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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: December 24, 2005
Listen IconMiles from Home
After Hurricane Katrina, evacuees Mary and David Richard fled New Orleans. The Richards boarded an airplane, weren't told where they were going, and ended up in Salt Lake City, which they have made their new home. Independent producer Julie Rose has kept up with the Richards to see how they're adjusting.
Online resources:
» More stories about Hurricane Katrina

Music Bridge: 2000 Miles - Artist: The Pretenders
CD: Learning to Crawl (Sire)
Listen IconLooking at Redemption
In the past few weeks, Weekend America has been examining what it means to be redeemed. Last week, host Bill Radke spoke with a Catholic priest about what redemption means to him. This week, we hear from Rabbi Jack Bloom, who offers a Jewish perspective on redemption.

Listen IconTurning a New Leaf
In the early 1990's, Mike Frizzell led something of a double life. Frizzell had a wife and a stepdaughter; he also had a drug addiction and a penchant for robbing banks. He robbed dozens of banks before eventually turning himself in. Weekend America host Bill Radke talks with Mike Frizzell about his process of redemption.

Music Bridge: Chistimas Time is Here - Artist: Vince Guaraldi
CD: A Charlie Brown Christmas (Atlantic)
Listen IconThe Family Business
Twenty-one-year-old Brie Krimmer has been living in a small 1970's camping trailer, on a tree lot, in a suburb of Milwaukee, surrounded by the evergreens that she is selling. The trees are cut from her father's farm in Northern Wisconsin. Anna Panoka of member-station WUWM in Milwaukee recently visited the lot to talk to Brie about the family business of selling trees.

Music Bridge: It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas - Artist: Bing Crosby
CD: Christmas Collection: 20th Century Masters (MCA)
Music Picks
Listen IconIndependent Music: Neil Diamond
Mark Wheat, a host on The Current, usually shares independent music picks with Weekend America. This time, he chooses something a bit more mainstream. Mark plays a cut from the new Neil Diamond record for host Bill Radke.
Online resources:
» Neil Diamond | Evermore, Delirious Love | From the album, 12 Songs (Sony)

Listen IconFirst Flight
Until this past Thanksgiving, 92-year-old Jennie Goodwin had never been in an airplane. Her granddaughter, Julie, shares a travelogue of her grandmother's first flight.

Weekend Weather
Listen IconWeekend Weather
Weekend America's John Moe takes a look at the weather and Saturday happenings all across the country.
Online resources:
» Event information

Music Bridge: Beat Connection (Disco Dub Version) - Artist: lcd soundsystem
CD: DFA compilation #2 (DFA)
Listen IconA Farghalli Family Holiday
Nancy Farghalli's family doesn't celebrate Christmas. Each year on the 25th they would trek to the movie theatre to catch the latest flick. Nancy, a producer with American Public Media's Marketplace, shares her family's holiday tradition.

Music Bridge: Jingle Bells - Artist: Wynton Marsalis
CD: Crescent City Christmas Card (Columbia)
Listen IconTsunami Anniversary
December 26th marks a haunting anniversary for Gene Kim and his wife Faye Wachs. It is one year to the day, that Kim and Wachs were scuba diving in Thailand when the tsunami hit. Weekend America host Barbara Bogaev talks to the couple about their year.

Listen IconTsunami Audio Diary
Dan Curran runs the Humanitarian Leadership Program at the Harvard Business School. He shares an audio diary that he kept while doing relief work after the tsunami hit Indonesia.

Music Bridge: I'll be Home For Christmas - Artist: Johnny Mathis
CD: Merry Christmas (Columbia)
Listen IconOld World, New Kitchen: Chicken Relleno
This month, Weekend America is exploring some of the connections we have with food, our traditions and different cultures. In the fourth piece of our series, producer Beth Hoffman explores Filipino cuisine with Lulu Olivera, an immigrant from the Philippines who makes her home in Utah.
Cook this at home:
» Lulu Olivera recipe for Chicken Relleño
Parts I, II and III of this series:
» Maria Cecilia Estrada - Columbian Tamales
» Tahmina Martely - Beef Curry
» Nasrin Mohamadi - Chicken Tahchin

Listen IconThe Frozen Chosen
Weekend America visits the congregation of Beth Shalom in Anchorage, Alaska to see what they will be doing on the first day of Hanukkah.
Gift suggestions:
» Congregation Beth Sholom

Music Bridge: The Little Dummer Boy - Artist: The Klezmonauts
CD: Oy to the World (Satire)
Music Picks
Listen IconClassical Music: Ulver
Steve Smith, the music editor for Time Out New York, usually highlights classical music on Weekend America. This time he shares music from the Norwegian black metal band Ulver with host Barbara Bogaev.
Online resources:
» Ulver | It Is Not Sound | From the album, Blood Sound (The End Records)

Listen IconHigh Brow, Low Brow
Weekend America host Bill Radke invited three guests -- Amy Hungerford, a professor of American literature at Yale, Steven Johnson, author of Everything Bad Is Good for You, and our weather guy/culture vulture, John Moe, to weigh in on high, middle, and low brow culture.

Music Bridge: Merry Christmas Darling - Artist: The Carpenters
CD: Christmas Collection (A & M)
Weekend Weather
Listen IconWeekend Weather
Weekend America's John Moe takes a look at the weather and Saturday happenings all across the country.
Online resources:
» Event information

Music Bridge: Beat Connection (Disco Dub Version) - Artist: lcd soundsystem
CD: DFA compilation #2 (DFA)
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Listen IconA Merry Tuba Christmas
Weekend America's Jim Gates drops in on a rehearsal of the Tuba Christmas. Tuba Christmas is performed in more than 170 cities throughout the United States and other parts of the world.
Online resources:
» Tuba Christmas 2005 Los Angeles

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As Mentioned on Weekend America
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As Mentioned on Weekend America
... on our December 15 broadcast:

» Weekend America
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» The Huckabee Mystique: See video of Mike Huckabee and Chuck Norris.
» Another Great Moment in Small Talk: Read how Charlie Schroeder became an unpopular "tool" because of Borat.
» Listener Letters: Renewable Christmas Trees: Read listeners' alternate endings to "Puff the Magic Dragon."
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From the July 5 broadcast