No matter what traditions you treasure this time of year, music and stories undoubtedly figure in. Trust NPR and GLT to offer you the very best of both. Enjoy brand new offerings from NPR's Hanukkah Lights, Tinsel Tales and the irrepressible Capitol Steps. Celebrate the best in holiday jazz, blues and folk from GLT. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to you and yours from all of us at GLT!
December 10th 6 PM
New! Hanukkah Lights 2012
A perennial NPR favorite, this brand new edition of Hanukkah Lights features Hanukkah stories and memoirs written by acclaimed authors expressly for the show, as read by NPR's Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.
December 15th 11 AM
Tune in for the annual Sound Opinions Xmas Spectacular with holiday obscura collector Andy Cirzan.
December 16th 8 PM
Need some gift ideas? How about these sparkling new holiday recordings, including parlor guitar from Joel Mabus, fiddle medleys from Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, and haunting harmony from The Civil Wars and Punch Brothers.
December 17th 7 PM
New! Jazz Piano Christmas XXIII
A stellar new offering from NPR Music brings you a great concert from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. NEA Jazz Master Ellis Marsalis, Jason Moran, Geri Allen, and Taylor Eigsti, and other artists perform their favorite holiday songs.
December 19th 7 PM
Host Chrissie Strong regales you with holiday tunes from stage and screen, including songs from A Christmas Story: The Musical. You'll also enjoy favorites from Bing Crosby, Judy Garland and new versions of holiday classics by the cast of Glee.
December 20th 7 PM
Don Munson treats you to seasonal favorites from Steve Tyrell, plus a special Christmas radio broadcast to America's troops in Europe and in the Pacific from 1942.
Deck the halls with GLT Blues beginning Friday night the 21st through Sunday the 23rd, you’ll hear our usual solid blues selection AND terrific holiday blues, including David Gogo’s "Christmas With The Blues" and the new compilation from Electro-Fi Records. “Santa’s Got Mojo,” featuring Mel Brown, Johnny Laws and Julian Fauth.
December 23rd 8 PM
Host Bruce Bergethon indulges in wall to wall holiday sounds from such as Mark O’Connor, the Skaggs Family, and Kate Rusby. Plus an epic bluegrass version of “The Night Before Christmas” from Bloomington native Timothy P. and Rural Route 3.
December 24th 9 AM- 4 PM, 9 PM-5AM
Put the finishing touches on your celebration with the best holiday music around. Count on Christmas favorites like Vince Guaralidi’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and listen for the new CD "Lovers Holiday" from Jason Paul Curtis.
December 24th 7 PM
Christmas with Marian McPartland
McPartland and her guests from seasons past share their favorite memories and perform yuletide classics and original holiday tunes. Guest artists include George Shearing, Tony DeSare, and Dena DeRose.
December 24th 8 PM
Santa’s on the way and SwingTime is ready with “Jingle Bells” from Benny Goodman, songs from Duke Ellington’s “Nutcracker Suite,” and Louis Armstrong with “’Zat You Santa Claus?”
December 25th 9 AM- 4 PM
The perfect backdrop for unwrapping presents and savoring the holiday feast. You’ll hear Christmas favorites and new releases, including "Christmas Dreaming" from Susie Arioli and “White Christmas” from Deanna Martin, daughter of Dean Martin.
December 25th 6 PM
New! Tinsel Tales 2
Gather around the radio for this is brand new 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.
December 25th 7 PM
Join John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey for a stylish holiday celebration in their deluxe apartment high above Lexington Avenue in New York.
December 29th 11 AM
Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot ring in the New Year with their annual mix tapes show. They've compiled the Best Songs of 2012 to give you the perfect year-end soundtrack.
December 30th 8 PM
Don’t miss host Bruce Bergethon’s picks for the best folk CDs of 2012, including debuts from The Honey Dewdrops and The Hillbenders; new releases from Suzy Bogguss and Willie Nelson; and Woody Guthrie tributes galore. Plus a fond look back at Earl Scruggs and Doc Watson, who both passed away this year. And did we also mention it was Acousticity’s 20th anniversary in 2012?
January 1st, 6 PM
CAPITOL STEPS: POLITICS TAKES A HOLIDAY! NEW YEAR’S EDITION
Help us roast 2012 to a crisp with The Capitol Steps and their annual year-in-review awards ceremony This year’s brand new awards include: “Best Use of $3 billion Dollars to Run for President,” “Worst Place in Public to Admit You Had a Binder Full of Women,” “Most Prostitutes to Ever Fit into the Secret Service’s Hotel,” and “Worst Hair Cut Ever to Demand to See Anyone’s Birth Certificate, Much Less the President’s.” Hasta la vista 2012!
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