WAER Holiday Specials

Join WAER as we celebrate the holiday season with a diverse and unique holiday schedule.

Friday, December 16 at 9 p.m.

  • A Christmas Celtic Sojourn - A Christmas-themed show that draws on Celtic, Pagan, and Christian traditions to celebrate the music of this season.

Saturday, December 17 at 8 p.m.

  • Tinsel Tales 3 - Extraordinary Christmas stories that transport you to unexpected places. 

Saturday, December 17 at 9 p.m.

  • An Afro Blue Christmas - Holiday concert with Howard University's premiere vocal ensemble Afro Blue, and special guest pianist Cyrus Chestnut. 

Monday, December 19 at 2 p.m.

  • All Songs Considered for the Holidays -  Bob’s had it with the holidays. He storms out of the studio and finds himself taking a Dickensian journey, with visits from some old friends including Carrie Brownstein,

Tuesday, December 20 at 8 p.m.

  • Christmas with Morehouse and Spelman Glee Club - The choirs of Morehouse and Spelman Colleges, two of the most prestigious historically black institutions in the nation get together to present a spine-tingling concert program.

Tuesday, December 20 at 9 p.m.

  • Hanukkah Lights -  A perennial NPR favorite with all new Hanukkah stories

Wednesday, December 21 at 2 p.m.

  • Song Travels; Home for the Holidays - Join Michael Feinstein for an hour of yuletide cheer and music. This edition of Song Travels journeys from Hollywood’s vintage silver screen to New York City’s iconic Birdland club

Thursday, December 22 at 2 p.m.

  • Hollywood Holiday - Join Saturday Cinema host Lynne Warfel for this one-hour musical retrospective of some of Hollywood's most cherished Christmas-themed movies

Thursday, December 22 at 9 p.m.

  • Living On Earth: Hope for the Holidays - The “Living on Earth” holiday special brings together Celtic and African-American tales as well as original stories on the theme of “hope”.

Friday, December 23 at 2 p.m.

  • Joy to the World: Holiday in Pink - The internationally acclaimed “little orchestra" Pink Martini bedecks the airwaves with festive holiday songs from across the globe. From timeless classics to rarely heard gems,

Friday, December 23 at 8 p.m.

  • Jazz Piano Christmas - Join the Kennedy Center and NPR Music for a special family affair at this year's holiday concert that features Chicagoans Willie Pickens.

Saturday, December 24 at 7 p.m.  

  • An Afro Blue Christmas - Holiday concert with Howard University's premiere vocal ensemble Afro Blue, and special guest pianist Cyrus Chestnut. 

 Saturday, December 24 at 8 p.m.

  • Christmas on Jazz Happening Now - Jazz Happening Now host Jeff Hanley will programs an hour of 2016’s best new Christmas jazz. It’s the perfect jazzy soundtrack for your holiday programming.

Saturday, December 24 at 9 p.m.

  • Festivo Alt Latino - NPR Music's Alt.Latino presents the 3rd edition of Festivo Alt.Latino -- a special holiday concert featuring the 20 piece choral ensemble Choral Cantigas. 

Saturday, December 31 at 7 p.m.

  • Innovation Hub; A Wiser, Better You - The end of the year is a time of reflection. What went right? What went wrong? But it’s also when we look ahead at how we can make the next year better than the last. So this holiday season our gift to you is a show on becoming a wiser, better you.

Saturday, December 31 at 8 p.m.

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  • An NPR tradition every New Year's Eve since the 1970s, Toast of the Nation is the perfect audio complement for the occasion. It's festive jazz you can party to, anytime. Spirited, improvised, and swinging, each segment stops in a Blue Note venue throughout the country and the world. 

Sunday, January 1 at 11a.m.

  • If only the Capital Steps had some funny material to work with in 2016.... is something that will never cross your mind when listening to this Year in Review New Years special. Let's not let the election divide us any further. Tune in, and let's unite in laughter!