2:51pm

Mon December 24, 2012
Shootings In Newtown, Conn.

Pulling Together, Newtown Celebrates Holiday 'As Best We Can'

Originally published on Mon December 24, 2012 5:18 pm

Mourners put decorations on a Christmas tree, part of a memorial in Newtown, Conn. Holiday greetings, toys and cards have flowed into the town, and some residents say the community feels closer-knit since the shooting.
Zhang Chuanshi Xinhua/Landov

The days leading up to Christmas are typically bustling in Newtown, Conn. But given the depth of grief in this community since the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, preparations for the holiday began very late.

Local shopkeepers say Saturday was the first day many people came out for holiday shopping since the tragedy. Tamara Doherty, owner of the Wishing Well — a shop filled with local crafts, Christmas ornaments, pottery and potpourri — says her business is finally picking up.

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2:51pm

Mon December 24, 2012
Business

Detroit Three Look To Revive Their Luxury Brands

Originally published on Mon December 24, 2012 6:19 pm

Alan Mulally, president and CEO of Ford Motor Co., stands next to the Lincoln MKZ. For the first time ever, Ford will promote the Lincoln brand during the Super Bowl.
Shannon Stapleton Reuters/Landov

2:33pm

Mon December 24, 2012
NPR Story

Firefighters Trapped And Shot After Responding To Blaze

Originally published on Mon December 24, 2012 4:18 pm

Two firefighters died and two others were hospitalized in western New York on Monday. They were shot after responding to a fire in the town of Webster, outside Rochester. Police say the gunman is also dead, and they're not ruling out the possibility that the firefighters were led into a trap.

2:33pm

Mon December 24, 2012
NPR Story

No Breakthrough In Sight For Peaceful Transition In Syria

Originally published on Mon December 24, 2012 4:18 pm

Amid continued bloodshed in several parts of Syria, international envoy Lakhdar Brahimi held another round of talks with President Bashar Assad in Damascus. But there was no sign of progress toward a peace deal.

2:22pm

Mon December 24, 2012
Music

Another Year, Another 'Christmas With The Chipmunks'

Originally published on Mon December 24, 2012 5:37 pm

The Chipmunks, left to right: Simon, Theodore, Alvin.
Courtesy of the artist

2:03pm

Mon December 24, 2012
Deceptive Cadence

Whatever Happened To The Classical Christmas Album?

Originally published on Thu January 3, 2013 1:38 pm

A sampling of one listener's cherished classical Christmas albums from a few years back.
Mito Habe-Evans NPR

2:00pm

Mon December 24, 2012
Holiday Special

Advent Voices

Airs Monday, December 24 at 2:00 p.m.  Advent is a time of quiet contemplation and waiting. It's waiting for darkness to become light and for hopes to be realized. Throughout the centuries Advent has been observed musically in sacred and secular ways. Join us for an hour of the most beautiful vocal music inspired by and written for Advent. 

1:03pm

Mon December 24, 2012
The Two-Way

One Comment Says A Lot: Here's Why We're Grateful

Mladen Antonov AFP/Getty Images

We want to say thank you.

Our colleague Kate Myers has been helping us look back on The Two-Way's year — the most popular posts, the most frequent commenters, the heaviest traffic days and other such measures. We'll share some of what she's found in coming days.

But something Kate just turned up strikes us as worth noting right away.

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12:53pm

Mon December 24, 2012
The Two-Way

A Moveable Feast: What Are You Leaving For Santa?

Aside from the traditional plate of cookies, some households planned to leave Santa gourmet surprises that would land most people on the naughty list at the local gym.
Larry Crowe AP

Milk and cookies might be the traditional Santa offering on Christmas Eve, but in at least one household, St. Nicholas will be getting smoked salmon and scotch.

It's just one out-of-the-ordinary example we gleaned from a call out to fans of NPR's Facebook page. Many of them involved a different sort of Christmas "spirit" — the kind that could push Mr. Claus over the legal limit, at least during the U.S. leg of his annual aerial circumnavigation.

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12:24pm

Mon December 24, 2012
All Tech Considered

Kenyan Women Create Their Own 'Geek Culture'

Originally published on Mon December 24, 2012 4:18 pm

Kenyan Susan Oguya created an app to help farmers in her homeland. Shown here in the office of her company, M-Farm, she also belongs to the group Akirachix, which seeks to bring more Kenyan women into the tech world.
Gregory Warner

When a collective of female computer programmers in Kenya needed a name for their ladies-only club, they took their inspiration from the Japanese cult film Akira.

"So akira is a Japanese word. It means energy and intelligence. And we are energetic and intelligent chicks," says Judith Owigar, the president of Akirachix.

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