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2019 Holiday Specials


We've got another big bag of goodies for you this holiday season. Here's what we have planned...

Classics & News
December 25th

This year, for the first time, our own Don Matthews and Valerie Ing have put together a full day's worth of monumental classical music for the Christmas holiday. You'll hear favorites from the repertoire like Handel's Messiah and Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker, plus a few lesser-known works that may not be familiar - L'enfance du Christ of Hector Berlioz, The Christmas Tree Suite of Franz Liszt, and more! Tune in for a full day of classical masterworks.

Rhythm & News
December 25th

9am - A Swinging Holiday Jazz Party with Wynton Marsalis
Wynton Marsalis hosts an hour of holiday jazz favorites by Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Gregory Porter, René Marie, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

10am - All Songs Considered for the Holidays: Bob And Robin's Holiday Cruise to Bermuda
This year, All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton decide to get away from it all with a holiday cruise to Bermuda. Along the way they meet a few special guests aboard the ship, including John Legend, Aloe Blacc, Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, William Shatner, Lucius, Micky Dolenz of The Monkees and Rodney Crowell, who all try to share their own good cheer for the holidays. But nature inevitably runs its course and the gang finds itself stuck in the swirling vortex of the mystical Bermuda Triangle, desperate for some sort of passage back home.

11am - An American Rhythm Christmas
JPR's Craig Faulkner takes a deep dive through his massive collection of gourmet oldies for a program of holiday favorites both familiar and obscure.

News & Information
December 25th
8am/8pm - The Keepers - from The Kitchen Sisters and PRX
Hosted by Academy Award-winning actress Frances McDormand. Stories of activist archivists, rogue librarians, curators, collectors and historians. Guardians of history, large and small. Protectors of the free flow of information and ideas. Keepers of the culture and the culture and collections they keep. The Hip Hop Archive at Harvard, The Pack Horse Librarians of Eastern Kentucky, The Lenny Bruce Archive and more striking and surprising stories of preservation and civic life.

In hour two, Bob Dylan’s secret archive in Tulsa, Prince’s epic Vault in Minneapolis, Henri Langlois’ legendary Cinémathéque in Paris, The National Archives and its Official Keeper, the first librarian action figure. The Dark Side of the Dewey Decimal System. All these tales and more. Striking and surprising stories of preservation and civic life.