My Life as a Turkey
Wednesday, November 27 at 8 p.m.
After a local farmer left a bowl of eggs on Joe Hutto's front porch, his life was forever changed. Hutto, possessing a broad background in the natural sciences and an interest in imprinting young animals, incubated the eggs and waited for them to hatch. As the chicks emerged from their shells, they locked eyes with an unusual but dedicated mother.
Thursday, November 28 at 10:30 p.m.
In the dynamic animated special Chanukah Stories, celebrity storytellers Jami Gertz and Bob Saget share two popular Chanukah tales – one which takes place on the first night of the eight-day Festival of Lights, the other on the last.
Craft in America: Holiday
Friday, December 20 at 9 p.m.
Celebrate traditions around the country. Clay artist Susan Garson creates fanciful Chanukah menorahs. Daring chefs make lavish gingerbread houses for the competition at Grove Park Inn. Navidad is celebrated in San Antonio with religious processions, tamales and Kathleen Trenchard's sparkling luminarias.
The National Christmas Tree Lighting 2013
Friday, December 20 at 10 p.m.
The one-hour concert will be taped on Friday, December 6 at President's Park in Washington, D.C.
Christmas in Norway with the St. Olaf Choir
Monday, December 23 at 9 p.m.
From Trondheim's historic Nidaros Cathedral, viewers are treated to a spectacular holiday concert featuring the 75-voice St. Olaf Choir from St. Olaf College and the Norwegian girl choir, Nidaros Jentekor.
Christmas at Belmont 2013
Tuesday, December 24 at 8 p.m.
Nashville shows why it's called Music City as acclaimed American mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves hosts this annual production of traditional carols, classical masterworks, world music and light-hearted seasonal favorites taped at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.
Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Alfie Boe and Tom Brokaw
Tuesday, December 24 at 9 p.m.
This program features renowned TV personality Tom Brokaw and Tony Award-winning Les Misérables tenor Alfie Boe in a concert of holiday favorites. Together with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square, these special guests bring attendees to their feet more than once during the night.
Nature: Christmas in Yellowstone
Wednesday, December 25 at 8 p.m.
Nature presents Christmas in Yellowstone, a breathtaking look at wintertime deep within America’s first national park.
Photo by Flickr user Kate Inglis
Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane: What’s Your Thanksgiving Feast?
Wednesday, November 27 at 11 a.m.
Many tables will feature a turkey, but how does a family accommodate their vegetarian family members and guests? Thanksgiving also falls on the first day of Hanukkah, the first time since 1888 – the next projected “Thanksgivukkah” will be more than 70,000 years from now. We’ll reconcile food philosophy, religion and culinary rituals with Rich Landau, chef and owner of the vegetarian restaurant, Vedge, and Erin O’Shea, Executive Chef and partner of Percy Street Barbecue.
Chanukah in Story and Song
Wednesday, November 27 at 10 p.m.
This hour-long Chanukah favorite returns: A celebration by The Western Wind performing Ladino songs of Spanish Jews, Yiddish melodies of Eastern Europe and modern Israeli tunes.
Hanukkah Lights 2013
Thursday, November 28 at 9 p.m.
A perennial NPR favorite, Hanukkah Lights features Hanukkah stories and memoirs written by acclaimed authors expressly for the show, as read by NPR's Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.
A Paul Winter Solstice Concert
Saturday, December 21 at 10 p.m.
Once again on the darkest night of the year, NPR Music presents the illuminating tradition From New York's Cathedral of St. John the Divine: the 33rd annual Paul Winter Solstice Celebration, featuring The Paul Winter Consort and the glorious Cathedral Pipe Organ.
Come They Told Me
Monday, December 23 at noon; Tuesday, December 24 at 9 P.M.; Wednesday, December 25 at 6 P.M..
"Come, They Told Me" is this year's holiday radio play by Chris Satullo, starring WHYY's Not Ready for Deadline Players. It's the tale of how a young widower copes with a difficult holiday season, and finds some reason to hope for the future.
A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
Tuesday, December 24 at 10 a.m.
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.
Photo credit: NPR
Tinsel Tales: NPR Christmas Favorites
Tuesday, December 24 at 2 p.m. and 10 p.m.
This program features stories from the NPR archives that touch on the meaning of Christmas, including “Santaland Diaries” by David Sedaris and “John Henry Faulk's Christmas Story.”
Jonathan Winters' A Christmas Carol
Tuesday, December 24 at 11 p.m.
An updated version of a public radio tradition hosted by NPR's Susan Stamberg. Master comedian Jonathan Winters presents a distinctive reading of Dickens' holiday classic, with a special performing edition prepared by Dickens for his own presentations.
Toast of the Nation
Tuesday, December 31 at 9 p.m.
An NPR tradition every New Year's Eve since the 1970s, Toast of the Nation is perfect for the occasion. It's jazz that you can party to, all night from coast to coast, with countdowns to midnight in all four continental time zones.
5 “Family” Recipes of the Season from PBS
Photo credit: Clare Barboza
Want to make Thanksgiving leftovers more appealing? Try layering sage-flecked butternut squash and creamy ricotta with your turkey.
Things can go horribly wrong with potato pancakes. Test out these tips for the perfect crispy latkes in time for the Festival of Lights.
No one can resist these baked shells in a rich rosemary and pumpkin cheese sauce. It’s a crowd-pleaser, whether it’s a side dish or the main attraction.
The ingredients to this soul-warming drink read like a poem: bay leaves, brown sugar, anise, cloves and nutmeg. Seasoned apple cider topped with sweet honey cream – it’s the perfect way to cap off a holiday party with friends and family.
Cutout cookies are a must for the holiday season. The wonderful thing about this dough is that it can be cut into any shape or size that a particular holiday requires.