Sarah Vowell explains why so many popular songs portray Santa as a ladies man. (8 minutes)
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A fictional story written and read by Maile Meloy about a family that encounters two peculiar strangers in the snow on Christmas Day.
Some of the best improv actors in the country join us for a special Christmas themed performance recorded live at the Bellhouse in Brooklyn. Saturday Night Live cast members Aidy Bryant and Sasheer Zamata, Scott Adsit, Tami Sagher, Chris Gethard, and Mike Birbiglia dream up a magical world on stage that’s only possible at Christmas.
Andre, 6, and his 4 year old brother Luc are experiencing Christmas for the very first time. They’re adopted and recently moved to the U.S. from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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Before Sinatra died, Sarah Vowell appeared on this radio program and made a prediction about how network news would cover Sinatra's death ... and she made a simple plea. We hear whether her prediction came true.
There's a famous William Carlos Williams poem called "This is Just to Say". It's about, among other things, causing a loved one inconvenience and offering a non-apologizing apology.
This American Life contributor Sarah Vowell tells the story of a mapmaker named Charles Preuss who charted the Western Territories with two of American history's legendary explorers—John Charles Fremont and Kit Carson. The maps Preuss made were best sellers and helped open the Western frontier to settlement.