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Hour 1

  • Turner, O'Connor and Williams

    Conversations with America: Concluding the Conversation

    Since last September, Weekend America has been asking writers and thinkers for their take on what matters to them and what should matter to all of us during this time of political change. Now that we have a new president, we thought we'd get some of the contributors back together to continue the conversation - with each other.

  • Music Bridge:
    Artist: Helios
    CD: Caesura (Type)
  • Music Bridge:
    Mel Under
    Artist: Sack and Blumm
    CD: Shy Noon (Auto Pilot)
  • Coming to America

    Regina and Kenneth Mok

    According to the Chinese calendar, we just entered the new Year of the Ox a few days ago. It's traditionally a time to spend with family - which makes it bittersweet for Wendy Mok. While she lives in the Los Angeles, her parents live in Hong Kong. But recently, she and her husband got them to come visit. It was their first trip ever to America.

  • Weekend Soundtrack

    Weekend Soundtrack: "Shattered" by the Rolling Stones

    Susan Akers

    We've been asking listeners about the songs that bridge the gap from Friday to Monday. Our latest story comes from Susan Akers. Her song this weekend is "Shattered" by the Rolling Stones.

  • Music Bridge:
    Very Small Rock
    Artist: Happy Apple
    CD: Happy Apple Back on Top (Sunnyside)
  • Women Power Lifting

    Faith Ireland

    This weekend a woman in Seattle is trying to lift 290 pounds. She's a former Washington State Supreme Court justice. And she's also a member of the best women's masters powerlifting team in the country. Masters means over 40 years old. In two weeks, Faith and the rest of her team will defend their title at the USA Powerlifting Women's Nationals in Miami.

  • The Cardinals

    Arizona Cardinals helmet

    As the Super Bowl is played this weekend, we're not going to talk about the Steelers, the team that's favored to win the game. No, we're talking Arizona Cardinals. A team that no sane person would have predicted would be playing in the big game. Will Leitch is the founding editor of the sports web site Deadspin.com, and a true lifelong Arizona Cardinals fan.

  • Music Bridge:
    Artist: Windsurf
    CD: Coastlines (Internasjonal)
  • Saving the Story

    David Kirkpatrick and Nexi

    MIT is teaming up with a new movie studio in Massachusetts to create the storytelling technology of the future. We asked Reporter Sean Cole to look into the story, but instead of doing a radio report about it, he wrote a sci-fi movie-type drama, and cast himself as the reporter. So grab some Jujubes. Sit back. And enjoy the show.

Hour 2

  • Sen. Jeff Sessions

    Spending the Stimulus Money

    This week, the Obama administration's stimulus package passed the House. The Senate votes next. For some state agencies, you'd think it might be a challenge divvying up the funds. But Malcolm Wolf doesn't think it will be too difficult. He's the director of the Maryland Energy Administration, and we spoke to him about how the money will be spent in his state.

  • Foreclosure Double Punch

    Romey and the family cat

    Foreclosures are ravaging the historic Detroit neighborhood of Palmer Woods, where reporter Desiree Cooper has lived for the past two decades. Many of the historic homes are now in advanced stages of foreclosure as home prices fall hundreds of thousands of dollars. Instead of weathering the storm, two of Cooper's neighbors are walking away.

  • Music Bridge:
    Untitled Bright Format V2
    Artist: Kiln
    CD: Ampday (Thalassa)
  • Good News, Bad News, No News

    Good News, Bad News, No News

    Our panel of non-experts weigh in on this week's news events in a parlor game to gauge what kind of week America had. Joining us on this week's panel are Nancy French, author of "A Red State of Mind," comedian Dana Gould and Reihan Salam, associate editor at The Atlantic.

  • Music Bridge:
    Roots And Wire
    Artist: Deadbeat
    CD: Roots and Wire (Wagon Repair)
  • Poetry Radio Project

    New Langston Hughes Poems Discovered

    Langston Hughes

    It's Langston Hughes's birthday this weekend, and people across the country are celebrating one of America's most beloved poets with poetry performances and other events. Poetry magazine has given Langston Hughes fans even more reason to celebrate. This month's issue features three previously unpublished Langston Hughes poems, written in 1930.

  • Music Bridge:
    Spiral Arms
    Artist: Landing
    CD: Brocade (Strange Attractors Audio House)
  • Eat Cake

    Eat Cake.

    With winter temperatures low and the sky gray for weeks at a time, it can be tempting to hole up inside and not go anywhere on weekends. For lots of people who live by themselves, that means hanging out at home alone. We wondered what would happen when two people who were used to being alone in winter accidentally cross paths.

  • The End of Weekend America

    Weekend America

    It's the final Weekend America show, so we're reflecting on all the weekends we've spent with you in the past. Weekend America host John Moe has some thoughts on the end of Weekend America and how his long involvement in the program has changed his thinking about patriotism and America.

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