Sept. 11 first responder Glen Klein was with the emergency services unit of the New York Police Department when the World Trade Center was attacked. He tells NPR's Liane Hansen about the various problems he has suffered in the years since the attack, including a diagnosis of scarring on his lungs. Klein says the Senate's vote last week on the Sept. 11 Responders Bill while not all the money hoped for, is at least a five-year guarantee of funding for treatment of first responders.
African-American Studies Professor Keith Mayes, of the University of Minnesota, reflects on the changes to how African-Americans, and Americans in general, view the seven-day cultural holiday Kwanzaa, which starts on Sunday. Today many cultural institutions advance Kwanzaa in recognition of diversity, but Mayes says too much commercialization of the holiday will cause it to lose its original purpose.
Chef Dave Lieberman shares his recommendations for quick and easy holiday leftover recipes. Lieberman, who hosts America's Heartland on PBS and Good Deal with Dave Lieberman on the Food Network, tells NPR's Liane Hansen that a soup or sandwich is always a good second-day use for turkey. But you can also, take those mashed potatoes and make pancakes with toppings or use your cranberry sauce with the pan drippings to make a sauce.
Louis Prima and Keely Smith made the Las Vegas lounge scene the place to be in the 1950s, and their music has enjoyed several revivals over the decades. Tom Clavin, author of That Old Black Magic: Louis Prima, Keely Smith, and the Golden Age of Las Vegas, chronicles how they elevated the Vegas lounge act.
The town of Wellesley, Mass., turned out in droves to mourn the death of Steve Wasik, the 62-year-old proprietor of The Cheese Shop. His family honored him by keeping the shop open to fill holiday orders and customers lined up for an hour or more to buy up the shop's perishable inventory.