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On this Christmas edition of The World, we check in on the Greek island of Lesbos, where thousands more refugees from Syria and Afghanistan are being welcomed. But, as we'll hear, the welcome is wearing thin. Also, what's the top Christmas Day song in the UK? If you guessed Justin Bieber, try again. If you guessed a choir of doctors and nurses, you already knew the answer. Plus, we bring you a story about the little-known history of Siberians in Hawaii, and how one woman has a heart-to-heart conversation with her grandparents - when she only speaks English, and they just speak Chinese.
On this Christmas Eve edition of The World, we hear about how an American woman and her Iranian husband bring together their family for a halal Christmas dinner. We also have a story about a chance meeting in a World War Two Japanese internment camp: Two boys who would later become leaders in Washington, Alan Simpson and Norman Mineta, talk about injustice and friendship. Plus, we'll hear how the North Pole became part of the Christmas tradition, and why Halifax, Nova Scotia sends a giant Christmas tree to Boston every year.
If you think the so-called "War On Christmas" is a new thing, think again. We go back to Puritan New England, where holiday fun was punishable by fines or even jail time. Also, we explore efforts to stem Islamic radicalization, both in Europe and the United States. Plus, we have a conversation on race in the United States with two Americans who normally report from Africa. This past summer, they took a trip together through the American South, to explore race relations and Southern pride.
Is it a holiday story too good to be true? A bus full of passengers in Kenya was attacked by Islamic militants, leaving two dead, but witnesses claim that many more would have died if it weren't for the fact that Muslim passengers helped to shield Christians on the bus. We touch base with our BBC partners in Kenya to get more on the story. Plus, we hear about a woman who left Bhutan at the age of 5 who now works as a psychologist helping refugees resettle in the United States. Also, host Marco Werman brings us one of his favorite music picks from 2015.
Corruption comes in many sizes, and it's clear that at FIFA, soccer's governing world body, corruption has severely tarnished the sport's image. Plus, we discuss the budding "bromance" between Russian President Vladimir Putin and GOP frontrunner Donald Trump. The two men have been exchanging quite a few pleasantries of late. Also, the preferred English accent in South Korea happens to be "American," and we'll hear about how Houston, Texas, hopes to woo Chinese tourists — lots of Chinese tourists.
Marco Werman has one more day on assignment in Kenya, and today he meets some of the very few women who serve as safari tour guides in Kenya. We also hear from one of the country's few female stand-up comedians, and we say goodbye with a Swahili version of Adele's hit "Hello." Meanwhile, in Germany, The World's Matthew Bell looks at whether or not police there are prepared for a Paris-style attack. Plus we'll have the story of a couple celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. It stretches across continents — courtesy of a scrap of paper that nearly ended up in the trash.