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A Christmas Carol: A Radio Drama

Monday, December 22, 2014

It's our annual performance of "A Christmas Carol." Hear the radio drama inspired by Charles Dickens' classic tale featuring your favorite public radio personalities.

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Festivo Alt.Latino

Monday, December 22, 2014

NPR Music's Alt.Latino presents the 3rd edition of Festivo Alt.Latino -- a special holiday concert featuring the 20 piece choral ensemble Choral Cantigas.


A Paul Winter Solstice Concert 2014

Sunday, December 21, 2014

The saxophonist's annual celebration of the year's longest night is a tradition dating back to 1980. This year's program features Brazilian singers Ivan Lins and Renato Braz.


Tinsel Tales 3

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Christmas is a time of traditions, and over the years, NPR has created a few traditions of its own. In this hour-long special: holiday stories from the NPR broadcast archives.


Innovation Hub: Sink Or Swim

Thursday, December 18, 2014

On this episode of Innovation Hub: it's sink or swim. Our overwhelmed brains... and what we can do about it.


Hanukkah Lights 2014

Sunday, December 14, 2014

A perennial NPR favorite with brand new Hanukkah stories written by acclaimed authors Debra Ginsberg, Anne Burt, Simone Zelitch, Andy Borowitz, and Theodore Bikel.

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Itzhak Perlman’s Chanukah Radio Party

Friday, December 12, 2014

Join Itzhak Perlman as he tells the story of the Jewish festival of lights, and shares his favorite recordings for the holiday – some serious, some silly.

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A Great Miracle Happened There

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Rabbi Ismar Schorsch and Larry Josephson talk about the history, rituals, foods and meaning of Hanukkah and its importance to American Jews in our time.


America Abroad: The Power of Art in a Changing Middle East

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Art has the power to move millions where politics fails. This time on America Abroad, hear some of the most prominent artistic voices in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia.


Innovation Hub: Taking Matters Into Our Own Hands

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

This time on Innovation Hub: sometimes you have to take matters into your own hands. The rise of home diagnostic tests, the talent economy and the downsides of personal blogging.    


Intelligence Squared: Mass Collection of U.S. Phone Records

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Some say that the mass collection of U.S. phone records is a gross invasion of privacy. On this episode of Intelligence Squared: two sides debate the issue.


Innovation Hub: Fact and Fiction

Saturday, December 06, 2014

On this episode of Innovation Hub: separating fact from fiction. Why denial is dangerous, the decline of entrepreneurship, and whether or not iPads for children are actually a good idea.

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Here's The Thing: Patti LuPone and Jon Robin Baitz and Stacy Keach

Friday, December 05, 2014

Alec Baldwin talks with three major theater artists who have had different influences, obstacles, and career experiences. 

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Here's The Thing: Jerry Seinfeld

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Alec Baldwin sits down with comedian Jerry Seinfeld who debuted on HBO in 1981, the same year he first appeared on Johnny Carson. Jerry Seinfeld was 27 years old.


Here's The Thing: Peter Frampton and Thom Yorke

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Alec Baldwin talks with two English musicians about their commercial and critical success, and its impact on their lives and work. 


Here's The Thing: Rosie O'Donnell

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

A multi-talented actress, author, activist and television personality, Rosie O’Donnell -- “The Queen of Nice” -- has embraced motherhood, adopting five children.


Here's The Thing: Lena Dunham and Elaine Stritch

Monday, December 01, 2014

Decades apart in age, both of Alec Baldwin's guests have broken barriers and blazed new trails in how women are depicted on stage and screen.


Intelligence Squared: Income Inequality Impairs the American Dream of Upward Mobility

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Income inequality has been on the rise for decades. Some argue that the American Dream is dying as a result, while others believe the concept is a politicized red herring.

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On Being: Her Deepness

Friday, November 28, 2014

In this special, week-long series from On Being: Sylvia Earle on something she's done that no one else has -- walked solo on the bottom of the sea, under a quarter mile of water.


On Being: Uncovering The Codes For Reality

Thursday, November 27, 2014

In this special, week-long series from On Being: physicist James Gates explains how string theory research leads to the question, “Are we in the matrix?”