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Holidays 2007

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Dec 20, 2013 — The saxophonist and world-music ambassador presents his annual theater, dance and music special, held at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Upper Manhattan.
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Dec 20, 2013 — 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.
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Dec 19, 2013 — Less than a week before Christmas, holly-jolly holiday music abounds — and if you're not feeling holly or jolly, it can be a little hard to take. For NPR Music's Stephen Thompson and Morning Edition producer Travis Larchuk, the holidays often mean searching for alternatives.
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Dec 19, 2013 — Join hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton as they set out on a snowy road trip in search of the true spirit of the holiday season. Along the way they'll meet a few special guests, including Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips, St. Vincent (Annie Clark) and Josh Ritter.
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Dec 19, 2013American Routes host Nick Spitzer calls in to chat with NPR's David Greene about noteworthy Christmas contributions from some of jazz music's most revered and beloved artists.
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