Wed December 24, 2014
Holiday Food

Nostalgia For Sharktooth Brings Us This Holiday Drink: Hot Dr. Pepper

Everything you need to make hot Dr. Pepper
Jim Hill KUNC

Do you remember Sharktooth Ski Area? It's a defunct small ski hill located on the Colorado plains between Greeley and Windsor. Turns out a lot of people have fond memories – learning to ski, tubing down the hill and drinking hot Dr. Pepper after a run.

Wait, hot Dr. Pepper?

For most of us, hot chocolate is the go-to beverage for winter activities. But warmed-up soda? It got us wondering, was it something unique to Sharktooth, or was it something more widespread?

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Wed December 24, 2014
Holiday Music

Couldn't Miss This One: Behind 'Christmas Wrapping'

Originally published on Wed December 24, 2014 6:02 am

The Waitresses' members were in the middle of a tour behind "I Know What Boys Like" when "Christmas Wrapping" took over the radio in 1981.
David Corio Redferns

Chris Butler founded The Waitresses, a smart-aleck New Wave band, in late-'70s Akron, Ohio. He recalls a long-ago summer when the owner of ZE Records asked him and his collaborators to come up with a Christmas song.

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Tue December 23, 2014
Arts & Life

Time For A Holiday Favorite: 'Santaland Diaries'

Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 9:14 am

Philip Game Getty Images/Lonely Planet Image

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 story.

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Mon December 22, 2014

Stale Yuletide Playlist? Try These Overlooked Christmas Classics

Ask anyone what they think of when you say "Christmas music" and Nat King Cole is sure to come up in conversation.
Piano Piano Flickr - Creative Commons

Judy Garland singing "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas?" Nat King Cole's "The Christmas Song?" How about Bing Crosby's "White Christmas?"

Yawn. If you needs something fresh, try these Christmas (soon-to-be) classics on for size.

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Mon December 22, 2014
Music Interviews

Nick Lowe Brings His 'Quality Holiday Revue' To America

Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 11:31 am

Nick Lowe's Christmas album is called Quality Street. He's currently touring the U.S.
Courtesy of the artist