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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: April 1, 2006 | Map these stories
Listen IconEconomics on the Basketball Court
George Mason University's basketball players are the sweethearts of the NCAA final four. What you may not know though is that the school is also home to some economics superstars, including two Nobel laureates. Turns out, school economists been applying their knowledge of game theory to basketball. Host Bill Radke talks to George Mason economist and basketball fan Peter Boettke about what he's discovered, and what it may mean for the school's team.
Performance information:
» More about Peter J. Boettke
» Washingtonpost.com: "Mason Magic Isn't Rocket Science"

Music Bridge: "If You Want" - Artist: Nomo
CD: New Tones (Ubiquity)
Listen IconGoing Green for God
How do you get people to make decisions that are ecologically friendly? Many churches and temples across the country are urging people to make greener choices. for God. Weekend America correspondent Alex Cohen tells us the story of one such campaign underway in Texas.
Performance information:
» Congregation Beth Israel
» Breath of Life Campaign
» The Rock United Methodist Church

Music Bridge: "Ripples in the Water" - Artist: I'm Not a Gun
CD:We Think as Instruments (City Centre)
Listen IconColumn One: Middle Class Dilemma
How difficult is it to level the playing field for African-American men in our society? Los Angeles Times reporter Sandy Banks explored the issue with African-American teenage boys. She discovered while they were making economic strides, they still faced age-old challenges. Banks talks to host Barbara Bogaev about what she learned.
Online resources:
» Los Angeles Time: "Growing Up on a Tightrope"
» More Column One Stories

Music Bridge: "Swings and Roundabouts" - Artist: Stromba
CD:Tales from the Sitting Room (Fat Cat)
Music Picks
Listen IconClassical Music: Juan Diego Flórez
Tenor great Juan Diego Florez sings songs from his youth on his new CD, Sentimiento Latino. It includes pieces from throughout Latin America. Music critic Steve Smith of Time Out New York joins host Barbara Bogaev to talk about it.
Online resources:
» Juan Diego Flórez | "Bello Durmiente" | From the album, Sentimiento Latino (Decca)
» Steve Smith's blog about live music in New York City

Listen Icon"...This One's Just Right"
You spend about a third of your life sleeping, so finding the right mattress is important. Problem is, finding the right mattress can also be very time consuming. How do you find the right one for you? Host Bill Radke went on a quest with a physical therapist to find the perfect mattress for a good night's sleep.
Online resources:
» Dr. Diana Osterhues - a physical therapist who practices at AOS Medical Center
» Matt Creeks, Sales Manager at Sit 'n Sleep, Glendale
» Brian Cordier, assistant store manager at Select Comfort, creator of the Sleep Number Bed, in Glendate
» Tempur-Pedic

Listen IconPimp My Bed
Does your bed look as nice as the ones you see in the catalogs? Don't feel too bad if it doesn't. Those retailers have a secret weapon: a professional bed stylist. Independent producer Sue Mell followed one highly skilled bed maker as she prepped a bedroom for a shoot.

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Listen IconWeekend Weather
Weekend America's John Moe takes a look at the weather and Saturday happenings all across the country.

» Event information

Music Bridge: "Beat Connection" (Disco Dub Version) - Artist: lcd soundsystem
CD: DFA compilation #2 (DFA)
Listen IconTreating Veterans to Breakfast
A mystery has finally been solved. Every month, a group of World War veterans meets for breakfast at a diner in Suffolk, Virginia. No one seemed to pay much attention to their regular gathering. But a few years ago, they caught the interest of a mysterious benefactor who started picking up their tab. Jessica Smith tells us how they learned his identity.

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Listen IconFight Club
School fights don't always stem from an angry dispute between two individuals. Sometimes they evolve as a rite of passage. That was the case of a student in Sonoma County, California, who found himself in a strange fight against a backdrop of rival gang factions. He tells his story through the voice of another student, Laquoia Simmons.
Online resources:
» Voice of Youth radio project

Listen IconThe Need to Fight
University of Pennsylvania professor Elijah Anderson has studied the nature of fighting in schools like Piner High in Sonoma County, California. He talks to host Bill Radke about why violence seems to be the dominant way of getting things done in impoverished urban areas.

Music Bridge: "Ten To One" - Artist: Wayne B
CD: Night of the Hunter (Quatermass)
Listen IconRaising the Limit
In two weeks, lawmakers in Massachusetts will take up a measure that would hike the legal driving age from 16 1/2 to at least 17. The bill is said to be a response to several recent, tragic teenage driving accidents in the area. Richard Ross, a Republican representative in the Massachusetts state legislature, has two teens -- Meghan and Chase. Weekend America's Bill Radke talks to the family about driving and age.

Music Bridge: "Hear the Winds Coming" - Artist: Steffen Basho-Junghans
CD: Rivers and Bridges (Strange Attractors Audio House)
Listen IconSay WA?
The state of Washington has a new motto based on its postal abbreviation, W-A. The slogan is, "Say Wa." And as host Bill Radke discovered, it has many perplexed uttering the same phrase.only as a question. What were they thinking? He talks to an advertising expert about what makes a tourism slogan work.
Online resources:
» ExperienceWashington.com
» ExperienceWa.com
» TravelOregon.com

Music Bridge: "New Birth" - Artist: Birdy Nam Nam
CD: Birdy Nam Nam (Uncivilized World)
Music Picks
Listen IconClassical Music: Rolando Villazón
A tenor from Mexico City is being hailed as the next Placido Domingo. His name is Rolando Villazon and he has just released a new CD. Music critic Steve Smith of Time Out New York joins host Barbara Bogaev to talk about it.
Online resources:
» Rolando Villazón | "Jungfrau Maria" | From the album, Opera Recital (Virgin Classics)
» Steve Smith's blog about live music in New York City

Listen IconChain of Influence: Music Prodigy Isaac Akers
We can all touch people's lives in unexpected ways. Host Barbara Bogaev tracks a musical child prodigy's chain of influence back to an imaginative 62-year-old scientist.
Online resources:
» More about fiddler Tania Elizabeth
» More about David Wolfe and raw food
» More about futurist Dr. Patrick Flanagan
» More Chain of Influence Stories

Weekend Weather
Listen IconWeekend Weather
Weekend America's John Moe takes a look at the weather and Saturday happenings all across the country.

» Event information

Music Bridge: "Beat Connection" (Disco Dub Version) - Artist: lcd soundsystem
CD: DFA compilation #2 (DFA)
Listen IconGo Climb a Tree
Tree climbing is a lot more sophisticated these days than when you clambered to the top of one as a child. Today there are all kinds of gear and techniques for reaching those high branches. Hosts Bill Radke and Barbara Bogaev joined a climbing expert recently at Griffith Park in Los Angeles for some serious scaling.
Online resources:
» Tree Climbers International
» New Tribe tree climbing equipment
» Sherrill Tree professional and recreational climbing grear
Watch video of Barbara and Bill climbing trees:
» High bandwidth
» Low bandwidth

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