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Hour 1

  • Parents wait to recover bodies of children

    Compelled to Help in China

    Joy Portella, a Seattle native, works for Mercy Corps, an international aid organization. She's currently in China doing her part to help folks recover from Monday's devastating 7.9-magnitude quake, and talks to Desiree Cooper about what motivates her to keep working amid the death and chaos.

  • Music Bridge:
    For All You Happy People
    Artist: Jaga Jazzist
    CD: What We Must (Smalltown Supersound)
  • Not So Bezerkeley After All

    First practical lie detector

    The Bay Area city of Berkeley is often mocked as "Bezerkeley" or called the "People's Republic of Berkeley." But a new exhibit showcases all the firsts that the rest of the nation eventually emulated: police academies, gourmet coffee and brewpubs. So what's next? Krissy Clark sifts the past for a peek at the future.

  • Donation Day

    A chance at life: fresh stem cells

    We're taking a look at stories that have stayed with us through the year. One of our producers, Marc Sanchez, received a FedEx package in early spring, and soon as he read the return address, he knew that they had found him. "They" are the National Marrow Donation Program. And Marc was going to have to face something he didn't even know he'd been avoiding.

  • Music Bridge:
    Dry the Rain
    Artist: Beta Band
    CD: The Three E.P.s (Astralworks)
  • Letters

    Letters: A Hitchhike Reunion

    Mary Anne Wise and friends in Calhoun, Ga.,

    A few weeks ago, we aired a story about a woman who hitchhiked on her spring break to Florida back in 1972. We got lots of letters about that story, including one from the state trooper who picked up that hitchhiker and her friends. She hadn't spoken to the state trooper since 1972, but Weekend America changed all that.

  • Music Bridge:
    Wet Paint
    Artist: Cale Parks
    CD: Illuminated Manuscript (Polyvinyl)
  • Bike Maintenance Tips

    Chuck Cowen's bike repair shop

    Commuters are taking a good hard look at bicycles as an alternate means of transportation. To make sure they get those rusty old bikes rolling, we're going to take a look at bike maintenance and repair.

  • Music Bridge:
    Hi-Fi Gets A Pounding Pt. 3
    Artist: Dub Syndicate
    CD: The Pounding System (On U Sound)
  • Iraq's Oud Ambassador

    Rahim Al-Haj

    Rahim Al-haj is a master of the oud, the ancient instrument that's the precursor to the lute and guitar. It's origins are in Iraq, where Al-haj was forced to flee Saddam Hussein's regime. He found a new home in the U.S., and recently returned to Iraq to play for his mother one last time.

  • Music Bridge:
    Iraqi Lullaby
    Artist: Rahim Al-haj
    CD: Home Again
  • Bun B, Solo Without Pimp C

    Cover for Bun B's latest CD,

    For nearly two decades, Bun B performed with his partner Pimp C as the Houston hip hop group UGK. They're one of the longest-running groups in hip-hop history. But Pimp C's death in December changed things forever. Now Bun B's out with a new CD, and he talks to Michael May about what's next.

  • Music Bridge:
    Life is 2009 (Featuring Too Short)
    Artist: UGK
    CD: Underground Kingz (Jive Records)

Hour 2

  • The man at the center of it all

    This Weekend in 1968: Political Plays to the Silent Center

    This weekend in 1968, Republican presidential candidate Richard Nixon gave a radio address that became a pivotal moment in American politics. Nixon emphasized that most Americans did not stage political protests or riots -- and he tried to make himself the candidate for these Americans.

  • Music Bridge:
    Soul Pusha
    Artist: Sun
    CD: I'll Be the Same (Staubgold)
  • Good News, Bad News, No News

    McCain's Rosy Future, Corpses Down the Drain

    Our panel of non-experts tackle the weighty issues of this weekend: John Ridley, who writes the "Visible Man" blog for NPR.org; author David Rakoff, whose latest book is "Don't Get Too Comfortable"; and "A Red State of Mind" author Nancy French.

  • Music Bridge:
    Artist: The Herbaliser
    CD: Same as it Never Was (Ninja Tune)
  • Eating Our Way Out of the Carp Dilemma

    John Parker shows off his 18-pound carp

    A growing number of fishermen love angling for carp, a much-maligned bottom-feeding fish. That's a good thing -- Asian carp are pushing out native species in U.S. lakes and rivers. One food writer says a good way to keep numbers down is to put carp dishes on restaurant menus and develop a taste for the bland white fish.

  • Music Bridge:
    Take a Load Off Baby
    Artist: John Fahey
    CD: Death Chants Breakdowns Military Waltzes
  • Old-School Wrestling, Alive and Well

    It's all real...

    Hulk Hogan-like personalities and WWE Wrestlemania stadium events on cable TV all but killed off the regional pro wrestling scenes that filled arenas for decades. But in St. Louis, a working-class cast of characters keeps the spectacle alive -- just on a more intimate scale.

  • Music Bridge:
    Loud Pipes
    Artist: Ratatat
    CD: Classics (xl)
  • Saving Duck Eggs, Saving the Land

    Wild duck nest

    A family farm in California's Sacramento River Valley is the nation's largest source of organic rice. It's also a showcase of sustainable agriculture. The Lundbergs say it's just common sense -- you save some wild ducks eggs, and you end up saving the land.

  • Music Bridge:
    I Kissed the Dirt + She Kissed Her Bobtail
    Artist: Guitar
    CD: Dealin With Signal And Noise
  • What Makes a Great War Movie?

    George C. Scott in "Patton"

    The second-annual GI Film Festival gets underway in Washington, D.C. this weekend. They're showing a mix of recent feature films, documentaries, even some classics. Larry Suid is a military historian, speaking on a panel today about the 100 greatest war movies. Desiree Cooper asks what makes a good war film.

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