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The Takeaway

The Lonely Holiday Season

Friday, December 23, 2011

The holidays are typically characterized as a time for joyous celebration with family and friends. But for many Americans, the reality of the holiday season could not be any more different. Over the last twenty-five years, the scientific community has grappled with the concept of loneliness, trying to quantify its presence in society in an effort to better understand the social phenomenon. The consensus seems to be relatively straight-forward: Americans have become increasingly lonely over time.

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A Greek Christmas Cookie Recipe, Enough for an Army

Thursday, December 22, 2011

WNYC

It was with a sense of excitement and eagerness that I opened an e-mailed document with the recipe for WNYC Morning Edition Host Soterios Johnson's mom's melomakarona. The cookies are famous among the Morning Edition crew. 

Turns out the recipe can feed them, and most of our listening audience. 

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Enter Through the Gift Shop: NYC Museums Step Up Their Retail Game

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Manhattan’s shopping arteries are clogged with last-minute gift buyers. And museum gift shops are going all out to get the attention of consumers in the days remaining before Christmas.

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The Takeaway

Jason Segel and His Favorite Muppets Holiday Songs

Thursday, December 22, 2011

It’s the week before Christmas, and The Takeaway is celebrating with our annual "Remixing the Holidays" series. All week long we're talking with musicians, music lovers, and you about the best, and worst, songs of the season. On Wednesday, The Takeaway spoke with Jon Solomon, a DJ who hosts an annual 24-hour Christmas show on Princeton University's WPRB. Today, we speak with Jason Segel, star of the new "Muppet Movie," as well as "How I Met Your Mother," "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," and "Freaks and Geeks" about why the Muppets are among his favorite holiday music-makers.

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The Takeaway

Study Says US is 'Most Generous' Country

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Here's some uplifting news for the holiday season. A new study finds that in 2011 Americans were the most generous people in the world. The U.S. rose from fifth place on the "World Giving Index" in 2010 to number one this year. Ireland placed second, followed by Australia, New Zealand and Great Britain. What tipped the scale in the U.S.'s favor this year was not just monetary donations, but volunteer work and kindness to strangers.

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Features

Trimming the Tree with New York Public Radio

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

With highs in the 40s predicted for December 25th in the city, it's not exactly a storybook Christmas. Still, the tradition of buying a tree, schlepping it home through the streets and hoisting it up narrow apartment stairwells is alive and well. Watch this video of a tree-trimming party.

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Chelsea Record Collector Creates Eclectic Christmas Mixtape

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

If you’re one of those people who say, “Bah, Humbug!” when you hear yet another version of “Silent Night” on the store muzak systems, give a listen to the eclectic holiday mixtape that Chelsea resident Bill Adler has been doing for close to 30 years.

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The Takeaway

The Year's Best and Worst Christmas Songs

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The Takeaway begins the holiday season with a week-long "Remixing the Holidays" series. All week long, we’ll be talking with musicians, music lovers, writers, and you, our listeners, about the best songs of the season. Jon Solomon, a DJ who hosts an annual 24-hour Christmas show on Princeton University's WPRB gives us his best and worst Christmas music of the year.

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Arts

A Great Miracle Happened There

Sunday, December 18, 2011

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.

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How to Master Hanukkah: Hosting, Frying and All

Friday, December 16, 2011

Get tricks for a successful Hanukkah candle lighting here, including how to prepare dishes on time without completely suffocating guests with the smells of burning oil. Plus, try out recipes for Sufganiot (Israeli Jelly Doughnuts) and Sweet Potato and Traditional Latkes.

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Chocolate Toffee Cookies Win First Place in Radio Cookie Slam

Thursday, December 15, 2011

A batch of Chocolate Toffee Cookies have won New York Public Radio's inaugural cookie slam. The cookies' baker, Abby Lovinger, said the secret winning ingredient was salt.

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Features

'Tis the Season: We Want to Know Your Favorite Holiday Sweet

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Gingerbread men, Greek kourabiedes, Hanukkah jelly donuts, frosted sugar cookies and Italian torrone messinesi nougat candy are just some of the sweet foods eaten during the holiday season. What's your favorite holiday cookie, cake or candy? Let us know here and check out our slideshow of holiday cookies and sweets made in New York City kitchens.

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To Buy (Or Not to Buy): Holiday Gift Ideas from WNYC and WQXR Radio Hosts

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Can't decide what to give a loved one this year? Never fear. WNYC and WQXR hosts are here to help. Warm woolen socks, locally distilled rye whiskey and a t-shirt inspired by the cult classic "The Warriors" are among their recommendations this year.

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The Takeaway

Postal Service Ending Next-Day Delivery

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

If you haven't sent out your Christmas cards yet, you might want to get on it, quick. Snail mail just got slower. The cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service announced Monday that it's going to end next-day delivery of letters, postcards and other First Class mail. The agency is looking to find $20 billion in annual savings by 2015, about $3 billion of which could come from various plans to shrink the network. But what will become of the letter?

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

David Denby on the best and worst films of the season

Monday, December 05, 2011

David Denby on the best and worst films of the season.

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Snapshot | Fishs Eddy Takes Political Stance in Holiday Windows

Friday, December 02, 2011

The independent kitchenware and gift store Fishs Eddy has taken a political stance on Occupy Wall Street, hydrofracking and birth control in its holiday windows.

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Features

From the White House to Your House: Pumpkin Cake with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

Friday, December 02, 2011

WNYC

Did you know that the White House selects a "theme" every Christmas for its holiday decor? 

I didn't either, until I got a hold of the press release announcing it.  This year it's "Shine, Give, Share." I'm guessing that the recipe for Pumpkin Cake with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting included in a press release the White House sent out Wednesday (and found below) was part of the "sharing" initiative.

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Features

Snapshot | Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, Plugged In

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Wednesday night, the 30,000 lights on the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree were turned on. The lights will be on until January 7. After that the spruce from Pennsylvania will be turned into lumber for the charity Habitat for Humanity.

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Maurice Sendak Curates Hannukah Lamp Show at the Jewish Museum

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A collection of Hannukah lamps from four continents chosen by illustrator and author Maurice Sendak is on view now at the Jewish Museum. Check out images of the lamps here.

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The Takeaway

Can Holiday Shopping Save the Economy?

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Every holiday season, many Americans feel the compulsion to shop for themselves and their loved ones. George W. Bush famously encouraged the nation to go shopping during his presidency, reminding Americans that 70 percent of the economy is derived from personal spending. This year, the economic engine went into overdrive during Black Friday and Cyber Monday; but, does that indicate signs of a looming economic recovery?

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