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Soundcheck - 2013: The Year in Music
Week of December 16, 9pm 93.9FM, Monday-Friday
Join Soundcheck all this week for a round-up of the best -- and worst -- music of 2013. Listen back to our favorite in-studio performances from the past year. Plus: Each day, host John Schaefer reveals more from his list of "10 Reasons Why New York Music Rules the World."

A Paul Winter Solstice Concert
December 20, 10pm-midnight, 93.9FM
The Winter Solstice Celebration is a contemporary take on ancient solstice rituals, when people came together during the longest night of the year to celebrate the return of the sun as the Earth begins its rotational cycle back towards summer. John Schaefer hosts this annual event now in its 33rd year.  Malian singer Abdoulaye Diabate joins The Paul Winter Consort with Paul McCandless, the Drummers of The Fores of Nature, Gospel vocalist Theresa Thomason, and the historic reassembly of the Paul Winter Sextet in the World's Largest Gothic Cathedral -- New York's Cathedral of St. John the Divine.



A Christmas Carol
December 21, 10am 93.9FM and 2pm AM820
December 22, 8pm AM820
December 24, 8pm 93.9FM
December 25, 2pm 93.9FM

Produced from the annual live New York Public Radio production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” recorded in The Greene Space on December 16th.  A Christmas Carol will feature Tony Roberts as Ebenezer Scrooge and various WNYC and WQXR hosts to fill out the rest of the cast.

Tinsel Tales 2: NPR Christmas Favorites
December 21, 6am 93.9FM
December 22, 7am AM820

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. Hosted by Lynn Neary.

Oscar Brand’s Folksong Festival
December 21, 10pm AM820
Join Oscar Brand for his annual Christmas show.

The Jonathan Schwartz Christmas Show
December 22, 12pm 93.9FM and
Live broadcast of the 44th annual Christmas Show from Birdland in New York City.  This year the guest list includes, Jessica Molaskey, John Pizzarelli, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Tierney Sutton, Charles Osgood  Jason Robert Brown, John Guare, Marie Brenner, Deborah Solomon, Bill Charlap, Renee Rosnes, Stacy Sullivan, Kate McGarry, Tony DeSare, Kat Gang, Mike Renzi, Lee Musiker, Lynn Stein, Loston Harris, Sandy Stewart, Patti Marx, and Hendrik Hertzberg.

Selected Shorts: HO, HO, HUH? Selected Shorts’ Christmas special
December 22, 1pm AM820 and 10pm 93.9FM
Guest host Jane Kaczmarek introduces stories selected for the holidays.
“The H Street Sledding Record,” by Ron Carlson, performed by Keith Szarabajka
“Christmas Morning,” by Frank O’Connor, performed by Malachy McCourt
“Occurrence on the Six Seventeen,” George Shephard, performed by Tony Roberts
“Christmas in Qatar” (poem), by Calvin Trillin, performed by Calvin Trillin

Spinning On Air: A Very Jolly Synthesized Christmas
Dec. 22, 8pm, 93.9 FM
Plug in the Christmas cheer! David Garland presents vintage recordings of holiday favorites performed on Moog, Buchla, and other analog synthesizers. You might think this sonic tinsel would seem synthetic, but it's full of genuine joy and warmth. Hear highlights from albums released in the late '60s and early '70s, including Douglas Leedy's "A Very Merry Electric Christmas to You," The Moog Machine's "Christmas Becomes Electric," and Sy Mann's "Switched on Santa." And as a bonus, a Christmas visit with The Beatles!

All Songs Considered
December 23, 9pm 93.9FM
Host Bob Boilen and friends trade holiday cheer and snarky barbs while bringing you the best holiday songs from new and emerging breakout bands. Hear renditions of great holiday music you'll never hear at the mall.

Festivo Alt Latino
December 24, 9pm 93.9FM
Latin American holiday traditions often reflect both indigenous and European roots with distinct characteristics that are often only similar in the language used.  NPR Music's Alt.Latino hosts Felix Contreras and Jasmine Garsd take us on a Latin American holiday travelogue through the eyes and ears of four very different Latin Alternative musicians who put aside their contemporary sounds and go back to their musical and cultural roots.

Christmas with the Rose Ensemble
December 25, 10am 93.9FM and AM820
The acclaimed Rose Ensemble returns with a free one-hour special featuring festive and evocative music from early Peru, Bolivia, Mexico, and beyond. Colonial Latin America was a melting pot of ethnic diversity, when newcomers wrestled with local traditions, and cultural conflict was often reconciled through musical collaboration. Dances from the streets of Mother Spain mingle with African rhythms and indigenous languages, while celebration turns glorious in the pageantry of the Franciscan missions of California and New Mexico.

Christmas with Morehouse and Spelman Glee Clubs
December 25, 11am 93.9FM and 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
December 25, noon 93.9FM and AM820
Leonard’s annual Christmas presentation of gospel music for the holiday.

Holiday Standard Time with Michael Feinstein
December 25, 9pm 93.9FM
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. (WNYC)

Storycorps 10th Anniversary Special
December 26, 9pm 93.9FM
December 29, 7am and 8pm AM820

Celebrate the first decade of StoryCorps with a special retrospective hosted by Scott Simon and StoryCorps founder Dave Isay. Look back on 10 years of celebrating everyday people on public radio in this new hour-long special, fundraising program, and collection of short fundraising segments.

A Season's Griot 2013
December 28, 6am 93.9FM and 2pm AM820
This one-hour celebration in story and song is public radio's only nationally syndicated Kwanzaa program.  Hosted for nearly 20 years by acclaimed storyteller Madafo Lloyd Wilson, this annual special captures the tales and traditions of African American and African peoples. This year’s program will celebrate family with familiar and favorite elements of Griot, and plenty of music.

The Third Coast Festival
December 30, 9-11pm 93.9FM
An end of year broadcast of the Third Coast Festival, a competition that looks for the best radio segments produced each year.  Local WNYC winners in the competition to listen for - Radiolab’s “Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl” (Best Documentary: Silver Award), Radio Rookie’s “The Modern Day Scarlet Letter A” (Radio Impact Award) and Marianne McCune’s Sandy piece “Woman Emerges from the Dark” (Best News Feature).

Radio Deluxe 
New Year’s Eve, December 31, 9pm-1am 93.9FM, AM820 and
Join John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey, for the annual New Year’s Eve show, ringing in the new year from their "deluxe living room" with music from the American songbook.