Suddenly, the holiday season is upon us. And the web is bursting with tales of charitable giving, ugly sweaters and chefs baking thousands of cookies. Mary Mann with New Jersey News Commons has a roundup of holiday stories - as covered by blogs around the state. She speaks with New Jersey Public Radio's David Furst about a holiday season in full swing.
A conversation between Rabbi Ismar Schorsch and host Larry Josephson about the history, rituals, foods and meaning of Hanukkah--and its importance to American Jews in our time. Cantors David Lefkowitz and Elisheva Dienstfrey sing the music of Hanukkah.
Shoppers heading out this Black Friday will find plenty of bargains — and also sophisticated windows.
The latest on the Iran nuclear deal with Fred Kaplan of Slate and Julianna Goldman of Bloomberg. WNYC's Brigid Bergin and Andrew Hawkins from Crain's New York Business offer up the latest on the transition from Mayor Bloomberg to Mayor de Blasio. Plus: how Senate filibuster rules in Washington changes national politics; UPenn history professor Michael Katz revisits his 1989 work in the new edition of The Undeserving Poor: America's Enduring Confrontation with Poverty: Fully Updated and Revised, and your calls on appropriate holiday gifts for kids.
Time is running out to make English Christmas cake — it needs to be regularly basted in booze for at least five weeks. Out magazine editor Aaron Hicklin explains the process and tradition of making the holiday dessert.
The Fourth of July is a quintessentially American holiday. But it has special significance for people who were born in other countries. For example, my grandfather.
If you happen to see a parade this Independence Day weekend, you might be spending some time watching large numbers of people, walking in step. As WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us, there’s a particular synergy that comes from many people doing the same thing.
Ahead of Father's Day, writer Stephen Marche reflects on the different ways the loss of his own father pushed him into maturity as a man—and as a parent. He writes about the experience in a essay called "Why Fatherhood Matters," which appears in the latest issue of Esquire.
Some hefty men dress up as Santa Claus because it’s a nice way to make a little extra cash, this time of year. But for others it's more a state of mind.
Before How the Grinch Stole Christmas, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, there was Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol. But why didn't it have the same staying power as these other holiday TV classics?
The co-hosts of The Takeaway's Movie Date podcast debate big versus small screen holiday movie music.
This year you can participate in the moving sound sculpture that is Phil Kline's Unsilent Night by simply streaming Q2 Music. The electronic caroling party begins Saturday at 7 pm.
When Markus Dohle, the chief executive of Random House, announced at the company holiday party that each and every employee who had been with the company for a year — from top executives to their secretaries — would be receiving a $5,000 bonus, the room erupted in cheers. Dan Ariely, professor of behavioral economics at Duke University, explains the effects of bonuses like these.
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A perennial NPR favorite, Hanukkah Lights features Hanukkah stories and memoirs written by acclaimed authors expressly for the show, as read by NPR's Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.
We all have them in our families: the black sheep, the eccentric relative who breaks from the norm, who may become the butt of jokes, or is whispered about at the dinner table. As we approach the holidays, Takeaway listeners share their family stories, along with host John Hockenberry.
The 67-year-old British singer-songwriter recently released his tell-all memoir, Rod: An Autobiography, as well as his very first holiday record, Merry Christmas, Baby.
While there's other holidays in December, the entire month has been pretty much co-opted by Christmas. And maybe November too. Even outside of the less-often sung about Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, Christmas is hardly the only holiday on the calendar in need of a good anthem or two.
Economists are a notoriously self-interested bunch. But a British outfit called Pro Bono Economics is giving away its services to selected charities.
"He sees you when you're sleeping. He knows when you're awake."
Yikes. Voiceover from a horror film trailer? No! Those are just some mildly disturbing lyrics from the beloved Christmas classic, "Santa Claus is Coming To Town." Ah, the holidays. Filled with good tidings, joy, presents -- and plenty of unintentionally dark and disconcerting musical lyrics disguised under a blanket of cheery major chords.
This Thursday, Soundcheck contributor Faith Salie joins us to share three holiday songs that give her the willies. We want to know: What holiday songs freak you out?
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