Today's Takeaway | December 25, 2012

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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

A Christmas Miracle: Donations from Strangers who Saved a Child | Deconstructing the Christmas Gift | Listeners' Most Meaningful Gifts | Celebrity Stories of Gift Giving | George Takei: Christmas at a Japanese Internment Camp | Remembering Newtown on Christmas

Deconstructing the Christmas Gift

The question over how and why we give gifts is central to the holiday season. What do we really value about gift giving and receiving? Nicholas Epley, a professor of behavioral science at the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, says there are ways of measuring the value of gift giving and getting. DT Strain, a humanist minister and writer of The Houston Chronicle's The Spiritual Naturalist blog, calls for a moratorium on giving presents, asking that gifts come in the form of charity and time.

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A Christmas Miracle: Donations from Strangers Save a Child

As The Takeaway explores stories of gift giving and gift receiving all this hour, a rare act of generosity changed Beth Gonzalez’s perspective on the notion of presents. Beth tells the story of her three-year-old son Lucas who was born with a rare genetic immune disorder, and how donations from all over the world saved his life.

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Listeners' Most Meaningful Gifts

'Tis the season for gift giving, and we asked you -- our listeners -- to tell us about the most meaningful present you ever received.

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Celebrity Stories of Gift Giving

Recent guests, including actors Ed Burns and Brian Cox and singers Olivia Newton John and Darryl McDaniels, tell us about the gifts that have meant the most to them.

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George Takei: Christmas at a Japanese Internment Camp

For George Takei, gift giving will always be associated with something that was taken away from him as a child. As a boy he remembers being rounded up at the beginning of World War II and sent to an internment camp for Japanese Americans. It was there, in among the most unexpected placed, where Takei recalls his most memorable gift.

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Remembering Newtown on Christmas

This Christmas, less than two weeks after the tragedy at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, we look at what it means to grieve during the holiday season with Rev. Mark Bozzuti-Jones, priest for pastoral and community care at at Trinity Wall Street Church in New York City.

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