Sunday Playlist: Holiday stories and royal messages
The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, New York City.
December 23rd, 2012
06:00 AM ET

Sunday Playlist: Holiday stories and royal messages

By Chip Grabow and Dan Szematowicz, CNN

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(CNN) - Welcome to the Sunday Playlist, sounds and stories we've discovered from other audio producers and that we want to share with our listeners.

This week's Sunday Playlist, the best Christmas and Hanukkah stories from around the web.

But first, a look back at some of the more thoughtful pieces centered on last week's horrific shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

The killings tore an emotional gash through the nation's psyche, and sparked new conversations on issues like gun control and mental health.

Here are a few selections that rise above the rhetoric, and get you thinking about our humanity, our culture, and the way we're wired: