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Bruce Auster's mother, Sylvia, holds him and his brother, Gordon, in an old family photograph. Her sons have only a few photographs of her from the years before she got sick with cancer; the audiotape helped bring back memories of her. Beth Rooney for NPR hide caption

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Is Santa Real? A Doubting Brother And The Gift Of A Mother's Voice

As a kid, NPR editor Bruce Auster loved to record his family talking. A snippet of tape captured by chance on a long-ago December night marked a moment before cancer changed everything for his family.

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Bruce Auster's mother, Sylvia, holds him and his brother, Gordon, in an old family photograph. Her sons have only a few photographs of her from the years before she got sick with cancer; the audiotape helped bring back memories of her. Beth Rooney for NPR hide caption

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Is Santa Real? A Doubting Brother And The Gift Of A Mother's Voice

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Jackie Hoffman (right) plays Yente the matchmaker in the Yiddish adaptation of Fiddler. Hoffman grew up hearing her mother and grandmother speak Yiddish and for years has been teaching little phrases to fellow cast members. "I've got gentiles speaking Yiddish all over this town now," she says. Victor Nechay/ProperPix hide caption

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This Yente Found The Perfect Match, Performing 'Fiddler' In Yiddish

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