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A TMM Signature Friday

Happy Friday, everybody.

I know it's Pearl Harbor Day, too, so that might be tough for some folks. I was listening to Garrison Keillor's Writer's Almanac this morning while getting my show together. Keillor talked about the fact that some Navy personnel at Pearl Harbor were just training on a new radar system when it picked up the waves of Japanese planes heading toward the island. Personnel members asked what it was they were seeing and what should they do about it. Their supervisors told them to ignore it, saying that it was Americans returning from a training exercise. And the rest, as they say...

I am, against all reason, addicted to Writers Almanac, which is not just about poetry, by the way, but about history and culture. It's very eclectic and very, dare I say it, democratic. You'll hear about everything from Willa Cather to Terry McMillan, to Lord Byron. I didn't want to like it, I'll confess, because I react against things I feel I'm being told to like. When I first heard ABOUT it (without having heard it), I felt like, OK, great, more elite culture you're supposed to like ... shove it down our throats, but then, of course, I actually listened to it. And the rest, as they say...

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But I digress. Happy Friday, again .... and that means it's time for our Political Chat, Faith Matters, and Barbershop conversations ...

Both our guests for the political chat slogged through the snow to get to the studio — we love you for that.

For Faith Matters, another conversation in our weeklong series on doing good — this time, a more abstract conversation about what good means and how to achieve it.

And, because it is our job to keep you up-to-date on everything HIP, we have hip HANUKKAH music for you. Tell me if it doesn't rock the house.

In the Barbershop, the guys talk more about the news of the week. They had a lot on their minds.

So, if you're doing your Christmas shopping this weekend, good luck out there. If you're celebrating Hanukkah, Happy Hanukkah. Invite us to your party next year.

And, next week, we have a big treat for you.

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