The Salvation Army may have the most-identifiable corps of bell ringers in the country, and a number of them have been ringing their bells for days on end. For charity, of course, but also to try to set a world record. Host Scott Simon talks with Salvation Army Maj. Butch Soriano, who set a new record this week, ringing 105 hours straight.
Words are the currency of politics. But over time, the value of that currency can fluctuate. Writer Mark Forsyth tells the story of the origin of the word "president," and how its meaning has changed over time.
Safety is the big word in sports in 2013. Major League Baseball wants to ban collisions at home plate, the NFL playoffs are as much about who's on the disabled list as anything else, and in hockey, the NHL has a decision to make about fighting. Host Scott Simon talks with Howard Bryant of ESPN.com and ESPN the Magazine about how injuries shape sports.
Britt Allcroft, creator of the beloved children's television series Thomas & Friends to Shining Time Station, has a new DVD for the holidays featuring Mumfie, the animated elephant, and friends. Allcroft talks with host Scott Simon about Mumfie's White Christmas, and what's wonderful about being an oddball.
Ann Cavoukian, privacy commissioner for Ontario, Canada, says the tech industry has the power to make products that protect users' personal information. The trick, she says, is to think about privacy while creating a new app or service, not after.
"Pick me!" That's what Boeing is hearing this week from the Carolinas, Missouri, California and about a dozen other places. They're submitting bids to build Boeing's new 777X airplanes and get thousands of new jobs in the process.