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Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!

From: Kenny Fairris
Length: 07:30

Watching A Charlie Brown Christmas has become a yearly tradition for generations of viewers. Explore the history of this program, consider why it communicates so well, and hear about some of the spiritual and artistic influence it has had.

Charlie_brown_small Guests:
Robert Short, author of The Gospel According to Peanuts
Steven James and David Thomas, authors of How to Hit a Curve Ball, Grill a Perfect Steak, and Become a Real Man
Phil Vischer, creator of Jelly Telly
Jeffrey Overstreet, author of Through a Screen Darkly
Beth Maynard, author of Get up off Your Knees

Musical Snippets Include:
Sixpence None the Richer – "Christmastime is Here"
The Vince Guaraldi Trio – "Christmastime is Here (Instr.)"
                          "Skating"
                          "Hark The Herald Angels Sing"
                          "My Little Drum"

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Guests:
Robert Short, author of The Gospel According to Peanuts
Steven James and David Thomas, authors of How to Hit a Curve Ball, Grill a Perfect Steak, and Become a Real Man
Phil Vischer, creator of Jelly Telly
Jeffrey Overstreet, author of Through a Screen Darkly
Beth Maynard, author of Get up off Your Knees

Musical Snippets Include:
Sixpence None the Richer – "Christmastime is Here"
The Vince Guaraldi Trio – "Christmastime is Here (Instr.)"
                          "Skating"
                          "Hark The Herald Angels Sing"
                          "My Little Drum"

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I'm a Hugh Duncan fan

I've always been amazed at simplicity and profoundness of the work of Charles Schulz and I think Hugh Duncan did a great job capturing what I think Schulz was trying to do with this Christmas favorite. Don't forget "what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown!" I'm a Hugh Duncan fan and never miss an episode of his Nuclearity at www.nuclearity.org. Happy New Year!

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Nice Piece

Thanks for taking the time to focus our attention on this sweet piece of pop culture. My mother and I, who have been watching that program most every year for the last 40 years, are sitting on the family couch now, remembering our own affection for the Charlie Brown special that started them all. It will always be the best. It always had the most heart in it of all of them. And those tender little voices... so heart rending.

Good job on getting enthusiastic and articulate commentators to underline what made this program special. Happy holidays to you.

Paul Ingles (with Audrey Ingles)
www.paulingles.com

Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
Christmastime is Here Sixpence None the Richer 01:00
Christmastime is Here The Vince Guaraldi Trio :00
Skating The Vince Guaraldi Trio :10
Hark The Herald Angels Sing The Vince Guaraldi Trio :30
My Little Drum The Vince Guaraldi Trio 01:20

Additional Credits

Mastered by Kenny Fairris

Related Website

www.nuclearity.org