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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.

A New York Stock Exchange trader works on the floor on Dec. 17. Stocks rose nearly 300 points after the Federal Reserve announced it plans to begin raising interest rates next year. Andrew Burton/Getty Images hide caption

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Economy Weathers A Bad Winter And Other Storms To Finish 2014 Strong

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Michele Vaccaro buries a fig tree in the yard of Mary Menniti in Sewickley, Pa. Hal Klein for NPR hide caption

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Why Bury Fig Trees? A Curious Tradition Preserves A Taste Of Italy

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An Einem Winterabend Quadro Nuevo
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Sleigh Ride Béla Fleck & the Flecktones & Fleck, Béla & The Flecktones

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What Would Jesus Drink? A Class Exploring Ancient Wines Asks

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Spill the Wine Melvin Sparks
Silver Bells Big Tiny Little
Jingle Bells Jack Nitzsche
It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year Big Rhythm Band & James Hollihan, Jr.
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Santa Claus Is Coming to Town Frank Sinatra
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Boney James
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After 522 Years, Spain Seeks To Make Amends For Expulsion Of Jews

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Hell's Bells [Instrumental] Steve Swallow, Carla Bley et. al.
Peter Pan Darol Anger & Mike Marshall
The Christmas Song David Grisman

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

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Susan Tannewitz-Karnes grew up eating Mrs. Lawrence every Christmas. The tea cake was so beloved that Tannewitz-Karnes and her siblings would argue over who received more than their fair share. Courtesy of Susan Tannewitz-Karnes hide caption

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After The Presents, A Buttery Tea Cake Tradition

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Santa Claus Is Coming to Town Dave Brubeck Quartet
Skating Cyrus Chestnut, Jerry Goodman et. al.
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Emma, film score [Main Theme] James Galway, London Mozart Players, Tom Kochan (conductor)
First Noel Canadian Brass

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