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Hour 1

  • Brian Turner

    The Brutal Poetry of the Iraq War

    There's a whole group of Americans who won't be home for the holidays this year. Over 140,000 US troops are in Iraq right now. And holidays at war can be strange times. Poet Brian Turner served as an infantry team leader in Iraq in 2003. To get through the holidays, he put home out of his mind. But on his last night in Iraq, with home in sight, Brian wrote a poem called "Cole's Guitar."

  • Music Bridge:
    Artist: Tijuana Mon Amor Broadcasting Inc
    CD: Cold Jubilee (Buro)
  • How to Up-Sell in a Down Market


    Countless American homeowners are feeling the pinch of the subprime meltdown. Caught in the middle are real estate agents, who are increasingly relying on creative ways to lure potential buyers. John Moe explores what some agents are doing to help close the deal.

  • Music Bridge:
    Artist: Hauschka
    CD: The Prepared Piano (Karaoke Kalk)
  • Thai-ing the Mortality Knot

    Bowling, Thai style

    David Maxon's father is on an extended trip to Thailand, a trip he began with a group that matches American men looking to marry Thai women. But Maxon found the trip was also about the apprehension father and son both feel about mortality.

  • Music Bridge:
    Milton Road
    Artist: Mice Parade
    CD: Obrigado Saudade (Fat Cat)
  • Weekend Soundtrack

    'Letting Nature Into Your Ears'

    Water cuts rock

    Haans Petruschke's Weekend Soundtrack is provided by the beauty that greets him outside his door every day.

  • Change of Seasons

    Homesick for Her Heartland

    Rodeo days

    We asked our listeners to share their memories of spring. Sherry Connot from Nebraska wrote us about her freshman year in college, when she was homesick for her family's ranch. A song about springtime brought all those feelings bubbling up one day....

  • Music Bridge:
    Artist: Ian Tyson
    CD: Cowboyography (Vanguard Records)
  • The Growing Influence of Kids

    "I'll have the enchiladas!"

    Children and young adults seem to be gaining more and more influence on the decisions of their parents. It's natural to want to "empower" kids as they get older, but are we giving our kids too much power?

  • Music Bridge:
    Dead Weird Keks
    Artist: Global Goon
    CD: Family Glue (Audio Dregs)
  • Big Boi's Hip-Hop Ballet

    Big Boi at work

    Antwan "Big Boi" Patton, one half of the hit-making musical group OutKast, is teaming up with the Atlanta Ballet for a series of performances matching traditional ballet with hip-hop.

Hour 2

  • Mark Johanson and his wife Lenora, $12,247 richer!

    Tales for Tax Time

    Whether you're filing this weekend or you finished two months ago, take a break from your deducting or your gloating to enjoy some of this year's best tax stories from our listeners.

  • 'The Happy Death Song'

    Jeff Horwich

    It was Benjamin Franklin who first famously said that nothing in this world is certain but death and taxes. So while some people are doing their taxes this weekend, Jeff Horwich looks around him and sees that other thing.

  • Music Bridge:
    Baba Dream Songs
    Artist: Daniel Hecht
    CD: Wayfaring Strangers: Guitar Soli (Numero)
  • Good News, Bad News, No News

    Let's Play San Francisco Hide-a-Torch!

    Our panel of non-experts reviews the week's news -- Yale literature professor Amy Hungerford, Simon Doonan, author and creative director of Barneys New York, and writer John Ridley, who has an NPR blog called "Visible Man."

  • Music Bridge:
    On Just Foot
    Artist: Black Devil Disco Club
    CD: Black Devil in Dub (Lo)
  • The Weekend Shift

    Having Fun, Making Magic in the Kitchen

    Ian Pierce in Cafe 128's kitchen

    Michael May has known chef Ian Pierce since high school. He was sort of a hippie and class clown -- so May was a bit surprised when he read the reviews calling Pierce one of St. Paul's best chefs, and decided to visit his kitchen.

  • Music Bridge:
    Hard Work
    Artist: Pete Jacques
    CD: Achtung! German Grooves (Bureau)
  • The Sing-Song Rhythm of Poet Speak

    Nikki Giovanni

    Its National Poetry Month, which means lots of people reading poetry. Question: Why do most poets read their work in the same slow, ponderous manner? Weekend America contributor and poet Jeremy Richards investigates.

  • Music Bridge:
    Transmission Received
    Artist: Algernon
    CD: Familiar Espionage (ears and eyes)
  • Playing with Food... And Utensils

    Musical juggling act

    Umami is the fifth taste sensed by the tongue -- it's Japanese for "savory" or "meaty." Umami is also a food and art festival happening this weekend in New York City. And for that festival, composer Fast Forward -- his real name -- debuts music played using only kitchen utensils and foodstuffs.

  • From Golf Hustler to PGA Pro

    Pro golfer Alton Duhon

    Al Duhon started out as a golf hustler in South Los Angeles and was making money playing golf before the first black player broke the PGA race barrier. At 83, he still teaches kids about the game that has him hooked.

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