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Chanukah Lights 2011

Tuesday, December 20 at 10pm - 11pm

A perennial NPR favorite for nearly two decades, acclaimed authors explore Hanukkah stories written expressly for Hanukkah Lights. Hosted by NPR's Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.

Chanukah in Story and Song

Wednesday, December 21 at 10pm - 11pm

A returning one-hour Chanukah favorite, a celebration by The Western Wind performing Ladino songs of Spanish Jews, Yiddish melodies of Eastern Europe and modern Israeli tunes.


A Paul Winter Solstice Concert

Thursday, December 22 at 10pm - midnight

Paul Winter's Solstice has been one of New York's and NPR's most popular holiday programs. Winter, the six-time Grammy-winning saxophonist, once again brings his ensemble and special guests to NPR in a performance from the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, celebrating the Winter Solstice and the longest night of the year. Joining this year: Armenian vocalist/percussionist Arto TunaSboyaciyan, gospel singer Theresa Thomason, and the drummers of Forces of Nature Dance Theatre.


A Whiteout Christmas

Friday, December 23 at 8pm - 9pm
Saturday, December 24 at 1pm - 2pm
Sunday, December 25 at 4pm - 5pm

Chris Satullo's (WHYY's Vice President of News and Civic Dialogue) holiday tradition continues with the audio play "Whiteout Christmas." This year focuses on a big wedding ill-advisedly held on a snowy Christmas weekend last year.

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Saturday, December 24 at 10am - noon

Hosted by Michael Barone, this is a live stereo music and spoken-word broadcast from the chapel of King's College in Cambridge, England. The 30-voice King's College Choir performs the legendary Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols service of Biblical readings and music.

Tinsel Tales: NPR Christmas Favorites

Saturday, December 24 at 2pm - 3pm and 9pm - 10pm

This program features stories from the NPR archives that touch on the meaning of Christmas. David Sedaris, Bailey White, John Henry Faulk -- these and other NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season. Hosted by Lynn Neary.

Tinsel Tales 2: NPR Christmas Favorites

Saturday, December 24 at 3pm - 4pm and 10pm - 11pm

NPR fills millions of homes each holiday with humor, warmth, and a host of festive voices. Continuing with the tradition of the first Tinsel Tales program, this is another collection of the best and most requested holiday stories. Joy, hope, and childhood memories overflow as NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season. Hosted by Lynn Neary.

Lessons and Carols from Washington National Cathedral

Saturday, December 24 at 11pm - midnight

Lesson & Carols from Washington National Cathedral is an annual special broadcast from the Cathedral with the Cathedral choirs and Cathedral Choral society, the Bishop of Washington, Dean and canons of the Cathedral.


Season's Griot 2011

Monday, December 26 at 11pm - midnight

A Season's Griot 2011 -- One-hour Kwanzaa celebration in story and song.

New Year's

A Prairie Home Companion's Hawaiian New Year's Eve, with Garrison Keillor

Saturday, December 31 at 10pm - 1am

Garrison Keillor hosts a three hour broadcast from Hawaii, with actors - Sue Scott, Tim Russell, Fred Newman - and Erica Rhodes; Rich Dworsky and the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band; Heather Masse, plus special guest performers, including slack key guitar and ukulele master, Led Kaapana. The broadcast will include - Guy Noir, Lives of the Cowboys and The News from Lake Wobegon. "New Year's Eve is supposed to be lighthearted, optimistic, even joyful, and for our listeners across America and overseas, Hawaii represents those things. Yes, I suppose it is a cliche, but it's a happy cliche, and it means that when we Statesiders get off a plane in Honolulu in that marvelous open-air airport and smell the sea breeze and the flowers, we feel an instant buoyancy. New Year's Eve tends to be a disappointing night, too much alcohol in crowded rooms with loud people. I can imagine someone sitting on a farm in Minnesota on December 31st and hearing soft-voiced Hawaiian singers and slack-key guitars and smelling the flowers and imagining beautiful people and deciding that 2012 may be a happy year after all." - Garrison Keillor