Weekly Program Highlights

Friday, 12/19 to Friday, 12/26/2014

Friday 12/19

1:00 – 1:30 PM

CounterSpin…Drawing on an international network of experts, analysts, activists, and artists, CounterSpin provides a critical examination of the major stories every week—combining lively discussion with a thoughtful media critique.

1:30 – 2:00 PM

Making Contact…Fossil fuels are a trillion dollar industry but environmentalists say they have a plan to pull the plug on the industry: divestment. The campaign to get institutions to end their investments in oil, gas, and coal companies has won supporters around the US and abroad. But is the strategy working? We hear from students in Boulder, Colorado who have been campaigning since 2012 and we hear about the close relationship between the oil industry and professional soccer.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

The Dinner Party Download…is an hour-long celebration of culture, food, and conversation designed to help you dazzle your friends at this weekend's get-together.  In every episode you'll learn a joke and a new cocktail inspired by an odd bit of history, meet an artist of note, learn the answers to your burning etiquette questions, savor an emerging food trend, and hear your new favorite song.

6:30 – 7:30 PM

the Club McKenzie…On/Off Broadway: Show tunes of the 1920s - both the successful runs and a few of those with slightly fewer accolades.


Saturday 12/20

11:00 AM – NOON

Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me…Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me! is NPR’s weekly quiz program. Host, Peter Sagal, and official scorekeeper, Bill Kurtis, lead a rotating panel of comedians, humorists, journalists, and celebrity guests through a comic review of the week’s news.  Test your knowledge against some of the best and brightest in news and entertainment while figuring out what’s real news and what’s made up.

5:00 – 7:00 PM

A Prairie Home Companion…The final live broadcast of 2014, from the Fitzgerald Theater on Exchange Street in Saint Paul, Minnesota, with house choir, the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers with violinist Sara Pajunen, and vocalists Heather Masse and Lynn Peterson. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, pianist and musical director Richard Dworsky with Richard Kriehn on mandolin and fiddle, guitarist Dean Magraw, and Gary Raynor on bass and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.


Sunday 12/21

6:00 – 8:00 AM

Bob Edwards Weekend…Bob Edwards Weekend is a two-hour interview showcase, in which celebrated host Bob Edwards highlights the life and work of interesting people, from newsmakers, historians, and authors to artists, actors, and regular folks too.

10:00 – 11:00 AM

Radiolab…The Galapagos archipelago is the place that inspired Darwin’s theory of evolution and natural selection. 179 years later, the Galapagos are undergoing rapid changes that continue to pose, and possibly answer, critical questions about the fragility and resilience of life on Earth. Is it inevitable that even our most sacred natural landscapes will eventually get swallowed up by humans? And just how far are we willing to go to stop that from happening?

11:00 – NOON

This American Life…This holiday season we bring you a show filled with stories of people going to great lengths to throw a special Christmas for their families. Including tales of Luna the guinea pig, Bambi the reindeer, and Jeko the super-powerful (and somewhat-scary) Christmas elf.

NOON – 1:00 PM

Sunday Baroque… Giovanni Antonio Guido was an Italian musician born in the late 1600s. He composed music for the Four Seasons that some people think may have inspired his more famous contemporary, Antonio Vivaldi. Sunday Baroque will mark the Winter Solstice this weekend with Giovanni Antonio Guido’s Winter Concerto, and other music for the season. They’re just a few highlights of Sunday Baroque this weekend.

6:00 – 7:00 PM

Hanukkah Lights... A perennial NPR favorite with brand new Hanukkah stories written by acclaimed authors Debra Ginsberg, Anne Burt, Simone Zelitch, Andy Borowitz, and Theodore Bikel. Hear a wide variety of stories perfect for the holiday --- one story is funny and crisp, another historical, and there's one with a multicultural theme. Also included is a story about the supernatural and one that ends with the best last line for any Hanukkah show, "Love is the only miracle." Hosted by Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.


Monday 12/22

1:00 – 1:30 PM

Bioneers…Our physical health is intimately tied to environmental health, and to our emotional and spiritual ecology. Visionary physician Dr. Gabor Mate explores the deepest psychological, emotional and social forces leading to our society’s poor health and unhappiness. He says we have the capacity to heal the planet and ourselves by reconnecting with our true nature as empathic, nurturing social beings.

1:30 – 2:00 PM

IdeaSphereThe Happiness of Pursuit: Compulsive goal seeker and best-selling author Chris Guillebeau follows the lives of dozens of passionate goal seekers in his new book, The Happiness of Pursuit.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

The Splendid Table… This week on the Splendid Table, Noelle Carter talks to chef Sean Brock about his new book, Heritage, Faith Durand from The Kitchen takes on holiday appetizers, and artist, David Ligare, explains the relationship between food and gratitude in the ancient world.

6:30 – 7:30 PM

Candles Burning Brightly...Join hosts Mindy Ratner and Bill Morelock for a one-hour celebration of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. There's plenty of music from Jewish communities around the world, plus an exploration of holiday traditions, and a special story reading by the incomparable Theodore Bikel.


Tuesday 12/23

1:00 – 2:00 PM

TED Radio Hour… Compassion is considered a universal virtue, but is it innate or taught? Have we lost touch with it? And can we become better at it? In this hour, TED speakers explore compassion, its roots, its meaning and its future.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

Hanukkah Lights... A perennial NPR favorite with brand new Hanukkah stories written by acclaimed authors Debra Ginsberg, Anne Burt, Simone Zelitch, Andy Borowitz, and Theodore Bikel. Hear a wide variety of stories perfect for the holiday --- one story is funny and crisp, another historical, and there's one with a multicultural theme. Also included is a story about the supernatural and one that ends with the best last line for any Hanukkah show, "Love is the only miracle." Hosted by Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.


Wednesday 12/24

1:00 – 2:00 PM

Moth Radio Hour Holiday Special:  Monkeys, Mega-churches and First Elves... Simon Doonan encounters challenges when called on to decorate the White House for Christmas, a man is hesitant to work with a ‘Hollywood’ style church in his neighborhood, a Jewish girl meets Santa, and a boy thinks his dreams have finally come true when he gets an exotic pet.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

On BeingJames Martin is a beloved Jesuit writer, teacher, and “contemplative in action.” Stephen Colbert has proclaimed him the chaplain of “the Colbert Nation.” We explore the Jesuit sensibility behind Fr. Martin’s beloved books, the theology of Pope Francis and the "untaming” of Christmas.

6:30 – 8:00 PM

KCBX in Concert... Host Craig Russell explores Christmas in Latin America. He begins by playing music he copied from manuscripts in the The Conservatory of the Roses in Mexico, and for last hour of the show, we move to the Public Radio International Special Broadcast from Indiana University titled A Baroque Christmas in the New World—a program that Craig helped organize and for which he supplied several premieres of four “new works” that have not been heard in 300 years. He was artistic consultant and played baroque guitar for the project. 

8:00 ­– 10:00 PM

Classical Showcase...Rob Kimball features the original 1951 television cast recording of the Christmas opera Amahl and the Night Visitors by Menotti. It's the story of a disabled boy and his mother who give the Three Kings a place to rest on their way to see the Christ Child.  It's a story of courage, generosity and healing.


Thursday 12/25

9:00 – 10:00 AM

Jazz Piano Christmas...NPR Music brings you another great holiday concert from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.  Pianists Cyrus Chestnut, Kris Davis, Lynne Arriale and The "Master" Harold Mabern take the stage to perform their favorite holiday songs.

10:00 AM - NOON

A Paul Winter Solstice Concert... Celebrate the return of the sun with Paul Winter's All New 34th Winter Solstice Celebration. On the darkest night of the year, we head back to New York's Cathedral of St. John the Divine to hear The Paul Winter Consort and the glorious Cathedral Pipe Organ. The performance brings traditional holiday favorites and new sounds from around the world with special guests Ivan Lins and Renato Braz. Hosted by John Schaefer.

1:00 – 2:00 PM

Tinsel Tales...NPR's Lynn Neary hosts a program of holiday stories.  Baily White decides to confess her life of Yuletide crime; Audie Cornish reads O. Henry's "Gift of the Magi"; and Baxter Black gives some cowboy insight into the Nativity scenes we see outside churches and in front yards across the country -- plus many other funny, touching, insightful, and surprising tales.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

This American Life…This holiday season we bring you a show filled with stories of people going to great lengths to throw a special Christmas for their families. Including tales of Luna the guinea pig, Bambi the reindeer, and Jeko the super-powerful (and somewhat-scary) Christmas elf.


Friday 12/26

1:00 – 1:30 PM

CounterSpin…Drawing on an international network of experts, analysts, activists, and artists, CounterSpin provides a critical examination of the major stories every week—combining lively discussion with a thoughtful media critique.

1:30 – 2:00 PM

Making Contact… An update on some of the stories they’ve covered this year. A visit to a protest to talk to advocates calling for an end to using Native American imagery and stereotypes in sports. And they’ll talk to the Center for Food Safety about the political outlook for supporters of better regulations of GMOs and pesticides. And they’ll get an update on US immigration policy from the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

The Dinner Party Download…is an hour-long celebration of culture, food, and conversation designed to help you dazzle your friends at this weekend's get-together.  In every episode you'll learn a joke and a new cocktail inspired by an odd bit of history, meet an artist of note, learn the answers to your burning etiquette questions, savor an emerging food trend, and hear your new favorite song.

6:30 – 7:30 PM

The Club McKenzie… On the Road Again: If there’s one thing that jazz musicians knew well, it was the weariness of travel. This program is an expression of the passion and pain of being constantly on the move.