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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 18, 2004
Opening Music: Start From Scratch
Artist: Galactic - CD: Crazyhorse Mongoose (Capricorn)

Dr. Juliet Barker
Miraculous Cord Blood
Dwayne Seelow was diagnosed with leukemia in 1999 and given three years to live, but is now in remission thanks to a cord blood transplant. Stem cells from a newborn girl's umbilical cord successfully rebuilt his immune system. Producer Heather McElhatton talked with Barbara Bogaev about the procedure and the changes it has made in Dwayne's life.

Online resource:
More about Dr. Juliet Barker
Fairview-University Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) Services
Transplant Biology and Therapy
Transplantation of cord blood effective in AML
Banking Umbilical Cord Blood

Music Bridge: A Letter From Home
Artist: Ulrich Schnauss - CD: A Strangely Isolated Place (Domino)
Forgotten Christmas Songs
Dick Spotswood, host of WAMU's Dick Spottswood Show, talks with Bill Radke about his new compilation of forgotten and overlooked Christmas music, "Where Will You Be on Christmas Day?"

Online resources:
More about the Dick Spottswood Show
Where Will You Be Christmas Day is available on Dust to Digital records.

Weekend Weather
Weekend America contributor John Moe has a look at weather across the nation.

Weather reports:
hour 1 | hour 2

Music Bridge: Beat Connection (Disco Dub Version)
Artist: LCD Soundsystem - CD: DFA compilation #2 (DFA)

New Year's Philosopher
Dick Clark turned over his job hosting ABC's Rocking New Year's Eve to Regis Philbin. Bill Radke asked philosopher Morry Lipson, "If the New Year's ball drops and Dick Clark isn't there, did it really happen?"
King's College Choir
Millions of people around the world listen to the King's College Choir at Christmas. They're performing this weekend at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. We present their recent performance in Minneapolis.

Online resource:
Listen to the King's College Choir live at the Cathedral of St. Paul, Minnesota
King's College Choir

Borzou Daragahi
Weekend in Iraq
How do American soldiers relax in Iraq? Reporter Borzou Daragahi visits a base to find out. Then, Barbara talks with Sgt. Michael Cain who served in Iraq for seven months before he was injured.

Online resource:
More about Borzou Daragahi

Music Bridge: Parallel Action
Artist: Arve Henriksen - CD: Chiaroscuro (Rune Grammofon)

Music Bridge: It's All Around You
Artist: Totoise - CD: It's All Around You (Thrill Jockey)

Giant Sand
Antony and the Johnsons
Independent Music Picks
Weekend America's music director Michael Raphael shares his favorite independent picks: Giant Sand, Antony and the Johnsons, and Adem.

Michael's set list:
Cracklin Water - Giant Sand from the album, Is All Over the Map (Thrill Jockey)
You Are My Sister - Antony and the Johnsons from the album, I Am a Bird Now (Secretly Canadian)
These Are Your Friends - Adem from the album, Homesongs (Domino)

Last Call for the Nanny Express
For years bus 576 traveled between east and west Los Angeles and carried so many housekeepers and domestic workers that it was called the "Nanny Express." But because the number of passengers dwindled, the route was cut on Friday. KPCC's Rob Schmitz reports on the people who ride the bus and the effect that its loss has on their lives.

Online resources:
"MTA Puts the Brakes on the 'Nanny Express'" (Los Angeles Times - registration required)

Music Bridge: Goin' Back to Smashed Potatoes
Artist: Tal M. Klein - CD: Alpha Beats (Aniligital)
Featured in Hour Two

Never Give Up
Barbara Bogaev checks in with contested elections around the country. She speaks with Judy Italiano, president of the Municipal Employees Association in San Diego, about the mayoral election results; then, Barbara continues her conversation with Candice Hoke, who's been giving legal advice to people recounting the 2004 vote in Ohio.

Online resources:
Professor S. Candice Hoke
Previous reports on the Washington govenor race: A Close Call in Washington, Washington Runoff

Music Bridge: Precious Blood
Artist: Early Day Miners - CD: All Harm Ends Here (Jagjaguwar)

Music Bridge: Banjo
Artist: Ui - CD: Answers (Southern)

Chain of Influence
Weekend America has been following a chain of influence. In the first of this series, we talk to Poet Laureate Ted Kooser about the people who have influenced his life.

More of Ted Kooser's poetry on the web:
A Birthday Poem, After Years, Flying at Night
More of Ted Kooser's poetry at PoetryMagazine.com

Music Bridge: Decompression
Artist: Tussle - CD: Kling Klang (Troubleman)

Wilma Mobbs
Counter Culture
As the first of our series on career waitresses, Wilma shares stories of her 47 years as a San Francisco waitress.

Online resources:
More about Sears Fine Foods

Music Bridge: Spheresong
Artist: Kiln - CD: Ampday (Thalassa)
A Christmas Story
Writing for Christmas programming every year can be challenging for shows that want to be innovative. Bill Radke talks with two writers, Julie Hebert from ER and Don Payne from the Simpsons, about how they get new ideas and stories on the air amidst the traditional Christmas expectations.
Music Bridge: Happy Birth & Sweet Blue
Artist: Slowly Minute - CD: Tomorrow World (Bubble Core)
Catalina Buffalo Hit the Road
Eighty years ago a herd of buffalo were brought from South Dakota to Catalina Island for a film shoot. They've lived there since. On Wednesday, 100 buffalo were shipped from Catalina back to the Lakota reservation in South Dakota. Bill Radke spoke with people on both ends of the shipment about the buffalo and their importance to each community.
Music Bridge: West Side Highway
Artist: Lanterna - CD: Sands (Badman)
Yuletide Crustacean
Ali Berlow, a chef living in Martha's Vineyard, tells her story of interfaith marriage, lobster and holiday tradition.
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