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The Culture Gabfest “Completely Phoned-In Holiday Show” Edition

Steve, Dana, and Julia answer listener questions on our annual call-in show.

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This week, Steve, Dana, and Julia answer listeners’ voicemails for our annual call-in show, discussing everything from their feelings about holiday music to whether their tastes in film and TV have changed since becoming parents. Then, they’re joined by June Thomas to debate the greatest cultural imports and exports—including the obscure ’70s cartoon that first sparked June’s fascination with America.

Links to some of the things we discussed this week:

• José Feliciano’s “Feliz Navidad

• John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s “Happy Xmas (War is Over)

• “O Holy Night“ as performed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

• Vince Guaraldi’s “Skating

• The Waitresses’ “Christmas Wrapping

• Bob Dylan’s Christmas in the Heart

• The Replacements’ All Shook Down

Question Time

Coronation Street

• Julia Davis’ Sally4Ever

Wait Till Your Father Gets Home

• “ ‘Dressing a Refined Story With a Touch of Vulgarity’: An Interview With Elena Ferrante’s Art Director” by Miriam Krule in Slate

Outro: “Skating” by Vince Guaraldi

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