Holiday Schedule | Iowa Public Radio

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Happy Holidays from all of us at Iowa Public Radio! We are happy to provide the soundtrack of your holiday traditions and special programming that captures the spirit of the season. The programs are broadcast on IPR News, Classical, News / Studio One and Studio One online. The stream is noted after each program title and broadcast time.

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DECEMBER 19

CLASSIC

Choral Tradition
7 – 8 a.m. on Classic IPR
Join IPR’s Curt Snook for a special Choral Tradition with music for the holidays.

Choral Tradition
7 p.m. – 8 p.m. on Classic IPR
Join IPR’s Curt Snook for a special Choral Tradition with music for the holidays.

DECEMBER 22

CLASSIC

Welcome christmas
4 p.m. – 5 p.m. on Classic IPR
The perennial Christmas favorite of VocalEssence, one of the world’s premier choral groups. One hour of traditional songs and new discoveries.

23 DECEMBER

NEWS

Tinsel Tales: NPR Christmas Favorites
9 a.m. – 10 a.m. on IPR News
This program features stories from the NPR Archives that touch on the meaning of Christmas. David Sedaris, Bailey White, John Henry Faulk – these and more NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season.

Tinsel Tales 2: More NPR Christmas Favorites
10 a.m. – 11 a.m. on IPR News
Continuing the tradition of the first Tinsel Tales program, this is yet another collection of the best and most requested vacation stories. Joy, hope, and childhood memories overflow as NPR’s voices, past and present, tell stories of the season.

Tinsel Tales 3: Even More NPR Christmas Favorites
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. on IPR News
Audie Cornish, Ken Harbaugh, Nina Totenberg and other voices from NPR’s past and present tell stories from the season on this hour-long special. Some tales are funny, some are touching, some are insightful or irreverent or nostalgic or surprising.

Tinsel Tales 4: Christmas stories told in song
12 p.m. – 1 p.m. on IPR News
In keeping with a beloved NPR holiday tradition, listen to the fourth collection of Extraordinary Christmas Stories that will transport you to unexpected places. You might recognize them in our broadcast archives – or you might fall in love with them for the first time.

Tinsel Tales: NPR Christmas Favorites
9 p.m. – 10 p.m. on IPR News
This program features stories from the NPR Archives that touch on the meaning of Christmas. David Sedaris, Bailey White, John Henry Faulk – these and more NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season.

Tinsel Tales 4: Christmas stories told in song
10 a.m. – 11 p.m. on IPR News
In keeping with a beloved NPR holiday tradition, listen to the fourth collection of Extraordinary Christmas Stories that will transport you to unexpected places. You might recognize them in our broadcast archives – or you might fall in love with them for the first time.

NEWS / STUDIO ONE

Tinsel Tales: NPR Christmas Favorites

9 a.m. – 10 a.m. on IPR News / Studio One
This program features stories from the NPR Archives that touch on the meaning of Christmas. David Sedaris, Bailey White, John Henry Faulk – these and more NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season.

Tinsel Tales 2: More NPR Christmas Favorites
10 a.m. – 11 a.m. on IPR News / Studio One
Continuing the tradition of the first Tinsel Tales program, this is yet another collection of the best and most requested vacation stories. Joy, hope, and childhood memories overflow as NPR’s voices, past and present, tell stories of the season.

Tinsel Tales 3: Even More NPR Christmas Favorites
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. on IPR News / Studio One
Audie Cornish, Ken Harbaugh, Nina Totenberg and other voices from NPR’s past and present tell stories from the season on this hour-long special. Some tales are funny, some are touching, some are insightful or irreverent or nostalgic or surprising.

Tinsel Tales 4: Christmas stories told in song
12 p.m. – 1 p.m. on IPR News / Studio One
In keeping with a beloved NPR holiday tradition, listen to the fourth collection of Extraordinary Christmas Stories that will transport you to unexpected places. You might recognize them in our broadcast archives – or you might fall in love with them for the first time.

CLASSIC


Christmas at Luther’s (2021)
4 p.m. – 5 p.m. on Classic IPR
Join the IPR for Christmas in Luther, new for 2021. This year’s program is titled “Wake Up! And Greet The New Morning!”. “

DECEMBER 24

NEWS

Doug Brown’s reading of A Christmas Carol
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. on IPR News
The incomparable Doug Brown, longtime WOI’s host The book club, reads the Dickensian Holiday Classic.

Selection of short films: Holiday Hurdles with David Sedaris
12 p.m. – 1 p.m. on IPR News
In Selection of short films: Holiday Hurdles with David Sedaris, the public is invited to reinvent holiday rituals.

Doug Brown’s reading of A Christmas Carol
9:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. on IPR News
The incomparable Doug Brown, longtime WOI’s host The book club, reads the Dickensian Holiday Classic.

NEWS / STUDIO ONE


Doug Brown’s reading of A Christmas Carol
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. on IPR News / Studio One
The incomparable Doug Brown, longtime WOI’s host The book club, reads the Dickensian Holiday Classic.

Selection of short films: Holiday Hurdles with David Sedaris
12 p.m. – 1 p.m. on IPR News / Studio One
In Selection of short films: Holiday Hurdles with David Sedaris, the public is invited to reinvent holiday rituals.

CLASSIC


A festival of nine lessons and songs
9 a.m. – 11 a.m. on Classic IPR
A beloved annual Christmas tradition, “A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols” is an extraordinary and memorable live service of lyrics and music from King’s College Chapel, Cambridge, England.

Christmas at Luther’s (2021)
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Classic IPR
Join the IPR for Christmas in Luther, new for 2021. This year’s program is titled “Wake Up! And Greet The New Morning!”. “

Amahl and the Night Visitors
12 p.m. – 1 p.m. on Classic IPR
Settle in with a cup of eggnog or hot chocolate as Iowa Public Radio brings you a holiday classic, Amahl and Menotti’s nighttime visitors. Performed by the Des Moines Metro Opera and recorded in December 2013. This one-act opera depicts the Three Wise Men stopping to take refuge with a poor mother and her crippled son, Amahl, as they travel to find the newborn baby. .

Handel’s Messiah (2021)
1 p.m. – 3 p.m. on Classic IPR

A Christmas Chanticleer
3 p.m. – 4 p.m. on Classic IPR
Celebrate the season with song! Brian Newhouse hosts this hour-long program of a cappella holiday favorites new and old, presented in concert by Chanticleer, the stunning 12-piece choral ensemble known as the “Voice Orchestra.”

Hygge Holidays: cozy classics
4 p.m. – 5 p.m. on Classic IPR
Join host Elena See as she performs a mix of wintery and nostalgic classics designed to accompany listeners in their enjoyable winter activities.

Christmas with Morehouse and Spellman Glee clubs
5 p.m. – 6 p.m. on Classic IPR
Choirs from two of the country’s most prestigious historically black institutions come together to present a breathtaking concert program.

Hollywood vacations
6 p.m. – 7 p.m. on Classic IPR
Join Lynne Warfel, APM facilitator Saturday cinema and Films in five, for a festive hour-long musical retrospective of some of Hollywood’s most beloved films, inspired by classic Dickensian character, Ebenezer Scrooge.

Doug Brown’s reading of A Christmas Carol
7 p.m. – 10 p.m. on Classic IPR
The incomparable Doug Brown, longtime WOI’s host The book club, reads the Dickensian Holiday Classic.

DECEMBER 25TH

CLASSIC

Christmas feast of St. Olaf
4 p.m. – 6 p.m. on Classic IPR
This song and word service has become one of the nation’s most beloved holiday celebrations. The festival includes hymns, Christmas carols, choral works, as well as orchestral selections celebrating the Nativity and featuring more than 500 student musicians in five choirs and the St. Olaf Orchestra.

A choral Christmas with Stile Antico
6 p.m. – 7 p.m. on Classic IPR
Stile Antico is a 13 member a cappella choir based in London. This features handpicked sacred music for the English Tudor era Christmas season by 16th-century composers including Thomas Tallis and William Byrd.

Choral Tradition
7 p.m. – 8 p.m. on Classic IPR
Join IPR’s Curt Snook for a special Choral Tradition with music for the holidays.

Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra in Temple Square
8 p.m. – 9 p.m. on Classic IPR
The world-renowned Tabernacle Choir continues its tradition of high art this holiday season, with touching arrangements of familiar Christmas carols and lesser-known melodies that are quickly becoming new classics. Julie Amacher hosts this annual crush.

Everything is clear
9 p.m. – 10 p.m. on Classic IPR
Lynne Warfel hosts an hour of beautiful and contemplative choral music that tells the traditional Christmas story with songs about the angels, the star and the manger.

JANUARY 1, 2022

CLASSIC


Vienna New Years Day
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Classic IPR
The very popular annual New Year’s concert will be performed by the Wiener Philharmoniker under the direction of Daniel Barenboim in the golden hall of the Musikverein in Vienna.

Tribute to Dr Robert Larsen of Des Moines Metro Opera
2 p.m. – 5 p.m. on Classic IPR