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  • The New American Car

    Los Angeles Auto Show

    Auto industry CEOs and union leaders are back in Detroit empty-handed this weekend. They spent the week on Capitol Hill begging, unsuccessfully, for help to avoid possible bankruptcy and even more layoffs. Congress has refused to bail them out, at least so far. But in the meantime, we thought we'd offer our own bailout. Not in dollars, but in ideas. How should we re-imagine the American car?

  • Auto Industry Woes, Lieberman, and Social Networking Savvy

    Sen. Joe Lieberman

    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 Jay Smooth, a video blogger for the hip hop blog "ill doctrine" and Sara Smith, associate editor of Wonkette.com.

  • Conversations with America: Treasure Williams

    Treasure Williams

    We're continuing our series "Conversations with America" with a look at transition - a time of both uncertainty and anticipation. Treasure Williams is a poet and performer based in Memphis. She also teaches at Rust College, an historically black liberal arts college in Holly Springs, Miss. For her, the implications of Barack Obama's election are just starting to sink in.

  • 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."

  • The Politics of Hurricanes

    Mel Gonzales' roof was destroyed by Hurricane Ike

    The hurricane shelters on Galveston Island closed this week. People have been living in Galveston in tents after Hurricane Ike hit on September 13. But the island is still in ruins, and many people are in hotel rooms or crashing with friends. Reporter Michael May went to the heart of the disaster bureaucracy in Austin to find out how things have gone in Ike's wake.

  • Georgia, What's Going On?

    Rally For GA Senate Candidate Saxby Chambliss

    The election may seem like old news at this point, but for some of us, election season is still in full swing. The Georgia senate race between Republican incumbent Saxby Chambliss and Democrat Jim Martin was too close to call and the state is holding a runoff election the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. We wanted to know how this was taking a toll on the campaigns, so we got Jim Galloway on the line. He covers politics for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

  • Kids and Stress

    Sam Grocholski was adopted from Romania

    Children who spent their early years in orphanages offer researchers a unique opportunity to see how chronic adversity primes the brain's stress response system. New research comparing adoptees to children raised in biological families, or those adopted early from foster care, gives some surprising results.

  • What, Me Worry?

    Guantanamo Bay

    It's the second weekend after the election, and we're guessing a lot of you are still feeling pretty darn good. Sure there's the economy, the war, global warming - but those are all the problems of the last presidency, right? Now there's a new president, and everything's going to get whipped into shape. Well, before you start believing that every little thing's gonna be all right, remember that every silver lining has at least one dark cloud.

  • Global Summit: An International Perspective

    Konstantin Sonin

    The outcome of this weekend's G-20 summit may still be a mystery, but many of the countries attending have their own goals for the meeting as the economic crisis ripples out from the U.S. across the globe. So we thought we'd hop through some time zones and look at the summit from a few different national perspectives. We speak to guests based in Saudi Arabia, Russia and China.

  • Inside the G-20

    A discussion after the 2008 G-20 Finance Meeting.

    Leaders of the world from 20 countries are gathering this weekend in Washington, D.C., to talk about the global financial crisis. So what are they doing behind closed doors? Weekend America host John Moe speaks with former International Monetary Fund economist and current Harvard professor Ken Rogoff to find out what really goes on at an economic summit.

  • 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.

  • America's Infrastructure: Jordan Bridge

    The Jordan Bridge

    This weekend, the Jordan Bridge in Chesapeake, Va. will close permanently. It's the oldest drawbridge in Virginia and a shortcut for many residents to and from the shipyards. Many small bridges around the country are closing permanently, giving Americans rough commutes and forcing them to spend more time and money to get to their jobs.

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