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Celebrate The Holidays With KERA!

KERA is excited to celebrate the 2016 holiday season with a festive lineup of television and radio programs.




David Sedaris

Tinsel Tales: NPR Christmas Favorites

Fri, Dec. 23 at 8pm

Enjoy stories from the NPR archives that touch on the meaning of Christmas. Lynn Neary hosts as David Sedaris, Bailey White, John Henry Faulk and other NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season.


The Moth Holiday Special 2016: Unexpected Gifts of December

Fri, Dec. 23 at 10pm

In this special holiday hour from The Moth, listeners will enjoy the unexpected gifts of December — holiday customs, brand new traditions, flying cows, fruit, luminaries, a magical forest — hosted by The Moth’s Executive Producer, Sarah Austin Jenness.


Jonathan Winters’ A Christmas Carol

Sat, Dec. 24 at 7pm

Master comedian Jonathan Winters presents a distinctive reading of Dickens’ holiday classic, with a special performing edition prepared by Dickens for his own presentations. Also featuring Mimi Kennedy.



Glenn Mitchell

In His Own Words — Glenn Mitchell Christmas Blockbuster

Sat, Dec. 24 at 8pm

A beloved holiday tradition in North Texas, the Glenn Mitchell Christmas Blockbuster will lift your spirits and warm your heart with a nostalgic look at Christmas. Hear Glenn’s own readings, interviews, histories, oddities, trivia and loads of holiday music.


Tinsel Tales 3: Even More NPR Christmas Favorites

Sat, Dec. 25 at 10am

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.


Chanukah In Story And Song

Mon, Dec. 26 at 8pm

Tune in for an hour-long Chanukah celebration featuring The Western Wind performing Ladino songs of Spanish Jews, Yiddish melodies of Eastern Europe and modern Israeli tunes.



Madafo Lloyd Wilson

A Season’s Griot

Tue, Dec. 27 at 8pm

Hosted for 22 years by acclaimed storyteller Madafo Lloyd Wilson, the annual Kwanzaa special captures the tales and traditions of African-American and African peoples. Celebrate family and tradition with the 2016 edition of A Season’s Griot.


Joy to the World: A Holiday in Pink

Sun, Dec. 25 at 5pm

The internationally acclaimed “little orchestra” Pink Martini bedecks the airwaves with 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.


Hanukkah Lights 2016

Wed, Dec. 28 at 8pm

Join hosts Susan Stamberg and Murray Horqitz for a perennial NPR favorite — Hanukkah Lights 2016. Enjoy all new, original tales of the season from several authors, including R.L. Maizes, Elisa Albert, Ellen Orleans and Lia Pripstein.




Carpenters Christmas Memories

Sun, Dec. 4 at 6:30pm

Carpenters’ Christmas Memories features some of the most beautifully-sung and lushly-arranged yuletide music of all time.  Enjoy the very best of the Carpenters’ holiday performances, unavailable in any format since their original 1970s television broadcasts.


Thomas & Friends New Holiday Episodes

Mon, Dec. 12-Fri, Dec. 16

Join all the Really Useful Engines on Sodor for a week of holiday fun! In five new seasonal episodes, Thomas and company will learn valuable lessons like how to be a good friend, how to help others and how to conquer your fears.


Holiday Handbells — The Raleigh Ringers

Fri, Dec. 16 at 9pm and Sun, Dec. 18 at noon

Enjoy a gamut of songs performed by The Raleigh Ringers — an internationally acclaimed community handbell choir based in Raleigh, North Carolina. Song selections include everything from old yuletide favorites to Vince Guaraldi’s A Charlie Brown Christmas score.


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Sat, Dec. 17 at 6pm

Discover Europe’s Christmas markets, where the town center, market square and cobblestone streets come alive in the dark of winter with festively decorated wooden stalls offering hot wine, regional food, Christmas decorations and more.


Christmastime in New Orleans

Sun, Dec. 18 at 6pm

Tune in for a festive holiday special showcasing the music, sights and internationally acclaimed cuisine of New Orleans. Taped in part at the historic Saenger Theatre in downtown New Orleans, this special spotlights a concert celebrating the city’s vast and unique musical influences.


Great British Baking Show — “Christmas Masterclass”

Thu, Dec. 22 at 7pm

After the drama and deliciousness of Baking Show, Mary and Paul are back to bring a generous dollop of baking cheer to Christmas. Step by step they take us through stunning recipes that all the family can make during the festive season.


Lidia Bastianich (center), Chief Warrant Officer Phil Davis (left) and Lieutenant Commander Jay Davis (right)

Lidia Celebrates America — “Holiday for Heroes”

Thu, Dec. 22 at 8pm

In this holiday special, chef Lidia Bastianich pays homage to the men and women of our military and the daily sacrifices they make for our freedom. Watch as Lidia meets seven veterans who share their inspiring stories, culminating in a celebratory dinner at Naval Station Norfolk, where Lidia cooks for 250 active duty Navy troops aboard the USS George Washington.


A Chef’s Life Holiday Special

Thu, Dec. 22 at 9pm

Delectable fudge. Crispy peanut brittle. Gooey chocolate-covered cherries. Old-fashioned caramels. It’s the stuff of holiday memories…with a little bit of a twist. Doing what she knows best, Chef Vivian Howard hosts her own vision of the season’s celebrations in this one-hour special.


Ian McKellen as Freddie (left) and Derek Jacobi as Stuart (right)

Vicious Holiday Special

Fri, Dec. 23 and Sat, Dec. 24 at 10pm

Freddie (Ian McKellen) and Stuart (Derek Jacobi) host a holiday soiree in their small central London flat. Ash (Iwan Rheon), their young upstairs neighbor, has volunteered to cook the meal, their feisty best friend Violet (Frances de la Tour) is up to her old tricks and a wicked game of Truth or Dare brings up hidden truths — and surprises as well.


Christmas with Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Sat, Dec. 24 at 7pm

Returning this Christmas as guest singer is award winning Broadway singer Laura Osnes. She is joined by the Metropolitan Opera Soloists including Erin Morley, Tamara Mumford, Ben Bliss and Tyler Simpson. Martin Jarvis, acclaimed British screen and voice actor, acts as guest narrator.


Christmas in Norway with The St. Olaf Choir

Sat, Dec. 24 at 8pm

Travel to Norway for a concert by the St. Olaf Choir in Trondheim’s Nidaros Cathedral — one of the oldest gothic cathedrals in the world. The cathedral’s beauty and stunning acoustics complement the distinctive style of a capella singing for which the St. Olaf Choir is well known.


Christmas at Belmont 2015

Sat, Dec. 24 at 9pm

Join Grammy-winning host Kathy Mattea and nearly 700 student musicians, Belmont School of Music faculty and Nashville Children’s Choir for a production of traditional carols, classical masterworks, world music and lighthearted seasonal favorites.


Call the Midwife

Call the Midwife Holiday Special

Sun, Dec. 25 at 6:30pm

In this year’s holiday special, the bicycle-riding, cardigan-wearing midwives of Nonnatus House find themselves transported to the Eastern Cape of South Africa. After receiving an SOS call from Hope Clinic — a tiny mission hospital which is understaffed, underfunded and with a poor water supply — they soon learn that the struggling clinic is faced with closure.


Live From Lincoln Center — “New York Philharmonic New Year’s Eve”

Sat, Dec. 31 at 7pm

Ring in the new year with a night of American classics, including beloved works by Rodgers & Hammerstein, featuring Joyce DiDonato with the New York Philharmonic.


Great Performances — “From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2017”

Sun, Jan. 1 at 6:30pm

Julie Andrews hosts the traditional ringing in of the New Year with the Vienna Philharmonic, under the baton of guest conductor Gustavo Dudamel, featuring Strauss Family waltzes and more, and a picturesque range of Vienna landmarks.