Selected Shorts Holiday Gift Set – “Passages”: 3pm-4pm

Guest host Jane Kaczmarek presents four works about love, friendship, and passages through life. In William Goyen’s “The Texas Principessa,” the narrator is trying to tell us the story of the life and death of her best friend, if only she could keep to the point! The reader is the robust and sassy Doris Roberts.  A dreamy afternoon on the river is recalled by Rick Bass’s “The Canoeists,” The story shimmers with vivid details and sensual recollections, and is read by Neil Patrick Harris.

Tinsel Tales: NPR Christmas Favorites: 7pm – 8pm

Lynn Neary hosts this program that features stories from the NPR archives that touch on the meaning of Christmas.  David Sedaris, Bailey White, John Henry Faulk – these and other NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season.  Highlights include Jay Allison’s, “Dad and Sam,” Baily White’s “Low-Glamour Christmas Party,” and Scott Simon’s, “Modern Day Joseph and Mary.”

A Paul Winter Solstice Concert: 9pm – 11pm

Celebrate the Return of the Sun -- and the Warming of the heart with Paul Winter's Annual Winter Solstice Celebration. On the darkest night of the year, head back to New York's Cathedral of St. John the Divine to hear The Paul Winter Consort and the glorious Cathedral Pipe Organ. The performance brings traditional holiday favorites and new sounds from around the world with special guests Ivan Lins and Renato Braz. Hosted by John Schaefer.

An Afro Blue Christmas: 9pm – 10pm

Join us for a very special holiday concert with Howard University's premiere vocal ensemble, Afro Blue, and special guest pianist Cyrus Chestnut.  This a-cappela group performs a variety of holiday songs including African-American spirituals, jazz and pop tunes, and classical repertoire.  The joyous celebration includes one of a kind arrangements on traditional holiday songs plus new compositions…music perfect for the holidays and the spirit of Christmas.