Tinsel Tales: NPR Christmas Favorites

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.

The Christmas Truce

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.

The Christmas Truce

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.

A Christmas Celtic Sojourn (12:00 PM - 2:00 PM)

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!

Saturday Night Christmas Jazz! (9:00 PM - 1:00 AM)

Bob Seymour celebrates the season with favorites and some fun, original holiday songs by a variety of great jazz performers, including the Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn arrangement of The Nutcracker Suite.

All Songs Considered for the Holidays

It's the sixth edition of a weird holiday tradition from NPR Music. Host Bob Boilen and friends trade holiday cheer and snarky barbs while bringing you the best holiday songs from new and emerging breakout bands. Hear renditions of great holiday music you'll never hear at the mall or your mother's house!

Florida Matters: Health Insurance Enrollment Under the Affordable Care Act

Signups are under way on HealthCare.gov for the second time. Our panel discusses the common questions – Jodi Ray, project director, Covering Kids & Families and and Health News Florida editor Mary Shedden.

Florida Matters: Health Insurance Enrollment Under the Affordable Care Act

Signups are under way on HealthCare.gov for the second time. Our panel discusses the common questions – Jodi Ray, project director, Covering Kids & Families and and Health News Florida editor Mary Shedden.

Hanukkah Lights 2014

A favorite with brand new Hanukkah stories written by acclaimed authors Debra Ginsberg, Anne Burt, Simone Zelitch, Andrew Borowitz, and Theodore Bikel. Hear a wide variety of stories perfect for the holiday --- one story is funny and crisp, another historical, and there's one with a multicultural theme. Also included is a story about the supernatural and one that ends with the best last line for any Hanukkah show, "Love is the only miracle."

The Jack Benny Show New Years Eve Marathon (8:00 PM - 7:00 AM)

A radio-TV comedy series that ran for more than three decades and is generally regarded as a high-water mark in 20th-century American comedy. Guests including Bob Hope, Bogart, Mary Livingston, Mel Blanc, Liberace and many more.