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The NPR Holiday Shuffle

Michel Martin is guest hosting for NPR's The Diane Rehm Show. Meanwhile, the fabulous Jacki Lyden is holding down the fort here at Tell Me More. Michel is back in the chair on Christmas Day.

And we're here late preparing a spicy Christmas Eve show for you.

Tomorrow, we take on the looming nationwide debate — and aggressive push on both sides of the aisle — regarding plans to overhaul health care in this country. Regular contributor Pam Gentry, senior political analyst for BET Networks, will join us. As part of that conversation, we'll revisit President Obama's recent chat with popular talk radio host Tom Joyner.

Speaking of President Obama, the first family will soon head to the president's home state of Hawaii to spend the Christmas holiday. But before the Obamas put their feet up to rest, Hawaii reporter Wayne Yoshioka tells us that the situation in the Aloha state is far from paradise with a severe budget crisis and high unemployment. Residents there welcome the president and his family, but don't want him to take their issues lightly. Yoshioka gives us the economic temperature for the Obamas' arrival.

Finally, Tell Me More gets in the holiday spirit with the sounds of gospel music. The legendary Clark Sisters join us to talk about their new Christmas album, The Clark Sisters' Family Christmas.

In case you're not familiar with the multiple Grammy Award-winning group of sisters from Detroit, the women are commonly celebrated as royalty within gospel music (with respect to popularity and musical skill within the genre). Here's a clip of them singing one of their classics, "You Brought The Sunshine," to get you ready for the interview:

Happy holidays.