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THE TASTE OF CONQUEST

Spice is more than something used to flavor food, in fact, empires were built through the spice trade. We speak with Michael Krondl about his book, "The Taste of Conquest: The Rise and Fall of the Three Great Cities of Spice."

TOY SAFETY

With 25 million toys recalled this year due to lead contamination and other safety hazards, holiday shoppers are wondering how they can make sure the toys they give this year are safe. Here & Now's Kevin Sullivan has our story.

ABUSE PREVENTION COLORING BOOKS

The New York Archdiocese distributes abuse-themed coloring and comic books for children that address many situations children might find themselves in. We speak with Edward Mechmann, director of the Archdiocese's Safe Environment Program and who helped develop the books.

THIS WONDERFUL LIFE

"It's a Wonderful Life" is a holiday classic. Now, there's a new take on the Yuletide favorite in the form of a one-man show, playing in four North American cities. We talk to playwright Steve Murray and Neil A. Casey of the Boston production.

This program aired on December 18, 2007.

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