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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 11, 2004
Opening Music: Start From Scratch
Artist: Galactic - CD: Crazyhorse Mongoose (Capricorn)
Journalist in Jail
Dave Kidwell is a reporter in Miami who went to jail for 15 days because he refused to reveal a source. He's part of a growing number of journalists pressured to testify in court. He spoke with Bill Radke about the decision he made that landed him in jail.

Online resource:
More Bad News for Press as R.I. TV Reporter is Sentenced (Editor & Publisher)

Music Bridge: Telefon Tel Aviv
Artist: Fahrenheit Fair Enough - CD: Fahrenheit Fair Enough (Hefty)
History on Trial
This week in Tacoma, Washington a trial was held in the Washington State History Museum. The defendant, a Native American named Chief Leschi, was executed 146 years ago after being accused of killing a white soldier. His descendents asked the court to reopen the case and State Supreme Court Justice Gerry Alexander presided over the trial. He spoke with Barbara Bogaev about the trial and its verdict.

Online resource:
Seeking justice for the chief: 150 years later, Leschi will get a retrial (The Seattle Times)

Hannukah Memories
While Hank Rosenfeld was growing up in Detroit, Jewish heroes were few and far between. Hank loved the story of Hannukah because of the triumph of a few Jewish soldiers over the Romans. Hank recently saw a play that brought memories of his childhood Hannukah back to him and shared these thoughts.

More from Hank Rosenfeld:
Summer Job, Crossing Gaurd, Happiness Is a Warm Puppy, Rock'n' With Yes

Music Bridge: Channukah Party
Artist: Original Broadway Cast - CD: Caroline, or Change: A New Musical (Hollywood Records)
Church Campout
St. Anselm is a church outside of Boston that was set to close in September. Families began keeping a round-the-clock vigil inside the church to keep it from shutting its doors. Monica Brady-Myerov spent the night there and has this report.

Related story:
Boston Torn by Parish Closings (Washington Post)

Music Bridge: Cut
Artist: Adem - CD: Homesongs (Domino)

IBM sold its personal computer business to a manufacturer in China. Barbara Bogaev took a look back on what IBM has added to the computer age and spoke with David Bradley, inventor of the keystoke "control-alt-delete."

Online resource:
Inventor of the "Three Fingered Salute" credits Bill Gates for its notoriety: (Windows Media download, 2.7 MB) or (AVI download 3.4 MB)

Music Bridge: On Repeat (Dub)
Artist: LCD Soundsystem - CD: DFA Compilation #2 (DFA)
In the first part of our series on "cold," Bill Radke talks to Gretel Ehrlich. She's written two books about her journeys to some of the world's coldest places and spoke about what she loves best about sub-zero climates.

Online resources:
More about the ice block recording
Gretel's books "The Future of Ice: A Journey Into Cold" and "This Cold Heaven: Seven Seasons in Greenland" are available at the Public Radio BookSource.

Featured Sound (preceeded "Cold"): rec 01
Artist: Colin Olin - CD: rec 01 (listen/apestaartje)

Music Bridge: Auto Pilot
Artist: Lusine - CD: Serial Hodgepodge (Ghostly International)

Shirim Klezmer
Septeto Rodriguez
Music Picks with Tom Pryor
Tom Pryor from Global Rhythm Magazine talks with Barbara about his favorite klezmer picks.

Tom's set list:
Odessa - Golem from the album, Homesick Songs (Aeronaut Records)
"Did You Hear of Boychick Pincus?" - Shirim Klezmer Orchestra and Maurice Sendak from the album, Pincus and the Pig (Tzadik)
Wolfie's Corner - Septeto Rodriguez from the album, Baila! Gitano Baila! (Tzadik)

Sharon Glassman
Secret Santa
Sharon Glassman gathers underprivileged kids' letters to Santa and finds people who can fill their wish lists. She took some letters to a holiday party to find some undercover Santas and tells this story about the power of a fulfilled wish.

Online resource:
Sharon Glassman website
More about "Love, Santa"

Music Bridge: Willow Weep for Me
Artist: Vince Guaraldi - CD: Jazz Impressions (Orig. Jazz Classics)
Featured in Hour Two

Teri and Nick
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Waiting to Breathe
Teri Allison's son, Nick, is serving with the 25th Infantry in Iraq. Teri recently got word this week that her son's service has been extended. She spoke with Barbara Bogaev about how her life had changed since Nick has been in Iraq.

Online resources:
Read Teri's letter to her daughter-in-law Tracy

Christmas Negotiations: Part 1, Part 2
In producer Katy Sewell's family, Christmas Day is epic in length. Her father, a Presbyterian minister, thinks that they give too many presents and should spend the day doing something useful. In short, Katy says, he wants to ruin Christmas. She and her father negotiated a Christmas deal to keep both parties happy.
Music Bridge: Who Gonched Who
Artist: Global Goon - CD: Family Glue (Audio Dregs)

Music Bridge: Leaves Falling
Artist: Lullatone - CD: Little Songs About Raindrops (Audio Dregs)

Holiday Tips
Whom should you be tipping this holiday season? Bill spoke with two "garbologists" about the best and worst gifts they've received and the people they'll be tipping this month.
Music Bridge: Tight Jeans
Artist: Tussle - CD: Kling Klang (Troubleman Unlimited)
Vanishing Bookshelves
In another of our series on personal library shelves, Producer Chelsea Merz talked with Dr. Tom Lee about the changes that he's seen at the Harvard Medical School in the twenty-five years that he's been working in Cambridge.

Online resource:
More about Thomas Lee

Music Bridge: Wild Horses
Artist: Oneida - CD: Secret Wars (Jagjaguwar)

DVD Picks
Entertainment journalist Jordan Riefe spoke with Bill about two of his favorite DVD picks: the 40th anniversary edition of "Dr. Strangelove" and "George Stevens: D-Day to Berlin," a collection of the filmmakers' WWII footage.

Jordon's DVD Picks:
Dr. Stranglove, Marx Brothers Silver Screen Collection, Giant and George Stevens: D-Day To Berlin

Music Bridge: Ja Fun Mi (Instrumental)
Artist: Sunny Ade & His African Beats - CD: Synchro Series (Indigedisc)

"Charles Phoenix
Retro Holiday
Slide Show"
Slide Show into the Past
Charles Phoenix has amassed such a large collection of old family pictures that he has his own slide show, "Charles Phoenix's God Bless Americana: The Retro Holiday Slide Show" in Hollywood. Barbara Bogaev spoke with Charles about what he's learned about America by looking back at the holiday celebrations people had 50 years ago.

Online resources:
"Charles Phoenix's Retro Holiday Slide Show"
Charles Phoenix's God Bless Americana
His book "Southern Californialand: Mid-Century Culture in Kodachrome " is available at the Public Radio BookSource.
Send us your favorite holiday pictures

Music Bridge: Setting Sail
Artist: Gorodisch - CD: Thurn and Taxis (Leat)
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