise instant when your candidate won or lost, what was going through your head? Emotions ran high from every side of the political spectrum, and sometimes those emotions are best expressed through song. We reached out to some friends of the show to find out what songs best describe their post-election mood. We put them together for a post-election mixtape.

  • Legions Versus Ultras

    Union Utra Richard Escutia

    This weekend at the Home Depot Center near Los Angeles, there will be some very passionate soccer fans on hand to watch team Chivas USA take on Real Salt Lake in the Major League Soccer playoffs. Most Chivas fans are Mexican-American, but the team has struggled to find its identity in the United States. It even has two rival fan clubs. Weekend America's Charlie Schroeder explains.

  • Letters: Loser Candy, Religious Guilt and Scary Movies

    "Loser" Candy?

    We open the Weekend America mailbag and hear your responses to recent stories, including a defense of "loser" Halloween treats and questions about religious guilt and P-O-R-N. Finally, we speak with Dr. Joanne Cantor, a former professor of Communication Arts, about the neurological reasons why scary movie memories stay with us forever.

  • Duck Soup

    Groucho Marx

    The classic Marx Brothers' film Duck Soup -- a movie devoid of ducks and soup - is 75 years old this month. Weekend America producer Ochen Kaylan didn't know much about the film or the man at the center of it, so he chatted with someone who does.

  • Bride of Scaring the Kids

    Bride of Scaring the Kids

    Last week's story about scary childhood movie memories brought an unprecedented flood of response to our website. Apparently, Weekend America listeners have a lot of unresolved issues from their youths. You told us how you were still traumatized by "E.T.," "Raiders of the Lost Ark," "Pinocchio," "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure" and even "9 to 5." John Moe called up a few listeners to provide a sort of group therapy session of the airwaves.

  • "City Boy"

    On the road: Sedona, Ariz.

    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 Mark Delmonte. Mark has been traveling the country, trying to find a place to settle down. His weekend soundtrack for his journey is "City Boy" by Keb' Mo'. He spoke with our host John Moe.

  • Obama Infomercial, Joe the Plumber, Candy Cutbacks

    Sen. Obama's Infomercial

    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: Luke Burbank, host of the radio show "Too Beautiful To Live"; Nancy French, author of "A Red State of Mind"; and David Rakoff, whose latest book is "Don't Get Too Comfortable."

  • Running the Music Marathon

    Rocking the route at the 2006 NYC Marathon

    At various points along the New York City marathon route this weekend, runners will hear everything from bagpipes, hip hop, rock and jazz fusion to a high school band playing the theme from "Rocky." The focus is naturally on the runners, but the dozens of musicians who show up are posted along the route to entertain onlookers and lift the runners' spirits.

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