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St. Louis Public Radio's 2020 Holiday Program Schedule

A boy goes head first down Art Hill on Thursday. He and hundreds of others enjoy a rare November snow storm by sledding in Forest Park. Nov. 15, 2018
Ryan Delaney | St. Louis Public Radio
A boy goes head first down Art Hill. He and hundreds of others enjoy a rare November snow storm by sledding in Forest Park in this file photo from Nov. 15, 2018.

In the coming days of December through early January, St. Louis Public Radio will offer listeners special holiday programming and music. There are several ways to listen – on your radio, smartphone, computer or smart speaker.

To listen on a smart speaker, just ask it to "Play St. Louis Public Radio."

View our full program schedule

Hanukkah Lights

Thursday, Dec. 10, 8 p.m. – 9 p.m.

It’s been a difficult year and these stories will reflect that. They’re darker than usual. But we hope the miracle of Hanukkah casts its light through the radio. We think the tales will resonate with you because of their mixture of sadness and strength. On the show, a story that gives thanks for unexpected gifts, a tale that yearns for the dark days to be long again, a young woman finds herself searching for a sense of belonging and the last describes having two contrary feelings at the same time. Hosted by Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Thursday, Dec. 24, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. and repeated 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

The audience will share in a live, world-wide Christmas Eve broadcast of a service of Biblical readings, carols, and related seasonal ‘classical’ music (anthems a cappella and with organ accompaniment, and congregational hymns), presented by one of the world’s foremost choirs of men and boys and performed in an acoustically and architecturally renowned venue.

A Christmas Carol

Friday, Dec. 25, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. and repeated 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

One of the most classic Christmas tales is that of Charles Dickens' 1843 novella "A Christmas Carol." St. Louis Public Radio presents a 2-hour, sound-immersive special of this classic story narrated by Kirkwood resident and historical interpreter Anne Williams.

A Season's Griot

Saturday, Dec. 26, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

A Season's Griot is public radio's only nationally syndicated Kwanzaa program. Hosted for 25 years by acclaimed storyteller Madafo Lloyd Wilson, this annual one-hour special captures the tales and traditions of African American and African peoples. The show’s poet laureate, Beverly Burnette, and other members of the Season’s Griot family return with familiar and favorite elements of Griot.

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra's New Year's Eve Rebroadcast

Thursday, Dec. 31, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Each year the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra’s BMO Wealth Management New Year’s Eve Celebration is the best-kept secret in town. But while this season is on hiatus due to Covid 19, listeners can enjoy the 2019 concert when Music Director Stéphane Denève and the orchestra danced around the world in a program highlighting music of dance in cultures from west to east. SLSO violinist Andrea Jarrett and soprano Elizabeth Sutphen are the featured soloists.

The Keepers: Archiving the Now

Friday, Jan. 1, noon – 1 p.m. and repeated 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

The Keepers: Archiving the Now — a new hour-long special from The Kitchen Sisters and PRX with host, Academy Award-winner Frances McDormand. Stories of can-do people. Must-do people. Get-it-done people. People who are grappling with the now, with where we are and where we’ve got to get to. As the world we all knew unravels and communities begin to re-shape themselves The Kitchen Sisters have been gleaning, looking for those who have something to offer during these uncharted times. People who rebuild, restore, reinvent. Like Gert McMullin, one of the first people to put a stitch on the AIDS Memorial Quilt, who is now sewing masks for healthcare workers fighting Covid, using leftover fabric from the quilt. The Climate Underground, former Vice President Al Gore and food activist Alice Waters convene a gathering of farmers, scientists, soil visionaries, chefs, students, activists and policymakers on Al Gore’s farm in Tennessee contemplating the role of soil, food and regenerative agriculture in combatting the climate crisis. Youth on Fire: The International Congress of Youth Voices, founded by writer Dave Eggers — 137 youth activists from 37 countries coming together to form a global network of young visionaries. Louis Jones: Detroit Field Archivist, who has been building and caring for the largest labor archive in North America. And host Frances McDormand speaks of her new film, Nomadland, about the new nomads — itinerant workers living in DIY vans, moving across America. Striking stories of grit, hope and possibility.

Updated: December 16, 2020 at 4:31 PM CST
Times for "A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols" and "A Christmas Carol" have changed due to program conflicts. They initially were scheduled to air from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. but now will air from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. The rebroadcast times remain 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.