Dec 23, 2007 — The December issue of Wired Magazine details the high-tech operation behind Santa's yearly deliveries. According to Wired, Santa oversees a massive network of container ships, naughty/nice surveillance, and special-ops helpers trained for covert entry into homes. Adam Rogers, a Wired senior editor, speaks with NPR's Liane Hansen.
Dec 23, 2007 — For nearly a century, the U.S. Postal Service has helped Santa to grant the yuletide wishes of needy children. At an "Operation Santa" center in California, volunteers patiently unfold letters and make a list of families for Santa's elves to visit.
Dec 23, 2007 — Invitees to tacky holiday sweater parties are challenged to wear the most atrociously seasonal sweater they can buy or make. Reindeer, snowmen, menorahs and trees — with or without flashing lights — are all fair game.
Dec 23, 2007 — A growing number of young people now identify themselves as non-believers, and some colleges have responded by adding so-called "atheist chaplains" to their staff. Harvard now has an atheist chaplain, who helps students celebrate the holidays without violating their core (non)-beliefs.
Nov 21, 2007 — Hollywood's holiday plate is pretty full: Something like 60 movies are set to open between now and New Year's Eve. NPR movie critic Bob Mondello surveys the groaning board and selects what look to be the choicest morsels.
Dec 24, 2012 — The flow of good classical Christmas albums seems to have slowed to a trickle. And that's got one holiday listener longing for holiday albums from years past, from Jessye Norman's Christmastide, Duke Ellington's Nutcracker Suite and carols led by Robert Shaw.
Dec 24, 2012 — Like egg nog and advent calendars, Christmas songs pop up everywhere for a month and then disappear, only to be repackaged and resold 11 months later. Some of the biggest-selling and most frequently reissued holiday music of all time comes from three animated rodents.
Dec 21, 2012 — Marian McPartland and her guests from seasons past, present and future share favorite memories and unique musical performances of Christmas classics and original holiday tunes.
Dec 20, 2012 — The Celtic folk band features six musicians who perform music from the Renaissance, Ireland, Scotland and Sweden. The group joins NPR's Neal Conan to share holiday favorites.
Dec 20, 2012 — Some of our favorite Latin alternative artists stop by to share holiday music and memories. La Santa Cecilia recalls the comfort food of a Chicano Christmas; Mexico's Cafe Tacvba recalls their beginnings in the church choir; a Brazilian producer ponders his Jewish roots and much more.