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Playlist: Christmas

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And, take a look at our Hanukkah Editors' Picks.

These are primarily spoken word pieces. For music programs, check out our Holiday Music Specials.

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Reclaiming the Holidays

From Humankind | 59:01

Profiles of people from different backgrounds who seek to get past the consumer frenzy of the December holidays, and to focus more on authentic family connection and giving charity in the spirit of the season.

Annie_leonard_small This special profiles people from different backgrounds who seek to get past the consumer frenzy of the December holidays, and to focus more on authentic family connection and giving charity in the spirit of the season. Interviewees include Annie Leonard, whose environmental film 'The Story of Stuff' attracted over 10 million online viewers. Our second half-hour examines the movement to carve out family downtime from our digital devices

America's Test Kitchen Holiday Special: Top Kitchen Gifts, Wine Guide, Celebrity Holiday Memories

From America's Test Kitchen Radio | Part of the America's Test Kitchen 2013 Holiday Specials series | 53:59

This time on America’s Test Kitchen, we talk to some of our favorite guests about their happiest holiday memories. We’ll be tasting wine with expert Stephen Meuse, and we'll find out what's hot and what's not in the world of kitchen gadgets. We’ll travel back in time to discover the origins of New Orleans Bourbon Bread Pudding, and we’ll head into the test kitchen to learn how to make Fallen Chocolate Cake. And of course, we’ll be taking your calls to answer all of your cooking questions. Promo available Monday, December 9, 2013. Full hour available starting Thursday, December 12, 2013.

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America's Test Kitchen Holiday Special: Top Kitchen Gifts, Wine Guide, Celebrity Holiday Memories 

 In this hour:

—Host Christopher Kimball talks to some of our favorite guests about their happiest holiday memories.

—Call-Ins with Host Christopher Kimball and Culinary Expert Bridget Lancaster: Chris and Bridget take calls from listeners and answer their cooking questions.

Wine Tasting with Stephen Meuse: Wine expert Stephen Meuse challenges host Christopher Kimball to a blind wine tasting.

Hot or Not: Gadget guru Lisa McManus reviews her top ten holiday gift ideas.

—Taste of America: Host Christopher Kimball takes us back in time to discover the origins of New Orleans Bourbon Bread Pudding.

Recipe Challenge: Test cook Dan Souza uncovers the secrets to making Fallen Chocolate Cake. 

A CHRISTMAS CAROL (A Ghost Story for Christmas)

From Craig Wichman | 55:19

By mining the dark veins of this classic, its timeless heart is reclaimed.

Quicks_carol_poster_small Directed by Jay Stern (Independent Feature, THE CHANGELING), and adapted by Producer Craig Wichman from the novella by Charles Dickens, this production returns to the heart of the 1843 story - mining the dark veins of what its author called "a GHOST story - for Christmas." The cast of seasoned New York actors includes Mr. Wichman, Anthony Cinelli, John Prave, Ghislaine Nichols, Deborah Barta, Joseph Franchini, Jodi Botelho, Elizabeth Stull, and Tony Scheinman. Music by TONY AWARD winner Mark Hollmann. Sound Effects by Clyde Baldo and The Cast. Engineering by David Nolan. "...Wichman (is) a Scrooge for all seasons..." -Paul Davis, author of "THE LIFE AND TIMES OF EBENEZER SCROOGE" "Very special... a marvelous job... kudos to the cast." -Max Schmid, WBAI, NY QUICKSILVER RADIO THEATER has earned awards from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters and the National Audio Theatre, and has performed by invitation at the Museum of Television and Radio (Paley Center for Media) where its shows are in the Collection.

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From Hearing Voices | Part of the Hearing Voices series | 53:57

A mix of holiday stories, found-sound, and sampled songs: A bell-ringer at the Mall of America. Holiday history as told by second graders. A trip to the toy store. Carols sung by Zulu children in a South African orphanage. And holiday bits from Bing Crosby, George W. Bush, and The Beatles Fan Club Christmas messages.

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Host: Barrett Golding of Hearing Voices

Holiday cheer and holiday weird, a mix of lotsa holiday stories, found-sound, and sprinkling of sampled songs:

A home-recording of a "Christmas Gathering 1947" (4:08 excerpt), on an unlabeled 7" Wilcox Gay Recordio Disc, was found by Bob Purse. The complete recording is posted at the 365 Days Project, "Christmas Gathering 1947" (6:32 mp3): [audio:http://blogfiles.wfmu.org/DP/2003/12/365-Days-Project-12-25-christmas-gathering-1947.mp3]

John Beltran remixes Bing Crosby "The First Noel" (5:02), on the compilation Holiday Chill - The Christmas Remixes.

"Dad and Sam" (4:43) is Jay Allison's story of father and brotherhood, from his series Life Stories.

Simon & Garfunkel mixed "Silent Night/7 0'Clock News" (2:05) back in 1996, on their album Parsley, Sage, Rosemary And Thyme.

Every year at the Mall of America, you can hear "Arthur Jackson: Singing Salvation Army Bellringer" (4:54), a reformed drug addict now serving the Lord. The piece was produced by Todd Melby (KFAI Listening Lounge | Twin Cities Daily Planet | 2 below zero).

"Carrie Conley" (2:06) talks about raising six children as a single mom, and rounding up Christmas dinner and presents for everyone. Her son, Jerry Johnson, interviewed her for the StoryCorps project.

Beatles 1963 flex-disk record coverEvery year, from 1963-1969, the Beatles sent their Fan Club members a Christmas message on flexi-disk record. The "Beatles Fan Club Christmas" (excerpts 6:41) messages were collected on The Beatles Christmas Album. Several sites have them posted online; there's hi-fi (320kbps) mp3s at TheBeatleSource) and The Internet Beatles Album.

"Christmas Kids" (4:25) tell the stories, myths and rumours of the Holidays, from a 2nd-graders POV: Mrs. Beasley's class at Emerson School in Bozeman, Montana, recorded in 1986.

At an orphanage in South Africa, some "Zulu Kids" (2:14) belted out a few songs for producer Jake Warga.

The late, great sound-recordist, Tony Schwartz, takes us on an audio tour of "Christmas in New York" (6:04) in the late 1950s. For more TonyS: Library of Congress | WNYC | WFMU | TonySchwartz.org | HV from NPR | Amazon.

HV's Barrett Golding tours his hometown of Bozeman looking for "The T in Xmas" (2:55): A toy-shop owner displays her wares, a Jewish man recounts the story of Hannukah, a Salvation Army captain tells the history of bell-ringing, and the Sweet Adelaides choir offer a-capella carols.

Seattle's Captain Smartypants and the Seattle Men's Chorus yodel and line-dance their country-style Brokeback Dreidel, aka, "Kislev Cowboys" (excerpt 2:06) by Eric Lane Barnes. Recorded live by Tom Speer of the Seattle Channel, the video is posted onYouTube.

George W. Bush speeches are captured and placed in the extraordinary rendition program of mashup artisan Rx, who wishes you a "Happy RXmas & Whole Lotta Love" (Bush vs. Led Zep- excerpt 2:31). And we end with a Mahalia Jackson "Silent Night" (excerpt 2:41), remixed by King Kooba (bassist Charlie Tate and producer Matt Harris, aka DJ Shuff). The song is floating around the net free.

Church Music

From Charles Lane | 58:59

Church music is one of the few pure forms of human expression. Just a person, their voice, and the belief that compassion is self-fulfilling and will birth more compassion. Here in a one-hour special we explore the many kinds of church music in America. The culture and the people behind the voices. Who sings and why, and what those songs say about our country.

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Web200802240697songso_small Church music is one of the few pure forms of human expression. Just a person, their voice, and the belief that compassion is self-fulfilling and will birth more compassion. Here in a one-hour special we explore the many kinds of church music in America. The culture and the people behind the voices. Who sings and why, and what those songs say about our country. This documentary takes equally from several Christian denominations and is prefect for air around Easter, Christmas, or on any given Sunday. **rundown "attached" and at "station info"

Right Between the Ears Christmas Special

From Darrell Brogdon | 58:56

Sketch comedy with a Yuletide flavor, featuring the award-winning show Right Between the Ears.

Rbtelogo_verysmall_small Right Between the Ears serves up an hour of sketch comedy for the holiday season in a live performance at Liberty Hall in Lawrence, KS.  The RBTE Yuletide show includes a spoof of the classic It's a Wonderful Life, updated for our economically-challenged times, plus commercials for Jiffy Pants ("the popcorn you make in your pants") and Mournful Christmas, featuring Gregorian monk-ified Christmas carols.  Also, the hosts of Pimp My Turkey outfit their Christmas turkey with a 500 horsepower police interceptor engine (and a cup holder), the Broadway Boys sings over-the-top Christmas songs and Sarah Palin hosts her first Christmas special.

Right Between the Ears is a four-time winner of the Gold Medal as Best Comedy Show at the New York Festivals, and is broadcast every week on Laugh USA, Sirius-XM 96 and on the stations of Kansas Public Radio. 

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From America's Test Kitchen Radio | Part of the America's Test Kitchen Radio series | 53:58

This time on America’s Test Kitchen, we travel to the Topsfield fair for the annual giant pumpkin contest to meet the man who grew the world’s first one-ton pumpkin. We’ll be tasting turkey to find out which brands of bird are best, and we’ll travel back in time to discover how to bard a turkey. Then we’ll head into the test kitchen to learn how to make fluffy mashed potatoes. And of course, we’ll be taking your calls to answer all of your cooking questions. (AIR WINDOW: November 15-December 31, 2012)

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America's Test Kitchen Show 137: Thanksgiving Special Show

 In this hour:

—Host Christopher Kimball travels to the Topsfield fair for the annual giant pumpkin contest to meet the man who grew the world’s first one-ton pumpkin.

—Call-Ins with Host Christopher Kimball and Culinary Expert Bridget Lancaster: Chris and Bridget take calls from listeners and answer their cooking questions.

—Taste Test with Jack Bishop: Tasting expert Jack Bishop challenges host Christopher Kimball to a tasting of turkey.

—Taste of America: Host Christopher Kimball takes us back in time to discover how to bard a turkey.

—Recipe Challenge: Test cook Dan Souza uncovers the secrets to making fluffy mashed potatoes.

A Christmas Carol: REDUX

From Charles Ketchabaw | 54:00

“A Christmas Carol: Redux” retells the Charles Dickens classic with a dark comedic spin courtesy of ‘Ready, Set, Panic’. Set in the present day, with a crumbling economy and skyrocketing unemployment, cheapskate Scrooge refuses to share his wealth with those less fortunate. Join our narrator, Russell Thomas, as he recounts this classic Christmas tale with visits by The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future (all while he battles his own ghosts due to a recent divorce).

Christmascarolredux_small "A Christmas Carol: Redux” retells the Charles Dickens classic in the present day, giving it a satirical comedic spin. Amidst a crumbling economy, skyrocketing unemployment, and mass protests on Wall Street, cheapskate Scrooge (the 1%) refuses to share his wealth with those less fortunate (the 99%).  Join our narrator, Russell Thomas, as he recounts this classic Christmas tale with visits by The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future (all while he battles his own ghosts due to a recent divorce).

Jon Smith – Russell Thomas (narrator)

Charles Ketchabaw – Ron (audio engineer)

Rob Fulton – Scrooge

Aviva Armour- Ostroff – Ghost of Christmas Present

Lisa Marie DiLiberto - Ghost of Christmas Past

Eric Toth – Ghost of Christmas Future

Samantha Espie – Belle

Andre Arruda – Tiny Tim

Evanne Ketchabaw – Susan Scrooge

Nesh Abadjian – Jacob Marley

Mark De Angelis – Bob Crachit

Written by: Andrew De Angelis, Mark De Angelis, Charles Ketchabaw

Produced and directed by: Ready Set Panic (panicsociety.com)

Mixed and Edited by: Charles Ketchabaw

Portraits of Faith

From Aaron Henkin | 49:27

Nine people of nine different faiths and philosophies attempt to answer a deceptively simple question: What does it mean to you to believe?

Prayer1_small This is a one-hour, talk-clock-formatted documentary special that might make a nice addition to your program schedule if you're looking for some holiday programming or just wanting something contemplative to put on your airwaves. Here in Baltimore, my friend Jason and I set out on a simple mission: We criss-crossed our city and met with nine people of nine different faiths. We asked them each a set of identical questions about what it means for them to 'believe.' We talked with an Orthodox Muslim, a Buddhist monk, a Christian minister, a Jewish cantor, an atheist, a Quaker, a United Methodist / Episcopalian, a Catholic, and a Keetowah Cherokee. They all spoke eloquently about how their beliefs give them strength and comfort, and also about how those beliefs can sometimes give way to doubt when tested. We ended up with nearly nine hours of audio, and when we finally whittled it down and cut it together into this radio special, we realized there's a pretty incredible amount of common ground beneath the religious differences that often seem to divide us. If you're interested in licensing this special, I'd be happy to custom-tailor a promo for you and help you out with whatever else you might need. Just click the 'contact me' button and send me an email.

Hungry for the Holidays, with Julia Child

From Leet and Litwin | Part of the HUNGRY: The Literary Julia Child series | 54:49

Julia Child takes us back in time, presenting 2 stories -- "A Christmas Carol," read by the actor Peter Donat; and "I Was Really Very Hungry," written and performed by M.F.K. Fisher -- about an over-the-top French meal.

Copy_of_julia_prx_small Everyone knows Julia Child loved to cook, but not everyone knows she loved to read. Long ago she started work on a series of specials that are only just now being completed and aired -- stories about food and a little cooking, but mostly about people. "A Christmas Carol is a lovely story to read over the holidays," she says, "because it has a happy ending." Peter Donat, a star of her favorite TV show, "Murder She Wrote," brings the story to life -- with sounds and music that stimulate the theatre of the mind. Next Julia introduces her old friend, M.F.K. Fisher, who was, in the words of the poet W.H. Auden, "the best prose-writer in America." The recording took place in the author's tiny house set in a meadow, with cows poking their noses to the window. Julia paints a funny, spontaneous portrait of her friend -- especially her "wicked" streak. The story Mary Frances Kennedy reads is "I Was Really Very Hungry," about a meal served off-season in a famous Burgundian restaurant, the passionate chef slaving in the kitchen, the passionate waitress bringing course after course to the only diner in the building, M.F.K. Fisher, whose pleasure shifts to fear as she finds herself "a victim of these stranded gourmets." 

RISK! True Stories for the Holidays

From RISK! Storytelling Podcast | 51:56

Elna Baker, Michele Carlo, Christine, Steve Spatucci and Scott Whitehair share true tales of the Yuletide.

Logo-smallr_small RISK! is the show "where people tell true stories they never thought they'd dare to share." Writers, actors and ordinary folks tell their most intimate secrets -- the most loaded moments of their lives. It's hilarious, heartbreaking and often, just plain wonderful. Some stories are told on stage at RISK! live shows and others are radio pieces including music and sound design. 

This special holiday episode of RISK! features author Elna Baker on the time she managed "adoptions" of baby dolls at toy store FAO Schwartz; author Michele Carlo on her first kiss in a Christmastime snowstorm; Steve Spatucci on his childhood quest to find Santa Claus; and Scott Whitehair on his teenage quest to make sure his baby brother continued to believe in Old St. Nick.

Note: there is also an under 5 minute version of this show featuring just Steve Spatucci's story HERE.

Share the Holidays with Alexander McCall Smith

From On the Strip Radio Network | 58:59

Heart-warming stories and music for the season from beloved author Alexander McCall Smith. Presented by Random House Publishing.

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Gifted storyteller and best-selling author, Alexander McCall Smith shares tales and music from Africa, Scotland, and points in between in a new one-hour holiday special produced by Ben Manilla P roductions for On The Strip Radio and presented by Random House Publishing.

Alexander McCall Smith was born in what is now known as Zimbabwe and became a professor of Medical Law at the University of Edinburgh. In the 1980's he began writing children's books and has since become one of the most prolific authors of our time with dozens of books for readers of all ages.

Perhaps his best-known series is "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency." His most-recent book is "The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds", the latest in the Isabel Dalhousie mysteries.

 

Copies of "The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds" will be available free to public radio stations for pledge drive premiums or station promotions.


Two Holidays and a Blizzard

From Playing on Air | Part of the Playing on Air series | 53:00

'The Blizzard', a mystery thriller by David Ives, features Jesse Eisenberg as a snowed-in screenwriter facing unexpected guests. Ryan brings his new girlfriend home to celebrate the holiday in 'The Miracle of Chanukah.' And in our third short play, 'Christmas Breaks', a girl and a guy exchange some unexpected Christmas gifts. Lively group interviews follow each.

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Three short plays. The Blizzard, a mystery thriller, features Jesse Eisenberg as a snowed-in screenwriter facing unexpected guests. In The Miracle of Chanukah, a holiday guest’s personal miracle throws a family for a loop. In Christmas Breaks, a young man surprises his girlfriend with some curve ball gifts. The Blizzard is written by David Ives, directed by John Rando (Tony) with Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network), Alfredo Narciso, Heidi Schreck and Sarah Sokolovic. Miracle of Chanukah is by Sheri Wilner and features Zach Appelman, Peter Friedman, Judy Gold (Emmy), Marcia Jean Kurtz, Lisa Joyce. Christmas Breaks is by Patrick Gabridge and features Zach Appelman, Steven Boyer, and Halley Feiffer.  Interview with David Ives, John Rando and The Blizzard cast; Sheri Wilner and The Miracle of Chanukah cast and the cast of Christmas Breaks.

Peace on the Battlefield: The Christmas Truce of 1914 and Manassas Peace Jubilee (Peace Talks Radio) [59:00 / 54:00]

From Good Radio Shows, Inc. | Part of the Peace Talks Radio: Hour Long Specials series | 58:45

Two instances when peace broke out – right on the field of battle. First, the impromptu but widespread unofficial Christmas Truce of 1914 in the early months of fighting in Europe in World War 1. Also the story of the National Jubilee of Peace – the first major gathering of Civil War veterans from the North and South in 1911 - 50 years after the Battle of Bull Run at Manassas.

Christmastruce2_small On this episode of Peace Talks Radio, we spotlight two instances when peace broke out – right on the field of battle.  First, the impromptu but widespread unofficial Christmas Truce of 1914 in the early months of fighting in Europe in World War 1.   Soldiers from both sides essentially said, war is hell – let’s not do it near Christmas Day.  To tell us that story, we have Stanley Weintraub, historian, professor emeritus from Penn State University, biographer and author of many books including “Silent Night- The Christmas Truce of 1914.”  Also the story of  the National Jubilee of Peace – the first major gathering of Civil War veterans from the North and South in 1911 - 50 years after the Battle of Bull Run at Manassas.  Steve Pendlebury has our story – from the place where it happened in 1911 – and was re-enacted in the summer of 2011, Manassas, Virginia.

The Days After Christmas

From Loyola Productions, Inc. | Part of the Kaleidoscope series | 47:59

An exploration of the days following December 25th, including their significance and some common household traditions. Also included are readings of Longfellow and Oursler.

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While part of a series of programs covering the Christmas Season, "The Days After Christmas" may also stand on its own as an informational and entertaining look at the season that continues after December 25th.

Included in this edition of "Kaleidoscope" are readings of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's "The Three Kings" and Fulton Oursler's "A String of Blue Beads." 


*See "Timing and Cues" for suggested edits, if any, for call letters, date/series info, etc.

*This program originated on analog tape using non-digital source material. Some tape hiss and record pops should be expected.

A Christmas Carol

From KRCU | 59:00

A sound-rich audio drama of the famous Charles Dickens story.

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Default-piece-image-1 Hear the ghosts of Christmas come alive this holiday season with this special radio adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol. Children and adults alike will love this rendition of this heart-warming Christmas favorite. The myriad of sound effects and musical cues puts the listener right there with the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future.

Alt 50's Christmas

From Mike Flanagan | 58:54

Sure, Christmas in the 1950s was the stomping ground for Rudolph and Frosty. But underneath the marshmallow world of perfect conformity was another take on holiday cheer that involved rock n roll, space travel, my baby left me blues, and good old Cold War paranoia. Welcome to the Alt 50s Christmas, edgier than Perry Como, more corrupt than a rigged quiz show...something to sing while you dig your fallout shelter!

50sxmascoverradio_copy_small Sure, Christmas in the 1950s was the stomping ground for Rudolph and Frosty. But underneath the marshmallow world of perfect conformity was another take on holiday cheer that involved rock n roll, space travel, my baby left me blues, and good old Cold War paranoia. Welcome to the Alt 50s Christmas, edgier than Perry Como, more corrupt than a rigged quiz show...something to sing while you dig your fallout shelter!

THE BLUE CARBUNCLE (A Christmas Adventure of Sherlock Holmes)

From Craig Wichman | 54:58

During Yuletide, Holmes and Watson face several Dickensian Londoners, a dusty hat, a famous gem - and a goose! (One of Arthur Conan Doyle’s rare comic tales.)

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"The best American portrayer of Sherlock Holmes that we have today." -William Nadel, BAKER STREET IRREGULARS

As in Quicksilver’s award-winning production of THE SPECKLED BAND, Craig Wichman (Independent Film, THE DEVIL YOU KNOW) plays the Great Detective, and John Prave, the Good Doctor. The cast features Emma Palzere, Joseph Franchini, Dan Renkin, Clyde Baldo, and Soprano Soloist Bernadette Fiorella (New York City Opera). Original music by Frank Spitznagel. Sound effects by Sue Zizza, Mr. Baldo, and the cast. Engineers, Chip Fabrizi and Dominick Barbera.

Adapted and Produced by Mr. Wichman.
Directed by Jay Stern (Independent Feature, THE CHANGELING).


*As an added treat, Quicksilver presents the rarely produced short farce by famed Holmes portrayer William Gillette, THE PAINFUL PREDICAMENT OF SHERLOCK HOLMES.*

 
Recipient of the National Federation of Community Broadcasters' "AWARD OF SPECIAL MERIT."  Quicksilver has also earned the National Audio Theatre's "BEST SCRIPT" Award, and has performed by invitation at the Paley Center for Media (Museum of Television and Radio) where its shows are in the Collection.

A Cowboy Christmas

From Western Folklife Center Media | 54:24

A musical and poetic celebration of the Christmas holiday from the open ranges of America's outback.

Default-piece-image-0 A Cowboy Christmas celebrates the holiday with memories, music, and poetry of people who live and work in the isolation of America's outback. Some of the stories and songs are family traditions passed down through the generations while others are new works inspired by Christmas on the lonely range. This program features poets Baxter Black, Waddie Mitchell, and Native American singer and comedian Vincent Craig.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.- The Christmas Message of Hope

From Canadian Broadcasting Corporation | Part of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr- a Rewind series series | 54:58

Today, the fifth of six programs honouring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It's the final lecture of Dr. King's Massey lectures. This one is more a sermon than a lecture- it aired on Christmas Eve 1967.

Masssey-king-book_small Today, the fifth of six programs honouring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It's the final lecture of Dr. King's Massey lectures- a series that aired on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in late 1967. This one is more a sermon than a lecture- it aired on Christmas Eve 1967.  Dr. King used the opportunity to spread his message of non- violence and reconciliation to a wider audience.

"The Joe Bev Holiday Treat" (One-Hour Special)

From Joe Bevilacqua | Part of the Joe Bevilacqua Christmas Programming series | 59:23

A joyful and surprising self-contained hour of Christmas themed stories. Check out the Joe Bevilacqua Christmas Programming Series for Christmas programming of a variety of lengths.

Santacomp_small "The Joe Bev Holiday Treat" is a joyful and surprising self-contained, magazine one-hour compilation of Christmas themed stories--some true, some fictional--hosted by veteran public radio producer and Ellenville Journal reporter Joe Bevilacqua.

Give your listeners a Christmas present this year--a rest from the bad news of the world--with this happy holiday treat. The perfect show to run Christmas Eve!

The stories included in the hour are:

"Sleepy Santa" "The Christmas I Saved Macy's" "Sherlock Holmes Creepy Christmas in Scotland" "A Rockabilly Christmas" "Willoughby and the Professor Spend Christmas in the Middle East."

If you are looking for a short Christmas piece, check out THE CHRISTMAS I SAVED MACY'S (04:18) as a stand-lone at: http://www.prx.org/pieces/22168 or A Rockabilly Christmas at: http://www.prx.org/pieces/22410.

If you would like to broadcast my half-hour Christmas Special, go to: THE MISADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES CHRISTMAS SPECIAL: "Holmes Creepy Christmas" (28:57) http://www.prx.org/pieces/21906.

Here's a press release you can use to promote these shows:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lorie Kellogg 845-647-9475 press@waterlogg.com

Three Year Old Boy Saves Macy's Public Radio Veteran Recalls Stamping Out a Fire in 1964

This holiday season is a special one for Joe Bevilacqua (or Joe Bev as he often known). The veteran, award-winning writer, cartoonist, radio producer and actor has not one, but FOUR different Christmas Specials being broadcast on public radio stations across the country, over the next few days.

In one of them, "The Christmas I Saved Macy's," Bevilacqua recalls the time he stamped out a fire at Bambergers Department Store in Newark, New Jersey in 1964 when he was three years. The story was published in the December-January issue of Orange Magazine, reprinted in December 6 issue of The Ellenville Journal, and Joe Bevilacqua will be reading it on Public Radio International's "Here and Now," XM Satellite Radio and public radio stations nationwide, now through December 25.

Bamberger's department store was founded in 1893 by Louis Bamberger,and the building, which was erected in 1912, had a big clock on it. Unlike the sprawling malls of today, Bamberger's took up the entire building and sold everything from ladies underwear to model homes. In 1929, Bamberger's was purchased by R.H. Macy Co. of New York City, but it wasn't until 1986 that the name was changed to Macy?s when they went national. Today, there are Macy?s across the country. "And you can thank me for it," says Bevilacqua. "The same year The Beatles invaded America, I saved Bamberger's, so if it were not for me, the Macy's we know today may not have existed."

Bevilacqua's mother, Joan, brought her some to downtown Newark to shop for Christmas and so he could see his father, Joe, Sr., who was a policeman, directing traffic at the intersection of Market and Halsey Streets, where Bamberger's was located. After a visit with Santa, his mother took the boy into Bamberger's ladies lounge.

Bevilacqua recalls, "It was a handsome place with real wood paneling, glass ashtrays on ornate brass stands and leather chairs in which sat seven or eight Jackie Kennedy look-alikes, wearing pillbox hats, half-jackets and white gloves. They had all kicked off their spiked healed shoes and were rubbing their stockinged feet in between puffs of their cigarettes." A woman screamed and Bevilacqua saw flames coming out of one of the ashtray stands. The woman kicked over the stand and jumped up onto her leather chair, and the carpet was on fire. The woman screamed and jumped up. "Somebody put it out!" urged one woman. "I can't! I don?t have my shoes on!" replied another. "Me either!" added a third. The last suggested, "Get that kid to do it! He?s got shoes on!" Bevilacqua says he "quickly stamped out the fire" and the women lifted him up and "hugged and kissed" him. What does the 35-year public radio veteran remember most about that day? "The woman who had suggested my act of heroism picked me up, kissed my cheek and smiled. Her makeup smelled just like a delicious cotton candy.

Bevilacqua has edited and written several books, including Daws Butler: Characters Actor, the authorized biography of the voice of Yogi Bear. A frequent contributor to National Public Radio, He has won many awards, including a Silver Reel from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters for A Guy Named Joe Bevilacqua. His radio documentary Lady Bird Johnson: Legacy of a First Lady won best radio documentary at the 2001 New York Festivals. Most recently, Bevilacqua won a New York Festivals for his 2006 All Things Considered tribute to cartoon legend Joe Barbera. Bevilacqua has also written, directed and acting in hundreds of radio dramas for NPR and XM Satellite Radio. In addition, he writes three to five articles per week for The Ellenville Journal in Ellenville, NY. He also contributed a number of articles, essays and cartoons to the premiere issue of Orange Magazine. ?Joe Bev? and his wife and co-creator, Lorie Kellogg, live in their uniquely cartoonish home in the woods of Napanoch, NY, with their three dogs, George, Gracie and Zasu, and their two cats, Offica Pup and Krazy Kat. You can hear over 30 hours of his audio work, much of it for National Public Radio, at: www.joebev.com.

Calls from Home

From Nick Szuberla | 59:24

Voices of prisoner family members sending holiday messages to their incarcerated loved ones across the country. Powerful stories, poems, songs, and prayers. A touching program that will speak to every listener.

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Calls from Home

The United States has 2.4 million people behind bars. Thousand Kites wants you to lend your support to a powerful grassroots radio and community project that reaches into our nation's prisons and lets those inside know they are not forgotten.

Thousand Kites is excited to offer community radio stations and individuals the 9th annual national radio program Calls from Home. The program features phone calls from mothers and children, brothers and grandparents, sharing the intimate power of families speaking directly to their incarcerated loved ones. Poets and musicians read and sing across phone lines and prison walls. Calls from Home, produced in the coalfields of central Appalachia, reaches a national network of prisoners, their loved ones and public listeners through community radio in an effort to educate the public about the criminal justice system. Started in 1998 by artists at Appalshop, the program was first a local response to the growing prison industry in their rural community.

Thousand Kites, and WMMT-FM, would like to offer your station Calls from Home, a special program that brings the voices of families across the nation to the airwaves as they send greetings directly to their incarcerated loved ones. The program features calls that share the intimate power of families speaking straight to their loved ones behind bars. The material was recorded on December 9th, when Thousand Kites opened its toll-free line for seven hours of recording.

Use the CALLS FROM HOME FACILITATION GUIDE
Thousand Kites needs your support in spreading the word. You can help out by playing the program to your community group, church or even inside a prison and then hosting a discussion about the program. This is a simple way to start a discussion in your community.

Right-click this link to download a ten-minute Calls from Home for drop-in use or in your community

pdf Calls From Home Facilitation Guide click to download 60.52 Kb

The Cartoon Carnival Christmas Party

From Joe Bevilacqua | Part of the Cartoon Carnival with Joe Bev. series | 01:05:19

Christmas themed cartoon audio and music in 12 modules, produced and hosted by Joe Bev, with Stan Freberg, Daws Butler, Marian Richmond, Sammy Davis Jr., Burl Ives and Gary Owens.

Christmas-snoopy-lights-tree_small Here is a fun, different Christmas special for your listeners...

This hour special is available for broadcast as a one-hour show (in three segments) or as 12 5 1/2 minute modules, for flexible programming.

The Cartoon Carnival Christmas Party includes rare and classic holiday themed cartoon audio and music:

Stan Freberg, Daws Butler, Don Messick, and Marian Richmond in "Sleepy Santa," "The Christmas That Almost Never Was," and "Christmas Dragnet," plus music from "A Charlie Brown Christmas" by Vince Guarldi, "Seigh Ride" by Leroy Anderson, Alvin and the Chipmunks sing "The Chipmunk Song," Burl Ives sings "Have a Holly Jolly Christmas," Thurl Ravenscroft sings "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch," and Sammy Davis Jr. sings "It's Christmas Time All Over the World."

The program is produced and hosted by Joe Bevilacqua (Joe Bev.) -- as his childhood creations Willoughby and the Professor.

This special is based on Joe Bev's high rated radio show currently airing on Shokus Internet Radio.

MORE Joe Bev. Christmas specials can be found here:

http://www.prx.org/series/22441-joe-bevilacqua-christmas-programming

JOE BEVILACQUA (JOE BEV) presents the first radio cartoon show ever - CARTOON CARNIVAL!

As the protege of cartoon voice legend Daws Butler (Yogi Bear), the veteran award-winning broadcaster (NPR, XM Radio) is no stranger to the cartoon world. Joe Bev even co-authored his mentor's authorized biography, "Daws Butler, Characters Actor", available at BearManorMedia.Com.

MORE INFO:

http://www.pr-inside.com/joe-bevilacqua-joe-bev-returns-to-r1429414.htm

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cartoon-Carnival-Radio-Show/115944560605

http://www.joebev.com/cartooncarnival.htm

http://www.shokusradio.com/


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Available as a weekly series and/or stand-alone holiday specials, CARTOON CARNIVAL is a huge HIT with PDs and audiences at the following stations:

Weekly series airing:

1) ONLINE DAILY at 3 PM (PT) Shokus Internet Radio
http://www.shokusradio.com

2) Omni Media Networks:
SUNDAYS at 6 PM (PT) all channels(Classic Car Gold, the Stream, the Beyond Channel, and Hound Dog) and AM 1610 FM 89.3, Albany, OR
MONDAYS at 2 PM and 1 PM and TUESDAYS at 6 AM (PT) Golden Hours Radio Network
THURSDAYS, 3 PM (PT) The Powerful World of Sound
ONLINE: http://www.omnimedianetworks.org/listen.htm

3) FRIDAYS at 6 PM (PT) on KITC, 106.5 FM, Gilchrist, OR: http://kitcfm.com

4) Saturday at 9 AM (CT) on North Texas Radio for the Blind (NTRB)
Reading & Radio Resource, Dallas, TX
www.readingresource.org

5) SATURDAYS at 8 PM (CT) on Wisconsin Public Radio WGTD HD3:
http://www.wgtd.org

6) SATURDAYS at 8 AM (ET) on The 1920s Network, WHRO HD-3, Norfolk Va Beach
http://www.the1920snetwork.com

Stations airing specials:

7) KREV-LP 104.7 FM Estes Park, CO

8) KEOS-FM, 89.1, College Station/Bryan, TX.





Half-Hour (24:00-30:00)

Movies That Make Your Holidays

From Spokane Public Radio | 28:59

Spokane Public Radio's Movies 101 film reviewers give their picks for their top holiday rentals, traditional and not-so-traditional.

Spr_movies_101_holiday_icon_small_small Spokane Public Radio's Movies 101 has been in production since 1999. It features current hosts Dan Webster, a Spokesman-Review film critic who got seriously into movies back in his UC San Diego days. Mary Pat Treuthart, a tenured law professor at Gonzaga University, youngster, hipster film critic Nathan Weinbender, and the occasional guest reviewer. Movies 101 airs twice weekly on stations KPBX 91.1 and KSFC 91.9. It is SPR's most listened-to podcast.

The Christmas Chronicles: A Christmas Radio Drama in 8 Episodes (Series)

Produced by KBYU

At last, a true and complete history of everyone’s favorite Yuletide character, Santa Claus. Listen to this magical Christmas radio drama and learn the long held secrets that occupy every child’s mind during Christmas time. Here at last is the real Santa Claus we have always cherished.

Press website for Christmas Chronicles

Most recent piece in this series:

Episode 8: The Word

From KBYU | Part of the The Christmas Chronicles: A Christmas Radio Drama in 8 Episodes series | 28:02

Episode_8_christmas_chronicles_image_small A victory in the epic battle of the demon versus the reindeer, means Klaus can keep the spirit of Christmas alive. Richard Johnstone narrates.

HUNGRY: Julia Child Presents "A Dickens Holiday Feast"

From Leet and Litwin | Part of the HUNGRY: The Literary Julia Child series | 25:44

Julia says, "'A Christmas Carol' is a lovely story to read during the holidays, because it has a happy ending." The actor Peter Donat takes us to Victorian England -- and chef Mary Risley takes us into her modern kitchen to make the figgy pudding.

Charles-dickens_web_small "A Dickens Holiday Feast" is a gift from the Julia Child Foundation.

After Julia's brief introduction, horseshoes ring on the cobblestones, Big Ben strikes three, and Peter Donat reads of Scrooge, who is busy making people unhappy. The Cratchits are merry, cooking the goose and the Christmas pudding. Old Scrooge has been invited but says Bah! Humbug. Mary Risley shows us how to do the pudding, and behold! Scrooge shows up for the happy ending. Peter Donat, of San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater, has had leading roles in movies like "Chinatown" and TV shows like Julia's favorite, "Murder She Wrote."

Go Tell It On the Mountain

From Canadian Broadcasting Corporation | 29:16

"Go Tell It on the Mountain" was born in the rich and indomitable oral culture of African slaves in the American south. A hundred years later it became a rallying cry for the civil rights struggle of the 1960s. And now, it's a perennial favorite at Christmas concerts and church services across North America.

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"Go Tell It on the Mountain" was born in the rich and indomitable oral culture of African slaves in the American south. A hundred years later it became a rallying cry for the civil rights struggle of the 1960's. And now, it's a perennial favourite at Christmas concerts and church services across North America.

The spiritual "Go Tell It on the Mountain" has come to mean many things depending on the time and place in which it is sung. Freedom anthem, hymn of faith, a simple song of Christmas. As is the case with most spirituals, its music and lyrics cannot be attributed to any one person. African-American composer John Wesley Work is credited with formally adapting the song and including it in a songbook in 1907. But the versions of "Go Tell It on the Mountain" are as varied and distinctive as the people performing it. The lyrics have been adapted and re-adapted and personalized countless times. And it is always, at its heart, a celebration.

What Price the Princess Cult? Toys, our kids, and harmful messages.

From KSFR | Part of the Equal Time with Martha Burk series | 28:30

Peggy Orenstein, New York Times best-selling author of Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture talks with series host Martha Burk on the holiday buying frenzy, marketing to kids, and what hyper-genderized toys are doing to our children.

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First broadcast December 8, 2012.  This interview originally broadcast as the second half hour of a one hour program that included a first half-hour interview with nationally recognized economist Dr. Heidi Hartmann on women, kids, and the fiscal cliff  found at  http://www.prx.org/pieces/88911-going-over-the-fiscal-cliff-women-and-kids-first
 
This 1/2 hour interview can be broadcast as a stand-alone program (28:30 not counting 10 sec. station ID and one 2x30 sec break), or combined with Hartmann interview for a one hour show (56:47 not counting 10 sec. station ID and three 2x30 sec. breaks) as originally broadcast.

Audio Revolution "Consumerism" segment

From Youth Media Project | 28:06

Youth Media Project's Audio Revolution tackles conspicuous consumerism with local organizations, as well as Taoist approach to dealing with holiday stress.

Img_1292_small YMP's Audio Revolution tackles the touchy topic of Christmas and Consumerism with hosts Sienna Sanchez and Conor Cole. This segment include Earthcare International/Youth Allies participants' audio cascade about waste and recycling, a piece on Walmart's use of sweatshops and additional unsavory labor practices, and finally, YMP's Taylor Ramzel's Taoist approach to dealing with holiday stress.

My God

From Richard Paul | 25:39

Follow three 12-year-olds — a Muslim boy, an Orthodox Jewish boy and an evangelical Christian girl — at home and at school where they, their parents and teachers talk about their understanding of their faith and their relationship with God.

Playing
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Kidsandgod2_small We follow three 12-year olds, a Muslim boy, an Orthodox Jewish boy and an evangelical Christian girl at home and at school where they, their parents and teachers talk about their understanding of their faith and their relationship with God We also hear from Robert Coles, eminent child psychologist and author of The Moral Life of Children and The Spiritual Life of Children.

B-Side Radio: Holiday Special

From B-Side Radio | 29:01

Just in time for the holidays, the B-Side Radio crew brings you stories of holiday cooking, shopping, tree-hunting and charity gone awry. PLEASE NOTE: This piece contains a time reference to Hanukkah and should be aired after Hanukkah and before Christmas**

Santas1_small B-Side's Tamara Keith and Erika Kelly visit Union Square in San Francisco and find it filled with holiday cheer - and a couple of hundred intoxicated people dressed as Santa. Stories include: Tamara Keith on making latkes the right way. Ethan Lindsey on chopping down his own Christmas tree. Erika Kelly on making her son a wooden toy. Scott Gurian on his father's attempt to play Santa and what went wrong. Rene Gutel on her husband's Christmas present and an ethical dilema.


Segments (9:00-23:59)

Schnartzenholler

From Canadian Broadcasting Corporation | Part of the CBC Radio's Outfront series | 13:20

It's not Christmas. It's not Hanukkah. It's Schnartzenholler! When Emily Pearlman was a child her Jewish father and Christian mother created their own unique holiday celebration.

Prxoutfrontplain_small Schnartzenholler It's not Christmas. It's not Hannukah. It's Schnartzenholler! When Emily Pearlman was a child her Jewish father and Christian mother created their own unique holiday celebration to bridge the gap and give the family something to celebrate together. As Emily and her brother grew up Schnartzenholler lost its appeal. Now, as adults, can the family revive and reinvent it? by Emily Pearlman Producer: Steve Wadhams Outfront Opening and Closing Theme available - (see Timing and Cues section for more details) SEE ADDITIONAL LICENSE TERMS

Holy Land Tour

From Jake Warga | 13:27

A personal tour through the Holy Land, looking at how the conflict started and what it's like today between Jerusalem and Bethlehem...between birth and re-birth.

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A narrated audio-rich trip through the holy land exploring the modern state of Christmas.  Between Jerusalem and Bethlehem, between Easter and Christmas, there is a modern and yet ancient wall.  In my travels I explore the origins of the conflict, all the way back to Abraham:

 

"...The name “Isaac” means “He Laughs”  His laughter and blood becomes David’s...A lineage dripping with laughter, but blood is mixed with tears.  Ishmael, the name, means “He Weeps”  The brother of Isaac, the brother of Laughter, weeps to this day...

...In Jerusalem, religions compete to see which can get you up the earliest. Call to prayers from loud speakers in minarets try to beat the roosters. Then come wake-up bells from churches.  Not even an Atheist can over-sleep in the holy land. "

Video:

http://hearingvoices.com/news/2009/12/holy-land-tour/
or
http://vimeo.com/8037836

Trekking to the North Pole

From Greenpeace Canada | Part of the The Greenpeace Canada Podcast series | 11:02

In the spring of 2013 four young went on a trek to the North Pole with a message.

Frozenface_small In the spring of 2013 four people went on a trek to the North Pole with a message.

Not Quite Nutcracker (and way better than christmas carols)

From Emily Corwin | 21:14

Set to the entire score of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker Ballet, Vanessa White's The Slutcracker is a wholesome kind of raunchy...

Default-piece-image-2 This is a playful, musical exploration of the transformative and liberating phenomenon of burlesque performance––with a holiday spin.

An Incident on Grace Street

From Charles McGuigan | 23:46

This is a Christmas story, a sort of different take on the Nativity.

Default-piece-image-1 This is based on a true christmas story I heard many years ago. I recreate it as best I can with music, ambient sound and a little humor at the end.

It's Always Christmas When You're Santa Claus

From Jason Sear | Part of the Christmas as a Career: Being Santa series | 09:00

Producer Jason Sear’s uncle has a foot-long beard, drives a red Ford pickup truck he calls his sleigh, and wears red almost every day of the year. He explains what it means to be Santa 24/7 and how he draws inspiration from his father, who was also a Santa for over 35 years.

Santa_jeff_parade_small For most of the year, my uncle sells heavy equipment machinery parts in the Northwest Chicago suburb of Bartlet, but for 2 months he earns a living as old St. Nicholas himself.  He has a real beard - dyed white and nearly one foot long - he drives a red Ford pickup truck he calls his "sleigh", and he wears red almost everyday of the year.  In this story, he explains what it means to be Santa 24/7 and how he draws inspiration from the memory his late father, who was also a working santa for over 35 years of his life.  My uncle IS Santa Claus - just listen, he'll tell you.

For the past 3 years my uncle has been the official Santa Claus for Chicago's Thanksgiving Day parade.  In addition, this year he was invited to assist with Chicago's official Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

*I'm open to editing of this piece for your station, but please Email me first to get approval. 

PLEASE credit JASON SEAR as the producer & editor of this piece.  Thanks!

A Bosnian Christmas Carol

From Radio Netherlands Worldwide | Part of the RN EuroQuest: Public Radio's Weekly European Journal series | 13:37

Jonathan Groubert follows his Bosnian in-laws up a mountain to take part in a Serbian Orthodox tradition and discovers the true mean of Christmas.

Badnjakimage_small When Brooklyn born Jonathan Groubert followed his Bosnian in laws up a mountain to take part in a Serbian Orthodox tradition, he just wanted to please his father in law. But when he got there, he discovered the true meaning of Christmas. This piece will also appear in EuroQuest 200551.


Cutaways (5:00-8:59)

Santa University

From Maeve Conran | 06:05

A look at a "School For Santas" in Arvada Colorado

Santa_small While every shopping mall in America has a Santa Claus this time of year, take a closer look and you'll see that not every mall Santa has a real beard, let along the full "Santa University" diploma. In this feature, we hear about a training center for Santas in Colorado.

Swedes Love Affair With Donald Duck

From Susan Gray | 06:13

The Swedes like to think of themselves as changing with the times, except when it comes to holiday traditions. On Christmas Eve, for over 50 years, the entire country has gathered around their televisions to watch a one hour cartoon starring Donald Duck. Producer Susan Gray spoke with Ann Hildreth from the American Swedish Institute and Lena Norman from the University of Minnesota to learn why Donald Duck holds a special place in their hearts.

Kalle-anka_small The Swedes like to think of themselves as changing with the times, except when it comes to holiday traditions. On Christmas Eve, for over 50 years, the entire country has gathered around their televisions to watch a one hour cartoon starring Donald Duck. Producer Susan Gray spoke with Ann Hildreth from the American Swedish Institute and Lena Norman from the University of Minnesota to learn why Donald Duck holds a special place in their hearts.

Christmas in the Trenches

From Scott Gurian | 05:51

Folksinger John McCutcheon describes a lesser-known chapter in world history, a 1914 Christmas Eve truce between British and German soldiers in the midst of World War I.

Soldiers_small Folksinger John McCutcheon describes a lesser-known chapter in world history, a 1914 Christmas Eve truce between British and German soldiers in the midst of World War I. McCutcheon's song about the event, "Christmas in the Trenches," plays in the background. Aired on Pacifica Radio on 12/24/02.

Santa Kidnapped: A Radio Rootz Radio Drama Parody

From Radio Rootz | 05:28

Listen to the short Christmas parody here and find out what happened to Santa.

Santa_kidnapped_thumb_small A holiday radio drama and parody about a sleuth who investigates Santa's disappearance, featuring many famous cameos including Mickey Mouse and the Soul Train. The original Christmas Carol is Scrooge's story, this is a new Christmas classic for all to enjoy. Co-written and co-produced by students at Manhattan Comprehensive Night and Day High School.

Yes, Virginia, There Still is A Santa Claus

From Avishay Artsy | 07:00

Is there a Santa Claus? A look at how today’s embattled editorial writers would answer that question.

Santamugshot_small "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus." The statement from a big city newspaperman to a little girl has endured for more that a century as an affirmation of Christmas spirit, the power of belief and the seasonal thawing of cynicism. Producer Avishay Artsy wondered how today’s embattled editorial writers would answer that question. Admittedly, he’s a little more than eight years old, but several still took his call.

Episode 6: Behind the Scenes: The Nutcracker

From Louisa Jonas | Part of the Ascending: Baltimore School for the Arts series | 08:31

We drop in as some of the most talented teen dancers in the nation get ready for this holiday favorite: The Nutcracker.

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This month, dance troupes all across America prepare one the most beloved ballets in the country: The Nutcracker Ballet. At Baltimore School for the Arts, the young dancers do the same. But this isn’t any ordinary high school performance. BSA is one of the top arts high schools in the nation. The students here very well may one day be principal dancers in troupes across the country. Producer Louisa Jonas goes behind the scenes as the talented teens get ready for this holiday favorite.

Christmas in Rwanda

From Jake Warga | 10:00

Christmas past, present and future in the East African country of Rwanda.

Rwanda430b_small Orphans tell independent producer Jake Warga that they prefer not to get presents because they remind them of what they don't have. This year marked the 15th anniversary of the slaughter of more than 800,000 people. We see how people are moving past the violent ghosts the genocide left behind.

Christmas Portraits of a House Divided

From Andrew Parsons | Part of the 12 Days of Christmas series | 06:54

These two stories show a house divided by two recollections of Christmas from two very different times. One the reflection of the care that goes into a new family’s preparation for Christmas and another the reflection of the same family’s fall from those lovely memories.

Logoprxmas_small Last year I took the time to interview a handful of my friends and family about their holiday memories to cut into CD for a mass Christmas present. As I listened to the accounts of holiday memories and disasters, two interviews in particular struck me. It was the contrast between my Aunt’s recollection of Christmas with her family and my mother’s. You see, my mom is from a family of 8 children in rural western Pennsylvania, outside of Pittsburgh. Linda was the oldest child, 5 years older than my mom. So she remembers the first Christmases of a new family, before it ballooned into 8 children and before tragedy struck. It was a pleasant Christmas and the descrption is almost magical.

Fast forward more than a decade. My mom was just ten when her mother died of cancer, which made Linda 15. Christmases were different without a mother figure and ever since my grandfather became an alcoholic after her death. Linda wasn’t around too many years after that, but my mother was. She remembers Christmases a little differently. She remembers her father becoming absolutely drunk and forcing the large family to travel miles in the snow on the way to midnight mass, stumbling and freezing the whole way through the woods.

These two stories show a house divided by two recollections of Christmas from two very different times. One the reflection of the care that goes into a new family’s preparation for Christmas and another the reflection of the same family’s fall from those lovely memories. The fact that these are the Christmases that each sibling chooses to remember is a reflection of their age difference and experience in the family. Though it should be noted that according to each one’s story, the other should have been able to remember at least one Christmas as described by the other sister.

Maybe it’s just also a reflection of the fact that memory and it’s preservation is less a matter of what you remember, but what you choose to remember.

Carols on the Carillon

From Dale Short | 07:09

Holiday thoughts and sounds from a blind musician in a college bell tower.

Bells_small Broadcast on WBHM, Birmingham A brief carillon lesson and impromptu concert from a blind musician who plays his carols from an unlikely venue: the bell tower of a suburban university


Drop-Ins (2:00-4:59)

I Don't Know

From Andy Mills | 04:11

A child's Christmas thoughts spring into song. This is a gem.

Playing
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Winterformusic_small This piece was produced by Andy Mills in collaboration with the musicians Matt and Jacob Boll, Corey and Cobey Bienert and Enoch Kim.

We were looking for new ways to play with sound and story.

The album that we released can be downloaded for free here:

http://dogsontour.co.cc/?p=676

Gold, Frankenstein and Myrrh: A Six-Year-Old's Christmas Story

From Erica Heilman | 04:29

From the Savior's conception to offerings of gold, Frankenstein and myrrh, six-year-old Erin Magill of Moretown, Vermont tells her version of the Christmas story.

Img0015_small From the Saviour's conception to offerings of gold, frankenstein and myrrh, six year old Erin Magill of Moretown, Vermont tells her version of the Christmas story, with help from her creche figures.

RISK! True Holiday Story Segment: Taking It To the Man

From RISK! Storytelling Podcast | 04:59

Steve Spatucci tells of his childhood quest to find Santa Claus

Logo-smallr_small RISK! is the show "where people tell true stories they never thought they'd dare to share." Writers, actors and ordinary folks tell their most intimate secrets -- the most loaded moments of their lives. It's hilarious, heartbreaking and often, just plain wonderful. Some stories are told on stage at RISK! live shows and others are radio pieces including music and sound design. 

In this holiday story from RISK! Steve Spatucci recounts his childhood quest to find Santa Claus. Three different length versions of this story are available to suit your programming needs. This story is part of our full hour holiday special: RISK! True Stories For the Holidays

This Wonderful Life

From Scott Huler | 04:12

A gentle parody of the public radio show "This American Life," using the James Stewart Christmas chestnut "It's a Wonderful Life" as a weapon.

George_and_clarence_small Ira Glass's "Wait, tell me that again" interview style is in high relief as he tries to get to the bottom of how an angel named Clarence prevents George Bailey from jumping in the river by tricking him into jumping in the river. In Act II of our program Ira discusses things with Henry Potter. A reference to David Sedaris sneering at New Year's Eve from Paris concludes things.

No Sculpture of Any Kind

From Andy Raskin | Part of the Words Escape Me series | 03:13

Producer Andy Raskin's mom is upset about the condo community's strict holiday decoration policies.

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Dance That Brings the Dead to the Living

From Jake Warga | 03:00

A 3-minute commentary about Christmas shopping in November.

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I walked downtown today and felt like crying. It's not even December, but the decorations are up. Phones to ears in agony, no one is  smiling. Crazy people, ghosts, prowl downtown…ignored because they're crazy, or crazy because they're ignored. No one notices me,  I am unremarkable in the shared cold.

I blast a song in my ears, the ipod clicking up with the volume, the  lyrics: "this is the dance that brings the dead to the living."

Commodity fetish, Karl Marx, all around. Happiness is behind the thick windows.

A girl, thin, attractive, no face, only the small of her back exposed as she squats in a department store window, her flesh the same color of the mannequins she is bowing to, who she is dressing, or is it the other way around?

Movie, just to escape, escape by immersion. Johnny Depp with large blade greets me, threatens me for noticing too much.

"What is the What" is in paperback and audiotape in the bookstore below, Sudanese refugee story, free gift-wrapping.

I see a ghostly reflection in the window: a cancer patient, bald, unhappy, aware that time is short, but it is only me. A clicking, random, rapid, arcade game in the theatre lobby. Man fires with pink gun, a final volley, letting it all out before his quarters expire. 
To kill.

A disheveled babbling woman walking past Santa's village, it's started to rain, it's always started to rain. She talks to and past me. She yells. I yell. No one notices, I click-up the volume, “This is the dance that brings the dead to the living”
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Song: Cloud Cult

Dad and Sam (Locked in Brotherhood)

From Jay Allison | Part of the The Life Stories Collection series | 04:43

A short meditation on the relationship between my father and his mentally disabled older brother, Sam.

Dadsmall_small This piece comes from the Life Stories Collection ("Fathers and Sons" hour). I have broken it out because it would work well by itself around either Christmas or Father's Day. The setting is a Christmas table. The story is about my father and his love for his brother Sam, in the face of Sam's mental disability. The love and connection continues past death. Sam was a singer and we hear him sing Oh Holy Night and Silent Night in this piece. The piece was produced in th 1980s sometime, but I think it holds up okay.

Sweden's Curious Christmas

From Rachel Louise Snyder | Part of the Global Guru Radio series | 02:56

What's Donald Duck got to do with a Swedish Christmas?

Guru_logo1_small The Global Guru is a new weekly public radio show that seeks to celebrate global culture. Engaging and rich in sound, the 2:45 interstitial enriches our collective understanding of the vastness of human experience by uncovering the world one small mystery at a time. Presenting station is WAMU in Washington, DC and sponsored by American University in DC. Some of our favorite past shows include: How do Cambodians predict the harvest each year? How did Tanzania become the capitol of barbershops? How and why does Thailand categorize food? What is Iceland’s most feared culinary delight? How do you track a Tasmanian devil? 

The Man Who Gave Away Christmas Trees

From Sean Hurley | 04:39

An interview with "Harry," a man who gives away Christmas trees.

Img43781_small I heard about a man who was letting people come to his mountainside property to cut down their own Christmas Trees. He wasn't charging them and he was helping them tie the trees down to their cars. I gave "Harry" a call. He reluctantly agreed to meet with me. When I arrived, I was surprised to learn that his charity was much deeper than I initially imagined.

For Libertarians and Anarchists, Holiday Giving Is Anti-Tax Activism

From Emily Corwin | 03:04

This is the time of year when people all over the country are coming together, getting food to needy families. But for one community in Manchester, New Hampshire, private acts of charity aren’t just a holiday tradition. They are a display of Libertarian -- even Anarchist -- principles.

Img_0907_small This is the time of year when people all over the country are coming together, getting food to needy families. But for one community in Manchester, New Hampshire, private acts of charity aren’t just a holiday tradition.  They are a display of Libertarian -- even Anarchist --  principles. 

Cell Phone Santa

From Scott Gurian | 04:23

An act of Christmas charity goes horribly awry.

Santacellphone_small Take Santa Claus.  Then ditch the red suit and the flying reindeer, and you've got a guy who's all about giving.  A few years ago, my dad, Randy Gurian, tried out the role, but he got more than he bargained for.

Christmas with Grandma

From Ken Cormier | 02:24

The last time we had Christmas with Grandma, she just about puked...

Default-piece-image-1 Grandma rules over the holiday chaos in this frightenly funny tale of gross overindulgence and raging mania. Children should never have to dodge flying dinnerware while rushing to the aid of a choking dog at Christmas, but this dysfunctional family doesn't see it that way. The story originally appeared in Balance Act: Poems and Stories (Insomniac Press 2000), and this production was submitted as part of the Third Coast International Audio Festival "99 Ways" project.

First US Christmas

From Youth Radio | 03:22

A young mom celebrates Christmas far from home.

Default-piece-image-2 For many of us who have grown up celebrating Christmas, we know the holiday routine. But for hundreds of thousands of new immigrants to the United States, Christmas this year will be spent away from the familiarity of their home country. It?s their first taste of the holiday, U.S.-style. Youth Radio?s Cassandra Gonzalez spent some time with Juliana, a 21-year old who just five months ago crossed the border from Mexico with her young son. The two women compared notes on the holiday, from both sides of the border.

Brooklyn Christmas Tree

From Lizzy Cooper Davis | 02:48

Two minutes with Vincent van Rhyn, a Christmas-tree seller in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Default-piece-image-0 Vincent van Rhyn has been selling Christmas trees since he was 16. He's been on this Brooklyn corner every December for 30 years.

Baby, It's Cold Outside

From KUOW | 03:57

The story of the famous holiday song.

Default-piece-image-0 KUOW's Amanda Wilde talks with singer Margaret Whiting about how she recorded "Baby, It's Cold Outside" with Johnny Mercer.

The White Before Christmas

From Queen Mother Imakhu MuNefert | Part of the True Urban Legends series | 04:04

A spoof: The urban youth version of "The Night Before Christmas."

Imakhu_by_sammie_signature_clean_edit_small Imakhu wrote this piece back in 1994. It has been a popular part of her repertoire. It is an ironic, comical spoof on,"The Night Before Christmas" from an urban perspective.

Christmas Kids

From Hearing Voices | Part of the Wandering Jew stories series | 04:24

The story, myths and rumors of Christmas, as understood (and misunderstood) by Mrs. Beasley's second-graders at Emerson School in Bozeman, Montana. In their uncertainty we hear the inherent strangeness of the holiday, as they mesh into one: Jesus, Santa, mangers, and buying presents "for your step-dad, if you have one."

Bgxmaskids_small The story, myths and rumours of Christmas, as understood (and misunderstood) by Mrs. Beasley's second-graders at Emerson School in Bozeman, Montana. In their uncertainty we hear the inherent strangeness of the holiday, as they mesh into one: Jesus, Santa, mangers, and buying presents "for your step-dad, if you have one." Note: this piece is part of The Plan- Carol http://prx.org/pieces/7595

Home Planet: A not-so-perfect holiday

From Spokane Public Radio | 03:36

We're driven by the belief that we can create this one perfect day or season, and the warmth generated by it will carry us through the rest of the year.

Dte_portrait_copy_small My daughter came to me fighting back tears. She hovered at my side for a moment before drooping dramatically and bonelessly, the way girls do so well, onto the sofa beside me. "What's wrong," I asked warily because I never know what's coming. "I don't know," she said with a long sigh. "Christmas just isn't the same anymore." It was my turn to heave a deep sigh. There were still Thanksgiving leftovers in the refrigerator, for goodness sake. It wasn't even December.

Snowballs at Midnight Mass

From Andrew Witmer | 04:33

Essayist Jonathan Malesic learns something new about Christmas after attending one of the only midnight Catholic masses ever to end in a snowball fight.

Malesic_small In this light-hearted and thoughtful piece, Jonathan Malesic describes how his ideas about celebrating Christmas were changed by a snowball fight after midnight mass in Buffalo, New York. This is an original piece.

A Cook's Notebook: Christmas Lobster

From Ali Berlow | Part of the A Cook's Notebook series | 03:03

The last Xmas meal I cooked for my Jewish husband was lobster. That was in 1994.

Default-piece-image-2 A Cook's Notebook -- airs weekly on WAMC PROMOS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST and can read something like: This is Ali Berlow, join me for A Cook's Notebook - refections on food and cooking in our kitchens and in our lives...

Three Days Before Christmas in the Zombie Hut

From Brendan Greeley | 02:49

Several people in a tiki bar respond to the question "What's the worst gift you've ever received?"

Zombiehut_small On December 22, 2003 I spent two hours in the Zombie Hut, a bar on Smith Street in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, asking two questions: "What is the worst gift you've ever received" and "What is your favorite Christmas Carol?" Things that are not revealed in the two minutes of the piece: I spill a beer on one of the people I interviewed; someone asks if I'm there for NBC. I am not.

Santa Laws

From Sean O'Connor | 03:33

Just in time for the Polar Express...shouldn't there be a law against the poorly trained and costumed "Santas" that are patrolling our streets? Why can't we be more like Canada?

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Santa_small The author speaks to the hypothetical idea that dressing up as Santa is illegal in Canada. (His source being the Restoration Hardware catalog - which won't ship their Santa suit from the States to Canada). Because of his experience on a local "Polar Express" type train trip where an encounter with a local "Santa Stunt Double" left his young daughter disappointed, the idea of actually banning these Santa imposters in the U.S. intrigues him.


Interstitials (Under 2:00)

Radio Chopin 90: Shopping for Chopin

From WDAV Classical Public Radio | Part of the Radio Chopin series | 02:00

You know the one, that groaner of a pun, "Chopin Liszt," printed across the tops of memo pads? Well, suppose we put Chopin on that "Liszt?" Grab your cart – let’s go “Shopping for Chopin!”

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You know the one, that groaner of a pun, "Chopin Liszt," printed across the tops of memo pads? Well, suppose we put Chopin on that "Liszt?" Grab your cart – let’s go “Shopping for Chopin!”

Chopin liked fine things. So why not start with a splurge? Behold, theMontblanc Chopin Fountain Pen. $399 worth of black precious resin, garnished with a hand-crafted 14K gold nib topped off with platinum inlay. (What's "precious resin?")

Do you "love the interplay of soft, smooth leather and natural elements?” asks Nine West. “Who wouldn’t?” I reply. “Then you should examine the trend-right Chopin ankle strap sandal,” they advise. In the cart, size nine. $88.95.

This is too wacky to resist. Chopin for Cats. Pando Music promises the CD will "...stimulate your pet’s senses and create an overall sense of well-being…special sound effects such as purring, birds chirping, and household noises have been added to captivate your pet…” Throw it in. $14.95.

Company’s coming, so let’s hurry up: For her: Chopin Nocturne Ring No. 47 for $153.50 and the Chopin Mazurka Necklace No. 55 at $253.50. For him: the "Chopin Portrait Tie." Chopin's face in gold silk Not bad. $24.95. Wait, there’s more: The Chopin T-shirtCoffee mugChopin clockChopin cufflinks???

Here’s a set of Composers Christmas Ornaments: Mozart, Bach, Brahms and Chopin. Sort of. Original retail, $40. Your price, $14.98. Grand total: $1,033.63.

Yikes! Someone get me a drink! Better throw in a liter of Chopin Vodka. $44.95.

Better yet, let’s listen to some of Chopin’s music to sooth our shopping-frenzied nerves. At last check there are20,590 individual Chopin downloads available at Amazon.com. I plunked down my 99 cents to get this nocturne.

Who Killed Santa Claus For You?

From Curie Youth Radio | 01:58

How teens learned that Santa wasn't real.

Images_small Parents, take heed. Kids, close your ears. Teenagers from Chicago remember the exact moment they found out that Santa wasn't real. Curie Youth Radio is a writing and radio production class at Curie High School on Chicago's Southwest side. Here, students create their own stories: fresh takes on everything from snowball fights to gang warfare. They see their stories as a way for teenagers in one Chicago high school to reach out to the rest of the world.

Legends and Lore of Christmas - Interstitials (Series)

Produced by Loyola Productions, Inc.

71 One-Minute Christmas Season Interstitials - traditions, legends, lore.

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From Loyola Productions, Inc. | Part of the Legends and Lore of Christmas - Interstitials series | 01:21

Christmas_small Series wrap up – What is a Carol?

Can I Have Your Attention

From Sara Curtis | 02:01

A sonic impression of accentuated actualities revolving around my extended family gathering around the dining room table to listen to my grandfather's Thanksgiving day speech.

_mg_2949_small A sonic impression of accentuated actualities revolving around my extended family gathering around the dining room table to listen to my grandfather's Thanksgiving day speech.