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Radio Podcasts: This American Life, Fresh Air

For years, popular public radio programs This American Life and Fresh Air have been available only as paid downloads or live streams. This meant that the only practical way to get the programs to an iPod was to pay for a subscription from Audible.

But in the past few months, both programs have made their new shows available as free podcasts -- and they have made it to the Number 1 and 2 spots on the iTunes "Top Podcasts" charts. If you haven't heard these shows, now is the time to start!

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Don't Have Space For a Christmas Tree? Decorate a Pineapple Instead
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Christmas trees aren't for everyone. Some people can't fit a fir inside their cramped abodes, while others are turned off by the expense, or by the idea of bugs hitchhiking their way inside. Fake trees are always an option, but a new trend sweeping Instagram—pineapples as mini-Christmas "trees"—might convince you to forego the forest vibe for a more tropical aesthetic.

As Thrillist reports, the pineapple-as-Christmas-tree idea appears to have originated on Pinterest before it, uh, ripened into a social media sensation. Transforming a pineapple into a Halloween “pumpkin” requires carving and tea lights, but to make the fruit festive for Christmas all one needs are lights, ornaments, swaths of garland, and any other tiny tchotchkes that remind you of the holidays. The final result is a tabletop decoration that's equal parts Blue Hawaii and Miracle on 34th Street.

In need of some decorating inspiration? Check out a variety of “Christmas tree” pineapples below.

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