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8:36 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Chappy Cholidays

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 11:45 am

All answers in this round start with the letter "h", but we want you to pronounce them with that back-of-the-throat "ch" sound, in honor of the "ch" in "Chanukah." Have a lozenge or two ready.

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Ask Me Another
8:36 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Reindeer Games

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 11:45 am

If you spell "reindeer" by combining precipitation ("rain") and a loved one ("dear"), then you think in homophones. In this round, we give clues to two words whose homophones form a new word or phrase.

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Ask Me Another
8:36 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Schaaps' Family Feud

A little friendly family competition between Rosie (R) and Jeremy Schaap.
Sylvie Rosokoff NPR

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 11:45 am

When the holiday season rolls around and families convene, board games are pulled out of storage...and then the gloves come off. In the spirit of friendly, familial competition, we welcomed back to Ask Me Another former VIPs Rosie Schaap and Jeremy Schaap, who also happen to be siblings.

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Ask Me Another
8:36 am
Thu December 18, 2014

'Tis The Season For Corny Movies

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 11:45 am

Nothing says "cheer" like a cheesy made-for-TV holiday movie. Can you tease out the real ones from the fake when it comes to The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation or Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever?

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Ask Me Another
8:36 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Season's Eatings

Ideal size for your Christmas ham.
Sylvie Rosokoff NPR

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 11:45 am

When you're the editor-in-chief of Bon Appétit Magazine, people tend to expect a lot from your holiday cuisine.

"That's why we just give them ham," says the editor himself, Adam Rapoport. "Everybody loves ham. Especially us Jews. Give them a big, glistening, baked, bone-in ham with Martin's potato rolls and a big bowl of punch."

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NPR's Holiday Favorites
8:33 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Tinsel Tales 3: NPR Christmas Stories

Andrew Malone Flickr

Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 1:56 pm

In keeping with a well-loved NPR holiday tradition, Lynn Neary hosts a collection of extraordinary Christmas stories that will transport you to unexpected places.

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Music
7:03 am
Thu December 18, 2014

The @NPRHipHop Holiday Gift Guide 2014

Kanye gets it. Here he is in December of 2005 wearing a Christmas sweater at Santa Monica High School.
Jason Merritt FilmMagic

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 12:31 pm

It's the most wonderful time of the year ... that time when next day delivery charges have become the bane of your existence. Just a guess — you're not done shopping yet, are you? Allow us to ease your load a bit with 10 thoughtful ideas for the hip-hop head on your list.

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Monkey See
6:54 am
Thu December 18, 2014

The Many Rabbit Holes (Or Should We Say Labyrinths) Of Serial

Sarah Koenig and producer Dana Chivvis in the studio.
Elise Bergerson Serial

Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 4:01 pm

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Music News
5:25 am
Thu December 18, 2014

How Tchaikovsky's 'Nutcracker' Became A Holiday Tradition

Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 11:31 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Here is a holiday tradition that seems as old as Christmas trees and mistletoe.

(SOUNDBITE OF PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY SONG, "NUTCRACKER OVERTURE")

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Jazz Night In America: Wednesday Night Webcasts
11:57 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Highlights From Winter Jazzfest 2014

Donald Harrison performs at Winter Jazzfest 2014.
John Rogers for NPR

In the dead of January in the Northeast, New York City's Winter Jazzfest manages a minor miracle. Over the course of two marathon nights, it brings crowds in the thousands out to jam-packed theaters and clubs to see dozens of varied and sundry bands.

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