Christmas and Commerce

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In place of "Good Food", KCRW airs an episode of "This American Life", stories about the intersection of Christmas and retail, including David Sedaris's story Santaland Diaries, which was first broadcast on NPR's Morning Edition several years ago in a much shorter version. 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. Also, David Rakoff on playing Freud in the windows of Barney's department store. And other stories.