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The Touchy-Feely Future Of Technology

With the gift-giving season winding down, All Things Considered takes some time to look at a technology that likely played a part in many of this year's offerings — touch screens. From its early innovators to its most recent, groundbreaking applications, the one thing that's for sure is there's still plenty of change on the way.
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Jimmy Fallon's 'Thank You Notes' For Everything

Fallon is thankful for slow walkers, people named Lloyd and the word "moist." The comedian and host of Late Night collects more than 100 nuggets of gratitude in his book called Thank You Notes. He talks with Terry Gross about giving thanks and doing impressions.
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Bronx Family's Christmas Display Is 'So Bad, It's Good'

The Garabedians' over-the-top decorations have been a traffic-snarling must-see for nearly four decades. And "traditional" is definitely not the right word for this holiday attraction. Amid Santa and his reindeer, life-size figures of celebrities rejoice.
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Bill Cosby Enlists Santa's Staff For A Silent Night

Every year, the comedian's three young grandchildren visit him for Christmas. Problem is, "they're annoying," he says. So Cosby came up with a plan to calm the squabbling children and restore Christmas cheer to his household.
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'Toyland Express' Readers Hunt For The Hidden

The "Can You See What I See?" children's book series are photo-puzzles made from Walter Wick's signature photographic compositions of model toys and odds and ends. His latest book is called Toyland Express. Wick joins host Audie Cornish to talk about how he puts together is photo illustrations.
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Jewish And Mexican Cooking Meet In 'Challa-peño'

Alex Schmidt's grandparents say that the best Jewish food they've ever eaten came from Mexico. They remember a legendary husband-and-wife catering team who made downtown Mexico City feel like the shtetls of Eastern Europe. Schmidt visits her grandmother to find out more about fusing two culinary traditions.
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Unwrap The Phrase To Reveal A Gift

Identify a gift for a child spelled by consecutive letters in familiar two-word phrases. For example, if given "tomato paste," the answer would be "top."
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At LAX, TSA Workers Sing Cheer Into Holiday Travel

True to its profession, the Los Angeles Transportation Security Administration Chorus isn't joking. They're actually TSA employees who don Santa hats during the holiday season and perform in the middle of the airport.
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A Sunday Christmas Means A Change For Holiday Movies

The Christmas holidays always mean big money for Hollywood. The week between Christmas and New Year's Eve is traditionally the biggest box-office week of the year. But this year something weird is going on: more movies are opening on Sunday instead of the traditional Friday. Weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz talks with NPR's movie critic Bob Mondello about what this will mean for the holiday movie season.
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The Good Old Yule Log Spreads To HDTV

The yule log debuted on WPIX in New York City 45 years ago this Christmas. Since its first broadcast, the log has inspired a quirky genre of film that's finding new popularity on high-definition televisions and beyond.

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