All Holiday Programming for WUSF Public Media

December 21, 2014

David Suchet in the Footsteps of St. Peter (Part 1)
David Suchet in the Footsteps of St. Peter (Part 1)
Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 10:00am
WUSF TV 16.1

Though he is considered one of the most important figures in early Christianity and the "rock" of the Roman Catholic Church, Saint Peter is also one of the most puzzling characters in history. In the fascinating two-part documentary, beloved actor David Suchet traces the footsteps of St. Peter in a quest to determine how a simple Galilean fisherman went on to become the first Pope.

David Suchet in the Footsteps of St. Peter (Part 2)
David Suchet in the Footsteps of St. Peter (Part 2)
Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 11:00am
WUSF TV 16.1

Suchet uncovers the story behind Peter's remarkable post-resurrection turnaround and learns about the vital role Peter played in keeping the early church from splintering. Along the way, he reveals surprising new discoveries and theories about the man who shaped a faith that came to dominate western civilization.

A Christmas Carol: The Concert
A Christmas Carol: The Concert
Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 12:00pm
WUSF TV 16.1

The first time Dickens' classic tale has been adapted for a live orchestral concert with choir and soloists, and performed for audiences in a concert setting. A celebration of classic storytelling and ensemble performances which provide audiences with both the comforts of a classic tale and the thrill of seeing and hearing it told like never before.

A Christmas Celtic Sojourn (12:00 PM - 2:00 PM)
A Christmas Celtic Sojourn (12:00 PM - 2:00 PM)
Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 12:00pm
WUSF 89.7

This year, host Brian O’Donovan has assembled some of the best musicians, singers and dancers imaginable from around the Celtic world…and beyond! This year’s show is again led by music director Seamus Egan, leading his groundbreaking group Solas, along with the virtuosity of Winifred Horan on fiddle, Mick McAuley from Kilkenny on accordion and guitar, and Eamon McElholm, from County Tyrone. There’s also body percussion, harp, and distinctive music of Norway, Scottish singers and other Christmas surprises!

Christmas on the Danube
Christmas on the Danube
Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 1:30pm
WUSF TV 16.1

Christmas on the Danube is a companion to European Christmas Market. It is true holiday treat that will fill your senses with warmth, touch your heart, and provide your mind with geography and history, as well. Traveling the majestic Danube river as it passes through stunning European landscape, history and culture.

Key Chorale Holiday Special
Key Chorale Holiday Special
Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 2:00pm
WSMR 89.1

Recorded by WSMR, Russell Gant is your host for this exclusive broadcast of familiar carols and seasonal music with both traditional and new arrangements, showcasing a variety of styles and genres. Including a cameo performance by the “Off-Key” Chorale!

The Christmas Truce
The Christmas Truce
Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 3:00pm
WUSF 89.7

This Christmas marks the centenary of the 1914 spontaneous Christmas cease-fire by opposing soldiers in WW1. Participants fraternized (against orders), sang carols together and even exchanged holiday gifts on a frozen battlefield. This special tells the true story. You’ll hear folksinger John McCutcheon performing and discussing his song about this remarkable event, hear excerpts from movie dramatizations, and comments by Penn State historian Stanley Weintraub. {Photo: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en}

June LeBell’s Musical Conversations Christmas Spectacular
June LeBell’s Musical Conversations Christmas Spectacular
Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 4:00pm
WSMR 89.1

You're invited into June’s home for a cup of mulled cider and an hour of her favorite holiday recordings featuring the great voices of Leontyne Price, Joan Sutherland, Bryn Terfel, Bing Crosby, Marilyn Horne and many others. A few of June's favorite things, wrapped up with strings that will get you in a holiday spirit that will last through the season.

“Selected Shorts” Holiday Gift Set
“Selected Shorts” Holiday Gift Set
Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 6:00pm
WUSF 89.7

Selected Shorts offers a special episode called, “Eccentrics” this holiday season featuring guest host Stephen Colbert presenting stories with anarchists and oddballs by John Sayles and George Saunders. Fierce old lefties fight everything from the fruit cup to the manager at a banquet in Sayles’ “At the Anarchists’ Convention,” read by Jerry Stiller, and two inadequate men are faced with a rescue in Saunders’ “The Falls,” read by Rene Auberjonois.

Tinsel Tales: NPR Christmas Favorites
Tinsel Tales: NPR Christmas Favorites
Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 7:00pm
WUSF 89.7

Back for another year by popular demand, sit back and enjoy an hour from the NPR archives that touches on the meaning of Christmas. David Sedaris, Bailey White, John Henry Faulk – along with other NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season. Hosted by NPR’s Lynn Neary.

NATURE: Christmas In Yellowstone
NATURE: Christmas In Yellowstone
Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 8:00pm
WUSF TV 16.4

As snow falls and Christmas lights glow in Jackson Hole, a holiday season of a different sort settles in just beyond the town, in the great winter world of Yellowstone. Breathtaking landscapes frame intimate scenes of wolves and coyotes, elk and bison, bears and otters as they make their way through their most challenging season of the year.

Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz
Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz
Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 8:00pm
WUSF 89.7

George Shearing was a friend and frequent guest of Marian McPartland on Piano Jazz, and on this special edition of the show from 2001, they celebrate the holidays with music and conversation. The two reminisce about seasons gone by, in their native England and the U.S., and perform both traditional and contemporary holiday songs.

Three Faiths, One God: Judaism, Christianity, Islam
Three Faiths, One God: Judaism, Christianity, Islam
Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 9:00pm
WUSF TV 16.1

THREE FAITHS, ONE GOD thoughtfully examines the religious beliefs and practices shared by Jews, Christians and Muslims to illustrate how many in the Abrahamic faith communities are dealing with historical conflicts and charts their dedication to facilitating understanding and respect.

A Paul Winter Solstice Concert (9:00 PM - 11:00 PM)
A Paul Winter Solstice Concert (9:00 PM - 11:00 PM)
Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 9:00pm
WUSF 89.7

Paul Winter's all new 34th Winter Solstice Celebration brings traditional holiday favorites and new sounds from around the world with special guests Ivan Lins and Renato Braz . On the darkest night of the year, we head back to New York's Cathedral of St. John the Divine to hear The Paul Winter Consort and the glorious Cathedral Pipe Organ.

NATURE: Christmas In Yellowstone
NATURE: Christmas In Yellowstone
Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 11:00pm
WUSF TV 16.4

As snow falls and Christmas lights glow in Jackson Hole, a holiday season of a different sort settles in just beyond the town, in the great winter world of Yellowstone. Breathtaking landscapes frame intimate scenes of wolves and coyotes, elk and bison, bears and otters as they make their way through their most challenging season of the year.

December 22, 2014

Three Faiths, One God: Judaism, Christianity, Islam
Three Faiths, One God: Judaism, Christianity, Islam
Monday, December 22, 2014 - 12:01am
WUSF TV 16.1

THREE FAITHS, ONE GOD thoughtfully examines the religious beliefs and practices shared by Jews, Christians and Muslims to illustrate how many in the Abrahamic faith communities are dealing with historical conflicts and charts their dedication to facilitating understanding and respect.

David Suchet in the Footsteps of St. Peter (Part 1)
David Suchet in the Footsteps of St. Peter (Part 1)
Monday, December 22, 2014 - 2:00am
WUSF TV 16.1

Though he is considered one of the most important figures in early Christianity and the "rock" of the Roman Catholic Church, Saint Peter is also one of the most puzzling characters in history. In the fascinating two-part documentary, beloved actor David Suchet traces the footsteps of St. Peter in a quest to determine how a simple Galilean fisherman went on to become the first Pope.

David Suchet in the Footsteps of St. Peter (Part 2)
David Suchet in the Footsteps of St. Peter (Part 2)
Monday, December 22, 2014 - 3:00am
WUSF TV 16.1

Suchet uncovers the story behind Peter's remarkable post-resurrection turnaround and learns about the vital role Peter played in keeping the early church from splintering. Along the way, he reveals surprising new discoveries and theories about the man who shaped a faith that came to dominate western civilization.

NATURE: Christmas In Yellowstone
NATURE: Christmas In Yellowstone
Monday, December 22, 2014 - 11:00am
WUSF TV 16.4

As snow falls and Christmas lights glow in Jackson Hole, a holiday season of a different sort settles in just beyond the town, in the great winter world of Yellowstone. Breathtaking landscapes frame intimate scenes of wolves and coyotes, elk and bison, bears and otters as they make their way through their most challenging season of the year.

St. Olaf Christmas Festival
St. Olaf Christmas Festival (1:00pm - 3:00pm)
Monday, December 22, 2014 - 1:00pm
WSMR 89.1

A service in song and word that has become one of the nations most cherished holiday celebrations. Tickets to the event, which takes place at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, are always gone months in advance. The festival includes hymns, carols, choral works, and orchestral selections celebrating the Nativity and featuring more than 500 student musicians who are members of five choirs and the St. Olaf Orchestra.

NATURE: Christmas In Yellowstone
NATURE: Christmas In Yellowstone
Monday, December 22, 2014 - 2:00pm
WUSF TV 16.4

As snow falls and Christmas lights glow in Jackson Hole, a holiday season of a different sort settles in just beyond the town, in the great winter world of Yellowstone. Breathtaking landscapes frame intimate scenes of wolves and coyotes, elk and bison, bears and otters as they make their way through their most challenging season of the year.

NATURE: Christmas In Yellowstone
NATURE: Christmas In Yellowstone
Monday, December 22, 2014 - 5:00pm
WUSF TV 16.4

As snow falls and Christmas lights glow in Jackson Hole, a holiday season of a different sort settles in just beyond the town, in the great winter world of Yellowstone. Breathtaking landscapes frame intimate scenes of wolves and coyotes, elk and bison, bears and otters as they make their way through their most challenging season of the year.

Elmo's Christmas Countdown
Elmo's Christmas Countdown
Monday, December 22, 2014 - 6:00pm
WUSF TV 16.1

In Elmo's Christmas Countdown, Stiller the Elf is telling Stan the snowball how Christmas was almost ruined. Oscar tosses the magical counting blocks into the air and they disappear. Stiller is worried that he destroyed Christmas, and it is up to Elmo and Abby Cadabby to help him find the blocks and the true meaning of Christmas miracles.

Peg + Cat: The Christmas Problem
Peg + Cat: The Christmas Problem
Monday, December 22, 2014 - 7:30pm
WUSF TV 16.1

When Santa Claus is in trouble, Peg and Cat have to solve their biggest problem ever: how to make and wrap presents for all the children of the world, and then deliver them using 100 sleighs.

Joy to the World
Joy to the World
Monday, December 22, 2014 - 9:00pm
WUSF 89.7

Veteran pianist Bob Thompson brings us his annual concert for the holidays, Joy to the World, this year featuring guest vocalist Heather Masse (one of The Wailin’ Jennys, heard frequently on A Prairie Home Companion). The band plays original arrangements of old favorites, and her selections include an original song called ‘Mittens’.

European Christmas Market
European Christmas Market
Monday, December 22, 2014 - 9:30pm
WUSF TV 16.1

The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting colder, so what do the residents of the cities and towns of Europe do? They go out into the cold and have a big outdoor street party for four weeks known as the Christmas Markets. Learn about the tradition of the Christmas Markets, visit spectacular towns in Europe, learn of the history of the towns, and enjoy the magic and enchantment of medieval and castle towns in Europe at Christmas time.

December 23, 2014

Three Faiths, One God: Judaism, Christianity, Islam
Three Faiths, One God: Judaism, Christianity, Islam
Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 3:00am
WUSF TV 16.1

THREE FAITHS, ONE GOD thoughtfully examines the religious beliefs and practices shared by Jews, Christians and Muslims to illustrate how many in the Abrahamic faith communities are dealing with historical conflicts and charts their dedication to facilitating understanding and respect.

Light and Gold: the Music of Eric Whitacre
Light and Gold: the Music of Eric Whitacre
Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 9:00am
WSMR 89.1

Don’t miss this special presentation of one of American’s most popular composers today, Eric Whitacre. His choral works are beloved by choirs throughout the world and are featured in this hour-long, holiday treat.

An Anonymous 4 Christmas
An Anonymous 4 Christmas
Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 1:00pm
WSMR 89.1

The legendary Anonymous 4 sings medieval music from England, France and Spain that praises the Virgin Mary. The devotional songs come from the Codex Las Huelgas, Montpellier Codex, and Cantigas de Santa Maria. Anglo-American ballads such as the Cherry Tree Carol and A Virgin Unspotted add a homespun seasonal touch.

European Christmas Market
European Christmas Market
Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 1:30pm
WUSF TV 16.1

The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting colder, so what do the residents of the cities and towns of Europe do? They go out into the cold and have a big outdoor street party for four weeks known as the Christmas Markets. Learn about the tradition of the Christmas Markets, visit spectacular towns in Europe, learn of the history of the towns, and enjoy the magic and enchantment of medieval and castle towns in Europe at Christmas time.

 
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