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Playlist: Holiday and New Year's Spoken Word 2022

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Holiday and New Year's Spoken Word 2022. We will continue to add specials as they become available!

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New or Updated for 2022

THE 2022 MUSICIANS MEMORIAL SPECIAL - HOUR 1 (with an optional HOUR 2)

From Paul Ingles | 59:00

Some of the top names in music who passed away in 2022 are noted and celebrated in this hour long special hosted by music historian and documentarian Paul Ingles. Among those featured Fleetwood Mac's Christine McVie, Rock drummer Taylor Hawkins, Country music's Loretta Lynn and Naomi Judd, Rappers Coolio and Takeoff, Motown writer Lamont Dozier, Jazz great Ramsey Lewis, Olivia Newton-John, pioneering rocker Jerry Lee Lewis and many more. 35 songs from these late great artists are sampled.

Mm2022hour1_small Some of the top names in music who passed away in 2022 are noted and celebrated in this hour long special hosted by music historian and documentarian Paul Ingles.  Among those featured Fleetwood Mac's Christine McVie, Ronnie Spector, Country music's Loretta Lynn and Naomi Judd, Rappers Coolio and Takeoff, Motown writer Lamont Dozier, Jazz great Ramsey Lewis, Olivia Newton-John, pioneering rocker Jerry Lee Lewis and many more.  20 artists are mentioned and 35 songs from these late great musicians are sampled.

PLAYLIST 

Don't Stop - Fleetwood Mac (excerpt) [CHRISTINE McVIE]

Little Lies - Fleetwood Mac (excerpt) [CHRISTINE McVIE]

Over My Head - Fleetwood Mac (excerpt( [CHRISTINE McVIE]

Come A Little Bit Closer - Fleetwood Mac [CHRISTINE McVIE]

Be My Baby - The Ronettes [RONNIE SPECTOR]

This Flight Tonight - Nazereth [DAN McCAFFERTY / MANNY CHARLTON]

All Revved Up And No Place To Go - Meat Loaf

Who Do You Love - Ronnie Hawkins with The Band

Feed The Cruel - NHC [drummer TAYLOR HAWKINS]

Instant Karma - John Lennon [drummer ALAN WHITE]

Love Is Like A (Heatwave) - Lamont Dozier

Didn't I Blow You Mind This Time - Delfonics (WILLIAM HART / THOM BELL)

Your Good Thing Is About To End - Mabel John

Coal Miner's' Daughter - (excerpt) Loretta Lynn 

Honky Talk Girl - (excerpt) Loretta Lynn

The Pill - (excerpt) Loretta Lynn

Lookin' At Country - (excerpt) Loretta Lynn

Whispering Sea - Loretta Lynn

Love Can Build A Bridge - The Judds [NAOMI JUDD]

I'm The One Mama Warned You About - Mickey Gilley

Mountain Music - (excerpt) - Alabma  [JEFF COOK]

Lovin' Man - Alabama [JEFF COOK]

If Not For You - (excerpt) Olivia Newton John

I Honestly Love You - (excerpt)  Olivia Newton John

Physical - (excerpt) Olivia Newton John

Gimme Some Lovin' (excerpt)  Olivia Newton John

Gangsta's Paradise - Coolio

Versace - Migos  [TAKEOFF]

The Creator Has A Master Plan - (excerpt) Pharoah Sanders

You Don't Know What Love Is - (excerpt) Pharoah Sanders

Promises - (excerpt) Pharoah Sanders

The In Crowd - Ramsey Lewis Trio

Great Balls of Fire - (excerpt) - Jerry Lee Lewis

Whole Lotts Shakin' Going On - (excerpt) - Jerry Lee Lewis

Hang Up My Rock 'n' Roll Shoes - (excerpt) - Jerry Lee Lewis




Toasty winter treats with Earth Eats

From WFIU | Part of the Earth Eats: Specials series | 54:00

A winter holiday special with chestnuts roasting, cookies baking and coffee outside.

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“I love cookies. They’re hands-on,there’s a lot of technique involved in them,  they’re really fun and easy to do with kids,  they bake quickly,they’re perfect for gift giving any time of year, and they’re great. 

A winter holiday Earth Eats special with Kayte Young. 

We drop in on a cookie baking workshop with kids at a food pantry, we enjoy a hot cup of coffee on a chilly bike ride, and we toast up a batch of maple granola for holiday gift giving. 

All that, plus CHESTNUTS, on this special episode of Earth Eats.


The Christmas Revels: In Celebration Of The Winter Solstice 2022 (Series)

Produced by HOUSTON PUBLIC MEDIA RADIO PRODUCTIONS

“THE CHRISTMAS REVELS: IN CELEBRATION OF THE WINTER SOLSTICE 2022” is a brand-new, 119-minute or 59-minute musical celebration of the Winter holidays -- Christmas, the Solstice, Jonkonnu, New Year’s and Twelfth Night/Epiphany -- featuring traditional carols, wassails, hymns, spirituals, children’s game-songs, and folk dance-tunes excerpted from live Christmas Revels stage productions presented around the country.

Most recent piece in this series:

The Christmas Revels: In Celebration Of The Winter Solstice 2022 (Two-Hour Version)

From HOUSTON PUBLIC MEDIA RADIO PRODUCTIONS | Part of the The Christmas Revels: In Celebration Of The Winter Solstice 2022 series | 01:59:00

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"THE CHRISTMAS REVELS: IN CELEBRATION OF THE WINTER SOLSTICE 2022” (Two-Hour Version) is a brand-new, 119-minute compilation of musical excerpts, plus a few short poetry and prose readings, selected from live Christmas/Winter Solstice Revels stage productions presented in seven cities across the United States.

 

CHRISTMAS REVELS performances have been described as entertaining collections of country, ritual and courtly dances, wassails, carols, songs and ballads, hymns and anthems, story-telling, poetry and drama. They are made up of sacred and secular folk materials, plus some composed popular and “art” music, from traditional European. Middle Eastern and American celebrations of Christmas, The Feast Days of Saints Nicholas, Lucia, Basil and Stephen, Chanukah, the Feast of Fools, Jonkonnu, New Year's, Twelfth Night/Epiphany, and other end-of-the-year festivals, along with various cultures' hereditary observances of the Winter Solstice, some elements of which date back to pre-Christian times.

 

The music in this year's CHRISTMAS REVELS radio broadcast is mostly traditional, and it comes from several different cultures and eras. In modern-day Portland, Oregon, we accompany a young man who makes his way through the darkened streets of the city on the longest night of the year, in a mystical search for the light. His quest is supported by music from Nineteenth-Century America: shape-note hymns from New England and a Shaker song and a Civil-War-era fiddle tune from Appalachia. Deep in the forests of late Eighteenth-Century Quebec, we observe the Winter holidays with music and customs that range in tone from the solemnity of the Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve to the uninhibited and quite secular revelry of Le Jour de l’An (New Year’s Day). We stop by a four-hundred-year-old British pub owned and operated by a young African-American couple, who are totally astonished when a delegation of Revels guardians from Seventeenth-Century England magically appears in their midst and informs them that they must prove that they are qualified to have their Revelling License renewed. In the competitive test that follows, the folks from the Sixteen-Hundreds pit their Renaissance-era Christmas carols and wassails against the present-day holiday songs from Britain, Canada, and the African-American tradition offered up by the tavern owners and the bar’s regular customers. From the Celtic regions of the British Isles, a band of merry revellers share with us Irish and Welsh Christmas and New Year’s carols, and an anonymous Sixteenth-Century Scottish motet that mixes folk melodies with “learned” counterpoint, and which eventually evolved into the popular carol, “I Saw Three Ships.” At a holiday party at the Reconstruction-Era, Washington, D.C., home of Senator Hiram Rhodes Revels, the first African American to serve as a member of the U. S. Congress, his distinguished guests – both Black and White – celebrate the Winter Solstice with Yuletide parlor songs, African-American spirituals, and ballroom dancing. In early, Spanish-speaking California, we join the children as they march, singing, from door-to-door in the village, seeking shelter for the night, as we participate in Mexico’s four-hundred-year-old Yuletide ritual, Las Posadas, which re-enacts Mary and Joseph’s quest for lodging in Bethlehem on the first Christmas Eve, two thousand years ago. And we meet another historical figure, Joseph Johnson, a West African who served as a merchant seaman and an unpaid sailor with England’s Royal Navy at the turn of the Nineteenth Century. We go with “Black Joe,” as he was known in his day, as he travels the Atlantic trade routes from England to the Islands of the Caribbean and the coastal regions of the southeastern United States. There he meets the enslaved Gullah people, learns some of their heart-breakingly passionate spirituals, and witnesses the annual New Year’s procession known as Jonkonnu, which features elaborate, brightly-colored costumes, music, drumming, singing and dancing, and which has become – in the southeastern United States, at least – a commemoration of the freeing of the slaves on the First of January, 1863.

 

The enthusiastic performers heard in the program include the adult and children's choruses of each of the Revels companies, their professional brass quintets and instrumental folk-music groups and soloists, plus a distinguished line-up of featured guest artists, including fiddler and story-teller, Benjamin Hunter (Tacoma, WA); Early California music researcher and performer, Luis Moreno (Santa Barbara, CA); gospel and musical-theater singer and actress, Carolyn Saxon (Cambridge, MA); composer, arranger, music director and saxophonist, Edmar Colón (Cambridge, MA); folksinger and songwriter, Melanie DeMore (Oakland, CA); and early-music and traditional fiddler, Shira Kammen (Oakland, CA).

 

Because all of the Revels music is traditional – and accessible! – the show will fit into almost any radio format: classical, folk, AAA, world beat, eclectic or what-have-you. Last year, 167 public stations (an all-time high carriage total!) and thousands of listeners around the country enjoyed this holiday treat. We hope you'll plan to license the 2022 CHRISTMAS REVELS radio special and include it in your broadcast schedule – to the delight of your audience! – this coming Yuletide season.

Ford's Theatre Presents: A Christmas Carol

From WAMU | Part of the Ford's Theatre Presents: A Christmas Carol series | 59:02

WAMU and Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C. present a contemporary radio play of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." Features acclaimed Washington actor Craig Wallace as Ebenezer Scrooge and public radio broadcaster Murray Horwitz as the narrator. (Encore from 2020)

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In time for the holiday season, WAMU and Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C. present a contemporary radio play of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, featuring acclaimed Washington actor Craig Wallace as Ebenezer Scrooge and public radio broadcaster Murray Horwitz as the narrator.

This adaptation of the popular Ford's Theatre holiday tradition captures the magic of Dickens' Yuletide classic. Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption.

This performance of A Christmas Carol is adapted and directed by Michael Wilson, with sound design, original music and audio production by John Gromada. It is presented by Ford's Theatre of Washington, D.C. in partnership with WAMU.

More information about the radio play is available on the Ford's Theatre website. A souvenir program is also available for download.



Two versions of the program are available - a 59-minute version presented in a single segment, and a 58-minute version allowing for a 1-minute break midway through the program.

This radio play was originally produced and broadcast in 2020. WAMU is pleased to make this program freely available to stations for broadcast during the 2022 holiday season. If you have any questions, please contact Douglas Bell, WAMU's Program Director, at dbell@wamu.org.

A Season's Griot 2022

From WHQR | 59:00

Hosted by acclaimed storyteller Madafo Lloyd Wilson, A Season's Griot is an annual one-hour special that captures the tales and traditions of African American and African peoples. The show’s poet laureate, Beverly Fields Burnette, and other members of the Season’s Griot family return with familiar and favorite elements of Griot.

Default-piece-image-2 Hosted by acclaimed storyteller Madafo Lloyd Wilson, A Season's Griot is an annual one-hour special that captures the tales and traditions of African American and African peoples. The show’s poet laureate, Beverly Fields Burnette, and other members of the Season’s Griot family return with familiar and favorite elements of Griot.

The Imagine Neighborhood Holiday Spectacular!

From CFC Holiday 2022 | 59:00

In this special holiday episode: Huzzah, hooray! It’s Cardboard Boxing Day! The day when everyone in The Imagine Neighborhood uses the empty boxes from their Kwanzaa, Christmas, Yalda, and Hannukah gifts to make fabulous cardboard creations to share with all their friends! With rhymes and good times, the Cardboard Boxing Day Holiday Spectacular is all about generosity, friendship, and giving the greatest gift of all— kindness!

The Imagine Neighborhood is an award-winning kind and kooky story-based podcast for kids aged 4-10 and their families. With engaging characters, exciting adventures, and witty writing that’s as entertaining to children as it is to adults, The Imagine Neighborhood helps families talk about the things that matter with the people that matter most.

Cbday_holiday_spectacular_small Every winter, The Imagine Neighborhood celebrates "Cardboard Boxing Day," an all-inclusive secular holiday where everyone in the Neighborhood uses the empty boxes from their Kwanzaa, Christmas, Yalda, and Hannukah gifts to make fabulous cardboard creations to share with all their friends. Our annual (rhyming!) Cardboard Boxing Day specials are narrated by our host's alter-ego, Cardboard Scotty, and explore themes of kindness, generosity, and empathy wrapped up in goofy gags, plenty of puns, and enough fart jokes to please the most discerning grade-school listener.

The Imagine Neighborhood is an award-winning kind and kooky story-based podcast for kids aged 4-10 and their families. Backed by expert research from the Committee for Children, the show is designed for parents and kids to listen to together—providing social-emotional tools to help families identify and manage big emotions, develop empathy, and solve problems. With engaging characters, exciting adventures, and witty writing that’s entertaining to both children and adults, The Imagine Neighborhood helps families talk about the things that matter with the people that matter most.

A Shortcut Through 2022

From Peter Bochan | Part of the Shortcuts series | 59:58

A retrospective featuring the major events of each passing year, Shortcuts features no narration, it's message evolves from the careful juxtaposition of the various elements, including the sounds of hope & turmoil from home & abroad, tributes, music and memories blended into an emotional hour of programming

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A Shortcut through 2022-A year that presented another remarkable cast of characters, events and stories that needed to be told. Twelve months filled with anarchy, book banning, the Supreme Court on Roe v Wade, unending war and incredible danger yet it felt  surprisingly hopeful with Ukraine standing strong against Russia, The Women of Iran protesting at the cost of life & liberty, the January 6th Committee Investigation broadcasts, and life during COVID-19  becoming somewhat more bearable.
Featuring music from Angela Lansbury, Angelo Badalamenti and Julee Cruise, Alta Noto Remodel & Ryuichi Sakamoto, Aquamarine feat. Michael Kiwanuka, The Brooklyn Five (recorded live@Symphony Space 12/4/22),The Blind Boys of Alabama, The Beatles, Carmine Coppola, The Cinematic Orchestra, Danger Mouse & Black Thought, Depeche Mode, Ever More Nest, Lisa Morales, Kitty Lester, Mlumbo M'lumbo,The O'Jays, Portishead, Procol Harum (Gary Brooker), Ramsey Lewis Trio, Randy Newman, Robert Morse, The Rascals (Dino Danelli), Singer Dr, B, Steve Nieve, The Specials (Terry Hall), Timmy Thomas, Pharoah Sanders and the Philly Sounds of Lamont Dozier, Thom Bell & Joe Tarsia, the People of Ukraine & Iran.  Join Brad Pitt, Dwayne Hickman, George Bernard Shaw, Volodymyr Zelensky, Joe Biden, Marlon Brando, Elon Musk, Ray Bradbury, Carl Bernstein,  Jennifer Coolidge & Haley Lo Richardson, Cate Blanchette, Kanye, Michelle Yeoh, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle MacLachlan, Bennie G. Thompson, Liz Cheney, Herschel Walker, David McCullough, Queen Elizabeth II, Gilbert Gottfried, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, James Caan, Frank Millspaugh, Larry Josephson, Gary Fried, Vladimir Putin, Christian Bale, John Lurie, Kamala Harris, Jimmy Kimmel, Gwendoline Christie, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Sandra Bullock, The Firesign Theater, George Bernard Shaw, Rodney King, Ronnie Spector,  Sidney Poitier & Tony Curtis, Clarence Thomas, Samuel A. Alito, Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett, Ketanji Brown Jackson, Ted Cruz, John Oliver, Jerry Seinfeld & Philip Baker Hall, Jeremy Allen White, Ayo Edebiri, Edwin Lee Gibson, Tony Dow, Ken Osmond, & Hugh Beaumont, Meghann Fahy, Will Sharp & Rhea Seehorn, Ray Liota & Joe Pesci, Nichelle Nichols & William Shatner with Weather Reports from David Lynch.
Incorporating a half century of radio recipes featuring "a Ribbon of Rind" and unique processing with Freeze Dried Crystals A Shortcut Through 2022 will last through the year!