HOLIDAY PROGRAMMING

Dec 22, 2017

HOLIDAY PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS

WED DEC 20th@ 8PM-9PM Pre-empting Radio Lab

Hanukkah Lights 2017(NPR)

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, the NPR holiday tradition that celebrates the stories of the season.

THURS DEC 21st@ 9PM-10PM Pre-empting Sound of Athens

Sound Opinions 2017 Holiday Spectacular (PRX)

It's time for the 2017 Sound Opinions Holiday Spectacular! Each year, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are joined by holiday music collector Andy Cirzan who shares a mix of rare Christmas records scavenged from dusty record bins around the world.

FRI DEC 22nd@ 1PM-2PM Pre-empting Athens News Matters & With Good Reason

Innovation Hub: Buying for The Holidays(PRI)

Make the holiday season shine brighter for your listeners with creative thinking, fascinating insights and rich history from Innovation Hub! Its latest 1-hour offering, "Buying the Holidays," takes a closer look at three hallmarks of the holidays: going home, eating chocolate, and afternoon shopping.

SAT DEC 23rd @9PM-10PM

Special: Savannah Music Festival Christmas Special (GPB)

Same program but a special Holiday version.

SUN Dec 24th @10AM-12PM Pre-empting On The Media, & Two Way Street.

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols (LIVE) (APM)

Pipedreams host Michael Barone presents this live service of spoken-word and music (choral and organ) 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.

SUN DEC 24th @Noon-1PM Pre-empting Athens News Matters & With Good Reason

Innovation Hub: Buying for The Holidays (PRI)

Make the holiday season shine brighter for your listeners with creative thinking, fascinating insights and rich history from Innovation Hub! Its latest 1-hour offering, "Buying the Holidays," takes a closer look at three hallmarks of the holidays: going home, eating chocolate, and afternoon shopping.

SUN DEC 24th @ 1PM-2PM

Special Edition of Living on Earth – Home for The Holidays 2017(PRI)

Living on Earth celebrates the holiday season with music and stories. "The Earth Is Our Home For the Holidays and Always" features songs and stories from three performers about living on Earth, sharing the planet and universal themes of the season.

SUN DEC 24th @ 2PM-3PM Pre-empting Mountain Stage HR 1

Joy to The World (NPR)

From West Virginia Public Broadcasting and the producers of "Mountain Stage w/ Larry Groce"- pianist Bob Thompson's "Joy to the World" celebrates the season with jazz arrangements of holiday favorites new and old, featuring special guest vocalist Meredith Dean Augustin. 

SUN DEC 24th @ 3PM-4PM Pre-empting Mountain Stage HR 2

Big Tiny Desk Holiday Special (NPR)

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.

SUN DEC 24th @ 4PM-5PM Pre-empting African Perspectives

Christmas with Morehouse & Spelman Glee Clubs (NPR)

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.

SUN DEC 24th @ 6PM-7PM Pre-empting This American Life

Tinsel Tales 4(NPR)

In keeping with a well-loved NPR holiday tradition, hear the fourth collection of extraordinary Christmas stories that will transport you to unexpected places. NPR's past and present tell stories of the season in this hour-long special. Some tales are funny; some are touching; some are insightful or irreverent or nostalgic or surprising. You might recognize them from our broadcast archives — or you might fall in love with them for the first time. Hosted by Lynn Neary.

SUN DEC 24th @ 7PM

The Moth Holiday Special(PRX)

In this special December holiday hour, stories about celebration, differing traditions, and family. A mother and son do their best to keep the gifting spirit alive, a daughter tries to fulfill her mother’s wish for a Trinidadian feast, and a man waits and waits for the perfect moment to kiss a date. Those and more stories in this episode.

SUN DEC 24th @ 10PM Pre-empting Thistle & Shamrock

A Grand Mercer Christmas (GPB)

Recorded in Macon’s Grand Opera House, the program features students and faculty from Mercer’s Townsend School of Music and its internationally renowned Robert McDuffie Center for Strings.

SUN DEC 24th @ 11PM

Green Island Christmas Special (GPB)

A special holiday edition of the show, featuring Celtic and Irish takes on traditional holiday songs.

MON DEC 25th @ 9AM-10AM Pre-empting On Second Thought

The Moth Holiday Special (PRX)

In this special December holiday hour, stories about celebration, differing traditions, and family. A mother and son do their best to keep the gifting spirit alive, a daughter tries to fulfill her mother’s wish for a Trinidadian feast, and a man waits and waits for the perfect moment to kiss a date. Those and more stories in this episode.

MON DEC 25th @ 8PM-9PM Pre-empting To The Best of Our Knowledge

All Songs Considered for The Holidays (NPR)

New for 2017. 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.

MON DEC 25th @ 9PM-10PM Pre-empting The Rotation

Big Tiny Desk Holiday Special (NPR)

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.

MON DEC 25th @ 10PM-Midnight Pre-empting Chicago Symphony

Handel’s Messiah w/ The PSO(PRI)

Handel's much adored oratorio, Messiah, returns to Heinz Hall! Led by Music Director Manfred Honeck and featuring a cast of guest vocalists and the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, this work is a religious story of hope, inspiration and timeless expression.

TUES DEC 26th @ 9PM-10PM

Savannah Music Festival Christmas Special (GPB)

Same program but a special Holiday episode.

THURS DEC 28th @ 9PM-10PM Pre-empting Sound of Athens

Special: A Season’s Griot 2017(PRI)

A Season's Griot is public radio's only nationally syndicated Kwanzaa program. Hosted for 22 years by acclaimed storyteller Madafo Lloyd Wilson, this annual one-hour special captures the tales and traditions of African American and African peoples.

FRI DEC 29th @ 1PM-2PM Pre-empting Athens News Matters & With Good Reason.

Brains On! Special: Tick Tock The Circadian Clock(APM)

Brains On!, the public radio science show for kids and curious adults, explores the fascinating science behind circadian rhythms. Host Molly Blooms delves into how humans have a ticking clock inside them, looks at what happens to hibernating animals and explores how all life is affected by light and dark.

SUN DEC 31st @ 12PM-1PM Pre-empting Athens News Matters & With Good Reason.

Brains On! Special: Tick Tock The Circadian Clock

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SUN DEC 31st @ 2PM-4PM

Mountain Stage Special: Encore of 2012 Live Event in Athens!

SUN DEC 31st @ 4PM-5PM Pre-empting African Perspectives

Special: A Season’s Griot 2017(PRI)

A Season's Griot is public radio's only nationally syndicated Kwanzaa program. Hosted for 22 years by acclaimed storyteller Madafo Lloyd Wilson, this annual one-hour special captures the tales and traditions of African American and African peoples.

SUN DEC 31st @ 10PM-4AM Pre-empting Thistle and Shamrock, Green Island, Classical 24 and one hour of BBC.

Toast of the Nation (NPR)

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, all night long. Spirited, improvised, and swinging, each segment stops in a special venue, throughout the country.

MON. JAN 1st @ 9AM-10AM Pre-empting On Second Thought

Best of Third Coast Festival (PRX)

Third Coast Festival is back with our annual Best of the Best broadcast featuring the winners of our 2017 documentary competition. In this two-part special, host Gwen Macsai presents the top radio and podcast stories of the year!

MON. JAN 1st @ 11AM-1PM Pre-empting Hour Two of Performance Today and Fresh Air

New Year’s Day 2018, Live From Vienna (NPR)

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.

THURS JAN 4th @ 9PM-10PM Pre-empting Sound of Athens

Sound Opinions Best Albums of 2017(PRX)

2017 has been full of highly anticipated releases and unexpected gems from relatively unknown artists. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot reveal their lists of the Best Albums of 2017.