Holiday Programming for December 24 & 25 on KRCB-FM Radio 91

Dec 19, 2017

We have the holiday spirit on KRCB-FM Radio 91, and we're going to share it with you this holiday season! 

Here's what's coming your way Sunday & Monday December 24 & 25 on KRCB-FM Radio 91:  

Sunday December 24:  

4:00 pm - "Tinsel Tales" NPR Christmas Favorites:  Christmas is a time of traditions, and over the years, NPR has created a few traditions of its own. In this hour-long special: Wistfulness, joy, doubt, hope, all the emotions we feel at this time of year, all summoned up in memorable stories from the NPR broadcast archives.

David Sedaris, Bailey White, John Henry Faulk — these and other NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season. It may be you'll remember these tales fondly, or it may be you'll fall in love with them for the first time. Lynn Neary hosts NPR's Tinsel Tales.  

5:00 pm - Weekend All Things Considered   

6:00 pm - A Christmas Carol with Jonathan Winters: "Marley was dead, to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. Old Marley was as dead as a doornail."   

So begins A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Some say this short story, first published in 1843, transformed Christmas into a major holiday. Before A Christmas Carol, there was surprisingly little celebration during the Christmas season. After its publication, the holiday became a high point of the year. The tale has inspired movies, operas, readings and countless stage performances around the globe.   

Master comedian Jonathan Winters presents a distinctive reading of this holiday classic using a special performing edition prepared by Dickens for his own presentations. He recreates Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, Jacob Marley's spirit and the three Christmas ghosts: Past, Present and Future. Mimi Kennedy also performs.  

7:00 pm - Christopher Kimball's Milk Street Radio

8:00 pm - Outbeat Radio:  Outbeat News In Depth with Greg Miraglia.  This show takes a more in depth look at some of the people and headlines making news in the LGBT community locally, nationally, and around the world.   

9:00 pm - Afropop Worldwide  

10:00 pm - A Paul Winter Solstice Concert Celebration:  Since 1980, saxophonist Paul Winter has brought musicians from around the world together for his Winter Solstice Celebration, a festive performance marking the passing of the longest night and the return of the sun. The annual concert draws thousands of visitors to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Upper Manhattan. Winter's soprano sax echoes throughout the world's largest Gothic cathedral, leading a spectacle of music, dance and theater. As he has since its inception, WNYC's John Schaefer hosts NPR's broadcast.  

Monday December 25:    

12:00 am - Ted Radio Hour (repeat)   

1:00 am - Undercurrents with Gregg McVicar    

5:00 am - Democracy Now!    

6:00 am - Morning Edition from NPREvery weekday for over three decades, NPR Morning Edition has taken listeners around the country and the world with two hours of multi-faceted stories and commentaries that inform, challenge and occasionally amuse. Morning Edition is the most listened-to news radio program in the country.   

A bi-coastal, 24-hour news operation, Morning Edition is hosted by NPR's Steve Inskeep, David Greene, and Rachel Martin. These hosts often get out from behind the anchor desk and travel around the world to report on the news firsthand.  

9:00 am - Song Travels: Home for the Holidays   

10:00 am - Tinsel Tales: Stories of the Season Told Through Music:  The Tinsel Tales series is a holiday tradition. NPR collects some of its favorite Christmas stories from the archives into an hour-long special hosted by Lynn Neary. This year, we revisit interviews with musicians about their Christmas albums.   

Some, like Katie Melua and Sting, celebrate tradition and winter mystery in their Christmas songs. Others, like Kenny Rogers and Amy Grant, find spirituality and stability in holiday music. Jon Batiste and Anthony Hamilton bring new energy to old favorites on their Christmas albums.   

Whether you're already a fan of these songs or just hearing them for the first time, check out this Spotify playlist to hear some of the songs mentioned in the show   

11:00 am - Big Tiny Desk Concert Holiday Special:  For nearly 10 years, NPR Music has recorded concerts from behind Bob Boilen's desk. During the holidays, the desk gets a little more festive, thanks to a snow machine, paper snowflakes and Stephen Thompson's hand-drawn Christmas tree. (It's labeled "tree.") Whether they perform original songs or new takes on holiday staples, these artists bring big sounds to the Tiny Desk.  

12:00 pm - Jazz Piano Christmas 2017:  What are the holidays without Charlie Brown? 

Nowadays, the quietly elegant and celebratory recordings by pianist Vince Guaraldi have become as much a part of the holidays as the sound of unwrapping presents. And every year we are treated to at least one interpretation of that classic Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack by one of the pianists on NPR's A Jazz Piano Christmas. This year is no exception.   

In fact, listening to our annual show every from the host podium, it's amazing how the music originally meant for the lovable Peanuts characters has become as integral as other classics.   

Our guests this year bear this out: Abelita Mateus, Helen SungMarcia Ball and NEA Jazz Master Joanne Brackeen create an intimate and toe-tapping meditation on peace and the holidays with tinges of Brazil (Mateus), Louisiana (Ball), classical music (Sung) and good old-fashioned swing (Brackeen). 

Holidays are indeed time for family, tradition and jazz.   

1:00 pm - Joy to the World - A Holiday in Pink:  The internationally acclaimed “little orchestra" Pink Martini bedecks the airwaves with festive holiday songs from across the globe. From timeless classics to rarely heard gems, hear a multi-denominational, multi-cultural jubilee, overflowing with enough holiday spirit to warm your entire family. Hosted by All Things Considered’s Ari Shapiro,  

2:00 pm - World Café:  World Cafe is hosted and produced by Talia Schlanger in Philadelphia at WXPN presents interviews and performances with today's essential and emerging artists.  

4:oo pm - Fresh Air:  Fresh Air with Terry Gross, the Peabody Award-winning weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues, is one of public radio's most popular programs. Each week, nearly 5 million people listen to the show's intimate conversations broadcast on more than 624 NPR stations across the country, as well as in Europe on the World Radio Network. In 2015, Fresh Air was the No. 1 most downloaded podcast on iTunes.   

5:00 pm - All Things Considered from NPR:  On May 3, 1971, at 5 p.m., All Things Considered debuted on 90 public radio stations.

In the more than four decades since, almost everything about the program has changed, from the hosts, producers, editors and reporters to the length of the program, the equipment used and even the audience. 

However there is one thing that remains the same: each show consists of the biggest stories of the day, thoughtful commentaries, insightful features on the quirky and the mainstream in arts and life, music and entertainment, all brought alive through sound. 

All Things Considered is the most listened-to, afternoon drive-time, news radio program in the country. Every weekday the two-hour show is hosted by Audie CornishKelly McEversAri Shapiro, and Robert Siegel. In 1977, ATC expanded to seven days a week with a one-hour show on Saturdays and Sundays, which is hosted by Michel Martin.   

7:00 pm - All Songs Considered for the Holidays:  Bob Boilen is like a child this time of year, his eyes and ears full of wonder, as he traipses through the NPR Music offices, vigorously jingling his collection of sleigh bells. He believes, in his heart, that he's truly getting everyone in the spirit of the holiday season. But it's always been a steady source of irritation for me.   

That's why, a few years back, I stole Bob's sleigh bells and hid them in a box on the shelves behind the Tiny Desk. He managed to find them just in time to record our holiday music show, and every December since then, Bob has continued to bring them out for a good, irritating shake.   

But when Bob and I settled in to record this year's holiday extravaganza, something wasn't right. He brought out his bells but, as far as I could tell, they were broken. No matter how hard he rattled them, all I heard was glorious silence.   

"Everything seemed like it was going my way until I left the studio and found something waiting for me just outside the NPR building. It turned out Bob had bigger plans for me this year." — Robin Hilton   

Originally recorded in 2016.  

8:00 pm - Festivo Alt.Latino with Gaby Moreno:  The following is an encore presentation of a program that originally aired on December 17, 2015. Enjoy!

Holiday music is typically a love-it-or-hate-it sort of thing. I'm a fan — my favorite is Vince Guaraldi's A Charlie Brown Christmas — and I even I'll admit that musicians don't have many options for putting a new spin on holiday classics.   

Then along came Gaby Moreno and her band.   

Performing before a live audience at KUT in Austin, Texas, Moreno recently led a holiday celebration that pushed boundaries. Her voice dripping with Southern R&B grit, Moreno and her band never lost sight of the emotion in songs like "Little Drummer Boy" and "The First Noel." Yet they completely made them over by singing them in Spanish and infusing them with the blues, making this a holiday show unlike any other. 

Austin's Gina Chavez joins Moreno and the band for a handful of songs, and their voices meld together so beautifully, it sounds if as if they were made to be heard together. So create a new holiday tradition by listening in and sharing this show with family and friends.  

9:00 pm - An Afro Blue Christmas:  A tambourine jingled merrily and spirits were high when Afro Blue visited NPR's Studio 1 to share a brilliant assortment of holiday music. The group delighted the audience with fresh, thoughtful arrangements of Christmas favorites, from a rollicking "Angels We Have Heard On High" to a sublime, weighty "Silent Night." Also on the bill were a few lesser-known holiday numbers, such as director Connaitre Miller's original piece "That Is Love," which offers a meditation on the meaning of the holiday season.   

The 12 young men and women in Howard University's premier vocal jazz ensemble, Afro Blue, sing as though they've been performing together for years. That, of course, is not the case — as with most college musical groups, the roster changes constantly as veteran members graduate and new ones step up to take their place. But, then again, Afro Blue is unlike most college groups, not many of whom can say that they reached the final four of NBC's The Sing-Off, or that they performed with Diane Reeves at Harlem's legendary Apollo Theatre.   

As a further treat, Afro Blue was joined by jazz master and Howard University professor Cyrus Chestnut on piano, along with Eliot Seppa on bass and Carroll Dashiell III on drums.  

10:00 pm - Folk Alley Christmas Special: Join Folk Alley's Elena See for a special Christmas show featuring holiday music by your favorite folk, roots, and Americana artists. Hear new originals by Lori McKenna, Kacey Musgraves, David Myles, Fortunate Ones, and Keb' Mo', as well as favorites by The Roches, Bela Fleck & the Flecktones and much more!