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December 20, 2014: The News from Lake Wobegon

Saturday, December 20, 2014

"We've got snow, we've got snow, so we're covered. Don't worry about us. We're just fine. Not so much sun this week." Clint and Irene Bunsen serve Artillery Punch at their Christmas party, Pastor Liz's mysterious gentleman friend causes a stir, and a few Christmas carols from the townspeople.

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Ask Me Another

AMA Bonus: Christmas Is Coming

Friday, December 19, 2014

Sing along in a round with Jonathan Coulton and Oscar-winning Frozen songwriters Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. Happy holidays! In other news, you just learned what a ha'penny is. Because you heard it in the song, and Googled it. You're welcome.

Hear the full 2014 Holiday Spectacular episode on iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn and askmeanother.npr.org.

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Holiday Spectacular 2014

Thursday, December 18, 2014

This show's stuffed tighter than a Christmas turkey, with festive food trivia, song parodies and reindeer games galore. Plus Frozen's composers take on a Mariah Carey classic (you know the one).

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On Being

James Martin — Finding God in All Things

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Before Pope Francis, Fr. James Martin was perhaps the best loved Jesuit in American life. He’s followed the calling of the founder of the Jesuit order, St. Ignatius of Loyola, to “find God in all things” – and in 21st century forms.

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On Being

[Unedited] James Martin with Krista Tippett

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Before Pope Francis, Fr. James Martin was perhaps the best loved Jesuit in American life. He’s followed the calling of the founder of the Jesuit order, St. Ignatius of Loyola, to “find God in all things” – and in 21st century forms.

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Selected Shorts

Christmas in Qatar

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Calvin Trillin wants to go far far away for Christmas.

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Selected Shorts

Occurrence on the Six-Seventeen

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Grumpy commuters get Christmas spirit

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Ask Me Another

AMA Bonus: Spectacular Wrongness

Monday, December 15, 2014

It's the most wonderful time of year: the Ask Me Another Holiday Spectacular! This year, we want to celebrate our contestants by highlighting those who give us the wrong answers, but do it in spectacular style. So next time you don't know the right answer, just take a cue from these fine folks. 

Hear the full Holiday episode starting Thursday, December 18th. 

Music: "I Don't Know How To Drive" by Julian Velard. "Ask Me Another Theme" by Jonathan Coulton.

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A Prairie Home Companion

December 13, 2014: The News from Lake Wobegon

Saturday, December 13, 2014

"It has been warm out there, warm out there, and misty, and cloudy, and the snow is melting. It would be gloomy weather if you and I were sensitive people, which, thank goodness, we are not." The local churches prepare for Christmas, Marilyn Tollerud receives a disturbing late-night call from her daughter Sharon, and a few thoughts on the benefits of winter.

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This Birbiglian Life

Thursday, December 11, 2014

(Rebroadcast) You're in for a hilarious religious experience this week, as our Very Important Puzzler, comedian Mike Birbiglia, shares some bizarre personal tales, including why he once considered becoming a priest.

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December 6, 2014: The News from Lake Wobegon

Saturday, December 06, 2014

"You've come to that long, cold, dark time of the year. Not much can be said about that, except that if you have not spent December in the north of Norway, then you don't know what 'cold and dark' is." Pastor Inqvist considers writing a book about Lake Wobegon, Dorothy second-guesses a sentence in her Christmas letter, and Betty Ingebretsen accompanies the 4th and 5th grade carolers at the Good Shepherd Home.

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Ask Me Another

Coupe De Grace

Thursday, December 04, 2014

This week on the show, break the rules of spelling, sing along to our re-write of Lorde's "Royals" (that is about actual royalty), and, if it pleases the court, test your knowledge of cliché legal phrases with star of Benched and Happy Endings, Eliza Coupe. 

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Selected Shorts

Love Songs and Other Promises

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Love in a cave, love in a whale, love in a hurry.

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Selected Shorts

Jubilation, Florida

Thursday, December 04, 2014

What happens in Florida, stays in Florida.

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The Sporkful

Marc Maron's Drug of Choice Is Sausage Gravy And Biscuits

Monday, December 01, 2014

We debate the merits of melon balls, the pros and cons of temperature contrast in sandwiches, and whether the high from eating sausage gravy is worth the food shame-induced crash.

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November 29, 2014: The News from Lake Wobegon

Saturday, November 29, 2014

"It was good and cold on Thanksgiving Day, which was good. It just made Thanksgiving feel more necessary somehow." Families destroy the social order by purchasing their Thanksgiving meals online, The Host prepares a subpar Grape Salad, and a few observations about unique holiday traditions.

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Ask Me Another

Eat, Play, Love

Thursday, November 27, 2014

(Rebroadcast, Episode 307) Eat, pray and love your way through games about Italian foods, oddly-named deities and the best part of any newspaper--the funny pages--with V.I.P. and bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert.

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

Glamour Girls, Murder, and the Mayor

Monday, November 24, 2014

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What lurked behind William O'Dwyer's charmed life?
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The Sporkful

Amy Sedaris Loves Family Fights at the Holidays

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Amy Sedaris offers advice on dealing with family who are drunk or confrontational at the holidays. Plus, Radiolab's Robert Krulwich on the time a turkey fell in love with his wife.

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November 22, 2014: The News from Lake Wobegon

Saturday, November 22, 2014

"We got some more snow here this last week and it's been a little bit cold--no big deal. People are cheerful out there. Furnaces are on now." The town prepares for ice fishing season, Solveig returns from California to make lutefisk, and the exiles begin to trickle back home for Thanksgiving.

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