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Holiday Specials:

The following is a list and schedule for Holiday programs between now and New Year’s Day. Please note that many of our regularly scheduled programs will also feature holiday related topics, themes, and content. As we receive updated and specific information for regularly scheduled programs, we will add that info to this page.


Chanukah in Story and Song with Leonard Nemoy (PRI), Saturday, 12/8/2012 at 7 p.m., and rebroadcast Wednesday, 12/12/2012 at 8 p.m. (90.7 KWMU-FM)
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.

Candles Burning Brightly (PRI), Sunday, 12/9/12 at 7 p.m., and rebroadcast Thursday, 12/13/2012 at 7 p.m. (90.7 KWMU-FM)
More than two thousand years ago, in the days of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, the religious life of the Jews was brought almost to a halt by the ancient Greeks. But rather than give in to the pressure to assimilate, a band of Jews who practiced their faith in secret returned to their holy city and rededicated the Temple. Their courageous act and its aftermath form the focus of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. Mindy Ratner and Bill Morelock offer a program which explores the customs and music of the holiday.

Hanukkah Lights 2012 (NPR), Monday, 12/10/12 at 7 p.m., and rebroadcast Friday, 12/14/2012 at 8 p.m. (90.7 KWMU-FM)
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.

Handel’s Messiah from Boston (PRI), Saturday, 12/22/2012 from 7 to 10 p.m. (90.7 KWMU-FM)
No holiday season is complete without Handel's stunning oratorio, and one of Boston's most cherished holiday traditions: Music Director Harry Christophers leads the Handel & Haydn Society Period Instrument Orchestra, Chorus, and internationally-acclaimed soloists in Handel's complete dramatic masterwork, in the acoustic splendor of Boston's Symphony Hall. Canadian superstars soprano Karina Gauvin and countertenor Daniel Taylor, British tenor extraordinaire James Gilchrist, and Boston's own premier baritone Sumner Thompson offer this season's unique rendition of this Boston tradition, hosted by longtime Boston broadcast voice Ron Della Chiesa.

The Great American Songbook: Holiday Special 2012, Sunday, 12/23/2012 from 8 to 9 p.m.  (90.7 KWMU-FM)
What makes a song last? Join host Philip Furia for an enduring body of holiday songs, performed generation after generation by musicians and singers in styles that range from jazz to blues, rock to country. Hear the stories behind the songs, and hear familiar artists singing them. The program shows how the Great American Songbook came into being during the first half of the 20th-century through the interplay of the sheet-music publishing industry known as "Tin Pan Alley," the Broadway musical, the emergence of radio in the 1920s, the advent of sound movies, the creation of a jazz repertoire, and developments in the recording industry.

Holiday-themed Jazz Unlimited from 9p – 12a on Sunday, December 23rd.

The program will feature Duke Ellington’s version of “The Nutcracker Suite”, Louis Armstrong reading “The Night Before Christmas”, Don Byron covering “The Dreidl Song”, Randy Weston’s “Kwanza Suite” and John Coltrane’s famous cover of “My Favorite Things”.

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, Monday, 12/24/2012 from 9 to 11 a.m., and rebroadcast Monday, 12/24/2012 from 7 to 9 p.m.   (90.7 KWMU-FM)

Jonathan Winters' A Christmas Carol  (NPR), Tuesday, 12/25/2012 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., and rebroadcast Tuesday, 12/25/2012 from 10 to 11 p.m.  (90.7 KWMU-FM)
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. Also featuring Mimi Kennedy.

A Season Griot 2012   12/26 from 8 pm   (90.7 KWMU-FM)
An hour-long Kwanzaa celebration in story and song, again hosted by Madafo Lloyd Wilson. This year's program features youth as the special guest griots, reading their own original and traditional stories. Familiar and favorite elements of Griot will also be in place with plenty of music, and an original composition by the show's poet laureate, Beverly Fields Burnette.

The Capitol Steps: "Politics Takes a Holiday," Monday, 12/31/2012 from 6 to 7 p.m.
(90.7 KWMU-FM) 
New Year’s Special

New Year’s Eve with the St. Louis Symphony, Monday, 12/31/2012 from 7 to 10 p.m. (approx. End time)  (90.7 KWMU-FM)

The Capitol Steps: "Politics Takes a Holiday," Tuesday, 1/1/2013 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., and rebroadcast from 10 to 11 p.m. (90.7 KWMU-FM)
New Year’s Special

We are awaiting word on the specifics for the holiday music schedule on our classical music service – Classical 90.7 KWMU-3. We expect that it will be very similar to last year’s plan. If that is the case this is what the lineup should look like:

Classical 90.7 KWMU-3: Christmas/Hanukkah 2012 & New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day specials

December 1-10, 2012 (One holiday selection per hour)

December 8, 2012: Hanukkah begins at sundown on December 16, 2012.  Classical 90.7 KWMU-3 will include a few pieces in its programming which will reflect this holiday on December 8 and throughout the week of Hanukkah.

December 11-17, 2012 (Two holiday selections per hour)

December 18-22, 2012 (Two to three holiday selections per hour)

December 23, 2012: All Christmas music beginning at 0000 CT

December 24 & 25, 2012: All Christmas music.

Also, on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, December 31, 2012, and January 1, 2013, we will program music appropriate for ringing in the new year including lots of Strauss Waltzes on January 1st.

Saturday Specials:

St. Louis Public Radio features program specials on Saturdays, between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., that cover a range of topics--from science and music to culture and storytelling. Listed below are specials that we have aired in the past and currently.


Recently Aired:


Radiolab is a patchwork of people, sounds, stories and experiences centered around One Big Idea. On Radiolab, science bumps into culture ... information sounds like music.

Radiolab airs through August 11, 2012




Snap Judgment is a new show from NPR about the decisions people make that change everything. Winner of the Public Radio Talent Quest, Glynn Washington delivers a raw, musical brand of storytelling, daring listeners to see the world through the eyes of another. Lush soundscapes paired with DJ driven rhythms drop listeners into the heart of the story. Beginning January 8, Snap Judgment will be a regular program on St. Louis Public Radio on Sundays at 7 p.m., following This American Life.



Freakonomics radio logoQ aired April 2012

Q is a fresh, lively excursion through arts, culture and entertainment. Recent programs have featured hot artists like Caribou and the Brooklyn indie duo MGMT, a debate about Zoomer culture and how pressures to look young are extending into our aging population through marketing geared at those over 60, and a new book on the world's greatest bike thief: the dishonorable Igor Kenk.


Freakonomics radio logoFreakonomics Radio aired March 3, 2012, through March 31, 2012

Freakonomics Radio is hosted by Stephen Dubner, with co-author Steve Levitt as a regular guest. It has several forms: an award-winning podcast, a regular segment on Marketplace, and it airs on public-radio stations across the country. Among our the popular episodes to date: "Do More Expensive Wines Taste Better?" and "The Upside of Quitting." Freakonomics Radio occasionally hits the No. 1 ranking on iTunes, with more than 1.5 million downloads a month.




State of the Reunion logoState of the Re: Union was created by Al Letson as an entry in the Public Radio Talent Quest, which started with more than 1,400 hopefuls. State of the Re: Union has set out to explore how a particular American city or town creates community, the ways people transcend challenging circumstances and the vital cultural narratives that give an area its uniqueness. Each episode sets out to feature stories of people doing innovative things to meet challenges and bridge divides in their respective communities. Aired December 17, 2011, through January 14, 2012.



American RadioWorks is the highly esteemed national documentary unit of American Public Radio featuring programs on education, the economy, war, and history. Since its inception, American RadioWorks has been anchored by some of the most experienced and acclaimed journalists in public radio.




The Environment Report "Coal: Dirty Past, Hazy Future." Former St. Louis Public Radio News Director, Lester Graham, is the host and producer of the hour-long documnetary. The Environment Report's documentary explores the effects of coal in our lives and in the lives of those who depend on coal for a living.



The Moth Radio Hour

St. Louis Public Radio airs another five-episode season of The Moth Radio Hour, featuring true stories told live on stage without scripts, notes, props, or accompaniment. Each episode mixes humorous, heartbreaking, and poignant tales that captivate, surprise, and delight audiences with their honesty, bravery and humor. This season, Christian McBride, a jazz bassist, is put to the test by his idol, Freddie Hubbard; a young woman is told to keep her heritage a her mother; a down-and-out comic considers ending it all until the universe sends him an unlikely sign; and a construction worker discovers the up-side of his girlfriend’s one-year prison sentence. 


Please check back to this page from time to time for updated information and changes to the schedule. From time to time, there may be a very time sensitive special that becomes available, and we make make changes to our broadcast plans.