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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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Week In Politics: Trump On Muslims, Presidential Candidates On Terrorism

NPR's Kelly McEvers is joined by political analyst Leslie Sanchez and Pilar Marrero, a columnist for Spanish-language newspaper La Opinion, to talk about the week in politics.
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Before Fighting Atop A Moving Train, Some Things To Consider

Commentator Brian McConnachie — a former SNL writer and an actor in 15 films — takes on a topic no one else dares to discuss: the dynamics of fighting on the roof of moving railroad trains. There's great concern for hats blowing off.
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Donald Trump Has Escalated His Rhetoric. So Has The Press Covering Him

As the front-running GOP presidential candidate's controversial pronouncements multiply, the reporting, commentary and editorials from major news outlets have taken on more urgency.
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At The Root Of It All, A Little Girl's 'Grandmapal' Left Her Lifelong Love

More than a grandmother, more, even, than a mentor, Doris Louise Rolison was Chloe Longfellow's best friend growing up. Their love remains inscribed with beet stains in their favorite cookbook.

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