Holiday

Join 88.9 WEKU and Classic 102.1 for great holiday programming, continuing through Jan. 1.  See below for a full schedule and descriptions.

WEKU Holiday Special Programs:
(Printable Schedule at the bottom of the page)

Nov. 18

7pm - Latitudes: Global Buffet
A documentary in which we’ll find out why on the same planet a billion people are hungry, and more than a billion people are overweight. We’ll look at how food can cause conflicts, and also be a source of healing. And we’ll explore the future of food—from new models of production, to using sound to change how food tastes.

Nov. 22

10am - America's Test Kitchen Thanksgiving Special
This time on America’s Test Kitchen, we travel to the Topsfield fair for the annual giant pumpkin contest to meet the man who grew the world’s first one-ton pumpkin. We’ll be tasting turkey to find out which brands of bird are best, and we’ll travel back in time to discover how to bard a turkey. Then we’ll head into the test kitchen to learn how to make fluffy mashed potatoes. And of course, we’ll be taking your calls to answer all of your cooking questions.

11am - The Splendid Table's Turkey Confidential
Help is on the way for Thanksgiving cooks, kitchen helpers and dinner guests on this, the biggest cooking day of the year. Lynne Rossetto Kasper, award-winning host of public radio's national food show The Splendid Table®, will be available to answer listener questions throughout the live, two-hour program.

3pm - Giving Thanks
With music and stories for Thanksgiving, host John Birge creates a thoughtful, contemporary reflection on the meaning of the holiday. This year, a grateful tribute to the great writer Nora Ephron, with a warm and funny highlight of her Giving Thanks visit last year.

8pm - Performance Today Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving selections from great orchestras around the country.

Nov. 25

7pm - The Promised Land
From turkey and stuffing to figgy pudding, latkes to black-eyed peas, the holiday season seems to revolve around food. And this fall The Promised Land — public radio's Peabody Award-winning series about vision and leadership — takes an unexpected tack on the subject.

8pm - Giving Thanks
With music and stories for Thanksgiving, host John Birge creates a thoughtful, contemporary reflection on the meaning of the holiday. This year, a grateful tribute to the great writer Nora Ephron, with a warm and funny highlight of her Giving Thanks visit last year.

Dec. 2

7pm - Advent Voices
Advent is a time of quiet contemplation and waiting. It's waiting for darkness to become light and for hopes to be realized. Throughout the centuries Advent has been observed musically in sacred and secular ways. Join Lynne Warfel for an hour of the most beautiful vocal music inspired by and written for Advent.

Dec. 8

3pm - Hanukkah Lights
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.

Dec. 9

7pm - Chanukah in Story and Song
This hour-long Chanukah favorite returns: A celebration by The Western Wind performing Latino songs of Spanish Jews, Yiddish melodies of Eastern Europe and modern Israeli tunes.

Dec. 15

3pm - Candles Burning Brightly
Brought to you by Leather Incorporated
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.

Dec. 16

7pm - All Songs Considered for the Holidays
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It's the fourth edition of the not so new, wonky holiday tradition from NPR Music. Host Bob Boilen and friends trade holiday cheer and snarky barbs while bringing you the best holiday songs from new and emerging breakout bands. This show is filled with fun and fresh renditions of great holiday music.

Dec. 21

7pm - Festivo Alt Latino
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.

10pm - Jazz Piano Christmas XXIII
NPR Music brings you another great concert from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. NEA Jazz Master Ellis Marsalis, Jason Moran, Geri Allen, and Taylor Eigsti, and other artists perform their favorite holiday songs.

Dec. 22

3pm - All Songs Considered for the Holidays
Brought to you by Leather Incorporated
It's the fourth edition of the not so new, wonky holiday tradition from NPR Music. Host Bob Boilen and friends trade holiday cheer and snarky barbs while bringing you the best holiday songs from new and emerging breakout bands. This show is filled with fun and fresh renditions of great holiday music.

8pm - Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour Christmas
Special holiday presentation of Woodsongs with Michael Johnathon.

9pm - Red Barn Radio Christmas
Holiday favorites from Red Barn Radio.

Dec. 23

7pm - Christmas with Morehouse and Spelman Glee Clubs
One of the great holiday traditions in America, 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. This encore presentation features the best works of the last several years. It's a joyous celebration of the schools' tradition of singing excellence, with their trademark mixture of spirituals and carols. Korva Coleman hosts.

Dec. 24

7pm - Handel's Messiah from The Lexington Philharmonic
Join the Lexington Philharmonic for their performance of Handel's Messiah

8pm - Christmas Eve with Performance Today
Special Christmas Eve edition of Performance Today with Fred Child.

Dec. 25

10am - A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
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.

1pm - Jonathon Winters' A Christmas Carol
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.

2pm - Tinsel Tales: NPR Christmas Favorites
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.

3pm - Tinsel Tales 2
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.

8pm - A Performance Today Christmas
Fred Child hosts a special Christmas edition of Performance Today.

Dec. 28

7pm - A Season's Griot (repeats Dec. 29 - 3pm)
Brought to you by Kentucky Humanities Council
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.

Dec. 30

7pm - A Paul Winter Solstice Concert
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.

Dec. 31

8pm - Capitol Steps
They put the "mock" in democracy. Join Capitol Steps for a hilarious holiday special.

9pm - 5am - Toast of the Nation
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. Our 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.

Jan. 1

3pm - Capitol Steps
They put the "mock" in democracy. Join Capitol Steps for a hilarious holiday special.
 

Classic 102.1 Holiday Special Programs
(Printable Schedule at the bottom of the page)

Nov. 22

10am - Giving Thanks
With music and stories for Thanksgiving, host John Birge creates a thoughtful, contemporary reflection on the meaning of the holiday. This year, a grateful tribute to the great writer Nora Ephron, with a warm and funny highlight of her Giving Thanks visit last year.

12pm - Thanksgiving with the Cantus Ensemble
Alison Young is joined by Cantus, one of America's best all-male ensembles, for singing and storytelling about gratitude and what it is to be thankful.

1pm - A Feast for the Ears
A Feast for the Ears celebrates Thanksgiving with music that sets the atmosphere and reflections that provide deeper meaning to the holiday.

Nov. 23

8pm - Thanksgiving wth the Cantus Ensemble
Alison Young is joined by Cantus, one of America's best all-male ensembles, for singing and storytelling about gratitude and what it is to be thankful.

Nov. 24

12pm - The Gathering
At Thanksgiving, as we in the United States gather to celebrate the "first" ceremonial sharing between Native Peoples and the arriving European Peoples, is a good time to hear another telling of this Story; an update, so to speak. To imagine a different kind of Thanksgiving Gathering--another way to begin making a nation together. This program first broadcast on PRI as a Thanksgiving special

Dec. 14

12pm - The Great American Songbook
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.

Dec. 15

8pm - A Jazz Classics Christmas 1

Dec. 21

12pm - Roll Credits: A Hollywood Holiday
During the holidays we unpack, dust off and polish up countless traditions. Some are surrounded by festive foods, others involve preparing and decorating for family, friends and homecomings. Many of these special times include classic movies that take us back to wonderful Christmases past. Lynne Warfel shares music that made great films from "A Christmas Carol" to "Polar Express" come alive with the warmth and sparkle of the season.

8pm - Handel's Messiah from Lexington Christ Church Cathedral
Join Lexington Christ Church Cathedral for a special performance of Handel's Messiah.

Dec. 22

12pm - Handel's Messiah: The Christmas Portion
In 1742, exactly 270 years ago, the first performances of Handel's Messiah were heard in Dublin. Each year the Dallas Bach Society offers exceptional performances of this landmark work of Western music in the Meyerson Hall in Dallas, arguably one of the finest concert halls in the world. This Messiah is historically informed in all the best senses: compact performing forces; period instruments; and generously expressive singing and playing. This PRI program brings listeners the Christmas portion of Messiah along with the triumphant Hallelujah Chorus.

8pm - A Jazz Classics Christmas 2

9pm - Jazz Piano Christmas XXIII
NPR Music brings you another great concert from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. NEA Jazz Master Ellis Marsalis, Jason Moran, Geri Allen, and Taylor Eigsti, and other artists perform their favorite holiday songs.

Dec. 24

10am - A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
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.

12pm - A Christmas Celtic Sojourn
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of sold-out concerts around New England, A Christmas Celtic Sojourn host Brian O'Donovan has assembled some of the best musicians, singers, and dancers imaginable from around the Celtic world, and beyond! This year's live show is again led by music director Seamus Egan, leading his groundbreaking group Solas, along with harpist Catriona McKay, fiddlers Chris Stout and Winifred Horan on fiddle and cellist Natalie Haas. Singers include Chieftains vocalist Alyth McCormack from Scotland, the four-part harmonies of Navan, and the great vocals of Mick McAuley and Eamonn McElholm.

3pm - Handel's Messiah from Boston
No holiday season is complete without Handel's stunning oratorio, and one of Boston's most cherished holiday traditions: Music Director Harry Christophers leads the Handel & Haydn Society Period Instrument Orchestra, Chorus, and internationally-acclaimed soloists in Handel's complete dramatic masterwork, in the acoustic splendor of Boston's Symphony Hall. Canadian superstars soprano Karina Gauvin and countertenor Daniel Taylor, British tenor extraordinaire James Gilchrist, and Boston's own premier baritone Sumner Thompson offer this season's unique rendition of this Boston tradition, hosted by longtime Boston broadcast voice Ron Della Chiesa.

8pm - A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
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.

Dec. 25

10am - Messiah from The Lexington Philharmonic
Join the Lexington Philharmonic for their performance of Handel's Messiah.

12pm - Christmas with Bill McGlaughlin
Holiday selections from Exploring Music host, Bill McGlaughlin.

1pm - A Chanticleer Christmas
A Chanticleer Christmas is American Public Media's one-hour celebration of the season as told through the glorious voices of Chanticleer, the 12-voice San Francisco-based men's choir. The program spans the globe and the centuries — from England in the 1300s to new arrangements of classic and contemporary carols.

2pm - Welcome Christmas
Bring a Torch! This year's program puts the focus on old French carols, alongside two world premieres in the annual VocalEssence/American Composers Forum Christmas carol contest. The new carols call for the intriguing combination of men's chorus with English horn.

3pm - St. Olaf Christmas Festival
A service in song and word that has become one of the nation's most cherished holiday celebrations. Tickets to the event, which takes place at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, are always gone months in advance. The festival includes hymns, carols, choral works, and orchestral selections celebrating the Nativity and featuring more than 500 student musicians who are members of five choirs and the St. Olaf Orchestra.

7pm - Echoes of Christmas
Moving selections of choral classics celebrating Christmas. The Dale Warland Singers provided magical performances to listeners across the country for over 30 years and were acclaimed as America's premiere choir. Their signature holiday concert—beloved by public radio listeners nationwide—was the annual Echoes of Christmas program. Drawing upon the archive of their live performances, Dale Warland and host Brian Newhouse create a very special Christmas musical treat.

8pm - A Chanticleer Christmas
A Chanticleer Christmas is a celebration of the season as told through the glorious voices of Chanticleer, the 12-voice San Francisco-based men's choir. The program spans the globe and the centuries — from England in the 1300s to new arrangements of classic and contemporary carols.

9pm - A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
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.

Dec. 28

8pm - The Story of Christmas: A Pageant from Washington National Cathedral
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.

Dec. 29

12pm - A Traditional Lessons and Carols from Dallas
The Dallas Christmas Lessons & Carols has emerged as one of the most distinctive holiday events in Texas. Taking its British forebear as a starting point, it has made the rhythm of the familiar service its own in both song and text. The artistic director, Scott Dettra, is widely regarded as one of the finest concert organists of his generation, whose career has taken him from major appointments in Philadelphia and Washington, where he was associate director at National Cathedral.

Dec. 31

8pm - A Paul Winter Solstice Concert
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.

Jan. 1

11am - New Year's Day from Vienna
The Vienna Philharmonic presents its ever popular annual New Year's Day concert from the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna. You'll hear your favorite waltzes, polkas and more -- a festive way to start off the New Year. Presented by NPR Music and WGBH, Boston.

3pm - Boston Baroque Gala First Day Concert
Why should Vienna have all the fun? Cathy Fuller is on hand to bring you a grand new Boston tradition to celebrate the New Year in style. Martin Pearlman conducts Boston Baroque's period-instrument orchestra in concertos by Corelli and Telemann, and La serva padrona, Giovanni Pergolesi's hilarious tale of an old guy and his young mistress that revolutionized the opera world. Cathy Fuller hosts, live from Sanders Theatre in Harvard Square.