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Thu December 22, 2011
Chompsgiving To Chew Year's: Holiday Dishes

When Ambrosia Salad Spells Dread

Esther's ambrosia salad
Daniel E. Davis

Part of an ongoing series on unique holiday dishes

Daniel Davis, a tall, thin birch tree of a man, is willing to eat almost anything. Indeed, cooking and eating are two unadulterated pleasures in Dan's life. But he recently revealed to me, his wife, that there is one dish that, as a kid, he actually feared as Christmas drew near: ambrosia salad.

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Thu December 22, 2011
The Record

Austin: The Brooklyn Of The South

A musician performs at the Bat Bar during SXSW 2011 in Austin, Texas.
Katie Hayes Luke for NPR

Sixth Street in downtown Austin, Texas, is one of the city's premiere live music districts. Guitar-shaped Christmas decorations hang on light poles, and the street is alive with bands and bars. Tonight you can hear ­­­­­­­­Austin Heat at the Thirsty Nickel, Mike Milligan and the Altar Boys at Maggie Mae's, or you could catch Misbehavin' at the Dizzy Rooster.

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Thu December 22, 2011

Boulder County Business Report’s Top Ten Stories for 2011

2011 was certainly an eventful year for business in the Boulder Valley. KUNC’s Brian Larson spoke to Boulder County Business Report publisher Chris Wood about some of the biggest business-news stories of the past year.

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Thu December 22, 2011

Governor Outlines Session Priorities

Courtesy of the State of Colorado

State lawmakers reconvene next month for their annual legislative session. Colorado Public Radio’s Ryan Warner recently spoke with Governor John Hickenlooper about his goals for the session what impact reapportionment may have in the legislative process…


Thu December 22, 2011
Around the Nation

Elves Pass Out $100 Bills In Detroit

Originally published on Thu December 22, 2011 5:40 am



Good morning, I'm Linda Wertheimer. For the fourth year in a row, a couple dressed in elf hats drove around Detroit handing out $100 bills to strangers - $12,000 worth. Many thought those crisp Benjamins were a joke. Some burst into tears. The anonymous couple stopped a Detroit bus and gave every passenger $100. The couple does ask recipients to pay it forward, in kindness. You're listening to MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.