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The Battle for Tora Bora

An Afghan farmer works on his field Friday Dec. 28, 2001,  on the outskirts of the village of Madakhel in northeastern Afghanistan, near Tora Bora in background. The United States military is revising a risky  plan for American troops to search the caves of Tora Bora for traces of Osama bin Laden and other fighters of Al Qaeda, and is offering incentives to get Afghan forces to take the lead. (AP Photo/Enric Marti)
An Afghan farmer works on his field Friday Dec. 28, 2001, in northeastern Afghanistan, near Tora Bora in background. (AP Photo)

Operation Marriage

Rebekah Sanderlin's dog, Hank.
Rebekah Sanderlin's dog, Hank.


Apple Inc. is aggressively courting broadcast and cable networks, hoping to form deals that would offer consumers alternatives to their cable or satellite TV subscriptions. The venture is part of Apple's current revamping of its popular iTunes software, which already offers television content for a price. We speak to Wall Street Journal reporter Sam Schechner.

Poverty & Food Stamps

Half of American children have depended on food stamps at one point in their lives.  A recent study shows that many Americans turn to food stamps for short periods, after losing a job or dealing with a catastrophic illness.  But Professor Mark Rank of Washington University tells us that even short term help could put children at long term risk, because food stamps can't satisfy their basic nutritional needs.

Christmas Jollies

Raised Jewish, Bill Adler started making Christmas music mixtapes after he married into a Christian family. And soon the hobby turned into a passion. Every year since 1984, Adler searches for the most eclectic Christmas music from all genres and decades to produce his "Christmas Jollies" mixtape. Producer Jon Kalish has our story.

Music from the show

  • "The Christmas Song" - Nat King Cole
  • "It's Winter Again" - Hal Kemp and His Orchestra with Skinny Ennis
  • "Christmas Comes But Once A Year" - Professor Grampy
  • "There Was A Star" - The Staple Singers
  • “Dig That Crazy Santa Claus" - Oscar McLollie and His Honey Jumpers
  • "I Want To Spend Christmas With You, Part 1" - Lowell Fusion
  • "Howdy Doody Christmas" - Howdy Doody and Bob Smith
  • "Christmas Day" - Leadbelly
  • "I Want You For Christmas" -Mae Questel (The Betty Boop Girl)
  • "Christmas On TV" - Chris Isaak
  • "Waiting To See Santa Claus" - Cedryl Ballou
  • "Jingle Bells" - The Hoosier Hotshots
  • "Christmas In Hollis" - Run D.M.C.
  • "The Dreidel Song" - Sister Hazel "Silent Night" - Sahib Shihab Quartet

This program aired on December 22, 2009.


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