Related Program: The Record What Is 9 Letters Long And Turns 100 Tomorrow? By Arwen Nicks & Marcie Sillman • Dec 20, 2013 Related Program: The Record TweetShareGoogle+Email Flickr Photo/Philippa Willitts Listen Listening... / 6:24 Marcie Sillman discusses the origin of the first crossword puzzle with puzzle author Merl Reagle in honor of the crossword's 100th birthday on Saturday. Tags: historyarts & lifegamesTweetShareGoogle+Email Related Content What Happened With Mandatory Busing In Seattle And Around The Country? By David Hyde • Dec 18, 2013 Courtesy of Seattle Public Schools Archive Listen Listening... / 12:49 David Hyde speaks with Kenneth C. Davis, the author of "Don’t Know Much About History," about the history of mandatory busing in America. The Sad Story Behind ‘White Christmas,’ America’s Favorite Christmas Carol By Katy Sewall • Dec 22, 2015 Wikimedia Commons Listen Listening... / 6:33 The most popular Christmas carol in America stands apart from the others in a number of ways. Boring Bertha Digs Through Layers Of Seattle History By Isolde Raftery • Dec 13, 2013 Flickr Photo/Washington State Department of Transportation CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) The most plausible theory about what stopped Bertha, the tunneling machine digging its way through downtown until last Saturday, is also the most boring. Nancy Pearl’s Suggestions For Literary Gifts By Steve Scher • Dec 20, 2013 Listen Listening... / 10:58 Steve Scher talks to Nancy Pearl about tricks in picking out a book as a gift for a loved one. Her first suggestion — imagine the person reading the book. You can also hear a special hour-long listener call-in and see a full list of Pearl's and listeners' reading suggestions from Monday.