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PRI's The World

Santa has a complicated relationship with his hometown

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Turkey is the birthplace of Santa Claus. But he's also a divisive figure. So the key to making peace on earth? Santa Bear.

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PRI's The World

What Britain listens to at midnight on New Year's Eve

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

There is a traditional sound which signals midnight on New Year's Eve in Britain. And it is one that has been broadcast every year since the 1920s.

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Reflecting On The Year In Animals

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Commentator Barbara J. King looks back at animals in the news this past year — and offers her top five animal videos of 2014, including altruistic tortoises, playful fish and happy hens.

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The Takeaway

Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music: "Mozart in the Jungle"

Monday, December 29, 2014

The new Amazon Prime series "Mozart in the Jungle" is attracting attention for its A-list cast and racy look at the modern day classical music world. But how much of it is true?

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The Sporkful

You Say Potato, I Say Hangover Cure

Monday, December 29, 2014

Which is better for a hangover--home fries or hash browns? We cover breakfast potato minutiae with Slate's L.V. Anderson, just in time for New Year's.

The Dinner Party Download

Episode 285: Wes Anderson, Dave Barry, and Real Estate

Friday, December 26, 2014

This Week: Filmmaker Wes Anderson on stoves that witnessed history... Humorist Dave Barry takes aim at your etiquette questions... Real Estate (the band, not the biz sector) play party DJ... Lit phenom Helen Oyeyemi gazes into the mirror, mirror... A ...

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The Dinner Party Download

Episode 285: Wes Anderson, Dave Barry, and Real Estate

Friday, December 26, 2014

This Week: Filmmaker Wes Anderson on stoves that witnessed history... Humorist Dave Barry takes aim at your etiquette questions... Real Estate (the band, not the biz sector) play party DJ... Lit phenom Helen Oyeyemi gazes into the mirror, mirror... A ...

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The Dinner Party Download

Episode 285: Wes Anderson, Dave Barry, and Real Estate

Friday, December 26, 2014

This Week: Filmmaker Wes Anderson on stoves that witnessed history... Humorist Dave Barry takes aim at your etiquette questions... Real Estate (the band, not the biz sector) play party DJ... Lit phenom Helen Oyeyemi gazes into the mirror, mirror... A ...

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PRI's The World

If you truly loved your teddy bear, you'd send him to Tokyo

Friday, December 26, 2014

For $45 a day, you can send your toy on a Tokyo tour, with stops at tourist hot spots like the Tokyo Tower, The Imperial Palace and the Meiji Jingu Shrine. For an additional charge, your stuffed animal can also spend a day at the spa. Oh, and, you're not invited along.

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PRI's The World

Veterans display their wars through ink and art

Friday, December 26, 2014

A tattoo often comes with a story. And with many American veterans unable or unwilling to tell their stories in words, a pair of veterans have started collecting the stories behind the tattoos to help people understand the wars they fought.

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Morning Edition

Europe's Far Right And Putin Get Cozy, With Benefits For Both

Friday, December 26, 2014

Despite tensions between Russia and the West, Moscow is forging links with far-right, anti-EU parties in Europe. They're attracted to the traditional social values of Vladimir Putin's Russia.

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The Takeaway

The Best Books of 2014

Friday, December 26, 2014

In honor of one of our favorite pastimes, we're devoting a special hour to books and authors who made our year, including interviews with Helen Thorpe and Hampton Sides

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All Things Considered

After 522 Years, Spain Seeks To Make Amends For Expulsion Of Jews

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Spain's monarchy decimated the Jewish population by expelling, killing or forcibly converting Jews in 1492. Now the country may offer their descendants Spanish citizenship.

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PRI's The World

The Interview opens in theatres today. But is it a happy ending?

Thursday, December 25, 2014

After weeks of back and forth over what to do, Sony released The Interview today. And many people lined up to see it.

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Santa Clues: How Kids Learn The Truth About Christmas

Thursday, December 25, 2014

A recent study suggests emerging understanding of physical possibility fuels some reasonable skepticism, says commentator Tania Lombrozo.

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Morning Edition

The French Go Crazy For 'An American In Paris'

Thursday, December 25, 2014

The first-ever stage production of the 1951 Hollywood film starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron, with a Gershwin score, is getting rave reviews during its premiere in the city that inspired it.

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Morning Edition

Pope Francis And His Gift For Blending The Spiritual And The Political

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Despite detractors within the church, Pope Francis' emphasis on humility and mercy has won him strong support worldwide. He has addressed thorny issues such as Vatican finances and clerical sex abuse.

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Morning Edition

A Century Ago, When The Guns Fell Silent On Christmas

Thursday, December 25, 2014

World War I had just begun and the battles were blazing in the winter of 1914. But on Christmas Eve, something strange and unexpected happened. The soldiers in the trenches decided to call a truce.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: A Celebrity Christmas Special

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Happy Holidays from The Takeaway! Today, we're bringing you a Christmas Day Special—an hour packed with interviews featuring some of our favorite celebrities.

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Fishko Files

Cab Calloway

Thursday, December 25, 2014

This notable date, December 25th, is also the birthday of the exuberant entertainer Cab Calloway of Hi-De-Ho fame. 

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