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3 Christmas Questions, As Answered By Science

Science research on Christmas offers tips for those who celebrate — and some general lessons about family, gift giving, communication and community for all, says psychologist Tania Lombrozo.
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Dear NBA: Why So Many Games?

Basketball players don't endure numerous concussions like some football players do, nor do they suffer the arm injuries common to baseball pitchers. But the grind on the hardwood can wear bodies down.
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Which Burns More Kilowatt-Hours: America's Christmas Lights Or Tanzania?

As you might have guessed, the answer is not Tanzania. So the holiday season is a good time to reflect on ... electricity.
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The Diminishing Middle — And Why That Widens The Gap Between Us

In light of a recent Pew study that says most Americans are no longer middle-class, NPR's Michel Martin argues that when the middle thins, the ends of the spectrum must yell just to hear each other.
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Barbershop: 'Star Wars,' Worst-Case Scenarios And Holiday Buying

In this week's Barbershop, we hear about Star Wars, parents' emergency plans in the event of a school shooting and when to cut back on gift-giving — featuring Anil Dash, Jenny Davis and Tammy Garnes.
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Twain's 'Letter From Santa Claus,' A Gift For All Ages

In 1875, Mark Twain wrote a letter to his 3-year-old daughter from Santa Claus. NPR's Scott Simon reflects on a father's love for his daughter at Christmas time.
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Far From Family, A High Schooler Finds Solace In Friendship

When Henry Jimenez left his family in Mexico for the U.S., he knew he'd miss them. He didn't know he'd meet a best friend: Akiva Johnson. Nowadays they stick together — "like magnets," Johnson says.
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More College Football Bowl Games Than Winning Teams?

When two teams play a game that doesn't count, call it what it is — an exhibition. Sports commentator Frank Deford reminds us that words, and their meanings, matter.
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Barbershop: Trump On Facebook, And Scalia On Affirmative Action

In the Barbershop, Olivia Nuzzi of Daily Beast, Alexis Nedd of Buzzfeed and NPR's Ammad Omar discuss Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's comments and a new tool to "de-Trumpify" Facebook friends.
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'One More' For Sinatra, Who Took A Stand In Gary, Indiana

Frank Sinatra was born 100 years ago. NPR's Scott Simon remembers a moment when the singer tried to stop a strike by white students in Gary, Indiana who didn't want their high school to be integrated.

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