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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: September 2, 2006
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The Changing Face of Labor Day
Weekend America's Krissy Clark talks with undocumented workers as they wait on an informal pickup line for work about why they hope to change some Americans' attitudes about illegal immigrants on this Labor Day weekend. Then we'll go live to a march for immigrant rights in downtown Los Angeles.
Online resources:
» "Thousands to Join Labor Day Rallies," from the Los Angeles Times

Music Bridge: Große Verzögerung - Artist: Couch
CD: Figur 5 (Morr)
The Smithsonian in Under an Hour
From the Fonz's leather jacket to the original Star Spangled banner, this long weekend is our last chance inside the Smithsonian's Museum of American History in Washington, DC. Well, it's the last chance for the next two years anyway. The museum will be closed for a long renovation after this weekend. For those of us who can't make it under the wire, we sent Washington Post columnist and DC man about town, John Kelly, to run through the halls of the museum for us. He's going to inhale all the American history he can possibly contain before the doors are closed on Monday.
Online resources:
» The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History
» John M. Kelly's Washington columns from the Washington Post

audio icon WEB EXTRA: Follow John Kelly as he explores the "Americans at War" exhibit

audio icon WEB EXTRA: Hear John reminisce about washing dishes in Julia Child's kitchen

audio icon WEB EXTRA: Listen in on John's realization about the Fonz's leather jacket

Music Picks
Pop Music Pick: Bob Dylan
With over 40 records under his belt, does Bob Dylan, still have something fresh to say and sing? Pop critic Alan Light weighs in on Dylan's new album, "Modern Times."
» A new album by Bob Dylan, "Modern Times" (Label: Sony)

Flight School
A flight school at Gregory Warner's local airport in Potsdam, New York offers an introductory flying lesson for just $39. The school promises that you will fly the plane on your first lesson. Gregory was dubious but intrigued. There had to be a catch. So he decided to check it out for himself, and suddenly the blue sky opened up a whole new world for Gregory.

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)
Music Bridge: Just Like a Real Book - Artist: Portastatic
CD: Who Loves the Sun (Merge)
Listening to the shakuhachi, which is an end blown Japanese flute made of bamboo, will calm you, perhaps even lull you into a meditative state. In fact, Buddhist monks once wandered the Japanese country side playing the shakuhachi, searching for the one sound that would enlighten the world. Phil Nyokai James has been playing shakuhachi for over 25 years, and he teaches the bamboo flute in Portland, Maine. Producer Carla Seidl shares his zen-inducing sound.
Online Resources:
» Phil Nyokai James's web site

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Labor Day in Peoria, Illinois
A lot of us think of Labor Day as the last day for a long weekend or trip to the beach. But in some cities, especially cities where unions remain an important part of daily life, Labor Day still has a deep connection to the labor movement. Peoria, Illinois is a big manufacturing town; Caterpillar Tractor remains the biggest employer and unions like the United Auto Workers sponsor picnics and a big parade. Reporter Tanya Koonce talks with Peorians at the picnic about the labor movement of yesterday, today and the meaning of Labor Day.
Online resources:
» UAW Local 974 in Peoria

Music Bridge: Little Dance - Artist: Tom Verlaine
CD: Instrumentals (Thrill Jockey)
Air Traffic Control
Bill Buvens is an award-winning air traffic controller based in Dallas-Fort Worth, the third busiest airport in America. Bill Radke talks with him about what it means to juggle incoming and outgoing flights on this busy Labor Day weekend, and how the earlier ComAir crash in Kentucky is affecting other controllers.
Online resources:
» "FAA official says staffing issue unclear," from the The Courier-Journal

Music Bridge: Echo Park - Artist: The Benevento Russo Duo
CD: Play Pause Stop (Butter Problems)
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Maiden Voyage, Part 5
It's summertime and people are taking to the highways for vacation. Bill Radke checks in with a family who have never been outside of Michigan as they hit the road. At least, that's the story they tell.
Online resources:
» The Mammoth Caves
» Hear Maiden Voyage, Part 1
» Hear Maiden Voyage, Part 2
» Hear Maiden Voyage, Part 3
» Hear Maiden Voyage, Part 4
» The Groundlings

Music Bridge: Four On Six - Artist: Pat Martino
CD: Remember (Blue Note)
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Life in Normal Without a Car
Christine Gardner, who lives in Normal, Illinois, will be running all of her usual errands this weekend. However, Christine is going to do her best not to step foot in a car. This summer she has trying to live a less car-centric life, and Barbara checks in to see how things are working out.
Online resources:
» "Can a mom in middle America survive a month without a car?" by Christine Gardner In Grist
» "Leaving Normal" from the Gristmill
» Christine Gardner's blog

Music Bridge: Tighten Up - Artist: The Bamboos
CD: Step It Up (Ubiquity)
Calling All Frogs
Independent producer Lyn Millner was trying to get to know her new suburban Florida neighborhood and discover something unique. But she couldn't get past the strip malls and gated communities, until she discovered the frog watchers. Lyn joined the group of scientists and students to find out just how much some croaking frogs can tell you about your own neighborhood's water quality and the impact of development on its ecosystem.
Online Resources:
» All about frogs, on Wikipedia

Music Bridge: Holographic Moon Owls - Artist: Secret Frequency Crew
CD: Forest of the Echo Drums (Schematic)
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)
Church of Brunch
There was a time decades ago when nearly everyone spent Sunday mornings at church. Sunday services were so pervasive that the event became a place of community for the whole neighborhood. Now that religion is less prominent in some folks' lives, they are looking for that same type of community, but minus the God. One such group in Austin, Texas started their own church, the Church of Brunch. Alex Cohen tells us what it's all about, and if the hash browns are really divine.
Online resources:
» The Church of Brunch

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From the July 5 broadcast