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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 Information for December 4, 2004
Opening Music: Start From Scratch
Artist: Galactic - CD: Crazyhorse Mongoose (Capricorn)

Vitaliy Shyyan Enlarge
Ukrainian Election
Vitaliy Shyyan is a Ukrainian graduate student at the University of Minnesota. His family is in Ukraine, where his mother worked at the polls on election day. Barbara Bogaev spoke with him about watching the election and its aftermath from afar.

Online resource:
Hip-hop protest song rocks Ukraine (CNN)
Timeline: Battle for Ukraine (BBC)

Featured Song: Blue Beat
Artist: Tussle - CD: Kling Klang (Trouble Man Unlimited)
Acceptance Ads Unacceptable
This week both CBS and NBC rejected an ad that has two bouncers turning away gay couples from a church. Bill Radke explores with Michael Delli Carpini, dean of the Annenberg School of Communication, the political and commercial pressures on networks.

Online resource:
View the TV ad at StillSpeaking.com

Music Bridge: Ammon Contact
Artist: Infinity of Rhythm Instrumental - CD: One in An Infinity of Ways (Plug Research)

Landscape Artist on the Road
Artist Harry Orlyk heads out from his home in upstate New York each morning to paint. He says he doesn't go far because the landscape is always changing, and not always for the better. Producer Lu Olkowski caught up with Harry to learn what inspires his work.

Exhibit information:
Carrie Haddad Gallery
Gross McLeaf Gallery
Terrence Rogers Fine Arts
Gallery 100: Harry Orlyk
Gallery 100: Exhibitions

Music Picks with Nate Chinen
Jazz Times Critic Nate Chinen talks with Bill about his jazz picks for December: Branford Marsalis, Jeff "Tain" Watts and Eric Revis.

Nate's set list:
The Lonely Swan - Branford Marsalis from the album, Eternal (Marsalis Music)
Mr. JJ - Jeff "Tain" Watts from the album, Detained at the Blue Note (Half Note)
Ayanna - Eric Revis from the album, Tales of the Stuttering Mime (11:11)

Arthur Mitchell
DTH Reopens
Thanks to over a million dollars in donations, the school at the Dance Theatre of Harlem will reopen this Saturday after closing last October. Weekend America listens to students and fans of the school.

Online resource:
Dance Theatre of Harlem

Music Bridge: Genevieve
Artist: Greyboy - CD: Soul Mosaic (Ubiquity)
The Pursuit of Happiness
The journal Science has published a new study on happiness. They asked women to track their days and rate their happiness moment by moment. In the results, women rated watching TV near the top and and watching kids near the bottom. Barbara Bogaev spoke with Professor Norbert Schwartz about the results of his study.
Music Bridge: Return To Island Cx
Artist: Secede - CD: ByeByeGridlocktraffic (Merck)
Christmas Letter
Writer Wendy Dale's mother sends out a Christmas letter every year to friends and family. She writes enthusiastically about most everything but Wendy thinks that when it comes to her life, her mother's writing is a little less than inspired. Wendy and her mother talked with Bill Radke about the annual letter.
Music Bridge: Where You've Been Hiding
Artist: Architecture in Helsinki - CD: Fingers Crossed (Bar None)

Richard Paul
A Capital Team
The Montreal Expos are getting ready to move to Washington D.C. and become the Washington Nationals. The baseball team has asked taxpayers in D.C. to build a new stadium. There's no question that a new stadium will pay off -- but for whom? Richard Paul concludes his series on public policy myths and facts.

Online resource:

Music Bridge: Faulty Times
Artist: Black Mountain - CD: Black Mountain (Secretly Canadian)

Kweisi Mfume
Music Request of the Week
Stevie Wonder's "Ribbon in the Sky" -- selected by outgoing NAACP president Kweisi Mfume.
Music Bridge: Ribbon in the Sky
Artist: Stevie Wonder - CD: Original Musiquarium I (Motown / PGD)
Featured in Hour Two
Church and State
Before the 2004 Presidential election, a reverend at an Iowa church made a sermon declaiming Kerry voters. To make sure everyone got the message he mailed a recording of the sermon and asked churchgoers to take Kerry signs off of their lawns. Barbara Bogaev spoke with both the reverend and a former parishioner who accused him of harassment.

Online resources:
Rev. Timothy Groves
Assemblies of God

Music Bridge: Refrain Tomorrow
Artist: Mice Parade - CD: Obrigrado Saudade (Bubble Core)
Reading: "Crisis"
Writer J. Robert Lennon has a short story about a priest questioning his beliefs.

Online resource:
Lennon's book "Pieces for the Left Hand" is due out next year.

Music Bridge: Nochwas
Artist: Duo 505 - CD: Late (Morr)

Kabbalah Explained
These days everyone from Paris Hilton to Madonna is wearing a red string around their left wrist, a telltale sign of a Kabbalist. What does a 4,000-year-old strain of mystical Judaism have to do with everyday life? Alex Cohen has been going to classes at the Los Angeles Kabbalah Center and talked to people about their take on the philosophy.

Online resource:

Music Bridge: Take 5
Artist: Thomas Fehlman - CD: Celebrating 5 Years of Scape compilation (Scape)
Bumper Message for the Unsure
Weekend America contributor John Moe has produced a list of bumper stickers for the ambivalent.
Exchange of the Week
This week, a U.S. District Court judge asked a Justice Department attorney a hypothetical question about a Swiss grandmother who inadvertently donates money to Al-Qaeda. Weekend America puts this exchange in context.

Daniel Johnston
Tribute to Daniel Johnston
Many people may not know the name of songwriter Daniel Johnston, but he can count Kurt Cobain, Beck and Tom Waits among his fans. Record producer Jordy Trachtenberg talks with Bill about the tribute album of Daniel's work that he's put together.

Online resources:
Daniel Johnston website
Discovered Covered is available at the Public Radio BookSource.

Sunday Blues
Producer Heather McElhatton and some of her friends are convinced that one of the worst things about the weekend - Sunday afternoons especially - is the idea that someone out there is having a good time while you're not. Heather set out to talk with people whose weekends disprove that notion. Then, thoughts from Weekend America listener Mike Bassik on the program.
Featured Song: Gloomy Sunday
Artist: Billie Holiday - CD: Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday on Columbia 1933-1944 (Columbia)
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