Christmas

News
2:33 pm
Wed December 25, 2013

Tinsel Tales Two

Jelene Morris

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.

News
2:13 pm
Wed December 25, 2013

Ho, Ho, Huh?

Albert Herring

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.
 

Classical
9:42 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

St. Olaf, Stile Antico, Handel, and more!

The St. Olaf Viking Chorus at the St. Olaf Christmas Concert
Credit American Public Media

The perfect Christmas music continues December 25th  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 & Haydn Society led by Harry Christophers.

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News
1:21 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

Tinsel Tales One

Dinner Series

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.”

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.  Lynn Neary hosts.

News
1:18 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

"A Christmas Carol," read by Doug Brown

Charles Dickens
Heritage Auction Gallery

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.

Classical
9:40 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Festival of 9 Lessons, Tallis, Morehouse & More!

Members of the combined chorus of the Morehouse and Spelman College Glee Clubs
Credit Morehouse College

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!

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Classical
2:40 pm
Sun December 15, 2013

Bach, Handel & more: wcfso Xmas Concert

Jason Weinberger and the wfcsymphony in rehearsal
Credit Noah Henscheid, from wcfso.org

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 Messiah and Charpentier's Noëls round out the festivities. Guest vocalists include Jeff Brich, Elizabeth Bieber, and Kaethe Henning.

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Talk of Iowa
1:01 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Surviving a Dysfunctional Family during the Holidays

amber e/ Love Nest

The holidays bring families together and sometimes that can cause stress.  In fact, navigating family togetherness when hurt and dysfunction abounds can seem impossible.

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Talk of Iowa
1:06 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Reclaiming the Holidays

Nicholas Jones

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.

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Talk of Iowa
11:57 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Santa's Helper for 40 years: Dave Stoufer

Santa's Helper Dave Stoufer reading to children November 30 in Washington, Iowa
Ben Stanton / Iowa Public Radio

Dave Stoufer tells stories about listening to kid's gift wishes, having his beard pulled, and other funny and heartfelt moments over his 40 years as Santa's helper. Stoufer has also recently written his memoirs with Santa stories.  

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Horticulture Day
12:44 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Christmas Trees

Christmas tree farm
Soil Science at NC State

Every year at this time, people like to venture out to cut their own Christmas Trees.  Join host Charity Nebbe for her talk with Forester Mark Vitosh about selection and maintenance of live Christmas trees.  Iowa State University Horticulturist Richard Jauron also answers your lawn and garden questions.

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Talk of Iowa
12:00 am
Tue December 25, 2012

Hearing Voices Christmas Mashup

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.

Talk of Iowa
11:20 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Horticulture Day: Holiday Gifts

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.

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Arts & Culture
6:17 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

White House Christmas Card features Des Moines Artist’s Painting

Larassa Kable’s oil painting “Bo in the Snow” is the cover for this year’s official White House Christmas card.

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.
 

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River to River
3:10 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

History of Santa Claus and the "Angel of Albia"

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St. Nicholas Day takes place on December 6th.  It’s a day when the aforementioned saint brings gifts to good girls and boys.  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 Christmas: A Candid History. We discuss how St. Nicholas crossed the Atlantic to become Santa Claus.  Also, we talk to a modern day Santa Claus of sorts, Mary Sauter, the “Angel of Albia.”

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Talk of Iowa
11:17 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Horticulture Day: Christmas Trees

Via Tsuji Flickr

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.

Horticulturist Richard Jauron then joins the conversation to answer listener questions about the plants in their lives.

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Talk of Iowa
11:07 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Gift Giving Books for Christmas

Stacks of books near Christmas tree
bricolagelife / Flickr

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 Prairie Lights Bookstore in Iowa City and Harley McIlrath of Pioneer Bookshop in Grinnell. We find out about the best new books for giving and receiving this holiday season.

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Agriculture/Harvest Public Media
6:03 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Oh Christmas Tree

Kris Kringle's Tree Farm owner Danny Moulds stands among the thousands of trees lost to the drought
Pat Blank

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  trees on his 46 acre farm.

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.

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