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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 1, 2006
NASA Super Fan
As NASA prepares the launch of space shuttle Discovery we talk with a long time fan George Fleenor from Bradenton, Florida. Fleenor has seen many launches in his lifetime and hopes to be there on Saturday with his family.
Online resources:
» NASA's Florida Off-site Viewing Locations

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The Birds
Before the scheduled launch of Discovery, there has been concern that debris from foam-insulation ramps on the fuel tank could pose a risk. Another possible risk that's being dealt with is vultures. Yes, vultures are posing a serious risk to shuttle launches at the Kennedy Space Center. When Discovery lifted off last July it hit a vulture during its climb to orbit. To get rid of the problem NASA has set up what it calls "a road kill posse." Its job is to quickly clear as many carcasses as possible from the site in hopes of cutting off the vulture food supply in the vicinity. Independent producer Lyn Milner pays a visit to the program.
Online resources:
» "It's a Jungle Out There," on NASA's web site

Music Bridge: Plagiarhythm - Artist: Copy
CD: Mobius Beard (Audio Dregs)
Road Trip
Pack your bags and gas up the tank. Weekend America kicks off its summer road trip series on the Lincoln Highway, America's first coast-to-coast road. Amanda Aronczyk, Weekend America's East Coast editor, begins the journey in Times Square, New York City, where the highway starts. With a 1924 edition of "The Complete Official Road Guide of the Lincoln Highway" in tow, she looks for vestiges of the old route. We will continue the road trip throughout the summer on the show. The next leg picks up in the Midwest.
Online resources:
» The Lincoln Highway Association
» A Complete Official Road Guide of the Lincoln Highway, Fifth Edition

Music Bridge: Ploy - Artist: Giant Sand
CD: Is All Over The Map (Thrill Jockey)
Music Picks
Indie Music Pick: Barbara Morgenstern
Mark Wheat, from The Current, a Minneapolis radio station joins Bill Radke. Mark shares a cut called "The Operator" from Barbara Morgenstern. Morgenstern is known for mixing electro-dance beats with her sweet-sounding voice. The disc is called "Grass is Always Greener."
» A new album by Barbara Morgenstern, "Grass is Always Greener" (Label: Ba Da Bing)

Fireworks by the Side of the Road
This week Americans across the nation have been buying fireworks for their Fourth of July celebrations, some whether they are legal or not. Weekend America's Krissy Clark, travels to Alhambra, California, where locals will be purchasing fireworks from road-side stands.

Backyard Ballistics
The nation's skies will be aglow with fireworks next Tuesday. For some people, however, the joy of blowing things up should not be reserved for just one day. Writer William Gurstelle is one of these enthusiasts. His latest book, "Adventures from the Technology Underground: Catapults, Pulsejets, Rail Guns, Flamethrowers, Tesla Coils, Air Cannons, and the Garage Warriors Who Love Them," is about people who enjoy making their own explosive contraptions, taking backyard tinkering to a whole new level.
Online Resources:
» Notes from the Technology Underground
» WilliamGurstelle.com
» Large Dangerous Rocket Ships 25 in Austin, Texas
» Tripoli Rocketry Association

Music Bridge: Echo Park - Artist: The Benevento Russo Duo
CD: Play Pause Stop (Butter Problems)
Weekend Weather
Weekend Weather
Weekend America's John Moe takes a look at the weather and Saturday happenings all across the country.

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Music Bridge: Beat Connection (Disco Dub Version) - Artist: lcd soundsystem
CD: DFA compilation #2 (DFA)
A Superman for all Nations
The caped hero is sweeping across America this weekend. And in Texas, four guys are gearing up for their own Superman premiere. The group is known as "Foleyvision" and they take strange films from around the world, ditch the film's audio and then perform the dialogue, sound effects and music live in front of an audience. Later this month, the Foleyvision crew will perform two different Supermans - an Indian Superman and a Turkish Superman. Weekend America correspondent Alex Cohen spent some time with them this week as they rehearsed for the upcoming show.
Online Resources:
» The Indian Superman
» Foleyvision's MySpace Page

MySpace Goes to Summer Camp
Summer camp season is in high gear and camp directors are facing a new challenge: What to do about web postings, on sites like MySpace and Facebook, from camp kids and counselors. Barbara and Bill talk with Fritz Seving, the director and owner of Camp Fernwood in Poland, Maine, Allison Lackoff, a counselor at Camp Fernwood with a Facebook web site, and Pam Cobb, the director and owner of Camp Runoia near Augusta, Maine about the issue.
Online resources:
» Camp Runoia
» Camp Fernwood
» "Their Space . . . Or Yours? Internet Issues Come to Camp," Stephen G. Wallace, M.S.Ed. from the American Camp Association

Music Bridge: Corrente - Artist: Rolf Lislevand
CD: Nuove Musiche (ECM)
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Juggling for Speech
Chris Bliss is a juggler and a stand up comedian, but his real passion is for the Bill of Rights. He's started a project to put a monument to the Bill of Rights in every state capitol in the country. Bill Radke talks with him about the Bill of Rights... and juggling.
Online resources:
» Chris Bliss' "Amazing Juggling Finale"
» MyBillOfRights.org
» Clips from Chris Bliss on Late Night Televsion

Music Bridge: The Boxer (DFA Remix - Artist: The Chemical Brothers
CD: The DFA Remixes (DFA)
Maiden Voyage, Part 3
It's summertime and people are taking to the highways for vacation. Bill Radke checks in with a family who has never been outside of Michigan as they hit the road. At least, that's the story they tell. It's hard to say as they're members of the improvisational group known as The Groundlings.
Online resources:
» Washington D.C. Celebrates Independence Day
» Hear Maiden Voyage, Part 1
» Hear Maiden Voyage, Part 2

Music Bridge: Up From The South - Artist: The Budos Band
CD: The Budos Band (Daptone)
A Movie that Changes Minds
Every film maker dreams of making a movie that really has an impact. Jean-Michel Cousteau may have recently won bragging rights to that rare achievement. Back in April, Cousteau, who is Jacques Cousteau's son, was invited to the White House to screen his new film, "Voyage to Kure." The film is about a remote part of the Hawaiian Islands that's rich with biodiversity. Bush was so moved by the film, he was inspired to create the "Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument," the largest marine preserve in the world. Barbara and Bill talk with Jean-Michel Cousteau about making a movie that changed the world and about his connection to the ocean.
Online Resources:
» Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ocean Futures Society
» Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ocean Adventures on PBS

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)
City of Presidents
When you think of presidents and South Dakota, you probably think of Mount Rushmore. But did you know, in Rapid City, South Dakota, twenty-four former US presidents stand, sit and stump along the streets. These are statues, of course. Independent producer Sarah Lemanczyk went to check them out.
Online resources:
» Rapid City, South Dakota: City of Presidents
» Mount Rushmore

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From the July 5 broadcast