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The Greene Space

Celebrate the Season in The Greene Space!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Join us for exclusive holiday performances, our annual radio play of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol and more! See full schedule and watched on-demand video.  

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WQXR Features

WQXR's 2013 Holiday Programming

Monday, November 18, 2013

WQXR has got you covered with special programming throughout the 2013 holiday season. Here is a calendar of the Chanukah and Christmas specials planned for December.

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Last Chance Foods

Last Chance Foods: Getting a Start on Christmas Cake

Friday, November 15, 2013

Time is running out to make English Christmas cake — it needs to be regularly basted in booze for at least five weeks. Out magazine editor Aaron Hicklin explains the process and tradition of making the holiday dessert.

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WNYC News

Wishes of Hope and Heat this Christmas in Far Rockaway

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Many Far Rockaway residents that were hit bad during Sandy are still living without heat this Christmas.

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The Takeaway

George Takei: Christmas at a Japanese Internment Camp

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

For George Takei, gift giving will always be associated with something that was taken away from him as a child. As a boy he remembers being rounded up at the beginning of World War II and sent to an internment camp for Japanese Americans. It was there, in among the most unexpected placed, where Takei recalls his most memorable gift.

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The Takeaway

Listeners' Most Meaningful Gifts

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

'Tis the season for gift giving, and we asked you -- our listeners -- to tell us about the most meaningful present you ever received.

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The Takeaway

Celebrity Stories of Gift Giving

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Recent guests, including actors Ed Burns and Brian Cox and singers Olivia Newton John and Darryl McDaniels, tell us about the gifts that have meant the most to them.

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The Takeaway

A Christmas Miracle: Donations from Strangers Save a Child

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

As The Takeaway explores stories of gift giving and gift receiving all this hour, a rare act of generosity changed Beth Gonzalez’s perspective on the notion of presents. Beth tells the story of her three-year-old son Lucas who was born with a rare genetic immune disorder, and how donations from all over the world saved his life.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Gospel Hour Two

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Playlist:
Joy to the World - Marion Williams (Album: If We Ever Needed the Lord Before)

Go Where I Send Thee - Marion Williams (Album: Black Nativity, Gospel on Broadway!)

Wasn’t That a Mighty Day - Alex Bradford (Album: Gospel on Broadway!)

Angels from the Realms of Glory - Edna Gallmon Cook)

The Holy Babe - Mahalia Jackson (Album: Mahalia Sings Songs of Christmas)

No Room at the Inn - Marion Williams (Album: O Holy Night Had No Room, Staples Singers)

No Room at the Inn - Consolers (Album: Nashboro Nativity)

No Room at the Hotel - Sister Jessie Mae Renfro

God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman - Marion Williams (Album: Through Many Dangers)

O Come All Ye Faithful - Mahalia Jackson (Album: Mahalia Sings Songs of Christmas)

The First Noel - Yolanda Adams

Baby Born Today - Ensemble cast (Album: Black Nativity, Gospel on Broadway!)

Sweet Little Jesus Boy - Mahalia Jackson (Album: Mahalia Sings Songs of Christmas)

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Leonard's Christmas Gospel Show

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Leonard Lopate hosts a two-hour gospel special, with favorite Christmas songs from gospel greats Mahalia Jackson, Marion Williams, Mme. Edmond Cook, and Alex Bradford, and others.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Gospel Hour One

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Playlist:
Go Tell It on the Mountain - Mahalia Jackson (Album: Apollo Sessions)

When Was Jesus Born - Marion Williams & Stars of Faith (Album: O Holy Night)

Christ Is Born - Marion Williams and Alex Bradford (Album: Black Nativity, Gospel on Broadway!)

Sweet Little Jesus Boy - Brother Joy May (Album: Nashboro Nativity)

Poor Little Jesus Boy - Mattie Williams (Album: Black Nativity, Gospel on Broadway!)

No Room at the Hotel - The Chosen Gospel Singers (Album: The Lifeboat)

Great Day in December - Swan Silvertones (Album: Saviour Pass Me Not)

No Room at the Inn - Sam McCrary with the Fairfield Four (Album: How Sweet It Was)

No Room at the Inn - Mahalia Jackson (Album: Mahalia Sings Songs of Christmas)

Mary, Mary, What You Gonna Name that Pretty Little Baby? - Frances Steadman, Marion Williams (Album: Black Nativity, Gospel on Broadway!)

What’re You Gonna Name Your Baby, Mary?  - Shirley Caesar

Glory to the New Born King - Margaret Allison with Angelic Gospel Singers (Album: Nashboro Nativity)

Silent Night, Holy Night - Mahalia Jackson (Album: Silent Night: Gospel Christmas with Mahalia Jackson)

Go Tell It on the Mountain - Mom & Pop Winans (Album: Gospel Family Christmas)

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaway | December 25, 2012

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

A Christmas Miracle: Donations from Strangers who Saved a Child | Deconstructing the Christmas Gift | Listeners' Most Meaningful Gifts | Celebrity Stories of Gift Giving | George Takei: Christmas at a Japanese Internment Camp | Remembering Newtown on Christmas

WNYC News

Operation Santa Celebrates 100th Year with Low Numbers

Monday, December 24, 2012

It’s the 100th year that the main post office in Manhattan has responded to letters addressed, “Dear Santa.” On Christmas Eve at the James Farley Post Office elves busily replied to letters and sent last minute packages to needy families in the area.

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WNYC News

The Jazz Age Rise And Scandalous Fall Of The Santa Claus Association

Monday, December 24, 2012

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A hundred years ago, when a child in America wrote a note to Santa Claus, it wound up in the "dead letters" room at the post office, never to be delivered. That changed in 1913, when an enterprising New Yorker named John Gluck founded The Santa Claus Association, a charity that matched children's wishes to donors.

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Micropolis

A Santa State of Mind

Monday, December 24, 2012

Some hefty men dress up as Santa Claus because it’s a nice way to make a little extra cash,  this time of year. But for others it's more a state of mind. 

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Pipedreams

An American Organist's Christmas

Monday, December 24, 2012

Performers, composers, arrangers, and instrument builders join in providing music for the holiday celebration.

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The Takeaway

Your Picks for the Best and Worst Holiday Music

Monday, December 24, 2012

What's the best holiday song? Ryan Roche picks Put the Lights on the Tree by Sufjan Stevens. Bobby Birch nominates Josh Groban's Oh Holy Night. The worst? Well, we'll just say that Paul McCartney made the list.

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WNYC News

Christmas Arrives Early in the Rockaways

Sunday, December 23, 2012

At a banquet hall usually reserved for wedding receptions in Howard Beach hundreds of families affected by Sandy received an early Christmas surprise courtesy of the relief group Secret Sandy.

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Spinning on Air

Christmas Presence

Sunday, December 23, 2012

David Garland presents some gentle and festive music for Christmas. The December darkness is illuminated with extended renditions of two seasonal songs that have been sung for centuries, a few familiar carols, and the elfin humor of the Christmas greetings The Beatles recorded for their fan club during the 1960s.

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The Choral Mix with Kent Tritle

O Magnum Mysterium

Sunday, December 23, 2012

On this edition of The Choral Mix, we celebrate Christmas with a comprehensive look at the ways composers have portrayed the nativity, from Palestrina to Lauridsen.

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