IPR Holiday Schedule 2018 - News

When viewing our News holiday schedule below, please note that the programs are listed sequentially by broadcast time each day. Maps showing the News and News/Studio One signals and where they can be found are available by clicking the program stream after each program title.

For a printable view of the IPR News holiday broadcast schedule, click here.

To view all of our holiday programming, click here.

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December 10 – Hanukkah concludes
December 24 – Christmas Eve
December 25 – Christmas Day
December 31 - New Year's Eve
January 1, 2019 – New Year’s Day


DECEMBER 10 - Hanukkah concludes:

Hanukkah Lights
9 - 10 pm on IPR News
A perennial public radio favorite with all new Hanukkah stories. Hosted by Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz. 


DECEMBER 24 - Christmas Eve:

IPR Presents: Doug Brown's reading of A Christmas Carol
9 am - 12 pm on IPR News and News/Studio One
Doug Brown, a beloved public radio voice in Iowa for 37 years, recorded a rendition of Dickens' A Christmas Carol. This classic holiday tale tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his journey through Christmas past, present, and future as he rediscovers the Christmas spirit in time to share it with family and friends. 

It's a Wonderful Life
12 - 2 pm on IPR News and News/Studio One
In its sophomore season, Iowa Stage Theatre Company presents its first touring show, "It's A Wonderful Life: The Radio Play" by Joe Landry. This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. An ensemble of 5 actors, with the help of live sound effects, brings a few dozen characters to life on the stage, sharing the story of idealistic George Bailey as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve. 

IPR Presents: Doug Brown's reading of A Christmas Carol
9 pm - 12 am on IPR News
Doug Brown, a beloved public radio voice in Iowa for 37 years, recorded a rendition of Dickens' A Christmas Carol. This classic holiday tale tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his journey through Christmas past, present, and future as he rediscovers the Christmas spirit in time to share it with family and friends. 


DECEMBER 25 - Christmas Day:

Tinsel Tales: NPR Christmas Favorites
9 - 10 am on IPR News and News/Studio One
This program 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.

Tinsel Tales 2: More NPR Christmas Favorites
10 - 11 am on IPR News and News/Studio One
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.

Tinsel Tales 3: Even More NPR Christmas Favorites
11 am - 12 pm on IPR News and News/Studio One
In keeping with a well-loved 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. 

Tinsel Tales 4: So Much More NPR Christmas Favorites
12 - 1 pm on IPR News and News/Studio One
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. 

Tinsel Tales: NPR Christmas Favorites
7 - 8 pm on IPR News
This program 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.

Tinsel Tales 2: More NPR Christmas Favorites
8 - 9 pm on IPR News
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.

Tinsel Tales 3: Even More NPR Christmas Favorites
9 - 10 pm on IPR News
In keeping with a well-loved 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. 

Tinsel Tales 4: So Much More NPR Christmas Favorites
10 - 11 pm on IPR News
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. 


December 31 - New Year's Eve:

Capitol Steps: Politics Takes a Holiday
10 - 11 pm on IPR News
Has it been a rough year? Did you buy stock in Sears? Or invest in Ivanka's clothing line? Did you take a job as a public relations spokesperson for Kanye West? Then you may feel the need to laugh at 2018, and the Capitol Steps could not agree more! Now is your chance to finally enjoy the headlines you were too scared to read. After all, the Capitol Steps won't tell you any actual useful information, but they will tell you what rhymes with Beto O'Rourke and Omarosa. 


JANUARY 1, 2019 - New Year's Day:

Capitol Steps: Politics Takes a Holiday
12 - 1 pm on IPR News and News/Studio One
Has it been a rough year? Did you buy stock in Sears? Or invest in Ivanka's clothing line? Did you take a job as a public relations spokesperson for Kanye West? Then you may feel the need to laugh at 2018, and the Capitol Steps could not agree more! Now is your chance to finally enjoy the headlines you were too scared to read. After all, the Capitol Steps won't tell you any actual useful information, but they will tell you what rhymes with Beto O'Rourke and Omarosa. 


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