This American Life: Christmas and Commerce

This American Life: Christmas and Commerce

Thu, 12/29/2011 - 9:00pm

This classic episode explores stories about the intersection of Christmas and retail including David Sedaris's story "Santaland Diaries."

This American Life: Christmas and Commerce encores Thursday, December 29 at 9 p.m. on AM1370/FM-HD 91.5-2. 

ACT ONE: Toys R Us

Host Ira Glass visits a Toys R Us on Christmas Eve at closing time.

ACT TWO: Santaland Diaries

The diaries are about David's two Christmas seasons working as an elf in Macy's department store on New York's Herald Square. When it was first broadcast, it generated more requests for tapes than any story in Morning Edition's history except the death of Red Barber.

ACT THREE: Christmas Freud

David Rakoff on playing Freud in the windows of Barney's department store.

ACT FOUR:

John Connors's family tape from the 1960s.

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