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Hour 1

  • Homemade Fervor

    (Still) Campaigning for Kucinich

    Recently, the Washington state Dennis Kucinich campaign ran into a problem: their guy dropped out of the presidential race. But rather than fold up the campaign effort, the Kucinich folks decided to soldier on anyway. They're gearing up for this weekend's Washington caucuses, hoping to earn delegates and have an influence on the party's national platform. Are they delusional or nobly crusading on behalf of their ideals?

  • Music Bridge:
    Make Out Machine
    Artist: Slow Poke
    CD: At Home (Palmetto)
  • An Issue of Belonging


    Overseas, one group who has been pulling for Barack Obama in the political elections here are Kenyans. Obama's father was Kenyan. But in the wake of recent strife, some are reconsidering their support for tribal reasons. Weekend America host Desiree Cooper speaks with ABC News correspondent Dana Hughes about the change.

  • Cleaning up after a Tornado

    Picking Up the Pieces

    People from Alabama to Kentucky will be cleaning up after deadly tornadoes left 56 dead in the region. We check in with Chris Howell of Hartsville Pike Church of Christ in Tennessee.

  • Music Bridge:
    The Old Man And The Evening Star
    Artist: Michio Kurihara
    CD: Sunset Notes (20/20/20)
  • Concert Memories

    Bobbye Larson

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

  • Music Bridge:
    Sara Smile
    Artist: Hall & Oates
    CD: Daryl Hall and John Oates (Buddha)
  • Music Bridge:
    Love Me Tender
    Artist: Elvis Presley
    CD: Love Me Tender (Ariola Express)
  • Farewell to a Rancher

    Attilio Genasci

    Ninety-seven-year-old rancher Attilio Genasci recently died. Genasci was born in 1909 and was raised in Northeastern edge of California's Sierra Valley. Genasci launched a movement protecting agricultural land. He toured independent producer jesikah maria ross around the family ranch, where he and his son Jim run 200 head of cattle and grow alfalfa and rye.

  • Music Bridge:
    I Come Home
    Artist: Catherine Feeny
    CD: Catherine Feeny (EMI)
  • How to Write a Love Letter

    Sweet Words

    Writing a good love letter is like being a good lover: you need to know when to be strong and when to be vulnerable. At least that's what Bill Shapiro recommends, and it's pretty likely he knows what he's talking about.

  • A Life-Changing Letter

    Rob and Nancy

    Eleven years ago, when Rob McGinley Myers was studying abroad in Spain, he wasn't exactly a successful champion of love or romance. But all that changed one Valentine's Day with a love letter.

  • Music Bridge:
    Artist: Dirty Three
    CD: Cinder (Drag City)

Hour 2

  • Eileen and Jim

    Tightening Belts on the Weekend

    As the stock market wobbles and credit tightens, American consumers are cutting back, or taking on second or third jobs. Often weekend fun is the first to go when times get tough. We hear from listeners on how the economy is cutting into their weekends.

  • Music Bridge:
    Artist: Dirty Three
    CD: Cinder (Drag City)
  • Election 2008

    City Voter, Country Voter

    Bill Bishop

    Bill Bishop, editor of an online magazine devoted to rural issues called "The Daily Yonder," talks about another voting divide: city versus country. He speaks with Weekend America host Desiree Cooper about what's on the minds of rural voters.

  • Music Bridge:
    Einhangen und positiver
    Artist: Couch
    CD: Figur 5 (Morr)
  • Good News, Bad News, No News

    Mitt-less-ness, Zell and Nature

    Our panel, Yale literature professor Amy Hungerford, syndicated columnist Gustavo Arellano, and former NPR reporter Luke Burbank, who now hosts the Seattle radio show "Too Beautiful To Live," discuss the Mitt-less world, Sam Zell and nature.

  • Music Bridge:
    Dead Season
    Artist: Tin Hat
    CD: The Sad Machinery of Spring (Ryko)
  • Weekend Soundtrack

    "Oklahoma!" and Mr. Clean

    First Annual Sisters' Meal Out

    When Maureen McNulty Saxton of Holt, Mich., hears "Oklahoma!" she knows it's the weekend.

  • The World's Smallest* Chocolate Factory

    Raw Chocolate

    Colin Gasko runs what may be* the smallest chocolate factory in the world. It operates out of his 350-square-foot converted warehouse space in Minneapolis. He calls himself the Rogue Chocolatier. In anticipation of a busy Valentine's Day, Weekend America host Desiree Cooper pays him a visit.

  • 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."

  • Song & Memory

    Song and Memory: "Let's Get Together"

    Strawberry Fields Poster

    Harley Hansen was finishing his first year of college in 1970. The Weathermen Underground were threatening to blow up buildings, anti-war demonstrations were happening on college campuses and students like Hansen were inspired by the peace-minded music of the time.

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