Hanukkah Lights 2017
Saturday, 12/16, 8pm-9pm
The Infidelity of Judah Maccabee by R.L. Maizes
Week At A Glance by Elisa Albert
Erev Christmas by Ellen Orleans
i by Lia Pripstein
A perennial NPR favorite with all new Hanukkah stories. Authors include R.L. Maizes, Elisa Albert, Ellen Orleans, and Lia Pripstein. Hosted by Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.
Tinsel Tales I: NPR Christmas Favorites
Sunday 12/24, 6pm-7pm
This program features stories from the NPR archives that touch on the meaning of Christmas.
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)
John Henry Faulk's Christmas Story (John Henry Faulk)
Tinsel Tales 2: More NPR Christmas Favorites
Sunday 12/24, 7pm-8pm
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.
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)
Tinsel Tales 3: Even More NPR Christmas Favorites
Sunday 12/24, 8pm-9pm
In keeping with a well-loved NPR holiday tradition, hear the third collection of extraordinary Christmas stories that will transport you to unexpected places.
Audie Cornish, Ken Harbaugh, Nina Totenberg and other voices from 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.
Tinsel Tales 4
Sunday 12/24, 9pm-10pm
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.
The Hilarious World of Depression Holiday Coping Mechanism Spectacular
Monday 12/25, 10am-11am
Host John Moe presents an hour of fun, unusual, and intriguing ways for people with depression to get through the holiday season. With family visits, consumer demands, brutal weather, dark skies, and other factors, this time of year tries a depressive's nerves the most, especially when they're constantly being told how wonderful things are and how happy they should be. Enjoy entertaining, moving, useful, and, yes, hilarious stories from celebrity guests and listeners about the unusual tips and tricks they use to get through the holidays.
NEW YEARS EVE & NEW YEARS DAY
Capitol Steps: Politics Takes a Holiday New Year's Edition 2017
Sunday (New Years Eve) 12/31 7pm-8pm
REPEATED Monday (New Years Day), 1/1 12noon-1pm
The venerable comedic troupe based in Washington D.C. offers its satirical take on the past year in politics.