Christmas en Tinsel Tales Two <p>Continuing with the tradition of the first "Tinsel Tales," host Lynn Neary brings another hour 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.</p> Wed, 25 Dec 2013 20:33:55 +0000 Lynn Neary 34021 at Tinsel Tales Two Ho, Ho, Huh? <p>Authors Ron Carlson, Frank O'Connor and George Shephard each present a different side of the Christmas experience. Also humorist Calvin Trillin reads a Christmas poem.<br />&nbsp;</p> Wed, 25 Dec 2013 20:13:32 +0000 Sarah Boden 34020 at Ho, Ho, Huh? St. Olaf, Stile Antico, Handel, and more! <p>The perfect Christmas music continues December 25th&nbsp; on IPR Classical with: Chanticleer at 8AM; the St. Olaf Christmas Festival at 9AM; Stile Antico singing luminous Elizabethan music of Thomas Tallis and Willian Byrd at 11, followed by Chicago’s Music of the Baroque at noon with glorious music not just from the Baroque but also from modern Estonia and England. Then, at 2PM, hear a complete Handel “Messiah” from Boston’s Handel &amp; Haydn Society led by Harry Christophers.<o:p></o:p></p> Wed, 25 Dec 2013 03:42:30 +0000 Barney Sherman 33998 at St. Olaf, Stile Antico, Handel, and more! Tinsel Tales One <p>Christmas is a time of traditions, and over the years, NPR has created a few traditions of its own. In this hour-long special: Wistfulness, joy, doubt, hope, all the emotions we feel at this time of year, are all summoned up in memorable stories from the NPR broadcast archives in “Tinsel Tales.”</p><p>David Sedaris, Bailey White, John Henry Faulk — these and other NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season. It may be you'll remember these tales fondly, or it may be you'll fall in love with them for the first time.&nbsp; Lynn Neary hosts.</p> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 19:21:52 +0000 Lynn Neary 33979 at Tinsel Tales One "A Christmas Carol," read by Doug Brown <p>Beloved by Iowa Public Radio listeners for decades, the late WOI classical music host Doug Brown reads the entirety of the ultimate Christmas classic, “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens.</p> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 19:18:09 +0000 Doug Brown 33978 at "A Christmas Carol," read by Doug Brown Festival of 9 Lessons, Tallis, Morehouse & More! <p>At 10AM, hear this year's "Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols" live from King's College, Cambridge on IPR Classical. Then, at 11 AM, the Tallis Scholars - celebrating their 40th anniversary - present a beautiful concert from Boston. At noon, hear this year's Christmas at Luther, recorded in Decorah. But wait, there's more! Tue, 24 Dec 2013 03:40:11 +0000 Barney Sherman 33953 at Festival of 9 Lessons, Tallis, Morehouse & More! Bach, Handel & more: wcfso Xmas Concert <p>Join us Monday at 7PM as Jason Weinberger and the wcfsymphony perform Christmas (and other) music of Bach, Handel, and Marc-Antoine Charpentier. The Bach includes selections from his cantatas and his Christmas Oratorio, plus the Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 with Kathleen Sihler and Ute Brandenburg on violas. Music from Handel's <em>Messiah </em>and Charpentier's Noëls round out the festivities. Guest vocalists include Jeff Brich, Elizabeth Bieber, and Kaethe Henning. Sun, 15 Dec 2013 20:40:41 +0000 Barney Sherman 33557 at Bach, Handel & more: wcfso Xmas Concert Surviving a Dysfunctional Family during the Holidays <p>The holidays bring families together and sometimes that can cause stress.&nbsp; In fact, navigating family togetherness when hurt and dysfunction abounds can seem impossible.</p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 19:01:37 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Sarah Boden 33485 at Surviving a Dysfunctional Family during the Holidays Reclaiming the Holidays <p>We’ve made it through Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, but the ads keep coming and will continue for the next three weeks. For many, this emphasis on the material aspects of the holiday season can become overwhelming and may even overshadow the joy and fun of this special time of year.</p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 19:06:37 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Sarah Boden 33037 at Reclaiming the Holidays Santa's Helper for 40 years: Dave Stoufer <p>Dave Stoufer&nbsp;tells stories about listening to kid's gift wishes, <span style="line-height: 1.5;">having his beard pulled,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">and other funny and heartfelt moments over his 40 years as Santa's helper. </span>Stoufer<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has also recently written his memoirs with Santa stories. &nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 17:57:24 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Ben Stanton 32976 at Santa's Helper for 40 years: Dave Stoufer Christmas Trees <p>Every year at this time, people like to venture out to cut their own Christmas Trees. &nbsp;Join host Charity Nebbe for her talk with Forester Mark Vitosh&nbsp;about selection and maintenance of live Christmas trees. &nbsp;Iowa State University Horticulturist Richard Jauron&nbsp;also answers your lawn and garden questions.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 18:44:39 +0000 Charity Nebbe 32532 at Christmas Trees Hearing Voices Christmas Mashup <p>A mix of holiday stories, found-sound, and sampled songs: A bell-ringer at the Mall of America. Holiday history as told by second graders. A trip to the toy store. Carols sung by Zulu children in a South African orphanage. And holiday bits from Bing Crosby, George W. Bush, and The Beatles Fan Club Christmas messages.</p> Tue, 25 Dec 2012 06:00:00 +0000 Charity Nebbe 12620 at Hearing Voices Christmas Mashup Horticulture Day: Holiday Gifts <p>Plants are a popular gift this time of year, like Christmas Cactus, Norfolk Pine, Amaryllis bulbs and of course, poinsettia. Charity Nebbe talks with Horticulturists Richard Jauron and Cindy Haynes about caring for seasonal plants and some great gift ideas for gardeners.</p><p></p> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 17:20:26 +0000 Charity Nebbe 12030 at Horticulture Day: Holiday Gifts White House Christmas Card features Des Moines Artist’s Painting <p>This year’s official White House Christmas card features a painting by Des Moines artist Larassa Kable. She talks with Iowa Public Radio’s All Things Considered host, Pat Blank.<br>&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Text</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 07 Dec 2012 00:17:55 +0000 Pat Blank 11704 at White House Christmas Card features Des Moines Artist’s Painting History of Santa Claus and the "Angel of Albia" <p>St. Nicholas Day takes place on December 6<sup>th</sup>.&nbsp; It’s a day when the aforementioned saint brings gifts to good girls and boys.&nbsp; Americans have a similar tradition, but instead of St. Nicholas a character named Santa Claus delivers the presents on Christmas Eve. Today on River to River, we speak with historian Bruce David Forbes of Morningside College and author of <em>Christmas: A Candid History</em>. We discuss how St. Nicholas crossed the Atlantic to become Santa Claus.&nbsp; Also, we talk to a modern day Santa Claus of sorts, Mary Sauter, the “Angel of Albia.”</p> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 21:10:26 +0000 Ben Kieffer 11686 at History of Santa Claus and the "Angel of Albia" Horticulture Day: Christmas Trees <p>Every December tens of thousands of seemingly sensible Iowans buy a cut tree and bring it into the house. On Horticulture Day Charity Nebbe talks with forester Mark Vitosh about Christmas trees, how they’re grown, how to pick a good one, how to keep it fresh and how our Christmas tree crop was affected by the drought.</p><p>Horticulturist Richard Jauron then joins the conversation to answer listener questions about the plants in their lives.</p><p></p> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 17:17:35 +0000 Charity Nebbe 11435 at Horticulture Day: Christmas Trees Gift Giving Books for Christmas <p>Garrison Keillor once said, “A book is a gift you can open again and again.” Host Charity Nebbe talks with Jan Wiessmiller and Paul Ingram of <a href="" target="_blank">Prairie Lights Bookstore </a>in Iowa City and Harley McIlrath of <a href="" target="_blank">Pioneer Bookshop</a> in Grinnell. We find out about the best new books for giving and receiving this holiday season.</p><p></p> Tue, 27 Nov 2012 17:07:08 +0000 Charity Nebbe 11273 at Gift Giving Books for Christmas Oh Christmas Tree <p>Danny Moulds owns Kris Kringle’s Trees just north of Cedar Falls. He says the hot dry summer took a harsh toll on newly planted seedlings. He says he lost around 15 thousand Christmas &nbsp;trees on his 46 acre farm.</p><p>Had those young trees survived they would have been ready for harvest in 2019. Because the drought was so widespread, Iowa Department of Natural Resources District Forester Mark Vitosh says it may be harder to find the more popular varieties in the future.</p> Thu, 22 Nov 2012 00:03:43 +0000 Pat Blank 11112 at Oh Christmas Tree