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For this episode of Boston Public Radio, hour one was live, with Ascend CEO Andrea Cabral and WGBH Executive Arts Editor Jared Bowen filling in for Jim and Margery:

  • NBC Sports Boston anchor and reporter Trenni Kusnierek discussed how former NBA player Dwayne Wade has been using his platform to raise awareness for LGBTQ+ rights.
  • Corby Kummer discussed why there is a generational difference in tipping in restaurants. Kummer is executive director of the Food and Society policy program at the Aspen Institute, a senior editor at The Atlantic and a senior lecturer at the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy.
  • Patrick Swanson, the artistic director of the Christmas Revels, previewed some songs the group are performing at the Sanders Theater through Dec. 29.

Then, we replayed some of our favorite holiday interviews:

  • Rob Kapilow, the composer, conductor, and music commentator, broke down what makes Irving Berlin’s "White Christmas" great.
  • Boston Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart challenged Jim and Margery to a speed read of "The Night Before Christmas."
  • Jared Bowen leads a special cinema classic challenge, and we ask him why Frank Capra’s “It’s A Wonderful Life” still holds up.
  • We open the lines and ask our listeners about the best and worst holiday music.
  • We wrap things up, asking our listeners when it’s time to come clean with your kids about Santa Claus.