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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: July 9, 2005
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Listen IconCrisis Management
The world is still feeling the effects of the recent terrorist attack in London. Weekend America host Bill Radke talks with professor Ronald Heifetz about leadership in difficult times, and takes a historical look at leaders with the right stuff. Then, a visit to Tavistock Square, the site of one of the London bombings. Ironically, it's also the home of many peace monuments.
Online resources:
» Ronald Heifetz book, Leadership on the Line: Staying Alive Through the Dangers of Leading is available at the Public Radio BookSource.

Music Bridge: Kneeling Down - Artist: Tord Gustavsen Trio
CD: The Ground (ECM)
Listen IconPresidential Connections
It's a rare few who have the ear of the President. Ted Haggard is one of the chosen ones. Weekend America host Barbara Bogaev shares listener questions and talks politics with the Ted Haggard, leader of New Life Church in Colorado Springs.
Online resources:
» TedHaggard.com
» The Religious of American Democracy (SpeakingOfFaith.org)
» Pentecostalism in America (SpeakingOfFaith.org)

Music Bridge: Robert Lippok & Barbara Morgenstern - Artist: Gammelpop
CD: Tesri (Monika)
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Listen IconWilly Wonka Old and New
Next week, the latest film version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory hits theaters. But not everyone is thrilled about the remake. Steve Almond, author of Candy Freak, talks about his favorite film.
Online resources:
» Official Willy Wonka website (1971 production)
» Official Willy Wonka website (2005 production)

Listen IconArchiving the Great American Songbook
Most people know Michael Feinstein as a piano player and performer. But he's also an avid collector of America's musical history. Weekend America host Barbara Bogaev gets a rare tour of Feinstein's archives.
Artist information:
» You can find the music of Michael Feinstein at the Public Radio MusicSource.

Music Picks
Listen IconJazz Picks: In the Country
The jazz trio "In the Country" finds inspiration in unusual places, but their sound is uniquely Norwegian. Music critic Jason Koransky from Downbeat magazine gives their new CD a listen.
Online resources:
» In The Country - Beaver Creek | From the album, This Was the Pace of My Heartbeat (Rune Grammofon)

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Listen IconThe Bicycle Coach
This week President Bush fell off his bike. He escaped serious injury, but a refresher course might be in order. Bicycle mechanic Eric Sovern from Surly Bikes offers him some pointers.
Online resources:
» More about Eric Sovern
» www.surlybikes.com

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Listen IconThe Real Bionic Man
In recent months, prosthetic science made a giant leap forward and Jesse Sullivan is reaping the benefits. He's a double amputee with a state-of-the-art arm. But he's regained something else as well. Weekend America host Bill Radke talks with Jesse about becoming the first bionic man.
Online resources:
» Watch a video demonstration of Jesse's bionic arm:
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» Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
» Introducing Jesse Sullivan, the World's First "Bionic Man"

Music Bridge: Sun Drums and Soil - Four Tet
CD: Everything Ecstatic (Domino)
Listen IconProtecting Sources
Journalists count on sources to get their stories, and some sources want to remain anonymous. This week, New York Times reporter Judith Miller went to jail for refusing to cooperate in a federal investigation. In a prior landmark case, reporter Paul Branzburg also refused to testify. The Supreme Court ruled against him. Weekend America host Barbara Bogaev talks with his attorney Jon Fleishaker.

Music Bridge: Choking You - Artist: Prefuse 73
CD: Futurism Ain't S**t To Me (Kitty Yo)
Listen IconCar Theater
Find out how a playwright/actress is staging her latest project. Listen to how the front seat of a car gets turned into a stage.
Online resources:
The next run for Car Theater will start in late August.

Music Bridge: Sleep - Artist: Dan the Automator
CD: A Much Better Tomorrow (75 Ark)
Music Picks
Listen IconJazz Picks: Ahmad Jamal
Some things get better with time. Jazz critic Jason Koransky from Downbeat magazine shares the latest music from piano virtuoso Ahmad Jamal with Weekend America host Bill Radke. Jamal's been recording for decades and the new album may be his best yet.
Online resources:
» Ahmad Jamal - Milan | From the album, After Fair (Birdology/Dreyfus)

Listen IconA Man of Many Voices
Next weekend, the sixth book in the Harry Potter series hits the streets. The books have hundreds of characters and Jim Dale voices them all. He's brought over 100 characters to life in the audio book versions of Harry Potter. Weekend America host Barbara Bogaev talks with him about his unique line of work.
Online resources:
» Jim-Dale.com
» Official Harry Potter website
» Official J.K. Rowling website
» The work of J. K. Rowling can be found at the Public Radio BookSource.

Listen IconTaking a Dive
What seems crazy to some is a thrill to others. Jeb Corliss is a BASE jumper who leaps off nearly anything with only a parachute to break his fall. Weekend America correspondent Souix-z Jessup talked with his family to find out what they think of his pastime. Then, Weekend America host Bill Radke gets Jeb's reaction to their concern.
Online resources:
» Watch video of Jeb Corliss BASE jumping around the world:
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» More about Jeb Corliss and the film The Ground Is the Limit at GroundIsTheLimit.com

Music Bridge: Barbiturik Blues - Artist: Laurent Garnier
CD: Cloud Making Machine (Mute)
Listen IconListener Letters
Time for us to peek into the Weekend America letter bag. Many of you wrote us in response to our story last weekend about a 3-year-old who watches horror movies with her dad.
Online resources:
» Send us your letters...

Listen IconWeekend Weather
Weekend America's John Moe takes a look at weather patterns and Saturday happenings all across the country.
Online resources:
» Links to events mentioned during the weekend weather report

Music Bridge: Beat Connection (Disco Dub Version) - Artist: lcd soundsystem
CD: DFA compilation #2 (DFA)
Music Picks
Listen IconJazz Picks: Me'shell Ndegéocello
R & B artist Me'shell Ndegéocello is giving jazz a try and bringing some veterans with her. Downbeat magazine's Jason Koransky reviews her new CD, Dance of the Infidel.
Online resources:
» Me'Shell Ndegéocello - Luqman | From the album, Dance Of The Infidel (Shanchie)

Listen IconHomesick for London
Weekend America managing editor Jeremy Skeet is from England. He shares his views about the bombings in London and what it's like to be so far from home.
Online resources:
» Weekend America Blog: Homesick for London

Music Bridge: Avminnast - Artist: Nils Økland
CD: Bris (Rune Grammofon)
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