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2:00am

Mon December 26, 2011
Business

Business News

Steve Inskeep and Linda Wertheimer have business news.

10:01pm

Sun December 25, 2011
It Was A Good Year For...

For Novak Djokovic, A Year To Celebrate In Tennis

In 2011, Novak Djokovic had just about the best year a male tennis player has ever had, including wins at three of the four Grand Slam tournaments.

"This is the athlete of the year," says Jon Wertheim of Sports Illustrated. "This is a brutal, brutal sport. This guy is playing on six continents, every surface....This is one of the all time great years in open tennis history."

This year, Djokovic also kept to a gluten-free diet. Must have been particularly difficult since his family's business is a pizza parlor.

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10:01pm

Sun December 25, 2011
The Record

The Music Stories We Missed This Year

The Edge and Bono performing in June at the Oakland, Calif., stop of U2's 360˚ Tour — the most successful in history.
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This year, Morning Edition covered the death of Amy Winehouse, Spotify's arrival in America and the end of R.E.M. Listen above to host Steve Inskeep and Ann Powers catch up on the year's musical stories the show didn't cover.

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6:00am

Sun December 25, 2011
Commentary

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Email, text messages, tweeting - communication has certainly gone high-tech these days. But the art of reaching out and actually talking to someone, no matter how high-tech, still has therapeutic value. KUNC commentator Dr. Marc Ringel has more.

I phone my mother almost every day.  She’s in her late eighties.  Hearing my voice seems to do her a world of good.

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7:21am

Fri December 23, 2011
NPR's Holiday Favorites

David Sedaris Reads From His 'Santaland Diaries'

Originally published on Thu December 29, 2011 4:03 pm

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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 Morning Edition in 1992.

Instantly, a classic was born. Sedaris' reading has become an NPR holiday tradition. Click the "Listen" link above to hear Sedaris read his tale.

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