Christmas http://kunc.org en Flashing Lights, Not Pace Cars, To Wrangle Holiday I-70 Traffic http://kunc.org/post/flashing-lights-not-pace-cars-wrangle-holiday-i-70-traffic <p></p><p>Christmas may be over, but the holiday traffic will continue. Sat, 28 Dec 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Jackie Fortier 53073 at http://kunc.org Flashing Lights, Not Pace Cars, To Wrangle Holiday I-70 Traffic Writing 'Rudolph': The Original Red-Nosed Manuscript http://kunc.org/post/writing-rudolph-original-red-nosed-manuscript Everybody knows Rudolph was the last reindeer to join Santa's crew, but few people know about the department store copywriter who brought his story to the world.<p>The year was 1939, the Great Depression was waning and a manager at Montgomery Ward in Chicago decided that the store should create its own children's book for the annual holiday promotion.<p>The boss tapped Robert L. May, an ad man for the store, to take a crack at a story. May was a hit at holiday parties for his way with limericks and parodies. But May didn't see himself as a winner. Wed, 25 Dec 2013 12:53:00 +0000 Jessica Pupovac 53054 at http://kunc.org Writing 'Rudolph': The Original Red-Nosed Manuscript NPR Listeners Got Talent: A 'Morning Edition' Singalong http://kunc.org/post/npr-listeners-got-talent-morning-edition-singalong <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmPIt98vibw</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhihtKMCixM</p> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 12:30:00 +0000 NPR Staff 53032 at http://kunc.org NPR Listeners Got Talent: A 'Morning Edition' Singalong David Sedaris Reads From His 'Santaland Diaries' http://kunc.org/post/david-sedaris-reads-his-santaland-diaries-1 You might not expect "Santa's Helper" to be a career-altering gig, but for David Sedaris, it changed everything. The writer and humorist spent a season working at Macy's as a department store elf. He described his short tenure as Crumpet the Elf in "The Santaland Diaries," an essay that he read on <em>Morning Edition</em> in 1992.<p>Instantly, a classic was born. Sedaris' reading has become an NPR holiday tradition. Click the "Listen" link above to hear Sedaris read his tale. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2013 NPR. Mon, 23 Dec 2013 13:00:00 +0000 53011 at http://kunc.org David Sedaris Reads From His 'Santaland Diaries' Preservation Hall Jazz Band: Tiny Desk Concert http://kunc.org/post/preservation-hall-jazz-band-tiny-desk-concert Our goal for this special holiday Tiny Desk Concert is simple: to bring you joy. <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/16317454/preservation-hall-jazz-band">Preservation Hall Jazz Band</a> is a hot and historic outfit from New Orleans, and its members brought us a tuba-wielding Santa and some original holiday cheer and praise — what they call a Cajun Christmas from the French Quarter.<p>We lit some lights and decorated my desk and shelves as best we could, but it's this amazing band — complete with saxophone, trombone, trumpet, drums and a couple of tubas — that lit this place up. Sat, 21 Dec 2013 13:03:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 52970 at http://kunc.org Preservation Hall Jazz Band: Tiny Desk Concert