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2020 Holiday Programming On Boise State Public Radio

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Holiday Programming Schedule for Boise State Public Radio News:

Thursday, Dec. 24

12 p.m. - 1 p.m.: Holiday Season Stories of Warmth and Light

Friday, Dec. 25

9  a.m. - 10 a.m.: Tinsel Tales: NPR Christmas Favorites

Stories from the NPR archives that touch the meaning of Christmas. David Sedaris, Bailey White, John Henry Faulk — these and other NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season.

12 p.m. - 1 p.m.: Tinsel Tales 2: More NPR Christmas Favorites

NPR fills millions of homes each holiday with humor, warmth and a host of festive voices. Continuing with the tradition of the first Tinsel Tales program, this is another collection of the best and most requested holiday stories. Joy, hope and childhood memories overflow as NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season. Hosted by Lynn Neary.

1 p.m. - 2 p.m.: Tinsel Tales  3: Even More NPR Christmas Favorites

Listeners tune to NPR for extraordinary Christmas stories that transport you to unexpected places. Baxter Black ponders the meaning of Christmas for Cows, Bailey White sneaks into her neighbor's yard in search of an elusive hemlock tree; Julie Zickefoose serenades her neighbors on the coldest night of the year.

2 p.m. - 3 p.m.: Tinsel Tales 4: Stories of the Season Told Through Music

For many of us, Christmas is about family and traditions. For others it's a stressful or even a sad time. No matter how good or bad your holiday is, it's quite likely to include music. This year, Tinsel Tales includes stories of the season told through music with interviews from the NPR archives. Kenny Rogers, Katie Melua, Sting, Amy Grant and Jon Batiste talk about the power of music at Christmas. Hosted by Lynn Neary.

Thursday, Dec. 31

9 p.m. - 1 a.m.: Toast of the Nation

An NPR tradition every New Year's Eve since the 1970s, Toast of the Nation is the perfect audio complement for the occasion. This year features an exciting line-up of jazz artists all recorded during the pandemic. Ring in the new year with music from Kokoroko, The Catherine Russell Trio, The Jazz Gallery All Stars and Pink Martini.

Friday, Jan. 1

12 p.m. - 1 p.m. (and rebroadcast at 8 p.m.): How We Survive: Adapting to Climate Change

The one-hour special from Marketplace, led by Molly Wood, explores the role of technology in helping humanity weather the impacts of climate change.

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Holiday Programming Schedule for Boise State Public Radio Music:

Thursday, Dec. 24

12 a.m. - 7 p.m.: Classical 24 Christmas Music

7 p.m. - 8 p.m.: A Christmas Carol

This program was recorded during a live performance in December 2011 as part of the Morrison Center's Family Reading Series.

The performance was scripted and directed by Carole Whiteleather, she also performs as the Ghost of Christmas Past. The role of Ebenezer Scrooge is performed by Snitch Marker with Rod Wolfe as Bob Cratchit and Old Feeziwig. Playing the part of Fred and Young Scrooge is David Ketchum, and in the roles of Subscription Gent, Fan and Belle is Veronica Von Tobel. The character of Jacob Marley is comprised of voices of the cast. Special Guest Voice for the Ghost of Christmas Present is that of Richard Klautsch. Piano and violin are played by Robyn Whitmore and sound design and effects are by Tim Long. Audio engineering is by John Fransen.

Friday, Dec. 25

12 a.m. - 5 p.m.: Classical 24 Christmas Music

5 - 6 p.m.: Hollywood Holiday

Host Lynne Warfel takes you on a one-hour musical retrospective of some of Hollywood's most cherished Christmas-themed movies.

6 p.m. - 7 p.m.: A Christmas Carol

This program was recorded during a live performance in December 2011 as part of the Morrison Center's Family Reading Series.

The performance was scripted and directed by Carole Whiteleather, she also performs as the Ghost of Christmas Past. The role of Ebenezer Scrooge is performed by Snitch Marker with Rod Wolfe as Bob Cratchit and Old Feeziwig. Playing the part of Fred and Young Scrooge is David Ketchum, and in the roles of Subscription Gent, Fan and Belle is Veronica Von Tobel. The character of Jacob Marley is comprised of voices of the cast. Special Guest Voice for the Ghost of Christmas Present is that of Richard Klautsch. Piano and violin are played by Robyn Whitmore and sound design and effects are by Tim Long. Audio engineering is by John Fransen.

7 p.m. - 8 p.m.: A Soulful Christmas

An uplifting Christmas special featuring Black music and composers. Including choral music, gospel, spiritual and jazz-inspired styles, this special celebrates and explores non-idiomatic Black classical music and choral traditions.