WNYC Holiday Specials 2012

Hanukkah Lights 2012
Airs Saturday, December 8 at 12pm on AM 820 and 3pm on 93.9 FM
A perennial NPR favorite, Hanukkah Lights features Hanukkah stories and memoirs written by acclaimed authors expressly for the show, as read by NPR's Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.

A Great Miracle Happened There: A Hanukkah Special
Airs Sunday, December 9 at 7am on AM 820 and 7pm on 93.9 FM
A conversation between Rabbi Ismar Schorsch and host Larry Josephson about the history, rituals, foods and meaning of Hanukkah--and its importance to American Jews in our time. Cantors David Lefkowitz and Elisheva Dienstfrey sing the music of Hanukkah.

The Jonathan Schwartz Christmas Show 
Airs Sunday, December 16 from 12-4pm on 93.9FM
Live broadcast from uptown. Tentative guest list includes: John Pizzarelli, Jessica Molaskey, Mandy Patinkin, Bill Charlap, Sandy Stewart, Jeff Greenfield, Charles Osgood, John Weidman, Andrew Bergman, Deborah Solomon, Jay Leonhart, Kate McGarry, Stacy Sullivan, Mike Renzi, Lee Musiker, Gene Bertoncini, Bucky Pizzarelli, and more.

A Paul Winter Solstice Concert
Airs Friday, December 21 (Winter Solstice) at 9pm on 93.9FM 
On the darkest night of the year, NPR presents the Illuminating Tradition from New York's Cathedral of St. John the Divine. The 32nd annual Paul Winter Solstice Celebration, featuring gospel singer Theresa Thomason, Mbira Master Chris Berry and The Paul Winter Consort with Paul McCandless, Eugene Friesen, Paul Sullivan, Eliot Wadopian, Jamey Haddad, Tim Brumfield and the glorious Cathedral Pipe Organ. The performance brings traditional holiday favorites including JS Bach and American gospel -- and welcomes new sounds from as far as Zimbabwe and Brazil -- and as near as the mountains of North Carolina. WNYC'S John Schaefer hosts.

Tinsel Tales: NPR Christmas Favorites 
Airs Saturday, December 22at 6am on 93.9 FM and 2pm on AM820, and Tuesday, December 25 at 2pm on 93.9FM & AM820
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. Hosted by Lynn Neary.

A Christmas Carol 
Airs Saturday, December 22 at 12pm on AM820 and 3pm on 93.9FM,  Sunday, December 23 at 8pm on AM820 and Monday, December 24 at 8pm 93.9FM.
Produced from the live New York Public Radio production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” that took place in The Greene Space on December 13.  A Christmas Carol features Brian Cox as Ebenezer Scrooge and various WNYC and WQXR hosts to fill out the rest of the cast.

Slavic Wonders: Christmas with the Rose Ensemble
Airs Tuesday, December 25 at 10am on 93.9FM & AM820
The Rose Ensemble is back with Slavic Wonders a celebration of the season featuring some truly brilliant gems from the libraries and monasteries of Krakow, Prague, and Moscow. The Rose Ensemble of Minnesota has put together a program of dazzling, passionate music for Christmastime in the great variety and range they are known for. Hear everything from soaring soprano lines, to the signature Slavic sound of rumbling basses; Slavic Wonders is an engaging and curious mixture of chant, carols, and glorious polyphony.

Christmas with Morehouse and Spelman Glee Clubs 
Airs Tuesday, December 25 at 11am on 93.9FM & AM820
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. This encore presentation features the best works of the last several years. It's a joyous celebration of the schools' tradition of singing excellence, with their trademark mixture of spirituals and carols. Korva Coleman hosts.

Leonard Lopate’s Annual Christmas Gospel Show
Airs Tuesday, December 25 at 12pm on 93.9FM & AM820
Leonard’s annual Christmas presentation of gospel music for the holiday.

Holiday Standard Time with Michael Feinstein
Airs Tuesday, December 25 at 8pm on 93.9 FM
An hour-long celebration of the American holiday songbook hosted by Michael Feinstein, with rarely heard recordings from Peggy Lee, Rosemary Clooney, Louis Prima, and Donny Hathaway, and featuring Michael Feinstein performing three holiday favorites.

A Season's Griot 2012
Airs Saturday, December 29 at 6am on 93.9FM and 2pm AM820 and Sunday, December 30 at 8pm on AM820.
An hour-long Kwanzaa celebration in story and song, again hosted by Madafo Lloyd Wilson. This year's program features youth as the special guest griots, reading their own original and traditional stories. Familiar and favorite elements of Griot will also be in place with plenty of music, and an original composition by the show's poet laureate, Beverly Fields Burnette.

Radio Deluxe
Airs Monday, December 31 (New Years Eve) at 10pm on 93.9FM & AM820
Radio Deluxe returns for another New Year’s Eve program on WNYC.  Join musician John Pizzarelli and singer Jessica Molaskey, as they get together in their "deluxe living room" to make music, play CDs and have fun with their musical guests and introduce listeners to a new generation of performers who know the greatness of the American songbook.