KLCC's 2020 Holiday Schedule

Dec 16, 2020

It's been quite the year, to say the least, but we've managed to make it this far and while this holiday season will no doubt be missing so many things perhaps KLCC can offer some slight comfort with a nice variety of holiday programs that will move, delight, and inspire you. We've got longstanding Public Radio holiday traditions on deck, including our special home-grown ones, and plenty of brand new suprises for this season. So even if your holiday plans are a bit dialed back this year try tuning your dial to KLCC and share the season with your friends and neighbors by listening together on the airwaves. Happy Holidays! 

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Thursday, December 17

9:00PM - Notes from the Jazz Underground

Let's get in the holiday spirit with music from Willie Colon & Hector Lavoe, John Zorn, Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Wynton Marsalis and more!

10:00PM - Thursday Night Jazz

This week's show contains plently of holiday tunes, including an angels set, flutes and harps, and all women groups.

Friday, December 18

7:00PM Straight Street - “Winter SOULstice Celebration”

Host Lauren Purcell-Joiner is never one to miss a good pun, and is celebrating the Solstice Straight Street-style, with soul music! This show is about light in the darkness, hope that the light will return, and celebrating winter. 

9:00PM Folktales - "of the Solstice Season"

This folktale celebrates the dark stretch of the year with musical customs meant to brighten winter's darkest hours.

Saturday, December 19

1:00PM This American Life - “Christmas and Commerce”

Stories about the intersection of Christmas and retail, including David Sedaris's story "Santaland Diaries," which was first broadcast on NPR's Morning Edition many years ago. This Public Radio holiday favorite features the definitive This American Life version.

2:00PM This American Life - “Say Yes to Christmas”

No Christmas can ever be as good as the ones you had as a kid. But this week we go all in and bring the joy, the spontaneity, the sense that anything can happen, back to Christmas.

7:00PM Dead Air

The Dead Air Solstice show will feature seasonal treats from the Grateful Dead and more. Tie a bow on the holidays with music for the Solstice and an early Christmas dance party on Dead Air.

Sunday, December 20

11:00am IDEAS - “Christmas Philosophy 101”

Heat the cocoa, stoke the fire, and settle in for some good ol' fashioned philosophy! Christmas is a minefield of deep philosophical quandaries, like — is it ethically correct to lie to children? Who does a gift really benefit: the giver, or receiver? How do we really know if Santa exists, or doesn't? Christmastime is full of moments that reveal deep questions, so join IDEAS on a dramatic journey through the philosophy of Christmas.

3:00PM - Folk Alley

This week on Folk Alley, it's our annual Christmas show! Join Elena See for music from Raul Malo and The Mavericks, legends Leon Redbone and Dr. John, and Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks; new songs for the season from Calexico feat. Gaby Moreno, Dolly Parton, and Andrew Bird; more favorites by Laurie Lewis, John Hartford, Keb' Mo', The Sweetback Sisters, Kacey Musgraves, The Kruger Brothers, and Mary Gauthier; plus we celebrate the great Jorma Kaukonen on his milestone birthday; and more!

9:00PM - Ahora Sí

Tune in for some great Christmas music from all over Latin America! 

Monday, December 21

8:00PM Echoes - "Winter Solstice Celebration"

Echoes’ John Diliberto creates a two-hour soundscape of snow shrouded trees, silent saguaro cacti and white-out conditions. It’s a winter fantasy with no Christmas carols, but a sleigh-full of music taking you into the celestial and chilled side of the season.

Wednesday, December 23

8:00PM Sound Opinions - "Holiday Extravaganza"

Sound Opinions hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot welcome our crate-digging Kris Kringle, Andy Cirzan, to share great holiday songs that aren't played-out.

9:00PM Sound Opinions - "Holiday Spectacular: Santa vs. El Diablo"

This is a Christmas special like none other. Holiday music collector and expert Andy Cirzan scours record stores, dustbins, and basements to find the best and rarest tunes for the season. Each year he treats Sound Opinions listeners to a much-anticipated hour of music. This year’s compilation is called “Santa vs. El Diablo” and is a 'best of' from the last 30 years of Andy's collections.

Thursday, December 24

7:00PM IDEAS - “Christmas Philosophy 101”

Heat the cocoa, stoke the fire, and settle in for some good ol' fashioned philosophy! Christmas is a minefield of deep philosophical quandaries, like — is it ethically correct to lie to children? Who does a gift really benefit: the giver, or receiver? How do we really know if Santa exists, or doesn't? Christmastime is full of moments that reveal deep questions, so join IDEAS on a dramatic journey through the philosophy of Christmas.

8:00PM and 11:00PM Thursday Night Jazz "Merry Beatles, A Cool Yule With The Fab Four"

Everybody loves the Beatles, or mostly everybody. The songs they have written have become part of the canon of standards and their songs have been covered by many great jazz musicians. Frank Sinatra called "Something" one of the greatest love songs ever written. Host David Gizara started doing the show as a way to celebrate the Winter Solstice in a way that includes all cultures and religions during the holiday season, thus "Merry Beatles, A Cool Yule With The Fab Four.” Whether you’re into jazz or not there’s lots to love during this longstanding KLCC holiday tradition!

Friday, December 25

7:00PM Straight Street

Tune in for lots of your favorite Christmas songs sung by classic soul, gospel, and r&b artists.

Saturday, December 26

7:00PM Dead Air

The last Dead Air of 2020 brings it all together with highlights of past New Year’s concerts from the Grateful Dead. Bid this long strange year goodbye, and celebrate new beginnings with Downtown Deb on Dead Air.

Monday, December 28

7:00PM Podcast Playlist - “Cozy Stories for the Holidays.”

Grab some eggnog and the warmest blanket you can find! We're sharing warm and fuzzy stories for the end of the year.

Wednesday, December 30

8:00PM Sound Opinions - “Best of 2020”

Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot count down their favorite albums released in 2020.

9:00PM Sound Opinions - “2020: The Year in Music”

This has been one of the most challenging years ever for the music industry. We talk with people working to save what they can for post-pandemic times and remember those we lost this year.

Friday, January 1

7:00PM Straight Street

We celebrate the New Year by playing music from 50 years ago--all of your favorite hits from 1971!