Winter specials make the season bright

Give your audiences moments to relax and reconnect this season with specials that satisfy curiosity and celebrate good taste:

Arts & Culture

Marketplace: Divided Decade
One hour. Available November 1, 2018-January 7, 2019.

Kai Ryssdal hosts this year-end retrospective of Marketplace’s coverage on the 2008 financial crisis’ impact on housing, jobs, inequality, and finance, along with listener stories, and historic interviews with those tasked with saving and reforming the U.S. economy.

Brains On! The Science of Cooking
One hour. Available November 1, 2018-January 4, 2019.

Hosts Molly Bloom and Nantene Ba break down four elements essential to cooking: Mix, Chop, Heat and Chill. Special guests include The Splendid Table’s Francis Lam, and America’s Test Kitchen hosts and contributors: Molly Birnbaum, Dan Souza, Tucker Shaw, Katie Leaird, Kristin Sargianis and Elle Simone.

Happy(ish) Holidays from Terrible, Thanks for Asking
One hour. Available November 16, 2018-January 4, 2019

Some people celebrate the holidays with cheer and eggnog; others endure them with forced smiles and heavy hearts. Host Nora McInerny knows holidays can be hard. With special guests and stories from listeners, Nora offers an honest look at why some people aren’t so jolly this time of year.

Classical Music

Candles Burning Brightly (Encore)
One hour. Available November 22-December 31, 2018.

 Mindy Ratner hosts this 2017 encore celebration of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. “Candles Burning Brightly” explores Chanukah foods, traditional activities, and plenty of music.

All is Bright: Contemplative Music for Christmas
One hour. Available November 29-December 31, 2018.

 Give audiences a break from the fa-la-la with an hour of gorgeous, contemplative choral music. Hosted by Lynne Warfel, this new special features Cantus, Chanticleer, Cambridge Singers, Bryn Terfel, Emma Kirkby, Jessye Norman, and a variety of choirs.

Carols & Cheer
One hour. Available November 29-December 31, 2018.

Sing along with this year’s mix of holiday classics and contemporary hits. Host Scott Blankenship shares his favorite Christmas carols of the season, performed by today’s leading artists and ensembles.

Christmas with The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square
One hour. Available November 29-December 31, 2018.

The world-renowned Tabernacle Choir presents rich arrangements of familiar carols, and lesser-known melodies that are fast becoming the new classics. Julie Amacher hosts this annual favorite.

Hollywood Holiday
One hour. November 29-December 31, 2018.

Enjoy a holiday blend of silver bells and silver screens! Saturday Cinema host Lynne Warfel presents a unique musical retrospective of some of Hollywood’s most cherished Christmas-themed movies.

Welcome Christmas!
One hour. Available November 29-December 31, 2018.

 New for 2018, this perennial Christmas favorite features VocalEssence, one of the world’s premier choral ensembles. John Birge hosts an hour of traditional carols and new discoveries, including the world premiere of two carols from the annual Christmas Carol Contest.

A Chanticleer Christmas
One hour. Available December 13-31, 2018.

Brian Newhouse presents unforgettable choral music and commentary, with performances by Chanticleer, the 12-man “orchestra of voices.” Audiences will be captivated by this year’s live concert of holiday classics and new favorites.

St. Olaf Christmas Festival
Two hours. Available December 13-31, 2018.

 Host Valerie Kahler shares the sights and sounds of one of the nation’s most cherished holiday celebrations. The festival includes hymns, carols, choral works, and orchestral selections celebrating the Nativity, and features more than 500 student musicians in five choirs, and the St. Olaf Orchestra.

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
90-minute and two-hour versions. Available December 24-25, 2018.

Michael Barone hosts this live service of spoken word and music (choral and organ) 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.