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St. Louis Public Radio's 2019 Holiday Program Schedule

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Every day through January 1, 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

The Splendid Table's Turkey Confidential

Thursday, 11/28/2019 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Turkey Confidential is The Splendid Table’s annual live Thanksgiving call-in show. Host Francis Lam takes calls and comes to the rescue of Thanksgiving cooks, kitchen helpers, and dinner guests during the biggest cooking day of the year. This year’s special guests include Melissa Clark, Samin Nosrat, Kwame Onwuachi and Shauna Sever.

All Songs Considered for the Holidays: Bob and Robin's Holiday Cruise to Bermuda

Tuesday, 12/17/2019 from 8 to 9 p.m.

This year, All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton decide to get away from it all with a holiday cruise to Bermuda. Along the way they meet a few special guests aboard the ship, including John Legend, Aloe Blacc, Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, William Shatner, Lucius, Micky Dolenz of The Monkees and Rodney Crowell, who all try to share their own good cheer for the holidays. But nature inevitably runs its course and the gang finds itself stuck in the swirling vortex of the mystical Bermuda Triangle, desperate for some sort of passage back home. It all unfolds like a bad high school play in this regular, seasonal spoof from NPR Music.

An Afro Blue Christmas

Wednesday, 12/18/2019 from 8 to 9 p.m.

Join us for a very special holiday concert with Howard University's premiere vocal ensemble Afro Blue, and special guest pianist Cyrus Chestnut. The a-cappela group performs a variety of holiday songs including African-American spirituals, jazz and pop tunes, and classical repertoire. The joyous celebration includes one of a kind arrangements on traditional holiday songs plus new compositions... music perfect for the holidays and the spirit of Christmas. Hosted by Michele Norris.

Joy to the World: A Holiday in Pink

Thursday, 12/19/2019 from 8 to 9 p.m.

The internationally acclaimed “little orchestra" Pink Martini presents 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.

The Big Tiny Desk Holiday Special

Saturday, 12/21/2019 from 3 to 4 p.m.

Celebrate the season with amazing holiday performances from The Tiny Desk Concert series including Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Steve Martin, Hanson, The Polyphonic Spree and more! Hosted by NPR Music frenemies Bob Boilen and Stephen Thompson.

Hanukkah Lights 2019

Sunday, 12/22/2019 from 5 to 6 p.m., and rebroadcast Friday, 12/27/2019 from 8 to 9 p.m.

The NPR favorite returns with all new Hanukkah stories. Hosted by Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.

Festivo Alt.Latino: Gaby Moreno In Concert

Monday, 12/23/2019 from 8 to 9 p.m.

NPR Music's Alt.Latino presents a 2015 encore featuring songwriter and performer Gaby Moreno and her band performing tracks from her popular holiday album Posada. Recorded live at the KUT studios in Austin, Texas, she was joined by special guests Gina Chavez, Chicano Zen and bandleader and record producer Michael Ramos.

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Tuesday, 12/24/2019 from 9 to 11 a.m., and rebroadcast Tuesday, 12/24/2019 from 8 to 10 p.m.

Hosted by Michael Barone, this is a live broadcast from the historic chapel of King's College in Cambridge, England. The 30-voice King's College Choir performs the legendary Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols service of readings and music.

Tinsel Tales 3: Even More NPR Christmas Favorites

Tuesday, 12/24/2019 from 12 to 1 p.m., and rebroadcast Tuesday, 12/24/2019 from 7 to 9 p.m.

In keeping with a well-loved NPR holiday tradition, hear the third collection of extraordinary Christmas stories that will transport you to unexpected places. Audie Cornish, Ken Harbaugh, Nina Totenberg and other voices from NPR's past and present tell stories of the season in this hour-long special. Some tales are funny; some are touching; some are insightful or irreverent or nostalgic or surprising. You might recognize them from our broadcast archives — or you might fall in love with them for the first time. Hosted by Lynn Neary.

A Christmas Carol

Wednesday, 12/25/2019 from 12 to 2 p.m., and rebroadcast Wednesday, 12/25/2019 from 7 to 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 2019

Thursday, 12/26/2019 from 8 to 9 p.m., and rebroadcast Saturday, 12/28/2019 from 3 to 4 p.m.

A Kwanzaa celebration in story and song, hosted by acclaimed storyteller Madafo Lloyd Wilson. This annual 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.

New Year's Eve with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra

Tuesday, 12/31/2019 from 7 to 10 p.m.

St. Louis Public Radio will once again broadcast live the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra’s New Year’s Eve concert at Powell Hall. We’ll be on the air at 7 p.m. with some pre-concert conversations. Then, Music Director Stéphane Denève will take the podium at 7:30 to conduct this annual surprise program, with musical selections and guest artists announced on the stage.

The Capitol Steps: "Politics Takes a Holiday New Year's Edition 2019/2020"

Wednesday, 1/1/2020 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., and rebroadcast on Wednesday, 1/1/2020 from 7 to 8 p.m.

It's the Capitol Steps annual year in review special, "Politics Takes a Holiday New Year’s Edition 2019/2020."

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December 1-10, 2019 (One holiday selection per hour)

December 11-17, 2019 (Two holiday selections per hour)

December 18-22, 2019 (Two to three holiday selections per hour)

December 23, 2019: All Christmas music

December 24 & 25, 2019: All Christmas music.

Also, on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, December 31, 2019, and January 1, 2020, we will program music appropriate for ringing in the new year including lots of Strauss Waltzes on January 1, 2020.

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