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IPR's 2020 Holiday Programming

Happy Holidays from all of us at IPR!
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Happy Holidays from all of us at IPR! The programs listed below will be broadcast either on IPR News, Classical, News/Studio One, or Studio One online, which is noted after each program title and broadcast time.

If you're staying home this year, tell your smart speakers to play Iowa Public Radio or be sure to download our app and stream us uninterrupted, wherever you are!

Here are printable copies of our holiday programming: All holiday programming, IPR News holiday programming, IPR Classical holiday programming, IPR News/Studio One holiday programming, IPR Studio One online holiday programming.

DECEMBER 10 - Beginning of Hanukkah

NEWS

Candles Burning Brightly
7 - 8 p.m. on IPR News
A one hour celebration of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights with an exploration of Chanukah foods and traditional activities … and plenty of music.

DECEMBER 12

CLASSICAL

Candles Burning Brightly
6 - 7 p.m. on IPR Classical
A one hour celebration of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights with an exploration of Chanukah foods and traditional activities … and plenty of music.

DECEMBER 18 - Hanukkah Concludes
NEWS
Hanukkah Lights
7 - 8 p.m. on IPR News
The NPR favorite returns with all new Hanukkah stories. Hosted by Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.

DECEMBER 20

NEWS/STUDIO ONE

Studio One Tracks: The Holiday Special
7 - 9 p.m. on IPR News/Studio One
Join Iowa Public Radio Studio One and xBk for a holiday adventure featuring an evil villain who has stolen live holiday entertainment and a cast of characters who bring back the harmony. With more than 40 Iowa musicians and creatives, don't miss this original musical for a pandemic year.

The Big Tiny Desk Holiday Special
9 - 10 p.m. on IPR News/Studio One
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! Hosted by NPR Music frenemies Bob Boilen and Stephen Thompson.

STUDIO ONE ONLINE
Studio One Tracks: The Holiday Special
7 - 9 p.m. on Studio One online
Join Iowa Public Radio Studio One and xBk for a holiday adventure featuring an evil villain who has stolen live holiday entertainment and a cast of characters who bring back the harmony. With more than 40 Iowa musicians and creatives, don't miss this original musical for a pandemic year.

The Big Tiny Desk Holiday Special
9 - 10 p.m. on Studio One online
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! Hosted by NPR Music frenemies Bob Boilen and Stephen Thompson.

DECEMBER 21

STUDIO ONE ONLINE

Studio One Tracks: The Holiday Special
7 - 9 a.m. on Studio One online
Join Iowa Public Radio Studio One and xBk for a holiday adventure featuring an evil villain who has stolen live holiday entertainment and a cast of characters who bring back the harmony. With more than 40 Iowa musicians and creatives, don't miss this original musical for a pandemic year.

The Big Tiny Desk Holiday Special
9 - 10 a.m. on Studio One online
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! Hosted by NPR Music frenemies Bob Boilen and Stephen Thompson.

DECEMBER 24 - Christmas Eve

NEWS

Doug Brown’s reading of A Christmas Carol
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. on IPR News
The incomparable Doug Brown, longtime host of WOI’s The Book Club, reads Dickens’ holiday classic.

Selected Shorts: Christmas Spirits High and Low
12 - 1 p.m. on IPR News
Our two stories, presented by guest host Cynthia Nixon, do deliver good cheer in the end. In Laurie Notaro’s “O Holy Night, or The Year I Ruined Christmas” there’s a hideous Christmas tree, and a demanding parent with a long memory. In Jeanette Winterson’s luminous “Spirit of Christmas” a married couple set off for their holiday with frayed tempers and too much stuff. They wind up with nothing but a miracle.

Doug Brown’s reading of A Christmas Carol
9 p.m. to midnight on IPR News
The incomparable Doug Brown, longtime host of WOI’s The Book Club, reads Dickens’ holiday classic.

NEWS/STUDIO ONE
Doug Brown’s reading of A Christmas Carol
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. on IPR News/Studio One
The incomparable Doug Brown, longtime host of WOI’s The Book Club, reads Dickens’ holiday classic.

Selected Shorts: Christmas Spirits High and Low
12 - 1 p.m. on IPR News/Studio One
Our two stories, presented by guest host Cynthia Nixon, do deliver good cheer in the end. In Laurie Notaro’s “O Holy Night, or The Year I Ruined Christmas” there’s a hideous Christmas tree, and a demanding parent with a long memory. In Jeanette Winterson’s luminous “Spirit of Christmas” a married couple set off for their holiday with frayed tempers and too much stuff. They wind up with nothing but a miracle.

Bob Dorr's Rockin' Christmas Eve
7 - 10 p.m. on IPR News/Studio One
Every year Bob hosts his "Rockin' Christmas Eve." This year's broadcast is the 46th out of the last 48 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. on Studio One online
Every year Bob hosts his "Rockin' Christmas Eve." This year's broadcast is the 46th out of the last 48 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!

CLASSICAL
A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
9 - 11 a.m. on IPR Classical
An annual and beloved Christmas tradition, “A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols” is an extraordinary and memorable live service of word and music from the Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge, England.

Welcome Christmas
11a.m. - 12 p.m. on IPR Classical
The perennial Christmas favorite from VocalEssence, one of the world's premiere choral groups. An hour of traditional carols and new discoveries.

All is Bright
12 - 1 p.m. on IPR Classical
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.

Christmas with The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square
1 - 2 p.m. on IPR Classical
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. Julie Amacher hosts this annual favorite.

Christmas at Luther (2019)
2 - 3 p.m. on IPR Classical
Join IPR for Christmas at Luther, presenting "Whom Angels Greet with Anthems Sweet." The festivities celebrate and consider the role of angels in the story of the Nativity.

Amahl and The Night Visitors
3 - 4 p.m. on IPR Classical
Settle in with a cup of egg nog or hot chocolate as Iowa Public Radio brings you a holiday classic, Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors. Performed by the Des Moines Metro Opera and recorded in December of 2013. This one act opera depicts the three Wise Men stopping for shelter at the home of a poor mother and her crippled son, Amahl, as they journey to find the newborn Child.

Christmas with Morehouse and Spellman Glee Clubs
4 - 5 p.m. on IPR Classical
The choirs of two of the most prestigious historically Black institutions in the nation join together to present a spine-tingling concert program.

Doug Brown’s reading of A Christmas Carol
7 - 10 p.m. on IPR Classical
The incomparable Doug Brown, longtime host of WOI’s The Book Club, reads Dickens’ holiday classic.

December 25 - Christmas Day

NEWS

Tinsel Tales: NPR Christmas Favorites
9-10 a.m. 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
10 - 11 a.m. on IPR News
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. on IPR News
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.

Tinsel Tales 4: So Much More NPR Christmas Favorites
12 - 1 p.m. 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. 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
9 - 10 p.m. 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
10 - 11 p.m. on IPR News
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.

NEWS/STUDIO ONE
Tinsel Tales: NPR Christmas Favorites
9 - 10 a.m. on IPR 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 a.m. on IPR News/Studio One
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. on IPR News/Studio One
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.

Tinsel Tales 4: So Much More NPR Christmas Favorites
12 - 1 p.m. on IPR 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. You might recognize them from our broadcast archives — or you might fall in love with them for the first time.

Studio One Tracks: The Holiday Special
7 - 9 p.m. on IPR News/Studio One
Join Iowa Public Radio Studio One and xBk for a holiday adventure featuring an evil villain who has stolen live holiday entertainment and a cast of characters who bring back the harmony. With more than 40 Iowa musicians and creatives, don't miss this original musical for a pandemic year.

All Songs Considered for the Holidays: The Return To The Cabin
9 - 10 p.m. on IPR News/Studio One
For the first holiday extravaganza in 2012 (at a snow-covered cabin in the woods), nearly all of the invited guests canceled. The party was a lovable flop, but it launched a tradition that’s continued since, including trips to Bermuda, the north pole and even outer space. For this holiday party, Bob and Robin return to the cozy cabin where it all began. The special guests include Taylor Swift, Jenny Lewis, Tarriona "Tank" Ball, Lucy Dacus and more.

CLASSICAL
St. Olaf Christmas Festival
9 - 10 a.m. on IPR Classical
This service in song and word 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. Valerie Kahler shares the sights and sounds of this choral favorite.

Welcome Christmas
10 - 11 a.m. on IPR Classical
The perennial Christmas favorite from VocalEssence, one of the world's premiere choral groups. An hour of traditional carols and new discoveries.

Hygge Holiday: Cozy Classics
11 a.m. - 12 p.m. on IPR Classical
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. on IPR Classical
Stile Antico is a 13-member a cappella choir based in London. This features hand-picked sacred music for the Christmas season from the English Tudor era by 16th century composers including Thomas Tallis and William Byrd.

Hollywood Holiday
1 - 2 p.m. on IPR Classical
Join Lynne Warfel, host of APM’s Saturday Cinema and Flicks in Five, 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. on IPR Classical
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 Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square
3 - 4 p.m. on IPR Classical
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. Julie Amacher hosts this annual favorite.

Christmas at Luther (2019)
4 - 5 p.m. on IPR Classical
Join IPR for Christmas at Luther, presenting "Whom Angels Greet with Anthems Sweet." The festivities celebrate and consider the role of angels in the story of the Nativity.

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
5 - 7 p.m. on IPR Classical
An annual and beloved Christmas tradition, “A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols” is an extraordinary and memorable live service of word and music from the Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge, England.

STUDIO ONE ONLINE
Bob Dorr's Rockin' Christmas Eve
7 - 10 a.m. on Studio One online
Every year Bob hosts his "Rockin' Christmas Eve" This year's broadcast is the 46th out of the last 48 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: The Holiday Special
7 - 9 p.m. on Studio One online
Join Iowa Public Radio Studio One and xBk for a holiday adventure featuring an evil villain who has stolen live holiday entertainment and a cast of characters who bring back the harmony. With more than 40 Iowa musicians and creatives, don't miss this original musical for a pandemic year.

All Songs Considered for the Holidays: The Return To The Cabin
9 - 10 p.m. on Studio One online
For the first holiday extravaganza in 2012 (at a snow-covered cabin in the woods), nearly all of the invited guests canceled. The party was a lovable flop, but it launched a tradition that’s continued since, including trips to Bermuda, the north pole and even outer space. For this holiday party, Bob and Robin return to the cozy cabin where it all began. The special guests include Taylor Swift, Jenny Lewis, Tarriona "Tank" Ball, Lucy Dacus and more.

December 26

STUDIO ONE ONLINE

Studio One Tracks: The Holiday Special
7 - 9 a.m. on Studio One online
Join Iowa Public Radio Studio One and xBk for a holiday adventure featuring an evil villain who has stolen live holiday entertainment and a cast of characters who bring back the harmony. With more than 40 Iowa musicians and creatives, don't miss this original musical for a pandemic year.

All Songs Considered for the Holidays: The Return To The Cabin
9 - 10 a.m. on Studio One online
For the first holiday extravaganza in 2012 (at a snow-covered cabin in the woods), nearly all of the invited guests canceled. The party was a lovable flop, but it launched a tradition that’s continued since, including trips to Bermuda, the north pole and even outer space. For this holiday party, Bob and Robin return to the cozy cabin where it all began. The special guests include Taylor Swift, Jenny Lewis, Tarriona "Tank" Ball, Lucy Dacus and more.

December 28

NEWS

Marketplace Tech – How We Survive: Adapting to Climate Change
12 - 1 p.m. on IPR News
Climate change is here. We hear about it more than ever. And experts say we need to adapt—but what does that actually look like? This one hour special from Marketplace, led by Molly Wood, explores the role of technology in helping humanity weather the impacts of climate change. The time of complete prevention has passed, and we must turn towards adaptation. This special will focus on how practical, tangible tools can help solve this crisis—and the pandemic’s impact on how quickly that technology can be deployed.

Marketplace Tech – How We Survive: Adapting to Climate Change
10 - 11 p.m. on IPR News
Climate change is here. We hear about it more than ever. And experts say we need to adapt—but what does that actually look like? This one hour special from Marketplace, led by Molly Wood, explores the role of technology in helping humanity weather the impacts of climate change. The time of complete prevention has passed, and we must turn towards adaptation. This special will focus on how practical, tangible tools can help solve this crisis—and the pandemic’s impact on how quickly that technology can be deployed.

NEWS/STUDIO ONE
Marketplace Tech – How We Survive: Adapting to Climate Change
12 - 1 p.m. on IPR News/Studio One
Climate change is here. We hear about it more than ever. And experts say we need to adapt—but what does that actually look like? This one hour special from Marketplace, led by Molly Wood, explores the role of technology in helping humanity weather the impacts of climate change. The time of complete prevention has passed, and we must turn towards adaptation. This special will focus on how practical, tangible tools can help solve this crisis—and the pandemic’s impact on how quickly that technology can be deployed.

December 31 - New Year's Eve

NEWS

The Keepers: Archiving the Now
12 - 1 p.m. on IPR News
Stories of can-do people. Must-do people. Get-it-done people. People who are grappling with the now, with where we are and where we’ve got to get to. As the world we all knew unravels and communities begin to re-shape themselves, The Kitchen Sisters have been gleaning, looking for those who have something to offer during these uncharted times. People who rebuild, restore, reinvent. Nobody showed them the path, they cut it themselves. Striking stories of grit, hope and possibility.

The Keepers: Archiving the Now
10 - 11 p.m. on IPR News
Stories of can-do people. Must-do people. Get-it-done people. People who are grappling with the now, with where we are and where we’ve got to get to. As the world we all knew unravels and communities begin to re-shape themselves, The Kitchen Sisters have been gleaning, looking for those who have something to offer during these uncharted times. People who rebuild, restore, reinvent. Nobody showed them the path, they cut it themselves. Striking stories of grit, hope and possibility.

NEWS/STUDIO ONE
The Keepers: Archiving the Now
12 - 1 p.m. on IPR News/Studio One
Stories of can-do people. Must-do people. Get-it-done people. People who are grappling with the now, with where we are and where we’ve got to get to. As the world we all knew unravels and communities begin to re-shape themselves, The Kitchen Sisters have been gleaning, looking for those who have something to offer during these uncharted times. People who rebuild, restore, reinvent. Nobody showed them the path, they cut it themselves. Striking stories of grit, hope and possibility.

January 1 - New Year's Day

NEWS

Best of the Best 2020: Letters to a Young Poet
9 - 10 a.m. on IPR News
In this episode, two young Black artists revisit memories to grapple with how they are seen by others, and how they see themselves.

Best of the Best 2020: Of Bodies & Minds
10 - 11 a.m. on IPR News
This hour features three intimate stories that grapple with the messiness and the triumph of existing as a person, from the outside body to the inside mind.

Best of the Best 2020: Towards a Better World
11 a.m. - 12 p.m. on IPR News
In this episode, we meet extraordinary people who are fighting the system, working to make transformative change and seeking a better world, for themselves and for others.

Best of the Best 2020: The Great Indoors
12 - 1 p.m. on IPR News
In this episode, three winning stories of the 2020 Third Coast/RHDF Competition each paint a unique portrait of survival and hope in the time of coronavirus.

Best of the Best 2020: Letters to a Young Poet
9 - 10 p.m. on IPR News
In this episode, two young Black artists revisit memories to grapple with how they are seen by others, and how they see themselves.

Best of the Best 2020: The Great Indoors
10 - 11 p.m. on IPR News
In this episode, three winning stories of the 2020 Third Coast/RHDF Competition each paint a unique portrait of survival and hope in the time of coronavirus.

NEWS/STUDIO ONE
Best of the Best 2020: Letters to a Young Poet
9 - 10 a.m. on IPR News/Studio One
In this episode, two young Black artists revisit memories to grapple with how they are seen by others, and how they see themselves.

Best of the Best 2020: Of Bodies & Minds
10 - 11 a.m. on IPR News/Studio One
This hour features three intimate stories that grapple with the messiness and the triumph of existing as a person, from the outside body to the inside mind.

Best of the Best 2020: Towards a Better World
11 a.m. - 12 p.m. on IPR News/Studio One
In this episode, we meet extraordinary people who are fighting the system, working to make transformative change and seeking a better world, for themselves and for others.

Best of the Best 2020: The Great Indoors
12 - 1 p.m. on IPR News/Studio One
In this episode, three winning stories of the 2020 Third Coast/RHDF Competition each paint a unique portrait of survival and hope in the time of coronavirus.

CLASSICAL
New Year's Day from Vienna
10 a.m. - 12 p.m. on IPR Classical
The ever popular annual New Year’s Day Concert will be performed by the Wiener Philharmoniker under the baton of Maestro Riccardo Muti. You'll hear your favorite waltzes, polkas and more -- a great way to start off 2021. Hosted by WBUR's Lisa Mullins.

Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra
12 - 2 p.m. on IPR Classical
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.”

Quad City Symphony Orchestra with Joshua Bell
2 - 4 p.m. on IPR Classical
Join IPR Classical host Jacqueline Halbloom for a broadcast of the Quad City Symphony's concert, featuring world-renowned violinist Joshua Bell. The symphony performs Beethoven's Egmont Overture and Symphony No. 7, then Bell joins the symphony to perform Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1. This is a beautiful concert with a heart-warming performance by one of today's great Classical violinists, and is sure to lift your New Year's Day afternoon.