Sunday, Dec. 9th
10pm Hanukkah Lights 2012
A perennial NPR favorite, Hanukkah Lights features stories and memoirs written by acclaimed authors expressly for the show, as read by Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.
Tuesday, Dec. 18th
7pm Air Play – Happy Holidays
WMRA’s own presentation of local classical performances will celebrate with a special mix of holiday music from around the region.
Friday, Dec. 21st
12pm 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 and other NPR voices, past and present.
Saturday, Dec. 22nd
12pm Acoustic Café –Home for the Holidays
Tina Owens presents some of the best holiday music from our area and the Acoustic Café library.
1pm A Paul Winter Solstice Concert
The towering walls of the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine reverberate with sounds of celebration in this NPR holiday tradition. Paul Winter welcomes gospel singer Theresa Thomason, multi-instrumentalist/singer Arto Tunçboyaciyan, double reed wizard Paul McCandless, and the Paul Winter Consort in live performances from their recent Grammy-winning album MIHO and their timeless solstice songs.
3pm Tinsel Tales 2: NPR Christmas Favorites
With humor, warmth, and a host of festive voices, this is another collection of the best and most requested holiday stories.
Sunday, Dec. 23rd
8pm A Christmas Celtic Sojourn
This year's 10th Anniversary show is led by music director Seamus Egan, leading his groundbreaking group Solas, along with harpist Catriona McKay, fiddlers Chris Stout and Winifred Horan 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.
10pm All Songs Considered for the Holidays
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 bands.
Monday, Dec. 24th
3pm Jonathan 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, from a special performing edition prepared by Dickens for his own readings.
Friday, Dec. 28th
12pm A Season's Griot 2012
This year's Kwanzaa celebration in story and song 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. Hosted by Madafo Lloyd Wilson.
Saturday, Dec. 29th
3pm A Season's Griot 2012(Repeat)
Monday, Dec. 31st
3pm The Capitol Steps: Politics Takes a Holiday
The Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. They put the “mock” in “democracy.”