Lauren Rae (left) and Olivia Marlow look at the ornaments in the Grand Foyer during the first viewing of the White House 2012 holiday decorations in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. This year's theme is "Joy to All." Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

White House Holiday Spirit A 'Joy To All'

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/166267703/166291661" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

After Hurricane Sandy, the town of Madison, N.J., which runs its own power utility, had electricity restored long before its neighbors. Friscocali/via Flickr hide caption

toggle caption Friscocali/via Flickr

After Sandy Outages, A Tale Of Two Utilities

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/166241777/166260508" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

2012 Election The Most Expensive In History

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/166260533/166260832" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

DOJ Sues Gallup For Overcharging On Contracts

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/166260531/166260831" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

U.N. Ambassador Rice Not The Typical Diplomat

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/166260523/166260512" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Far From Mexico, Students Try Saving Aztec Language

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/166260521/166260510" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Boehner: Fiscal Cliff Negotiations At A 'Stalemate'

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/166260513/166260496" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Committe Chairman John Kerry , D-MA, speaks during the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the nomination of Robert Beecroft to be ambassador to Iraq Sept. 19 in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

What Obamacare Means For Patients--And Their Docs

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/166248515/166248508" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

A softly-lit Booches' burger, back in the days of the Hostess bun. Genevieve Howard/Flickr.com hide caption

toggle caption Genevieve Howard/Flickr.com

Pigtails For Peace

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/166241063/166241054" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

What Allen West And Abraham Lincoln Have In Common

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/166241059/166241050" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

A Powerball lottery ticket sits in the machine at the 4 Sons Food Store and Chevron gas station which sold one of two winning Powerball lottery tickets in Fountain Hills, Ariz. Joshua Lott /Reuters /Landov hide caption

toggle caption Joshua Lott /Reuters /Landov

Senate Committee OKs Electronic Privacy Measure

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/166217425/166217408" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript