Dec 19, 2013 — Join hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton as they set out on a snowy road trip in search of the true spirit of the holiday season. Along the way they'll meet a few special guests, including Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips, St. Vincent (Annie Clark) and Josh Ritter.
Dec 19, 2013 — Less than a week before Christmas, holly-jolly holiday music abounds — and if you're not feeling holly or jolly, it can be a little hard to take. For NPR Music's Stephen Thompson and Morning Edition producer Travis Larchuk, the holidays often mean searching for alternatives.
Dec 20, 2013 — Marian McPartland and her guests from seasons past, present and future share favorite memories and unique musical performances of Christmas classics and original holiday tunes.
Dec 19, 2013 — American Routes host Nick Spitzer calls in to chat with NPR's David Greene about noteworthy Christmas contributions from some of jazz music's most revered and beloved artists.
Dec 24, 2012 — Like egg nog and advent calendars, Christmas songs pop up everywhere for a month and then disappear, only to be repackaged and resold 11 months later. Some of the biggest-selling and most frequently reissued holiday music of all time comes from three animated rodents.
Dec 20, 2012 — Some of our favorite Latin alternative artists stop by to share holiday music and memories. La Santa Cecilia recalls the comfort food of a Chicano Christmas; Mexico's Cafe Tacvba recalls their beginnings in the church choir; a Brazilian producer ponders his Jewish roots and much more.
Dec 24, 2012 — The flow of good classical Christmas albums seems to have slowed to a trickle. And that's got one holiday listener longing for holiday albums from years past, from Jessye Norman's Christmastide, Duke Ellington's Nutcracker Suite and carols led by Robert Shaw.
Dec 20, 2012 — The Celtic folk band features six musicians who perform music from the Renaissance, Ireland, Scotland and Sweden. The group joins NPR's Neal Conan to share holiday favorites.
Dec 5, 2012 — Hear the acclaimed British choral group in concert at the acoustically rich St. Paul's Church in Cambridge, Mass. The program features Christmas music from 16th century England composers Thomas Tallis and William Byrd, as well as an encore from the finest composer of the Spanish Renaissance.
Dec 23, 2008 — Composer-commentator Rob Kapilow examines what makes Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus" one of the best known — and best loved — pieces in all of music. He says the exuberance is powered by a few deceptively simple techniques.