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How did your life collide with the headlines in 2007?
Iraq, the subprime crisis, Facebook, immigration, oil prices - 2007 had no shortage of hefty headlines. We'd like to hear about how these and other major news events of the past year affected you. Where did your life collide with the news in 2007?

What's your holiday performance story?
The office talent show, the neighborhood caroling posse, the school pageant ... At holiday time we often sing, dance, and dress as shepherds. Did you bloom in the warmth of your audience's adulation, or freeze up like the snowman you'd rather be building? Did your holiday performance change your life or that of someone close to you?

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Broadcast Date: May 22, 2004
Music Bridge: Start from Scratch
Artist: Galactic
CD: Crazyhorse Mongoose (Volcano)

Joan Roughgarden
Natural Diversity, Gender University
Critics of same sex marriage say it violates the laws of nature. But Stanford biology professor Joan Roughgarden says there's plenty of natural precedent for sexual and gender diversity. We talk with Roughgarden about gay reptiles, Darwin's mistakes, and her new book, Evolution's Rainbow.
Book link: Joan Roughgarden's book "Evolution's Rainbow: Diversity, Gender, and Sexuality in Nature and People" is available at the Public Radio Booksource. Your purchase helps support Weekend America.

Bill Nye

Of Mice, Men and Chromosomes
Japanese scientists recently announced they've cloned a mouse using two eggs. Is it the beginning of the end for the Y chromosome? Will it render males obsolete? We turned to Bill Nye, the Science Guy, for the story behind the science.
Web resource: www.billnye.com
Music Bridge: It's a Man's Man's Man's World
Artist: James Brown
CD: 20 All-Time Greatest Hits! (Polygram Records)
High Octane Java?
Prices are skyrocketing, but what choice do you have? Many of us need it just to make it to work. Bill Radke reports on the other fuel we can't live without.

Hearing Voices
Hearing Voices
For most of its history, radio - good or bad - has been a transitory medium. Not anymore, thanks to the internet, and to Barrett Golding. He's the curator of Hearing Voices, an online archive that showcases some of today's best radio work, and he's stopping by with some of his favorites.
Web resource: www.hearingvoices.com
Related link: Scott Carrier, Green River Stories
Related link: All Things Carrier
Related link: damali ayo at Stories1st.org
Related link: www.damaliayo.com
Related link: damila ayo's piece, "Nude," at Studio360.com
Related link: Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer
Related link: www.katchor.com
Related link: www.soundportraits.org
Related link: "Dream of Democracy"- WBEZ Chicogo Matters
Music Bridge: Nelles
Artist: Guido Mobius
CD: Klitsen (Ubiquity)
Skerker the Soothsayer of Weekend Weather ...
Ben Skerker's brief survey of events and weather.

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Listening Post: Is the Bay State Now the Gay State?
It's been a busy week for city clerks and wedding planners in Massachusetts, where the country's first same sex marriage law took effect Monday. For our Listening Post segment, we talk about the big event with reporters Audie Cornish and Monica Brady Myerov from Weekend America station partner WBUR in Boston.
Station resource: Today's Listening Post was produced in cooperation with Weekend America station partner WBUR 90.9 FM, Boston.
Related coverage: WBUR's coverage on the gay marriage debate.
Music Bridge: Afrique
Artist: Cuica
CD: City to City (Ubiquity)
Citizen Soldiers
We've heard a lot in recent weeks about civilian security contractors in Iraq. What's it like to be a private citizen risking life and limb to work in a war zone? And why would anyone do it? To find out, we talked to an arms expert and a former security contractor who quit his job in Iraq.
Related article: "Mercenary / Private Military Companies (PMCs)"
Music Bridge: Pi Four
Artist: Andrew Coleman
CD: Everything Was Beautiful and Nothing Hurt (Thrill Jockey)

Catherine Girardeau
Linda's Gift
When she was faced with grief and loss, San Francisco radio producer Catherine Girardeau found solace in the sound of a very special violin. She brings us a story of loss, memory, and music.
Music heard in this piece: Esperanto by Tin Hat Trio, CD - Helium; You Don't Know What Love Is, Cassandra Wilson, CD - Blue Light 'Til Dawn; Excerpt from Alexandra, Regina Carter, CD - Paganini: After a Dream; St. Louis Blues, Stephane Grapelli, CD - One on One, with McCoy Tyner; Ples Upiru, Iva Bittova, CD - Iva Bittova.
Web resource for stringed instrument players, buyers, collectors: www.maestronet.com
Contact information for Roland Feller's shop: rolandfeller.citysearch.com or his e-mail, rolandfeller@earthlink.net
Berkeley, Calif. violin shop where she bought her bow: www.ifshinviolins.com
Minneapolis, Minn. violin shop that sent her violins to try: www.givensviolins.com
New Jersey shop that sent her violins to try: www.wamsleyviolins.com
Link to resource guide for instrument evaluation and selection: www.sharmusic.com
Strings Magazine - a great resource for string players: www.stringsmagazine.com

Charles Ross
Live Event: Orlando Fringe Festival
We're headed to the Sunshine State for the 13th annual Orlando Fringe Festival - the oldest "Fringe" in the country. WMFE's Pat Duggins is live on the scene with performances by some festival favorites.
Other Fringe Festivals around the world: Vancouver, Minnesota, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Orlando, Atlanta, Cincinatti and more listings at www.2camels.com
Related link: Charlie Ross' One Man Trilogy Web site
Station resource: Special thanks go out to Pat Duggins and Weekend America station partner WMFE 90.7 FM, Orlando, Florida.
Music Bridge: Main Title
Composer: John Williams
CD: Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (Sony)
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