IPR Holiday Schedule 2019

When viewing our holiday schedule below, please note that the programs are listed sequentially by broadcast time each day.

Programs listed below will be broadcast either on IPR News, Classical, News/Studio One, or Studio One online. Maps showing those signals and where they can be found are available by clicking the programming type within each day's listing. 

You can also view and print a schedule of the programs by programming type:

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December 22 - Beginning of Hanukkah
December 23
December 24 - Christmas Eve
December 25 - Christmas Day
December 26 - Kwanzaa begins; Boxing Day
December 29
December 30 - Hanukkah concludes
December 31 - New Year's Eve
January 1. 2020 - New Year's Day; Kwanzaa concludes

DECEMBER 22:

CLASSICAL
Candles Burning Brightly
4 - 5 p.m.
Mindy Ratner hosts this encore celebration of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. "Candles Burning Brightly" explores Chanukah foods, traditional activities, and plenty of music.

Chanukah in Story and Song
5 - 6 p.m.
Chanukah in Story and Song is a unique holiday program created especially for public radio listeners. This delightfully engaging program presents 25 eclectic selections, from the Ladino songs of the Spanish Jews and Yiddish melodies of Eastern Europe to modern Israeli tunes and the ensemble's original version of "I Have a Little Dreydle."

NEWS:
Hanukkah Lights 2019
5 - 6 p.m.
The NPR favorite returns with all new Hanukkah stories. Hosted by Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.

NEWS/STUDIO ONE:
The Christmas Revels: In Celebration of the Winter Solstice
1 - 3 p.m.
A two-hour musical celebration of the winter holidays - Christmas, the Solstice, New Year's, and Twelfth Night - featuring traditional carols, anthems, hymns, motets, wassails, spirituals, children's game-songs, and folk dance tunes excepted from live Christmas Revels productions presented around the country. 

Mark O'Connor's An Appalachian Christmas
3 - 4 p.m.
Mark O’Connor, famous bluegrass fiddler and respected American composer, leads the O’Connor Band and special guest Nancy Ives, principal cellist of the Oregon Symphony, in An Appalachian Christmas. Hear holiday favorites including “The Cherry Tree Carol,” “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” “Carol of the Bells,” and more! Plus, Mark O’Connor talks about the importance of fiddling in the development of early American music. Recorded LIVE at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland, Oregon December 2016.

A Holiday Music Tour With Judy Collins
4 - 5 p.m.
Singing legend Judy Collins headlines an hour-long holiday special featuring musicians from around the country. Performing original songs along with a few holiday favorites, Collins and her guests reflect on the season and tell the stories behind their music. Featured artists include Collins herself, Trout Fishing in America, Steve Earle, Jesse Colin Young, The Blind Boys of Alabama with Tom Waits, Tish Hinojosa, Bill Miller, Peter Case, and Lowen + Navarro.

STUDIO ONE ONLINE:
The Christmas Revels: In Celebration of the Winter Solstice
1 - 3 p.m.
A two-hour musical celebration of the winter holidays - Christmas, the Solstice, New Year's, and Twelfth Night - featuring traditional carols, anthems, hymns, motets, wassails, spirituals, children's game-songs, and folk dance tunes excepted from live Christmas Revels productions presented around the country. 

Mark O'Connor's An Appalachian Christmas
3 - 4 p.m.
Mark O’Connor, famous bluegrass fiddler and respected American composer, leads the O’Connor Band and special guest Nancy Ives, principal cellist of the Oregon Symphony, in An Appalachian Christmas. Hear holiday favorites including “The Cherry Tree Carol,” “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” “Carol of the Bells,” and more! Plus, Mark O’Connor talks about the importance of fiddling in the development of early American music. Recorded LIVE at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland, Oregon December 2016.

A Holiday Music Tour With Judy Collins
4 - 5 p.m.
Singing legend Judy Collins headlines an hour-long holiday special featuring musicians from around the country. Performing original songs along with a few holiday favorites, Collins and her guests reflect on the season and tell the stories behind their music. Featured artists include Collins herself, Trout Fishing in America, Steve Earle, Jesse Colin Young, The Blind Boys of Alabama with Tom Waits, Tish Hinojosa, Bill Miller, Peter Case, and Lowen + Navarro.

DECEMBER 23:

STUDIO ONE ONLINE:
The Christmas Revels: In Celebration of the Winter Solstice
1 - 2 p.m.
A two-hour musical celebration of the winter holidays - Christmas, the Solstice, New Year's, and Twelfth Night - featuring traditional carols, anthems, hymns, motets, wassails, spirituals, children's game-songs, and folk dance tunes excepted from live Christmas Revels productions presented around the country. 

Mark O'Connor's An Appalachian Christmas
2 - 3 p.m.
Mark O’Connor, famous bluegrass fiddler and respected American composer, leads the O’Connor Band and special guest Nancy Ives, principal cellist of the Oregon Symphony, in An Appalachian Christmas. Hear holiday favorites including “The Cherry Tree Carol,” “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” “Carol of the Bells,” and more! Plus, Mark O’Connor talks about the importance of fiddling in the development of early American music. Recorded LIVE at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland, Oregon December 2016.

A Holiday Music Tour With Judy Collins
3 - 4 p.m.
Singing legend Judy Collins headlines an hour-long holiday special featuring musicians from around the country. Performing original songs along with a few holiday favorites, Collins and her guests reflect on the season and tell the stories behind their music. Featured artists include Collins herself, Trout Fishing in America, Steve Earle, Jesse Colin Young, The Blind Boys of Alabama with Tom Waits, Tish Hinojosa, Bill Miller, Peter Case, and Lowen + Navarro.

DECEMBER 24:

CLASSICAL
A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
9 - 11 a.m.
Share in a live, world-wide Christmas Eve broadcast of a service of Biblical readings, carols, and related seasonal music, presented by one of the world’s foremost choirs of men and boys and performed in the Chapel of King's College in Cambridge, England. 

A Chanticleer Christmas
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Celebrate the season with song! Brian Newhouse hosts this one-hour program of a cappella holiday favorites, new and old, presented live in concert by Chanticleer, the superb 12-man choral ensemble known as "an orchestra of voices.

All is Bright: Contemplative Music for Christmas
12 - 1 p.m.
Lynne Warfel hosts an hour of gorgeous, contemplative choral music that tells the traditional Christmas story with songs about angels, the star and the manger scene. Featured artists include Cantus, Chanticleer, Cambridge Singers, Bryn Terfel, Emma Kirkby, Jessye Norman, and a variety of choirs.

Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
1 - 2 p.m.
The world-renowned Tabernacle Choir continues its tradition of great artistry this holiday season, with touching arrangements of familiar carols, and lesser-known melodies that are fast becoming the new classics. Enjoy a warm, nostalgic holiday celebration featuring a choir of 360 voices, a 150-piece orchestra at Temple Square, the 32-member Bells on Temple Square, along with other artists and special guests. 

Christmas at Luther
2 - 3 p.m.
Join IPR for Christmas at Luther, presenting "Whom Angels Greet With Anthems Sweet." This year, the festivities celebrate and consider the role of angels in the story of the Nativity.  

Christmas with Morehouse and Spelman Glee Clubs
3 - 4 p.m.
One of the great holiday traditions in America, the choirs of Morehouse and Spelman Colleges - two of the most prestigious historically black institutions in the nation - 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. 

Welcome Christmas
4 - 5 p.m.
Enjoy the perennial Christmas favorite from VocalEssence, one of the world's premiere choral groups as they share an hour of traditional carols and new discoveries. This year, listen to the world premiere of Nico Muhly's "The Faire Starre," a nativity cantata that draws on 17th century metaphysical poets and is set in the unique, eclectic style that has earned Nico Muhly raves from the Metropolitan Opera.

IPR Presents: Doug Brown's reading of A Christmas Carol
7 - 10 p.m.
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. 

NEWS:

IPR Presents: Doug Brown's reading of A Christmas Carol
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. & 9 p.m. - midnight
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. 

Tinsel Tales: NPR Christmas Favorites
12 - 1 p.m.
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.

NEWS/STUDIO ONE:
IPR Presents: Doug Brown's reading of A Christmas Carol
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
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. 

Tinsel Tales: NPR Christmas Favorites
12 - 1 p.m.
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.

Bob Dorr's Rockin' Christmas Eve
7 - 10 p.m.
Every year Bob hosts his "Rockin' Christmas Eve." This year's broadcast is the 45th out of the last 47 Christmas eves that Bob's hosted on Iowa Public Radio. The music is all holiday songs from all eras and all music styles, some of it picked out by listener request. Join Bob and Iowa Public Radio this Rockin' Christmas Eve!

STUDIO ONE ONLINE:
Bob Dorr's Rockin' Christmas Eve
7 - 10 p.m.
Every year Bob hosts his "Rockin' Christmas Eve." This year's broadcast is the 45th out of the last 47 Christmas eves that Bob's hosted on Iowa Public Radio. The music is all holiday songs from all eras and all music styles, some of it picked out by listener request. Join Bob and Iowa Public Radio this Rockin' Christmas Eve!

DECEMBER 25:

CLASSICAL
St. Olaf Christmas
9 - 11 a.m.
Join us for a service in song and word that has become one of the nation's most cherished holiday celebrations. The festival includes hymns, carols, choral works, as well as orchestral selections celebrating the Nativity and featuring more than 500 student musicians in five choirs, and the St. Olaf Orchestra. 

Hygge Holiday: Cozy Classics
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Join host Elena See as she plays a mix of wintry and nostalgic classical pieces designed to accompany listeners as they enjoy cozy wintertime activities.

A Choral Christmas with Stile Antico
12 - 1 p.m.
Celebrate Christmas with the sound of soaring voices. Stile Antico, the award-winning choir from London, pays a visit to St. Paul's church on Harvard Square for a concert of radiant sacred music for the Christmas season by the most acclaimed composers of the renaissance. Hear the group's luminous blend of voices sing the intricately woven music of Thomas Tallis and William Byrd. 

Hollywood Holiday
1 - 2 p.m.
Join host Lynne Warfel for a festive one-hour musical retrospective of some of Hollywood's most cherished films inspired by Dickens’ classic character, Ebenezer Scrooge.

A Chanticleer Christmas
2 - 3 p.m.
Celebrate the season with song! Brian Newhouse hosts this one-hour program of a cappella holiday favorites, new and old, presented live in concert by Chanticleer, the superb 12-man choral ensemble known as "an orchestra of voices.

Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
3 - 4 p.m.
The world-renowned Tabernacle Choir continues its tradition of great artistry this holiday season, with touching arrangements of familiar carols, and lesser-known melodies that are fast becoming the new classics. Enjoy a warm, nostalgic holiday celebration featuring a choir of 360 voices, a 150-piece orchestra at Temple Square, the 32-member Bells on Temple Square, along with other artists and special guests. 

Christmas at Luther
4 - 5 p.m.
Join IPR for Christmas at Luther, presenting "Whom Angels Greet With Anthems Sweet." This year, the festivities celebrate and consider the role of angels in the story of the Nativity. 

NEWS:
Tinsel Tales: NPR Christmas Favorites
9 - 10 a.m. & 8 - 9 p.m.
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 a.m. & 9 - 10 p.m.
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 a.m. - 12 p.m. & 10 - 11 p.m.
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 p.m. & 11 p.m. - midnight
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. 

NEWS/STUDIO ONE:
Tinsel Tales: NPR Christmas Favorites
9 - 10 a.m.
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 a.m.
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 a.m. - 12 p.m.
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 p.m.
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. 

Studio One Tracks: "A Conquered Christmas"
7 - 9 p.m.
Iowa Public Radio presents its 5th annual "A Conquered Christmas," a radio special hosted by musical artist Christopher the Conquered, featuring a variety of special guests performing classic songs of the season as well as new songs celebrating thankfulness, unity, and love.

The Big Tiny Desk Special
9 - 10 p.m.
Celebrate the season with amazing holiday performances from The Tiny Desk Concert series, including Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Steve Martin, Hanson, The Polyphonic Spree and more!

STUDIO ONE ONLINE:
Bob Dorr's Rockin' Christmas Eve
7 - 10 a.m.
Every year Bob hosts his "Rockin' Christmas Eve." This year's broadcast is the 45th out of the last 47 Christmas eves that Bob's hosted on Iowa Public Radio. The music is all holiday songs from all eras and all music styles, some of it picked out by listener request. Join Bob and Iowa Public Radio this Rockin' Christmas Eve!

Studio One Tracks: "A Conquered Christmas"
7 - 9 p.m.
Iowa Public Radio presents its 5th annual "A Conquered Christmas," a radio special hosted by musical artist Christopher the Conquered, featuring a variety of special guests performing classic songs of the season as well as new songs celebrating thankfulness, unity, and love.

The Big Tiny Desk Special
9 - 10 p.m.
Celebrate the season with amazing holiday performances from The Tiny Desk Concert series, including Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Steve Martin, Hanson, The Polyphonic Spree and more!

DECEMBER 26:

STUDIO ONE ONLINE:
Studio One Tracks: "A Conquered Christmas"
7 - 9 a.m.
Iowa Public Radio presents its 5th annual "A Conquered Christmas," a radio special hosted by musical artist Christopher the Conquered, featuring a variety of special guests performing classic songs of the season as well as new songs celebrating thankfulness, unity, and love.

The Big Tiny Desk Special
9 - 10 a.m.
Celebrate the season with amazing holiday performances from The Tiny Desk Concert series, including Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Steve Martin, Hanson, The Polyphonic Spree and more!

DECEMBER 29:

NEWS/STUDIO ONE:
A Season's Griot
4 - 5 p.m.
A Season's Griot is public radio's only nationally syndicated Kwanzaa program.  Hosted for 25 years by acclaimed storyteller Madafo Lloyd Wilson, this annual one-hour special captures the tales and traditions of African American and African peoples. The show’s poet laureate, Beverly Burnette, and other members of the Season’s Griot family return with familiar and favorite elements of Griot. 

STUDIO ONE ONLINE:
A Season's Griot
4 - 5 p.m.
A Season's Griot is public radio's only nationally syndicated Kwanzaa program.  Hosted for 25 years by acclaimed storyteller Madafo Lloyd Wilson, this annual one-hour special captures the tales and traditions of African American and African peoples. The show’s poet laureate, Beverly Burnette, and other members of the Season’s Griot family return with familiar and favorite elements of Griot. 

DECEMBER 30:

NEWS:
Hanukkah Lights 2019
7 - 8 p.m.
The NPR favorite returns with all new Hanukkah stories. Hosted by Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.

DECEMBER 31:

NEWS:
Capitol Steps: Politics Takes A Holiday
12 - 1 p.m. and 10 - 11 p.m.
Has it been a rough year? Did you put all of your savings into Bill De Blasio's presidential campaign? Did you get a haircut from Boris Johnson's barber? Did you take a job as a public relations spokesperson for Rudy Guiliani? Then you may feel the need to laugh at 2019, and the Capitol Steps could not agree more! So tune in to the Capitol Steps' New Year's edition of "Politics Takes a Holiday!"

NEWS/STUDIO ONE:
Capitol Steps: Politics Takes A Holiday
12 - 1 p.m.
Has it been a rough year? Did you put all of your savings into Bill De Blasio's presidential campaign? Did you get a haircut from Boris Johnson's barber? Did you take a job as a public relations spokesperson for Rudy Guiliani? Then you may feel the need to laugh at 2019, and the Capitol Steps could not agree more! So tune in to the Capitol Steps' New Year's edition of "Politics Takes a Holiday!"

JANUARY 1:

CLASSICAL
New Year's Day From Vienna
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
The Vienna Philharmonic presents its ever popular annual New Year's Day concert from the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna with Boston Symphony Music Director Andris Nelsons conducting. You'll hear your favorite waltzes, polkas and more -- a great way to start off the New Year. 

Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra
12 - 2 p.m.
The Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra was established in 1956 along with the founding of the famous Shanghai Opera House and is one of China’s foremost symphony orchestras. This exclusive IPR Classical recording includes their performance of Verdi’s “La Forza,” the “Yellow River Piano Concerto” by Xinghai and Dvorak’s “Symphony No. 9 in E minor Op. 95 From the New World.”

Brucemorchestra 2019
2 - 4 p.m.
Join IPR Classical as we share Orchestra Iowa’s annual Brucemorchestra celebration! Travel the universe with music from the Star Trek franchise, and enjoy an evening among the planets and stars with masterpieces from Mozart & Holst. The show includes Orchestra Iowa’s newly co-commissioned piece by James Beckel, From Earth to the Moon and Beyond.

NEWS:
The Keepers, Parts 1 & 2
10 a.m. - 12 p.m. & 9 - 11 p.m.
The Keepers features stories of activist archivists, rogue librarians, curators, collectors and historians. 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, Lenny Bruce’s Archive, Bob Dylan’s Secret Archive, Prince’s Legendary Vault, The Nation’s Official Keeper at the National Archives. Striking and surprising stories of preservation and civic life.

NEWS/STUDIO ONE:
The Keepers, Parts 1 & 2
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
The Keepers features stories of activist archivists, rogue librarians, curators, collectors and historians. 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, Lenny Bruce’s Archive, Bob Dylan’s Secret Archive, Prince’s Legendary Vault, The Nation’s Official Keeper at the National Archives. Striking and surprising stories of preservation and civic life.