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Listen: The Not-So-True Story Of Santa's Naughty-Or-Nice Division

So how does Santa know when you're awake? Our audio holiday card (fictionally) tells you how the North Pole operates — amid office politics, ethical conundrums and hours of surveillance video.

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The Salt

What Would Jesus Drink? A Class Exploring Ancient Wines Asks

The details of wine and winemaking practices in biblical times are debated among experts. But we do know that vino in Christ's day was very different from what we imbibe today.

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Where Ebola Has Closed Schools, A Radio Program Provides A Faint Signal Of Hope

1.5 million children are out of school in Liberia. It's possible kids may not return to class until spring.

An Einem Winterabend Quadro Nuevo 0:19

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Sleigh Ride Béla Fleck & the Flecktones & Fleck, Béla & The Flecktones 1:57

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Spill the Wine Melvin Sparks 0:57

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Silver Bells Big Tiny Little 0:31

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Jingle Bells Jack Nitzsche 0:09

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It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year Big Rhythm Band & James Hollihan, Jr. 2:00

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Santa Claus Is Coming to Town Frank Sinatra

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Boney James

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Hell's Bells [Instrumental] Steve Swallow, Carla Bley et. al. 1:57

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Peter Pan Darol Anger & Mike Marshall 0:29

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The Christmas Song David Grisman 0:25

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Santa Claus Is Coming to Town Dave Brubeck Quartet 0:36

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Skating Cyrus Chestnut, Jerry Goodman et. al.

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Emma, film score [Main Theme] James Galway, London Mozart Players, Tom Kochan (conductor) 0:55

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