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Southern Appalachia Celebrates "Breaking Up Christmas"

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When Christmas is over, the fun is just starting for many in southern Appalachia.

As Virginia State Folklorist Jon Lohman reports, "Breaking Up Christmas" is a little-known tradition that takes place the week between Christmas and New Year's Day.

Folklife Field Notes is produced by VFH Radio at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.

The video is at www.folklifefieldnotes.org


No Meekness Here: Meet Rosa Parks, 'Lifelong Freedom Fighter'

As the 60th anniversary of the historic Montgomery Bus Boycott approaches, author Jeanne Theoharis says it's time to let go of the image of Rosa Parks as an unassuming accidental activist.

Internet Food Culture Gives Rise To New 'Eatymology'

Internet food culture has brought us new words for nearly every gastronomical condition. The author of "Eatymology," parodist Josh Friedland, discusses "brogurt" with NPR's Rachel Martin.
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World Leaders Meet For The UN Climate Change Summit In Paris

World leaders meet for the UN climate change summit in Paris to discuss plans for reducing carbon emissions. What's at stake for the talks, and prospects for a major agreement.


What Is Li-Fi And When Will You Use It To Download Everything Faster?

Li-Fi is a lot like Wi-Fi, but it uses light to transmit data. NPR's Scott Simon speaks to the man who invented the faster alternative: Harald Haas.

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