Morning Edition for December 25, 2013
Dec 25, 2013 — Pope Francis has been named Time magazine's Person of the Year. But what do American Catholics make of their widely-praised new pope? Most people like how he accepts everybody that wants to be part of the church.
Dec 25, 2013 — For the 13th year in a row, U.S. troops are spending Christmas in Afghanistan. For the 7,500 of them based in the eastern part of the country, Major Gen. James McConville is providing the closest thing to a visit from Santa.
Dec 25, 2013 — "Everything that was happening in the studio, that was my world," the prolific musician says of his career as a go-to guitarist in Tennessee. Now 86, Bradley has worked across many decades and on thousands of songs.
Dec 25, 2013 — The 1946 Christmas Classic It's a Wonderful Life starring Jimmy Stewart has a miracle ending. An angel named Clarence saves Stewart's character, George Bailey, from suicide. Now, the Jimmy Stewart Museum in Pennsylvania has gotten a reprieve. With few visitors, its doors were about to shut.
Dec 25, 2013 — There's been a big controversy this holiday season over the race of Santa Claus. It was sparked after a Fox News commentator said both Santa and Jesus were white. But in Texas there's a longstanding tradition of a Hispanic Santa Claus, and in Houston he's known as Pancho Claus.
Dec 25, 2013 — Students thinking about the road ahead for transportation imagine everything from flying cars and hovercraft to crowdsourced car design and driverless vehicles. A key part of planning, says one expert, is that changes must not only make life better for commuters, they must also be done in a way "that this planet can support."
Dec 25, 2013 — The works of Charles Dickens have been made into literally hundreds of films and TV episodes, but almost nothing has been done with the great author's life, until now. Our reviewer says The Invisible Woman is an exceptional film about love, longing and regret.
Dec 25, 2013 — UPS acknowledged Tuesday that some packages guaranteed for Christmas Eve delivery did not arrive at their destinations. The world's largest parcel delivery service was overwhelmed by the volume of air packages.
Dec 25, 2013 — American Express has agreed to pay a $16 million fine and issue nearly $60 million in customer refunds. The settlement with the federal government involves allegations that AmEx misrepresented the value of add-on services, such as identity theft protection.
Dec 25, 2013 — The global economy is expected to grow modestly next year. Morning Edition co-host Steve Inskeep talks to Nariman Behravesh, chief economist of IHS Global Insight about his economic forecast for the year ahead.