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KCLU Holiday Programming 2022

KCLU has a wide range of festive programming planned for you this holiday season. Check out the details below.
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The One Recipe Holiday Special

Sunday, 12/4 – 1:00pm-2:00pm

Join host Jesse Sparks for a holiday edition of The Splendid Table’s newest “podbaby,” The One Recipe. Jesse talks to culinary superstars about their “One,” the recipe that signals the holidays have begun. They’ll get into traditions and food with influences from all over the world and leave you with recipes that could jumpstart your own festivities. Guests include Carla Lalli Music and Eric Kim.

Hanukkah Lights

Sunday, 12/18 (First Night of Hanukkah) – 5:00pm-6:00pm

A perennial NPR favorite, Hanukkah Lights features all new Hanukkah stories read by hosts Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz. Murray and Susan looked back into the show's 30 year archive and picked their favorite stories: "Hanukkah Gelt" by Sholem Aleichem, "Gifts of the Last Night" by Rebecca Goldstein, "How To Spell The Name Of G-d" by Ellen Orleans, "Of Love and Latkes" by Lia Pripstein, and "Erev Christmas" by Clement Clarke Moore, translated by Marie Jaffe.

Christmas Week, Tuesday 12/20 through Friday, 12/23 – 7:00pm-8:00pm

Tinsel Tales

12/20 Tinsel Tales #1 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.

12/21 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.

12/22 Tinsel Tales #3: In keeping with a well-loved NPR holiday tradition, hear the third collection of extraordinary Christmas stories that will transport you to unexpected places. Some tales are funny; some are touching; some are insightful or irreverent or nostalgic or surprising.

12/23 Tinsel Tales #4: NPR revisits interviews with musicians about their Christmas albums, including Katie Melua, Sting, Amy Grant, and Jon Batiste.

Christmas Eve, Saturday 12/24 – 7:00pm-8:00pm

Selected Shorts: Holidays with Mom

Guest host Meg Wolitzer presents two stories about being home for the holidays and how you can count on your Mom to be there for you—and possibly to complicate things. First, memoirist Augusten Burroughs recalls a disastrous—and hilarious—childhood cooking project. Reader Michael Cerveris relishes every bite. And in “Live Wires” by Thomas Beller, a young man invites his girlfriend to his mother’s annual Hanukkah party. The reader is Jane Curtin.

Christmas Day, Sunday 12/25 – 10:00am-3:00pm & 5:00pm-10:00pm

Christmas with the Morehouse and Spelman Glee Clubs (10:00am-11:00am, 5:00pm-6:00pm)

One of the great holiday traditions in America, the choirs of Morehouse and Spelman Colleges get together to present a spine-tingling concert program. It's a joyous celebration of the schools' tradition of singing excellence, with their trademark mixture of spirituals and carols. Korva Coleman hosts.

Christmas Tinsel Tales (11:00am-3:00pm, 6:00pm-10:00pm)

A well-loved NPR holiday tradition, hear a collection of extraordinary Christmas stories that will transport you to unexpected places. Some tales are funny; some are touching; some are insightful or irreverent or nostalgic or surprising. Hosted by Lynn Neary.