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NPR Story
1:49 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

When The Holiday Season Is Transformed By Loss

Originally published on Wed December 26, 2012 2:54 pm

Alcestis 'Cooky' Oberg lost her father-in-law unexpectedly on Christmas Day in 1982. For the first few years, it meant that Christmas was a somber time. Oberg, a contributor to USA Today, talks about how the mood of the holidays evolved for her family over time.

NPR Story
1:34 pm
Tue December 25, 2012

How To Handle Santa-Heavy TV In A Jewish Home

Originally published on Tue December 25, 2012 1:46 pm

The Christmas season is a peculiar time for Jewish children, many of whom are drawn to Christmas specials like A Christmas Story. What should Jewish parents do? Guest host John Donvan talks to Slate senior editor Dahlia Lithwick about her Jewish parent's guide to Christmas specials.

NPR Story
1:34 pm
Tue December 25, 2012

The Power of Reunions After Long Separations

Originally published on Wed December 26, 2012 2:22 pm

Rita Betush and Judy Bottomley grew up with a sense that something was missing. As a child, Betush's mother told her she had a sister who'd been put up for adoption. This year, after decades apart, Betush and her long-lost sister, Bottomley, connected by phone, and in February, they'll finally meet.

NPR Story
1:34 pm
Tue December 25, 2012

Letters: Tragic Events, Adoption And Filling Time

Originally published on Tue December 25, 2012 1:50 pm

Guest host John Donvan reads listener comments from past shows about witnessing tragic events, adoption in the Internet age and how to fill time while you wait.

Opinion
2:21 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Op-ed: Keeping Politics Out Of Sec. Of State Nomination Process

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 1:44 pm

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JOHN DONVAN, HOST:

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Around the Nation
2:13 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

The Transit Workers Who Get You Home For The Holidays

Originally published on Mon December 24, 2012 2:49 pm

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JOHN DONVAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm John Donvan in Washington; Neal Conan is away. Five words, let's sing them.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "I'LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS")

DEAN MARTIN: (Singing) I'll be home for Christmas...

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NPR Story
2:04 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Why We Behave So Oddly In Elevators

Originally published on Mon December 24, 2012 2:53 pm

For most of us, riding from floor to floor in an elevator is a completely mundane process. Lee Gray, an associate dean at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, is known as the Elevator Guy. He spends a lot of his time researching the history of elevators and why we behave so oddly in the big metal boxes.

NPR Story
12:42 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Shooting Stars: Capturing The Night On Camera

Originally published on Fri December 21, 2012 4:16 pm

Photographer Colin Legg makes time-lapse movies of celestial scenes, from auroras to eclipses. Photographing mostly in remote parts of Australia, where human-made light doesn't compete with starlight, Legg describes some of the challenges of this type of photography: from babysitting cameras for days and nights on end to running electronics in the backcountry.

NPR Story
12:02 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Birding for the Holidays

Originally published on Fri December 21, 2012 1:08 pm

The Audubon's 113th Christmas Bird Count is underway, and thousands of volunteers are taking part this year. Ornithologist David Bonter, and Gary Langham, Audubon's chief scientist, share tips on which species to look out for, and how even birding beginners can get involved.

NPR Story
12:02 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

The SciFri Book Club Tours 'The Planets'

Originally published on Fri December 21, 2012 1:08 pm

The SciFri Book Club is touring the solar system, with Dava Sobel's 2005 The Planets. Call in with a review of the book. Plus Jim Green, director of planetary science at NASA, joins the club to give an update on what's happened planet-wise since the book was published.

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