Thursday, December 24, 2009

Patt Morrison for Friday, 12/25/09 - Christmas Day - SHOW ON TAPE


Friday, December 25, 2009

1-3 p.m.




1 - 2PM
All Songs Considered for the Holidays 

 A wacky holiday tradition begins! The not-so-plump-but-jolly Santa Bob and his cantankerous elves are in their workshop, trading holiday cheer (and barbs). They’re checking the list for the best fresh holiday songs from emerging and breakout bands. Don’t miss all time favorite holiday classics like "Santa Lost a Ho," "Santa Fixed My Toys For Christmas" and "How Do You Spell Hanukkah?" Check out Bob Boilen and friends as they host the first All Songs Considered holiday special from NPR Music.


2:00 – 2:20

Seahorses: the most magical creatures in the sea?

Did you know that seahorses can change color, they mate by touching their snouts and bellies to form a floating heart shape, or that male seahorses are the only males in the animal world capable of giving birth? Whether written into ancient folklore or fished for their believed medicinal properties, seahorses have long captivated us. Marine biologist Helen Scales (yes, Scales) talks with Patt about the fascinating world of these exotic, seemingly prehistoric creatures.


Helen Scales, marine biologist, a fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, and author of “Poseidon’s Steed: the Story of Seahorses, from Myth to Reality”



2:20 – 2:40

Tracy Kidder’s Strength in What Remains

 Strength in What Remains tells the story of Deo, a young student who fled to the United States from ethnic violence in Burundi and genocide in Rwanda. Deo defeats all odds, making the journey from a poor immigrant in New York City to medical school, and, unlike many who find success in a place of refuge, Deo returns to Burundi. As a stepping stone for social justice, Deo builds a medical clinic and provides care where there is none. 



2:40 – 3:00

A Big Little Life - That's Trixie, A Joyful Dog

Fiction writer Dean Koontz had everything he could want -- a happy marriage in Southern California and a successful career with more than twenty #1 New York Times best-selling novels to his credit. And then along came Trixie, a retired service dog, and he found a new window on life. Koontz joins Patt with his memoir "A Big Little Life," about a very special and joyful dog.



Dean Koontz, novelist and author most recently of "A Big Little Life."


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