Full episode
255: This American Life’s Holiday Gift-Giving Guide
Act One

Make A Joyous Noise Unto Your Mom

Ian Brown tries, after decades of failure, to give his mother the perfect Christmas gift. He and his brother attempt something they haven't done since they were kids: Rehearse and sing her a program of Christmas carols. Ian Brown is the host of Talking Books, a radio program on the CBC, and the anchor of Human Edge and The View From Here, Canada's pre-eminent television documentary series. (19 minutes)

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