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Memorable stories of 2006

Posted at 9:59 AM on December 27, 2006 by Bill Wareham

The death of a former president or the surprise newspaper sale notwithstanding, the week between Christmas and New Years tends to be a slow time in the news business, a period when lots of your regular newsmakers and reporters take time off. But there's still an audience out there, so we've got to put something on the air designed to enlighten, maybe even entertain.

We've struggled at that over the years, tried the traditional year-end fare - the look back at the top news stories of the previous 365 days and/or the look ahead at the coming year. Personally, those stories usually leave me unsatisfied.

Then a couple of years ago online editor Bob Collins came up with the idea of showcasing our most "memorable" stories. There's a beautiful simplicity to this notion. You see, some of the best stuff we produce isn't the "big" news, it's the little, human moments reporters and producers capture during the year. And because they stand first as stories, not news, they don't sound dated in the retelling.

We've captured them online here, and are replaying several of them during the week on Morning Edition and All Things Considered. It's worth a trip to the web site to read why each contributor thought their piece was memorable.