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Post-Game Recap: NPR's Annual Holiday Relay

by Emily Hellewell
Dec 20, 2013

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The NPR staff likes celebrating the year at our holiday office party just as much as any team of fun-loving employees.

But before we gather to drink warm beverages and mingle over appetizers while festive music plays in the background, we like to... work up our appetites.

We're talking about the annual relay challenge, where we compete in somewhat wacky, yet always clever, feats of smarts and speed. And where prizes include tote bags (of course), and the obviously-more-important bragging rights.

In the years past, the relay has always been held outside, where team members tag-teamed it around the entire building, competing in ego-crushing challenges along the way.

With our move to a new headquarters building earlier this year, we decided some fresh traditions were in order. So we brought the relay inside our main lobby and asked NPR White House Correspondent Scott Horsely to follow up with several of the teams for a game day tradition: post-competition interviews.

First, he talked with the winners, the 'Angry Nerds' from Finance, about how teamwork helped them come out first:

(Editor's Note: The prize wasn't a quarter of a million dollars. It really was a tote bag.)

Then, when talking to the intern team, who finished last, Horsley asked if they had a rebuilding plan for next year:

(Another Editor's Note: The competition was not rigged to ensure that interns came in dead last.)

Ok, yeah, from NPR program name Pictionary to making Mama Stamberg's Cranberry Relish recipe while blindfolded, we had a pretty fun time during this year's relay. And we've got the pictures to prove it.

NPR producer Victor Holliday contributed to this post.

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