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Hour 1

  • Opening day of Fleet Week

    Fleet Week in New York City

    It's Fleet Week in the Big Apple, the setting for the latest installment of our Weekend Pass series -- stories about time off in the military. Reporter Kelly McEvers checked out how New Yorkers take to men and women in uniform -- and found the soldiers, sailors and Marines a lot more philosophical than you might expect.

  • Weekend Pass

    For Some Sailors, Too Much Liberty

    Donna Renae serving in the Navy

    Fleet Week reminds Donna Renae of the old days. Renae served on a Navy ship in the '80s, just as the Navy was starting to let women serve onboard alongside men. She says being a woman among men on shore leave was something she can't forget -- even if she'd like to.

  • Music Bridge:
    Artist: Bexar Bexar
    CD: Haralambos (Western Vinyl)
  • A Hopeful Spirit's 90th Birthday

    Daddy's girl

    Presidents Day Weekend was a big weekend for Tracy Friedman, who flew from Los Angeles to her hometown of Milwaukee to celebrate her father's 90th birthday. It was a great celebration, and Friedman reflecting on his remarkable and youthful resilience.

  • Music Bridge:
    Hondo And Borko
    Artist: Borko
    CD: Celebrating Life (Morr)
  • Weekend Soundtrack

    U2: Stuck in a Moment

    Julie Nicholds and her children

    We've been asking you about the music that plays in your time off -- your Weekend Soundtrack. This week's story comes from Julie Nicholds. She listens to us in Wauwatosa, Wis. The soundtrack to her weekend is "Stuck in a Moment" by U2, and she tells us how it turned her life around.

  • Change of Seasons

    Pushing the Ice Cream Envelope

    Karen Roberts loves her ice cream...

    On this Memorial Day Weekend, we celebrate the beginning of summer. And what summer means to Karen Roberts is ice cream -- lots and lots of ice cream. Roberts is a nurse practitioner, so you'd think she'd know her ice cream intake limits. But she and her family decided to push the ice cream envelope...

  • Change of Seasons

    Coping with the Summer SAD Blues

    A cool waterfall

    Most folks associate Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) with winter weather and dark days. But a small percentage experience the disorder in the summer -- they shun the heat and the glare of the sun, and find solace in dark, air-conditioned spaces. We talk with Saskia Smith about how she copes with summer SAD.

  • Music Bridge:
    Italy 73
    Artist: Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra
    CD: Miles of Styles (Ubiquity)
  • Change of Seasons

    Kid Poems for Summer Days

    Cover of "Whatever the Weather"

    Betsy Franco is a children's poet and author of many books. She shares some of her favorite poems about summer, and what it's like to be young and full of wonder as the days turn hot and the nights are full of stars.

  • An Annual Indy 500 Pilgrimage

    Indianapolis family affair

    The Koch Family has an unshakable Memorial Day Weekend tradition: spending the month of May in Indianapolis for the Indy 500. This weekend, they will spend their 49th month together since 1960. Theirs is an enduring story of family bonds and cherished memories, anchored by one of the biggest events in motor sports.

Hour 2

  • Playing taps at the World War II Memorial

    Decades Later, Haunted by PTSD

    Like many veterans of his generation, Don LaFond has never been too open with his emotions about the war. Now, he talks about them every Friday, in a support group for older vets. Weekend America's Krissy Clark joins one of those groups, where vets finally open up about the horrors they experienced.

  • Teen Researcher Targets PTSD Treatment

    Teen PTSD researcher Ilana Rice

    Ilana Rice is only 16, but she's already making a difference for veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. She's linking treatment of PTSD with the relationships veterans make with those who haven't seen the horrors of war, and how that dynamic might lead to better treatment.

  • Music Bridge:
    Voluta Musica
    Artist: Nicola Ratti
    CD: From the Desert Came Saltwater (Aniticipate)
  • Good News, Bad News, No News

    An Aging Indy, Paying for Luggage

    Our panel takes on the pressing issues and absurd moments of the week that was: "New Yorker" cartoonist Bob Mankoff, Yale English professor Amy Hungerford and conservative commentator Tara Setmayer.

  • Music Bridge:
    La Avispa
    Artist: The Rainbow Orchestra
    CD: The In-Kraut, Vol. 3 (Marina)
  • Raiders of the Lost Park

    Excavating in Chicago

    Indiana Jones has taught the world what it takes to be an archaeologist: carry a bullwhip and avoid Nazis. Real-world archaeologist Rebecca Graff's brand of archeology is a little closer to home -- she and a team of 20 undergrads are digging up Chicago's Jackson Park to find artifacts from the World's Fair of 1893.

  • Looking for the Next Best Apple

    Honeycrisp ripen apples on the tree

    Researchers at the University of Minnesota have been breeding apples for 100 years, and developed the Honeycrisp variety a little more than 30 years ago. The patent expires this fall -- so this weekend, breeders are busy cross-pollinating trees in search of the next Honeycrisp.

  • When Southern Cooking Migrates North

    Lem's Bar-B-Q

    What does the story of food say about the American story? Amy Evans, an oral historian with the Southern Foodways Alliance at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, visited Chicago to collect stories from restaurants specializing in Southern recipes and soul food. Those stories mirror the African-American experience.

  • Music Bridge:
    Baba Dream Songs
    Artist: Daniel Hecht
    CD: Wayfaring Strangers: Guitar Soli (Numero)
  • A Ren Fair Magical History Tour

    The Don Juan and Miguel Show

    When Julia Barton was 11, she was introduced to the strange and magical world of Renaissance faires when her parents' music ensemble was invited to perform at the famed Scarborough Faire outside of Dallas. This weekend, she returned to catch up with some old characters from her youth.

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