Special Holiday Programming

Friday December 15th at 2pm- Happy)ish) Holiday from Terrible Thanks for Asking:

Two days after Nora McInerny's husband Aaron died, she celebrated Thanksgiving with her family. Well...maybe not "celebrated". Actually, why would you do that? Try to be normal when clearly everything isn't? But every year, millions of people do the same thing during the holidays. This new special will feature conversations with Lucy Kalinithi and Amber Tozer, and some of the women of the Hot Young Widows Club on the challenges of dealing with trauma and loss during this sensitive season. Plus, stories of people's worst holidays ever. That's for real. Worst. Ever. 

Friday December 15th at 7pm- The Big Tiny Desk Holiday Concert:

Celebrate the season with amazing holiday performances from The Tiny Desk Concert Series including Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Steve Martin, Hanson, The Polyphonic Spree and More! Hosted by NPR Music frenemies Bob Boilen and Stephen Thompson.

Saturday December 16th at 8pm- Hollywood Holiday

Saturday Cinema host Lynne Warfel presents an hour-long musical retrospective of some of Hollywood's most cherished Christmas-themed movies.

Monday December 18th at 2pm- Tinsel Tales 4

For many of us, Christmas is about family and traditions. For others it's a stressful or even sad time. No matter how good or bad your holiday is, it's quite likely to include music. This year, Tinsel Tales includes stories of the season told thru music with interview from the NPR Archives. Kenny Rogers, Katie Melua, Sting, Amy Grant, and Jon Batiste talk about the power of music at Christmas, Hosted by Lynn Neary.

Monday December 18th at 7pm- Holiday Mashup

You can’t be tired of Christmas music already. We’ve still got a ways to go. Maybe all you need are some fresh new arrangements. Maybe what you need is a fresh look at the old favorites. There are two composers featured on this special episode of Wind & Rhythm and to say that they “think different” is an understatement. But, it has been very successful for both of them.

Tuesday December 19th at 2pm- The Hilarious World of Depression Holiday Spectacular

Host John Moe presents an hour of fun, unusual, and intriguing ways for people with depression to get through the holiday season. With family visits, consumer demands, brutal weather, dark skies, and other factors, this time of year tries a depressive's nerves the most, especially when they're constantly being told how wonderful things are and how happy they should be.

Enjoy entertaining, moving, useful, and, yes, hilarious stories from celebrity guests and listeners about the unusual tips and tricks they use to get through the holidays

Wednesday December 20th at 7pm- Hanukkah Lights

A perennial NPR favorite with all new Hanukkah stories, hosted by Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz. There are menorahs, miracles and mitzvahs on Hanukkah Lights, this NPR holiday tradition that celebrates the stories of the season.

Wednesday December 20th at 8pm- Candles Burning Brightly

Mindy Ratner hosts a new edition of this holiday favorite, in celebration of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. "Candles Burning Brightly" explores Chanukah foods and traditional activities - and plenty of music.

Thursday December 21st at 7pm- All Songs Considered Holiday Special

Kacey Musgraves, Conor Oberst and more special guests join All Songs hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton on a steam engine to the North Pole.

Thursday December 21st at 8pm- Jazz Piano Christmas

Join the Kennedy Center and NPR Music for a special Mardi Gras themed holiday concert hosted by Felix Contreras, highlighting the favorite seasonal music of four acclaimed performers. Winner of the Kennedy Center's Mary Lou Williams Jazz Piano Competition Helen Sung and 2018 NEA Jazz Master Joanne Brackeen return to the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater, along with Brazilian virtuoso Abelita Mateus and Cajun blues master Marcia Ball.

Friday December 22nd at 2pm- Innovation Hub- Buying the Holidays

As 2017 comes to a close, we're taking a closer look at some of the hallmarks of our holidays. And since home is where the heart is, we visit Levittown, NY, the birthplace of the suburbs, where homeownership was made possible for (at least) some Americans.  Then, you'll probably eat a Hershey's Kiss this Christmas. So how did one man bring chocolate to the U.S.?

Plus, our main streets have been slowly losing their retail stores for decades. We find out why and what's replacing them.

Saturday December 23rd at 6pm- Festivo Alt Latino

NPR Music’s Alt.Latino presents an encore presentation featuring songwriter/performer Gaby Moreno and her band performing tracks from her popular holiday album Posada - recorded live at the KUT studios in Austin, Texas. She was joined by special guests Gina Chavez and Chicano Zen bandleader and record producer Michael Ramos.

Saturday December 23rd at 7pm- Carols and Cheer

Host Scott Blankenship joins forces with Matthew Culloton, artistic director of The Singers, to review their favorite carols this holiday season. From holiday classics to contemporary hits, audiences will love singing along as the two share their top picks for the Christmas season, performed by today's leading artists and ensembles.

Saturday December 23rd at 8pm- Weclome Christmas!

New for 2017, "Welcome Christmas!" is a perennial Christmas favorite from VocalEssence, one of the world's premier choral ensembles. Join host John Birge for an hour of traditional carols and new discoveries, including the world premiere of two carols from the annual Christmas Carol Contest.