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Farmers in Eastern Washington are busy festooning their dusty machines with thousands of Christmas lights for the annual Sunnyside Lighted Farm Implement Parade.

Thanksgiving kicks off holiday party season, and at office holiday parties around the country, this means co-workers will make merry and mischief.

This time of year, Minneapolis attorney Kate Bischoff is a busy woman.

"I often represent clients who are handling the aftermath of a holiday party when it has gone off the rails," Bischoff says.

This includes, but is not limited to, bosses hitting on interns. There was also the case in which a manager gave a direct report a sexually explicit gift. Perhaps it was a joke, but it resulted in a harassment claim.

About 200 people marching through downtown Seattle disrupted black Friday holiday shopping and the city’s traditional Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

They marched in the rain, blocking intersections and streets, in protest of a Missouri grand jury’s decision this week to not indict a police officer who fatally shot a black teenager.

The protesters flooded into Westlake shopping center, taking over escalators and lying down on the floor. Seattle police ultimately turned shoppers away.

Several Northwest Christmas tree growers are trying to push containers full of evergreens through the Northwest’s delayed seaports.

Some of the world’s largest Christmas tree farms are right here in the Northwest. Some are harvesting about 20,000 trees a day.

Experts say there are at least three tests to give a Christmas tree before it gets strapped it to a car and dragged home so it doesn’t go “Charlie Brown” before Christmas Day.

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Ross Reynolds speaks with author and filmmaker Sebastian Junger about his latest project, “Last Patrol,” an HBO documentary about two soldiers and two war journalists hiking along 300 miles of  railroad tracks from Washington, D.C. to Pennsylvania.

Junger is an American journalist and author of the best-selling book "The Perfect Storm." In recent years he has chronicled stories of men at war in award-winning documentary films including "Restrepo."

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When Major David Tucker deployed to Iraq – his third mission since he joined the Army Reserves in 1982 – he told his soldiers to take the doors off the Humvees.

Wounded In Afghanistan, But Still Running

Nov 11, 2014
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On Edward Lychik's 21st birthday, his fellow troops gave him a gift.

The Army combat engineer normally rode in the first truck in his convoy. Lychik's job was to ensure the road his battalion traveled in Afghanistan was bomb-free.

To celebrate Lychik's big day, his comrades let him ride in the rear — the convoy's last truck.

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The city of Auburn  hosted its 49th annual Veterans Day parade last Saturday. The event has grown significantly over the years. This year’s parade was a tribute to The Military Order of The Purple Heart. With 200 entries the parade stretched for more than a mile. Reporter Patricia Murphy was on scene to capture this audio postcard from the event. 

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is a day when everything tastes like dessert. In symbolic hope of a sweet year to come, the table is positively sticky — honey marinades, honey cakes, raisin-studded challah bread. And, depending on where your family is from, sweet gefilte fish.

Gefilte fish, those oft-reviled patties packed in jelled broth, can be a hard sell even in the standard savory form. And with a big dose of sugar stirred in? It can be hard to swallow. But for Jews with roots in Poland, gefilte fish was always sweet. Always.

Somebody Is Celebrating Something Today

Jul 29, 2014
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Today on the RadioActive podcast: stories about celebrations including Eid, pirates getting donuts, people recognizing their accomplishments, and a RadioActivian who guiltily watches the World Cup in Paris.

This show is entirely youth-produced, without the help of RadioActive's mentors. Enjoy! 

African Americans And Native Speakers Keep Swahili Language Alive

Jun 13, 2014
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RadioActive’s Leija Farr grew up celebrating Kwanzaa, the year-end celebration that started in 1966 as a way for African Americans to connect with their African heritage. The Swahili language is at the heart of the celebration. As Leija discovered, that language connects her with new immigrants from parts of Africa. Like Leija’s community, native speakers are grappling with how to keep the language going. Here’s Leija’s story, in her own words.

In first grade, my heart was stolen by Mark, who sat next to me and had an advanced phonics book (which I also craved). Then there were Peter, Eddie, Raja and Michael. These serial crushes continued right on up through my early 20s, at a rate of approximately three a year. Boys. I fell for their incipient mustaches, their bad attitudes and foul mouths, their poor poetry and bass guitars, their careless humor. I saw their swagger for what it was, but I loved it anyway.

You might not expect "Santa's Helper" to be a career-altering gig, but for David Sedaris, it changed everything. The writer and humorist spent a season working at Macy's as a department store elf. He described his short tenure as Crumpet the Elf in "The Santaland Diaries," an essay that he read on Morning Edition in 1992.

Instantly, a classic was born. Sedaris' reading has become an NPR holiday tradition. Click the "Listen" link above to hear Sedaris read his tale.

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Charles Dickens’ story “A Christmas Carol” is a holiday favorite. It was performed earlier this month in front of a live audience at Seattle’s Center for Spiritual Living under the title “The Enlightened Message of Scrooge.”

This show will air on KUOW December 23 at 9:00 p.m.

As a young woman, I had an attack of nostalgia for a possibly imaginary cookie. It was prompted by a walk up New York's Third Avenue, where I saw in the bakery case of a local delicatessen a stack of small round cookies, covered in the tiny rainbow sprinkles known as nonpareils. Instantly, I was ambushed by a flashback to the tiny Italian pastry shop of the small riverside town just north of Manhattan where I grew up, and where, I felt sure, I had been given star-shaped sprinkle cookies of a similar kind as a reward for my excellent behavior.

An unprecedented rash of credit card fraud in one corner of the Northwest is forcing banks to put limits on card purchases – just in time for the busiest shopping season of the year.

At a small Presbyterian church in Richland, Washington, one pastor has been trying to spread a little solace with an unusual exhibit.

One out of every five cranberries grown in the U.S. is eaten Thanksgiving week, according to industry giant Ocean Spray.

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Marcie Sillman talks with food writer Sara Dickerman about making gravy and how to work with the labels on your turkey.

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Marcie Sillman sits down the day before Thanksgiving to ponder what it means to give thanks with The Interfaith Amigos: Imam Jamal Rahman, Pastor Don Mackenzie and Rabbi Ted Falcon.

While those in the western half of the nation will mostly enjoy fair skies on this Thanksgiving Eve, we regret to repeat that for millions of Americans east of the Mississippi it's going to be a messy busiest-travel-day-of-the-year (otherwise known as Getaway Day).

Here's what the National Weather Service has to say:

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Marcie Sillman talks with Phil Wyman, a restaurant inspector for King County Public Health, about how to properly cook a turkey to avoid poisoning your loved ones.

A Cheez-It Feast, And Other Reasons To Be Thankful

Nov 22, 2013
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RadioActive's Yafiet Bezabih and Maddie Ewbank challenge our chef-in-residence Sarah Rosenthal to make a Thanksgiving meal out of mac and cheese, Oreos, Cheez-Its, salsa, and more cheese. Plus, hear the story of an inspirational nun from India: Sister Lucy Kurien helps thousands of destitute women and children through her organization, Maher.

It's that time of year again. Time for Mama Stamberg's Cranberry Relish. Every year since 1972, around Thanksgiving, I've shared my mother-in-law's famous cranberry relish recipe on the radio. It's appallingly pink, like Pepto Bismol — but it tastes terrific.

This year, I bring my relish recipe to Thanksgivukkah. Next week, Thanksgiving and the start of Hanukkah fall on the same day. It's a rare convergence.

The Christmas tree destined for the nation's capital is set to begin a cross-country roadtrip. But getting an 80-foot tree out of a national forest isn't quite like going to a U-cut.

On the Mexican Dia de los Muertos holiday, the living remember the dead. Some believe they are communing with the deceased. While it may sound morbid, Pati Jinich, a Mexican-born blogger, food show personality and author of Pati's Mexican Table, says it's a joyous occasion.

"People get ready to welcome people — those who have deceased and that presumably have license to visit just once a year," Jinich told All Things Considered host Melissa Block.

How To Have A Safe Fourth Of July Celebration

Jul 2, 2013
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Fourth of July is coming up, and you can’t celebrate America’s freedoms without some fireworks. But what are our freedoms when it comes to lighting fireworks in King County? Chris Ricketts is the King County Fire Marshal. He shares the rules and regulations for shooting off fireworks on the upcoming holiday.

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