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Hour 1

  • An Empty Factory

    In Plain Township, Job Losses Continue

    In Ohio, where thousands are out of work, blue collar voters are key to what could be a decisive Democratic primary next week. Reporter Mhari Saito finds out how the promises of Senators Clinton and Obama are resonating with families in the midst of hard times.

  • Election 2008

    If the Candidates were Pharmaceuticals


    Drug companies spend millions to find just the right brand name for new drugs. They hire specialized researchers like Jim Singer, president of Namebase. Research has shown that letters with a hard edge like P, T or K convey effectiveness. X seems scientific. L, R or S provide a calming or relaxing feel. Z means speed. We asked Singer to bring his name knowledge to the presidential election.

  • Music Bridge:
    You Set My Face on Fire
    Artist: Global Goon
    CD: Family Glue (Audio Dregs)
  • Bill's Values

    Elbows on or off the Table?

    Gemaldezyklus fur das Kartauserkloster Nuestra Sen

    Weekend America host Bill Radke continues his series on family values by discussing the rules of etiquette like "No elbows on the table." He and his wife disagree, so Bill brings in an expert on the history of manners.

  • Music Bridge:
    Do Deep-Sea Fish Dream of Electric Moles
    Artist: Michio Kurihara
    CD: Sunset Notes (Ba Da Bing)
  • Letters

    Letters: Losing a Team and a Planet

    The Desert Planet Tatooine

    This week we hear from listeners who urge us to forget about the Seattle SuperSonics, chaperone a middle-school dance and get out Star Wars planets down.

  • The Lightening of San Fransisco

    Red Powell's Shoe Shine Parlor

    San Francisco was once home to a thriving black community, but lately that's changing. The situation hasn't gone unnoticed by long-time residents like Reverend Amos Brown, who fears the city's black history might be lost forever. Weekend America's Krissy Clark takes a look at San Francisco's changing demography.

  • Music Bridge:
    Artist: Paul Motian
    CD: Time and Time Again (ECM)
  • Music Bridge:
    Grey Sunday
    Artist: d'arcangelo
    CD: Eksel (Rephlex)
  • Election 2008

    Fake Calls from the Candidates

    Robo Phones

    It's the middle of the night. You're sound asleep and the phone rings. It's not an emergency -- just another automated "robocall" from a presidential candidate. But imagine what it would sound like if a real live candidate gave you a ring after hours. Weekend America asked some writers to do just that.

Hour 2

  • A map of the counties in Texas.

    Campaigning in a Country Called Texas

    In anticipation of next week's primary, campaign foot soldiers are trying to cover the vast geography of Texas, from the bayous of East Texas to the Rio Grande. The political terrain is as varied as the landscape. Weekend America talks to people all around the state, to find out what matters to Texans.

  • Music Bridge:
    Locust Grove
    Artist: Cindy Cashdollar
    CD: Legends of the Incredible Lap Steel Guitar (Horse Rock)
  • A Russian Election Party

    Together We Will Win!

    In Russia, Putin's hand-picked successor Dmitri Medvedev is nearly guaranteed to win to win the country's presidency. Russian ex-pats Ilya Merenzon and Katia Gaika are watching from afar and plan to cast their ballots. Weekend America talks to these two Russian citizens living in New York, for their unique perspective on democracy.

  • Music Bridge:
    King Me
    Artist: Antietam
    CD: Opus Mixtum (Carrot Top)
  • Good News, Bad News, No News

    Fences and Mohawks

    Our panel of non-experts reviews this week's most salient news. This week we hear from author and Harvard psychology professor Steven Pinker, Yale literature professor Amy Hungerford, and journalist James Lileks, author of the blog, the Daily Bleat.

  • Music Bridge:
    On the Corner
    Artist: Miles Davis
    CD: On the Corner (Columbia)
  • Don't Ask the GPS

    Map of California as an island, circa 1650.

    Last week in Secaucus, N.J., a GPS system led truck drivers directly into a road block on a residential street, instead of the industrial area they were looking for. But map mistakes are nothing new. It's just the technology that changes. We talk to Mark Monmonier of Syracuse University about the world's biggest cartographic blunders and what happens when they go uncorrected.

  • Music Bridge:
    Artist: Sack & Blumm
    CD: Sack & Blumm (Gefriem)
  • Racing Outhouses Down a Hill

    Sombreros, Snow, an Out-of-Control Potty

    You can push a lot of things down a snowy mountain, including an outhouse. And if goes down a mountain, you might as well push two down and have a race. Whatever the thinking behind the outhouse races at Anchorage, Alaska's Fur Rondy, it's an event to remember. Weekend America correspondent Rebecca Sheir checks it out.

  • Music Bridge:
    Artist: Tom Verlaine
    CD: Around (Thrill Jockey)
  • (Really) Going Semi-Pro

    Pro 'Fro

    Believe it or not, a basketball team like the one depicted in Will Ferrell's movie, "Semi-Pro," actually existed. The Flint Pros had a fantastic first season and some of its players, such as Justus Thigpen and Phil Stevens, moved on to play in the NBA. The team itself flared out midway through its second season. David Rizik, whose dad helped to start the team and became the announcer for the games, tells the story.

  • Music Bridge:
    In Time
    Artist: Maceo Parker
    CD: Roots Revisited (Verve)
  • Fifty-Two Alternatives to Suicide

    Hot Air Balloon Ride

    When he woke up in a psych ward after a drunken suicide attempt, Owen Lowery made a list of 52 things he wanted to do, and then spent the next year meeting them. He fought a shark, went hang gliding, and made someone's dream come true. Making a movie was at the top of the list, so he filmed himself going through his self-imposed check-list. We talk to Lowery about his film, "An Alternative to Slitting Your Wrists."

  • Music Bridge:
    Oops Ops
    Artist: Owen Lowery
    CD: An Alternative to Slitting Your Wrist OST

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