Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 6:32 pm
In Seattle, the Pacific Northwest Ballet performs The Nutcracker to that same ubiquitous Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky score. The ballet tells the story of Clara, a young girl whose grandfather gives her a nutcracker at a party. One night, Clara goes searching for her nutcracker and walks right into a battle between a regiment of toy soldiers and a wily team of oversized rodents.
Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 5:32 pm
Sarah Koenig didn't expect her new podcast, Serial, to get so much press, but she says the attention helped keep her on her toes: "It was just a constant reminder of how careful we needed to be," Koenig tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.
Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 10:58 am
Americans know Australia as the land Down Under, and one consequence of this geographical flip is that Christmas here falls at the height of summer.
Our 100-degree temperatures aren't exactly conducive to cooking with a hot oven â€” although early colonists gave it their best shot.
But it wasn't long before Australians began to rebel, ditching the formal dining room for the pleasures of a picnic spread at the beach or a shady glade. Over the years, many of us have abandoned the old British customs altogether.
The daily lowdown on books, publishing and the occasional author behaving badly.
When picking up a book before bed, sleepy readers ought to give some thought not just to what they read but also how they read. It doesn't matter how boring the material may be; if you're plodding through it on an e-reader, a new study shows it'll likely be tougher to fall asleep â€” and to get a good rest while you're at it.