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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 15, 2006
A New Spin on the White House Easter Egg Roll
You may see more non-traditional families this year at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. Some gay and lesbian parents have been planning to be at the front of the line to get tickets for Monday's event. Reporter Cynthia Ingle talks to some of those parents about why the event is important to them and their children.
Online resources:
» The official White House Easter Egg Roll web site
» The Family Pride Coalition advocates equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parents
» UM Action defends traditional Christian beliefs and practices

Music Bridge: Circles 2: Mesa - Artist: Unwed Sailor
CD: Circles (Burnt Toast)
You're Deducting What?!
When John Szilagyi researched audits for the IRS in the 1980s, he sensed something wasn't quite up to snuff. Turns out, there was trouble on those tax returns and he made a suggestion to make things right. Years later, the IRS finally took him up on his idea, and it's saved the government billions of dollars. He shares his story with Bill Radke and Alex Cohen.

Music Bridge: Hand and Mouth - Artist: Nomo
CD: New Tones (Ubiquity)
The Story of PFC Sirko
Last year on April 17th, Private Steven Sirko was found dead on his bunk. The Army blamed his death on a drug overdose. Steven's mother, Summer Lipford didn't buy it. Some mothers of soldiers who've died in Iraq have channeled their grief into anger toward the war, or a sense that their son or daughter died for a righteous cause. But Lipford hasn't been able to do either. She doesn't know why her son died. For six months Weekend America has been following Summer's crusade to find the truth. Weekend America's Phillip Babich talks with Hosts Bill Radke and Alex Cohen about her ongoing quest.
Online resources:
» Legacy.com guestbook entry for PFC Steven Sirko

Music Bridge: Let Go - Artist: John Fahey
CD: Let Go (Varrick)
Music Picks
Indie Music Pick: Quasi
Piano man Sam Coomes and drummer Janet Weiss may no longer be married, but they're still trying to make a go of it musically as the rock duo, Quasi. Will they succeed? Mark Wheat of the Minneapolis-St. Paul music station, The Current joins host Bill Radke to talk about their new CD.
» "When the Going Gets Dark" and "I Don't Know You Anymore" by Quasi, from the album, "When the Going Gets Dark" (Digipack Packaging)

The Solomon Squad: Cash for Kidneys
Should people who donate their kidneys for transplant be paid? That's what Dr. Amy Friedman proposes. The Yale University kidney transplant specialist puts the issue up for debate before host Bill Radke and Weekend America's Solomon Squad: Dr. William Hurlbut, a bio-ethicist and Stanford University and Nina Utne, the editor and chief at Utne Magazine.
This week's squad:
» Dr. William B. Hurlbut of Stanford University
» Nina Utne of Utne Magazine
Online Resources:
» Dr. Amy L. Friedman of Yale University
» The President's Council on Bioethics
» The Utne Reader
» More advice from the Solomon Squad

Music Bridge: Hundred Million Light Years - Artist: Kaito
CD: Hundred Million Light Years (kompakt)
Weekend Weather
Weekend 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)
On The Move with Shakey Jake
It's easy to dismiss a strange-acting person roaming the streets as crazy. But Jennifer Guerra decided to dig a little deeper, and she's glad she did. As part of "Weekend America's" story competition, Jennifer told us the story of Ann Arbor, Michigan's favorite hometown celebrity: a longtime street performer named Shakey Jake.

Who is a Jew?
This Passover weekend gives Jews the opportunity to reconnect with their faith and with who they are. How does a Jewish person identify him or herself in modern day America? That's something the Jewish Identity Project is trying to help answer with an exhibition at the Skirball Museum in Los Angeles. Weekend America's Alex Cohen visited the museum this week to learn more.
Online resources:
» The Jewish Identity Project at the Skirball Cultural Center

Returning to the Fold
Catholic Church attendance has dropped significantly during the past few decades, particularly among young adults. But as those young people mature, some are taking another look at their faith, and heading back to the church. Independent producer and former churchgoer Robert McGinley Myers says he's doing a little re-examining himself.

High Brow, Low Brow
Highbrow, lowbrow and everywhere in between: During the past few weeks, there have been news stories to suit every taste. To help host Bill Radke put those big stories in their proper category is Weekend America's John Moe, Dana Gould, co-producer of "The Simpsons" and Yale literature professor Amy Hungerford.
Our Panel:
» Amy "Highbrow" Hungerford
» Dana "Middlebrow" Gould
» John "Lowbrow" Moe

Music Bridge: A Fig For Misfortune - Artist: Colossal Yes
CD: Aculco Roughs (Ba Da Bing)
Shaking up the Ballet
To mark the centennial of the San Francisco Earthquake, the San Francisco Ballet recently took on a challenging project. They staged a dance based on movements in a major fault line. Weekend America editor Phyllis Owens brings us their story.
Online resources:
» Watch a video of the performance at Ken Goldberg's web site

One Town's Turnaround
During the past few decades, Lawrence, Massachusetts was rapidly spiraling to its demise. Arson, gangs, drugs, murder: the city was plagued with every kind of crime imaginable. But during the past several years Lawrence has been changing for the better and people are taking notice. What's happening? "Weekend America's" Shannon Mullen paid a visit to the city to learn what's behind its rebirth.
Online resources:
» Lawrence Methuen Community Coalition
» Lawrence Police Department Community Policing Unit
» Official City of Lawrence web site

Designing Safer Cities
Can you physically design a city to be a safer place? Fred Kent from the Project for Public Spaces thinks so. He talks to Weekend America's Alex Cohen about what can be achieved through turning public spaces into vital community places.
Online resources:
» Founder and president of Project for Public Spaces Fred Kent

Music Bridge: Wheel Broke - Artist: Tom Verlaine
CD: Instrumentals Volume II (Thrill Jockey)
Weekend Weather
Weekend 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)
Your Tax Dollars at Work
Feeling a little grumpy after forking over your hard-earned money to Uncle Sam? Freelance writer and father Graham Thomas Shelby wants you to know your financial support hasn't gone unappreciated.

Special Web Exclusive: Tax Lessons for Parents
Did you know "you may claim a kidnapped child as your dependent if the following requirement [is] met: The child must be presumed by law enforcement to have been kidnapped by someone who is not a member of your family or a member of the child's family...." It's all true and all written in the 2005 1040 Instructions.

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