WUNC's Holiday Specials 2017



WUNC presents a number of holiday specials during December 2017.  

Some of our regular shows will also have special features during this time including Back Porch Music and an all-new Occasional Shivers.

Here's a look at what you'll hear during December:

Sunday Dec 17

3 PM - NPR’s Hanukkah Lights 2017

A perennial NPR favorite with all new Hanukkah stories, hosted by Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz. There are menorahs, miracles and mitzvahs on Hanukkah Lights, the NPR holiday tradition that celebrates the stories of the season.

Friday Dec 22 & Saturday Dec 23

8 PM - 12 Midnight WUNC Presents Christmas on The Back Porch

Sunday December 24

Credit Andrew Malone / Flickr


10 AM - Tinsel Tales 4 

The Tinsel Tales series is a holiday tradition. NPR collects some of its favorite Christmas stories from the archives into an hour-long special hosted by Lynn Neary. This year, we revisit interviews with musicians about their Christmas albums.

11 AM - Seasonal Wait Wait Don't Tell Me

12 Noon - Seasonal Splendid Table

1 PM - Seasonal Ask Me Another

2 PM - The Hilarious World of Depression Holiday Coping Mechanism Spectacular 

Host John Moe presents an hour of fun, unusual, and intriguing ways for people with depression to get through the holiday season. With family visits, consumer demands, brutal weather, dark skies, and other factors, this time of year tries a depressive's nerves the most, especially when they're constantly being told how wonderful things are and how happy they should be. Enjoy entertaining, moving, useful, and, yes, hilarious stories from celebrity guests and listeners about the unusual tips and tricks they use to get through the holidays.

3 PM - Marketplace Tech’s The Holidays of the Future 

Marketplace Tech host Molly Wood explores the future of holiday purchases and celebrations. How will the holiday experience change in the next decade? How will we buy things? What machines and bots will join us around the dinner table? What companies will be household names? How will people with less money be utilizing technology? It's an entertaining examination of current tech trends and predictions on tech's lasting effects on our most special occasions.

4 PM - Tinsel Tales 3

In keeping with a well-loved NPR holiday tradition, Lynn Neary hosts a collection of extraordinary Christmas stories that will transport you to unexpected places.

6 PM - Occasional Shivers

Updated for 2017 with new actors, new script and new ending 

Occasional Shivers is a podcast and radio special for the holidays that features a who’s who of the NC Music scene.  Set in 1960s Manhattan, this radio drama is composed by Southern-pop icon Chris Stamey.  With music, song and dialogue, the hour-long piece tells the story of two young musicians who fall in and out of love at Christmas time.   

7 PM - The Big Tiny Desk Holiday Special (from NPR)

Celebrate the season with amazing holiday performances from The Tiny Desk Concert series including Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Steve Martin, Hanson, The Polyphonic Spree and more! Hosted by NPR Music frenemies Bob Boilen and Stephen Thompson.

8 pm - 12 Midnight

WUNC Presents Christmas on The Back Porch (including The Thistle & Shamrock at 9 p.m.)

Monday Dec 25

12 Noon - Tinsel Tales 4

8 PM - Jonathon Winter's "A Christmas Carol" 

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. From NPR and KCRW.

Sunday Dec 31

4 PM – Occasional Shivers
Occasional Shivers, newly updated for 2017.  Set in 1960s Manhattan, this radio drama is composed by Southern-pop icon Chris Stamey.  With music, song and dialogue, the hour-long piece tells the story of two young lovers who meet at a pair of Christmas parties. 

8 PM - 12 Midnight
WUNC Presents New Years Eve on The Back Porch