WHYY-FM Special Holiday Programming

WHYY-FM brings you a full schedule of spirited holiday programming. Celebrate the season with new and encore Hanukkah, Solstice, Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Years' radio programming.


Hanukkah


Hanukkah Lights 2012

Monday, December 10 at 10 PM — 11 PM

A perennial NPR favorite, Hanukkah Lights features Hanukkah stories and memoirs written by acclaimed authors expressly for the show, as read by NPR's Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.


Candles Burning Brightly

Wednesday, December 12 at 11 PM — Midnight

More than two thousand years ago, in the days of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, the religious life of the Jews was brought almost to a halt by the ancient Greeks. But rather than give in to the pressure to assimilate, a band of Jews who practiced their faith in secret returned to their holy city and rededicated the Temple. Their courageous act and its aftermath form the focus of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. Mindy Ratner and Bill Morelock offer a program which explores the customs and music of the holiday.


Chanukah in Story and Song

Thursday, December 13 at 11 PM — Midnight

This hour-long Chanukah favorite returns: A celebration by The Western Wind performing Ladino songs of Spanish Jews, Yiddish melodies of Eastern Europe and modern Israeli tunes.



Solstice


A Paul Winter Solstice Concert

Friday, December 21 from 10 PM — Midnight

Once again on the darkest night of the year, NPR Music presents the illuminating tradition From New York's Cathedral of St. John the Divine: the 32nd annual Paul Winter Solstice Celebration, featuring gospel singer Theresa Thomason, Mbira Master Chris Berry and The Paul Winter Consort with Paul McCandless, Eugene Friesen, Paul Sullivan, Eliot Wadopian, Jamey Haddad, Tim Brumfield and the glorious Cathedral Pipe Organ.



Christmas


Tinsel Tales: NPR Christmas Favorites

Sunday, December 23 at Noon — 1 PM

This program features stories from the NPR archives that touch on the meaning of Christmas. Hosted by Lynn Neary. Featured stories include Dad 'n' Sam (Jay Allison), Homeless Christmas (Lee Stringer), Christmas Morning, 1949 (Sylvia Seymour/Paul Auster), Low-Glamour Christmas Party (Bailey White), Doing it in the Closet (John McIlwraith), Christopher (Jay O'Callahan), Ode to Christmas (Chuck Kramer), Santaland Diaries (David Sedaris), Modern Day Joseph and Mary (Scott Simon), and John Henry Faulk's Christmas Story (John Henry Faulk).


WHYY's Certain Poor Shepherds

Sunday, December 23 at 10 PM — 11 PM

WHYY's annual Christmas play, written by Chris Satullo, with many familiar WHYY voices in various roles, returns this holiday season. A young woman's friendship with an odd vagrant leads to adventures and lessons.


A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Monday, December 24 at 10 AM — 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

Monday, December 24 at Noon — 1 PM

This program features stories from the NPR archives that touch on the meaning of Christmas. Hosted by Lynn Neary. Featured stories include Dad 'n' Sam (Jay Allison), Homeless Christmas (Lee Stringer), Christmas Morning, 1949 (Sylvia Seymour/Paul Auster), Low-Glamour Christmas Party (Bailey White), Doing it in the Closet (John McIlwraith), Christopher (Jay O'Callahan), Ode to Christmas (Chuck Kramer), Santaland Diaries (David Sedaris), Modern Day Joseph and Mary (Scott Simon), and John Henry Faulk's Christmas Story (John Henry Faulk).


WHYY's Certain Poor Shepherds

Monday, December 24 at 1 PM — 2 PM

WHYY's annual Christmas play, written by Chris Satullo, with many familiar WHYY voices in various roles, returns this holiday season. A young woman's friendship with an odd vagrant leads to adventures and lessons.


A Choral Christmas with Stile Antico

Monday, December 24 at 10 PM — 11 PM

Celebrate Christmas with the sound of soaring voices. Stile Antico, the award-winning choir from London, pays a visit to St. Paul's Church on Harvard Square for a concert of radiant sacred music for the Christmas season by the most acclaimed composers of the renaissance. Hear the group's luminous blend of voices sing the intricately woven music of Thomas Tallis and William Byrd. Hosted by Cathy Fuller of WGBH.


The Story of Christmas: A Pageant from Washington National Cathedral

Monday, December 24 at 11 PM — Midnight

This year's annual special Christmas broadcast from the Washington National Cathedral with the Cathedral Girls' Choir brings a unique performance of Benjamin Britten's much-loved Ceremony of Carols, marking 70 years from its first performance in England in 1942. Often performed by boys and harp, its first performance was in London with women's voices and the celebrated Welsh harpist Osian Ellis. The girls are joined by young actors from Princeton Day School in Princeton, NJ, who present the biblical narrative in their own words and commentary.


Jonathan Winters' A Christmas Carol

Tuesday, December 25 at Noon — 1 PM

An updated version of a public radio tradition hosted by NPR's Susan Stamberg. Master comedian Jonathan Winters presents a distinctive reading of Dickens' holiday classic, with a special performing edition prepared by Dickens for his own presentations. Also featuring Mimi Kennedy. From NPR and KCRW.


Tinsel Tales 2

Tuesday, December 25 at 1 PM — 2 PM

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.

Featured stories include: Santa Claus, Private Eye (Duck's Breath Mystery Theatre of San Francisco), Pass The Fois Gras: Christmas Menu Hard To Digest (Firoozeh Dumas), A 'Silent Night' That Brought Healing (Steve Banko), The Christmas Club (Bill Harley), All I Wanted For Christmas (NPR staffers), Christmas Gift Records (The Ban-Smo Label), The Night Before Christmas, Latin Style (Read by NPR's Claudio Sanchez), The Designated Celebrator (Melinda Shoaf), Christmas Truce (Historian Douglas Brinkley), Wolf Christmas (Daniel Pinkwater).


WHYY's Certain Poor Shepherds

Tuesday, December 25 at 6 PM — 7 PM

WHYY's annual Christmas play, written by Chris Satullo, with many familiar WHYY voices in various roles, returns this holiday season. A young woman's friendship with an odd vagrant leads to adventures and lessons.


The Great American Songbook: Holiday Special 2012

Tuesday, December 25 at 9 PM — 10 PM

What makes a song last? Join host Philip Furia for an enduring body of holiday songs, performed generation after generation by musicians and singers in styles that range from jazz to blues, rock to country. Hear the stories behind the songs, and hear familiar artists singing them. The program shows how the Great American Songbook came into being during the first half of the 20th-century through the interplay of the sheet-music publishing industry known as "Tin Pan Alley," the Broadway musical, the emergence of radio in the 1920s, the advent of sound movies, the creation of a jazz repertoire, and developments in the recording industry.


Festivo Alt.Latino

Tuesday, December 25 at 10 PM — Midnight

Latin American holiday traditions often reflect both indigenous and European roots with distinct characteristics that are often only similar in the language used. NPR Music's Alt.Latino hosts Felix Contreras and Jasmine Garsd take us on a Latin American holiday travelogue through the eyes and ears of four very different Latin Alternative musicians who put aside their contemporary sounds and go back to their musical and cultural roots. Latin Alternative music is at its core a cultural hybrid of tradition mixed with genres like hip hop, rock, punk and electronic dance music. Contreras and Garsd have assembled a sampling of some of the genre's most creative minds to share holiday music from four very rich Latin American cultures.



Kwanzaa


A Season's Griot 2012

Tuesday, December 25 from 11 PM — Midnight

An hour-long Kwanzaa celebration in story and song, again hosted by Madafo Lloyd Wilson. This year's program features youth as the special guest griots, reading their own original and traditional stories. Familiar and favorite elements of Griot will also be in place with plenty of music, and an original composition by the show's poet laureate, Beverly Fields Burnette.



New Year's


Toast of the Nation

Monday, December 31 from 10 PM — 4 AM

An NPR tradition every New Year's Eve since the 1970s, Toast of the Nation is perfect for the occasion. It's jazz that you can party to, all night from coast to coast, with countdowns to midnight in all four continental time zones. Spirited, improvised, grooving and swinging, each segment is a stop in a sequence of celebrations and contributing something new to the musical feast. WBGO's Rhonda Hamilton anchors the show. Headliner Wynton Marsalis rings in 2013 Eastern Time playing the music of Louis Armstrong's Hot Fives & Sevens, live from Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, presented by Jazz at Lincoln Center.