The Gist: Judith Owen and Harry Shearer on Christmas, and Clarence Page.

The War on Boring Christmas Songs With Judith Owen and Harry Shearer

The War on Boring Christmas Songs With Judith Owen and Harry Shearer

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Dec. 5 2014 7:17 PM

Tap the Holiday Spirit

Learn how some combination of baby Jesus and Spinal Tap brought Judith Owen and Harry Shearer together.

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Does this Chirstmas tree make me look fat?

Photo illustration by Slate. Photo courtesy of Judith Owen and Harry Shearer.

Listen to Episode 150 of Slate’s The Gist:

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Clarence Page is knowledgeable, reasonable, and nice, which makes you wonder how does this guy have a job in opinion journalism? On The Gist, we’ll speak with Page about the current state of race relations and media today, explored in his essay collection Culture Worrier. Plus, Judith Owen and Harry Shearer tell us about the war on wars on Christmas being waged in their show A Christmas Without Tears. Their new single is Christmas With the Devil. For the Spiel, a belated antentwig and the naming of our newest Lobstar.

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.