Rundown 12/24

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Health Care on Christmas Eve

The Senate passed an historic health care bill by a 60-39 vote. We'll speak with Neftali Bendavid of the Wall Street Journal.

Digitizing Monk

Fr. Columba Stewart has made it his mission to digitize precious manuscripts found in threatened communities around the world, including Lebanon, Iraq, and Ethiopia. He is executive director of the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library at Saint John's Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minnesota.

The Manger

The BBC's Christopher Landau brings us the story of The Creche in Bethlehem. The Creche is a home for children who are born into difficult circumstances.

Christmas at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Santa Claus, also known as Jonathan Meath with 6 year old Hannah Lowe. (Monica Brady-Myerov)
Santa Claus, a.k.a Jonathan Meath with Hannah Lowe. (Monica Brady-Myerov)

A Christmas Carol

When Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" was published in 1843 it not only became a bestseller, but also helped shape the way the holiday has come to be celebrated. We revisit our conversation with Les Standiford, author of "The Man Who Invented Christmas: How Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol Rescued his Career and Revived our Holiday Spirits."

Music from the show

  • “Greensleeves” performed by the Middlesex County Volunteers
  • “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” performed by the Middlesex County Volunteers

This program aired on December 24, 2009.


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