IPR Holiday Schedule 2017

When viewing our holiday schedule below, please note that the programs are listed sequentially by broadcast time each day.

Programs listed below will be broadcast either on IPR News, Classical, News/Studio One, or Studio One online, which is noted after each program title and broadcast time. Maps showing those signals and where they can be found are available by clicking the program stream after each program title.

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November 11 - Veteran's Day
November 23 - Thanksgiving
November 24 - Day after Thanksgiving
November 28
December 6
December 7
December 12 - Beginning of Hanukkah
December 18
December 20 - Hanukkah concludes
December 22
December 23
December 24 - Christmas Eve 
December 25 - Christmas Day
December 31 - New Year's Eve
January 1, 2018 - New Year's Day


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11:

Yankee Doodle Pops 2017 
4 - 6 pm on IPR Classical
Join Iowa Public Radio as we present a rebroadcast of this summer's Yankee Doodle Pops, a concert presented by the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra. In this performance, the symphony is joined by guest vocalist Steve Lippia, performing jazz favorites made famous by Frank Sinatra. 


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23:

NEWS & NEWS/STUDIO ONE:
Giving Thanks
10 - 11 am on IPR News and News/Studio One
"Giving Thanks" offers a contemporary celebration of gratitude, with classical music and stories of Thanksgiving. This year's special guests include world-famous chef Jacques Pepin, and his 13-year-old granddaughter, Shorey, with whom he co-authored his most recent book, "A Grandfather's Lessons" and Francis Lam, new host of The Splendid Table

Turkey Confidential
11 am - 1 pm on  IPR News and News/Studio One
The Splendid Table's annual live Thanksgiving call-in show is back! This year, we have double the fun with hosts Lynne Rossetto Kasper and Francis Lam tag teaming. This is Lynne's last Turkey Confidential, as she retires at the end of 2017 and turns over the reins to Francis in 2018. Join us as Lynne and Francis take calls and come to the rescue of Thanksgiving cooks, kitchen helpers, and dinner guests alike on the biggest cooking day of the year. They'll also be joined by guests Lidia Bastianich, Marcus Samuelsson, Amy Sedaris, and Dan Souza of America's Test Kitchen, to talk about their favorite Thanksgiving dishes and memories. 

Giving Thanks
9 - 10 pm on IPR News
"Giving Thanks" offers a contemporary celebration of gratitude, with classical music and stories of Thanksgiving. This year's special guests include world-famous chef Jacques Pepin, and his 13-year-old granddaughter, Shorey, with whom he co-authored his most recent book, "A Grandfather's Lessons" and Francis Lam, new host of The Splendid Table

CLASSICAL:
Thanksgiving with Cantus
11 - 12 pm on IPR Classical
Join Alison Young and premier men's vocal ensemble Cantus for a conversation about Thanksgiving music and food, and sitting down with those we love to celebrate the blessings in our lives. Listeners will enjoy a variety of performances by Cantus, including "We Gather Together," "The 23rd Psalm," "Brothers, Sing On!" and "Wanting Memories."

Giving Thanks
12 - 2 pm on IPR Classical
"Giving Thanks" offers a contemporary celebration of gratitude, with classical music and stories of Thanksgiving. This year's special guests include world-famous chef Jacques Pepin, and his 13-year-old granddaughter, Shorey, with whom he co-authored his most recent book, "A Grandfather's Lessons" and Francis Lam, new host of The Splendid Table

Brucemorchestra 2017
2 - 4 pm on IPR Classical
Iowa Public Radio presents "Brucemorchestra X". Celebrating 10 years of Brucemorchestras, this year's performance presents four world-class soloists performing famous operatic arias by Bizet, Verdi, Rossini, and more. 


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 24:

National Day of Listening: A StoryCorps Special from Des Moines
10 - 11 am on IPR News and News/Studio One
StoryCorps brought its Mobile Booth to Des Moines in August to record the stories of Iowans. This special weaves together excerpts of those conversations, with audio from other interviews and events from the StoryCorps visit. 

Happy(ish) Holidays from Terrible, Thanks for Asking
12 - 1 pm on IPR News and News/Studio One
In this second-annual holiday radio extravaganza, Terrible, Thanks for Asking host Nora McInerny will one again bedazzle this difficult time of year with humor, stories, and the very real realness of reality. Join Nora for a conversation about holiday missteps with memoirist Augusten Burroughs, enjoy cheer and some humbugt from special guests, and stories from listeners about their worst holidays ever. 


TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28:

Vakhtang Kodanashvili Live in Studio
12 - 1 pm on  IPR Classical
Join Iowa Public Radio as we present a live broadcast of UNI instructor of piano Vakhtang Kodanashvili live from our studios in Cedar Falls. Kodanashvili will perform works by Rachmaninoff, Robert Schumann, and Scriabin. 


WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6:

Matthew Coley Live in Studio
12 - 1 pm on IPR Classical
Join Iowa Public Radio as we present internationally acclaimed percussionist Matthew Coley. His solo spectacular will feature the music of Bach. 


THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7:

Studio One Tracks: "A Conquered Christmas" from the Des Moines Social Club 
7 - 10 pm on IPR News/Studio One & Studio One online
Iowa Public Radio presents "A Conquered Christmas," a radio special hosted by Iowa musical artist Christopher the Conquered, featuring a variety of special guests performing classic songs of the season as well as new songs celebrating thankfulness, unity, and love. 


TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12:

CLASSICAL:
Candles Burning Brightly
4 - 5 pm on IPR Classical
Mindy Ratner hosts a new edition of this holiday favorite, in celebration of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. "Candles Burning Brightly" explores Chanukah foods and traditional activities - and plenty of music.

NEWS:
Hanukkah Lights
7 - 8 pm on IPR News
A perennial NPR favorite with all new Hanukkah Stories. Hosted by Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.


MONDAY, DECEMBER 18:

IPR Presents: Orchestra Iowa's "Holiday Spectacular"
7 - 9 pm on IPR Classical
Celebrate the holidays with Maestro Tim Hankewich, Orchestra Iowa, and friends! This fun and festival musical celebration has become one of Cedar Rapids' favorite holiday traditions. 


WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 20:

CLASSICAL:
Chanukah in Story and Song
4 - 5 pm on IPR Classical
Chanukah in Story and Song is a unique holiday program created especially for public radio listeners. This delightfully engaging program presents 25 eclectic selections, from the Ladino songs of the Spanish Jews and Yiddish melodies of Eastern Europe to modern Israeli tunes and the ensemble's original version of "I Have a Little Dreydle."

NEWS:
Hanukkah Lights
7 - 8 pm on IPR News
A perennial NPR favorite with all new Hanukkah Stories. Hosted by Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.


FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22:

IPR Presents: wcfsymphony's "Cedar Valley Christmas"
12 - 1 pm on IPR Classical
Join the wcfsymphony during their annual sing-along of classic holiday carols featuring choruses from across the Cedar Valley and the festive sounds of the wcfsymphony brass section. 


SATURDAY, DECEMBER 23:

CLASSICAL:
Concierto Christmas Special
8 - 10 am on IPR Classical
Frank Dominguez hosts a special holiday edition of the national bi-lingual program that features music by Spanish and Latin American composers and performers presented in English and in Spanish. 

IPR Presents: wcfsymphony's "Cedar Valley Christmas"
4 - 5 pm on IPR Classical
Join the wcfsymphony during their annual sing-along of classic holiday carols featuring choruses from across the Cedar Valley and the festive sounds of the wcfsymphony brass section. 

IPR Presents: Orchestra Iowa's "Holiday Spectacular"
5 - 7 pm on IPR Classical
Celebrate the holidays with Maestro Tim Hankewich, Orchestra Iowa, and friends! This fun and festival musical celebration has become one of Cedar Rapids' favorite holiday traditions. 

Choral Tradition
7 - 8 pm on IPR Classical
Join IPR's Curt Snook as he presents a selection of holiday Choral music, sacred and secular. 

Bill Shepherd's Big Band Christmas
9 - 10 pm on IPR Classical
Bill Shepherd's Big Band Christmas features the Bill Shepherd Big Band, composed of Cedar Falls-based professional musicians and Bill's daughter, Nola Rose Shepherd. This holiday infused event will be sure to get your feet tapping and your heart racing as the sounds of big band fill the air. 


SUNDAY, DECEMBER 24:

CLASSICAL:
Choral Tradition
7 - 8 am on IPR Classical
Join IPR's Curt Snook as he presents a selection of holiday Choral music, sacred and secular. 

Sunday Baroque
8 - 9 am on IPR Classical
Quite a few of our most beloved and familiar Christmas carols have roots in the baroque era or even before. Many of them started as popular secular music such as dances, folk songs, or even drinking songs, with festive words added to go with the holiday theme. Join us this year for a special Sunday Baroque featuring several baroque Christmas selections, including favorites and lesser-knowns. 

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
9 - 11 am on IPR Classical 
Hosted by Michael Barone, this is a live stereo music and spoken-word broadcast from the chapel of King's College in Cambridge, England. The 30-voice King's College Choir performs the legendary Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols service of Biblical readings and music. 

Sunday Baroque
11 am - 2 pm on IPR Classical
Quite a few of our most beloved and familiar Christmas carols have roots in the baroque era or even before. Many of them started as popular secular music such as dances, folk songs, or even drinking songs, with festive words added to go with the holiday theme. Join us this year for a special Sunday Baroque featuring several baroque Christmas selections, including favorites and lesser-knowns. 

Christmas at Luther
2 - 3 pm on IPR Classical
Christmas at Luther, now in its 36th year, features performances by Luther College's six choirs and three instrumental ensembles. 

Christmas with Morehouse and Spelman Glee Clubs
3 - 4 pm on IPR Classical
One of the great holiday traditions in America, the choirs of Morehouse and Spelman Colleges - two of the most prestigious historically black institutions in the nation - get together to present a spin-tingling concert program. It's a joyous celebration of the schools' tradition of singing excellence, with their trademark mixture of spirituals and carols. 

Welcome Christmas
4 - 5 pm on IPR Classical
The perennial Christmas favorite from VocalEssence, one of the world's premiere choral groups. An hour of traditional carols and new discoveries. 

In Italia: A Renaissance Christmas
5 - 6 pm on IPR Classical

Advent Voices
6 - 7 pm on IPR Classical
Advent is a time of quiet contemplation and waiting. It's waiting for darkness to become light and for hopes to be realized. Throughout the centuries, Advent has been observed musically in sacred and secular ways. Join Lynne Warfel for an hour of the most beautiful vocal music inspired by and written for Advent. 

IPR Presents: Doug Brown's reading of A Christmas Carol
7 - 10 pm on IPR Classical
Doug Brown, a beloved public radio voice in Iowa for 37 years, recorded a rendition of Dickens' A Christmas Carol. This classic holiday tale tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his journey through Christmas past, present, and future as he rediscovers the Christmas spirit in time to share it with family and friends. 

 

NEWS:
IPR Presents: Doug Brown's reading of A Christmas Carol
9 am - 12 pm on IPR News and News/Studio One
Doug Brown, a beloved public radio voice in Iowa for 37 years, recorded a rendition of Dickens' A Christmas Carol. This classic holiday tale tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his journey through Christmas past, present, and future as he rediscovers the Christmas spirit in time to share it with family and friends. 

IPR Presents: Doug Brown's reading of A Christmas Carol
9 pm - midnight on IPR News
Doug Brown, a beloved public radio voice in Iowa for 37 years, recorded a rendition of Dickens' A Christmas Carol. This classic holiday tale tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his journey through Christmas past, present, and future as he rediscovers the Christmas spirit in time to share it with family and friends. 

NEWS/STUDIO ONE:
IPR Presents: Doug Brown's reading of A Christmas Carol
9 am - 12 pm on IPR News and News/Studio One
Doug Brown, a beloved public radio voice in Iowa for 37 years, recorded a rendition of Dickens' A Christmas Carol. This classic holiday tale tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his journey through Christmas past, present, and future as he rediscovers the Christmas spirit in time to share it with family and friends. 

A Christmas Celtic Sojourn
1 - 2 pm on IPR News/Studio One and Studio One online
First launched in 2003, A Christmas Celtic Sojourn reflects the compelling and diverse offerings of the weekly national radio program. With legends of music, song, and dance from the Celtic world and beyond poised to take the stage together, this show is one of the chestnuts of live holiday music.

The Christmas Revels: In Celebration of the Winter Solstice
3 - 5 pm on IPR News/Studio One and Studio One online
A two-hour musical celebration of the winter holidays - Christmas, the Solstice, New Year's, and Twelfth Night - featuring traditional carols, anthems, hymns, motets, wassails, spirituals, children's game-songs, and folk dance tunes excerpted from live Christmas Revels productions presented around the country. 

Bob Dorr's Rockin' Christmas Eve
7 - 10 pm on IPR News/Studio One and Studio One online
Every year Bob hosts his "Rockin' Christmas Eve." This year's broadcast is the 43rd out of the last 45 Christmas Eves that Bob's hosted on Iowa Public Radio. The music is all holiday songs from all eras and all music styles, some of it picked out by listener request. Join Bob and Iowa Public Radio this Rockin' Christmas Eve!

Bill Shepherd's Big Band Christmas
10 - 11 pm on IPR News/Studio One and Studio One online
Bill Shepherd's Big Band Christmas features the Bill Shepherd Big Band, composed of Cedar Falls-based professional musicians and Bill's daughter, Nola Rose Shepherd. This holiday infused event will be sure to get your feet tapping and your heart racing as the sounds of big band fill the air. 

The Big Tiny Desk Special
11 pm - 12 am on IPR News/Studio One & Studio One online
For nearly 10 years, NPR Music has recorded concerts from behind Bob Boilen's desk. During the holidays, the desk gets a little more festive, thanks to a snow machine, paper snowflakes, and Stephen Thompson's hand-drawn Christmas tree (it's labeled "tree"). In this holiday special, join NPR Music's Bob Boilen and Stephen Thompson as they look back on holiday performances from this year and years past. 


MONDAY, DECEMBER 25:

CLASSICAL:
A Chanticleer Christmas
8 - 9 am on IPR Classical
A celebration of the season as told through the glorious voices of Chanticleer, the 12-voice San Francisco-based men's choir. The program spans the globe and the centuries - from England in the 1300s to new arrangements of classic and contemporary carols to Chanticleer's popular Gospel medley of Christmas tunes. 

St. Olaf Christmas
9 - 11 am on IPR Classical
A service in song and word that has become one of the nation's most cherished holiday celebrations. Tickets to the event, which takes place at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, are always gone months in advance. The festival includes hymns, 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. 

Carols and Cheer
11 am - 12 pm on IPR Classical
Scott Blankenship and Matt Culloton team up again to review their favorite carols for the holiday season. Utterly "sing-a-long-able," their top picks will include the best of the Christmas season as performed by the leading artists and ensembles of today.

A Choral Christmas with Stile Antico
12 - 1 pm on IPR Classical
Stile Antico is a 13-member a cappella choir based in London. These young, fresh-faced singers have already racked up some impressive awards for their recordings - mainly of intricately woven music from the Renaissance. During A Choral Christmas, Stile Antico will perform hand-picked sacred music from the English Tudor era, by such 16th century composers as Thomas Tallis and William Byrd. 

Hollywood Holiday
1 - 2 pm on IPR Classical
Lynne Warfel, host of Saturday Cinema, takes you on a one-hour musical retrospective of some of Hollywood's most cherished Christmas themed movies. 

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's Messiah
2 - 4 pm on IPR Classical
Handel's much adored oratorio, Messiah, expresses the religious story of hope, inspiration, and timeless expression. Performed by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, this masterpiece is traditionally associated with the holiday season and celebrated worldwide in performances throughout December.

Christmas at Luther
4 - 5 pm on IPR Classical
Christmas at Luther, now in its 36th year, features performances by Luther College's six choirs and three instrumental ensembles. 

NEWS/NEWS STUDIO ONE:
Tinsel Tales
9 am - 1 pm on IPR News and News/Studio One
NPR fills millions of homes each holiday with humor, warmth, and a host of festive voices. Join IPR and NPR as we present Tinsel Tales, a collection of the best and most requested holiday stories. Some tales are funny; some are touching; some are insightful or irreverent or nostalgic or surprising. You might recognize them from our broadcast archives - or you might fall in love with them for the first time. 

Studio One Tracks: "A Conquered Christmas" from the Des Moines Social Club 
7 - 10 pm on IPR News/Studio One & Studio One online
Iowa Public Radio presents "A Conquered Christmas," a radio special hosted by Iowa musical artist Christopher the Conquered, featuring a variety of special guests performing classic songs of the season as well as new songs celebrating thankfulness, unity, and love. 

The Big Tiny Desk Special
9 - 10 pm on IPR News/Studio One & Studio One online
For nearly 10 years, NPR Music has recorded concerts from behind Bob Boilen's desk. During the holidays, the desk gets a little more festive, thanks to a snow machine, paper snowflakes, and Stephen Thompson's hand-drawn Christmas tree (it's labeled "tree"). In this holiday special, join NPR Music's Bob Boilen and Stephen Thompson as they look back on holiday performances from this year and years past. 

NEWS:
Tinsel Tales
9 pm - 1 am on IPR News
NPR fills millions of homes each holiday with humor, warmth, and a host of festive voices. Join IPR and NPR as we present Tinsel Tales, a collection of the best and most requested holiday stories. Some tales are funny; some are touching; some are insightful or irreverent or nostalgic or surprising. You might recognize them from our broadcast archives - or you might fall in love with them for the first time. 


SUNDAY, DECEMBER 31:

A Season's Griot
4 - 5 pm on IPR News/Studio One & Studio One online
Hosted for the last 22 years by acclaimed storyteller Madafo Lloyd Wilson, this annual one-hour special captures tales and traditions of African-American and African peoples. 


MONDAY, JANUARY 1, 2018:

CLASSICAL:
New Year's Day From Vienna
10 am - 12 pm on IPR Classical
The Philharmonic presents its ever popular annual New Year's Day concert from the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna. You'll hear your favorite waltzes, polkas and more - a festive way to start off the New Year. 

Brucemorchestra 2017
12 - 2 pm on IPR Classical
Iowa Public Radio presents "Brucemorchestra X". Celebrating 10 years of Brucemorchestras, this year's performance presents four world-class soloists performing famous operatic arias by Bizet, Verdi, Rossini, and more. 

NEWS/STUDIO ONE:
Capitol Steps: Politics Takes a Holiday
12 - 1 pm on IPR News and News/Studio One
Put down those indictments, Robert Mueller - if you're hoping Paul Manafort will sing like a canary, all you have to do is tune in to the Capitol Steps year-end edition of "Politics Takes a Holiday." You might even pick up some classified secrets as he joins the Donald to sing "I'm So Indicted." Also featured in the Capitol Steps' show will be the year's biggest stars - Mike Pence, Rex Tillerson, Hillary Clinton, Vladimir Putin, Bernie Sanders, and those who were gone too soon - Sean Spicer, Tom Price, and, of course, the Mooch. 

NEWS:
Capitol Steps: Politics Takes a Holiday
10 - 11 pm on IPR News 
Put down those indictments, Robert Mueller - if you're hoping Paul Manafort will sing like a canary, all you have to do is tune in to the Capitol Steps year-end edition of "Politics Takes a Holiday." You might even pick up some classified secrets as he joins the Donald to sing "I'm So Indicted." Also featured in the Capitol Steps' show will be the year's biggest stars - Mike Pence, Rex Tillerson, Hillary Clinton, Vladimir Putin, Bernie Sanders, and those who were gone too soon - Sean Spicer, Tom Price, and, of course, the Mooch.