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Programs APM Celebrates

Overview

APM Celebrates is our unique package of programs for holidays and more. From annual listener favorites like The Splendid Table's "Turkey Confidential", to classical music specials, to new offerings that explore everything from transportation trends to personal history and grief, APM Celebrates offers something for every audience and occasion.


Current Specials

Candles Burning Brightly (Encore)

Mindy Ratner hosts a new edition of this holiday favorite, in celebration of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. “Candles Burning Brightly” explores Chanukah foods and traditional activities - and plenty of music.

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Marketplace: Divided Decade

2018 marks the 10-year anniversary of the financial crisis, and Marketplace has spent the year exploring how it changed America. Hosted by Kai Ryssdal, the “Divided Decade” features a round-up and analysis of some of Marketplace's best coverage on the 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.

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Brains On! The Science of Cooking

Brains On!, the science show for kids and curious adults, heads to the kitchen to examine the science of cooking. Hosts Molly Bloom and Nantene Ba break down four elements essential to cooking: Mix, Chop, Heat and Chill. Special guests include The Splendid Table host Francis Lam, and various America's Test Kitchen hosts and contributors: Molly Birnbaum, Dan Souza, Tucker Shaw, Katie Leaird, Kristin Sargianis and Elle Simone.

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A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
Pipedreams host Michael Barone presents 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.

All is Bright: Contemplative Music for Christmas
Lynne Warfel hosts an hour of gorgeous, contemplative choral music that tells the traditional Christmas story with songs about angels, the star and the manger scene. Featured artists include Cantus, Chanticleer, Cambridge Singers, Bryn Terfel, Emma Kirkby, Jessye Norman, and a variety of choirs.

Carols and Cheer
Host Scott Blankenship reviews his favorite carols this holiday season. Audiences will love singing along as he shares his top picks for the Christmas season, performed by today's leading artists and ensembles.

Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
The world-renowned Tabernacle Choir continues its tradition of great artistry this holiday season, with touching arrangements of familiar carols, and lesser-known melodies that are fast becoming the new classics. Julie Amacher hosts this annual favorite.

A Chanticleer Christmas
This unique, one-hour program of holiday music is presented live in concert by Chanticleer. Hear why this superb 12-man ensemble is known as "an orchestra of voices," as they perform holiday classics and new favorites, with choral commentary by host Brian Newhouse.

Happy(ish) Holidays from Terrible, Thanks for Asking
Some people celebrate the holidays with cheer and eggnog and magic. Some people don’t celebrate the holidays at all. And a lot of people endure the holidays with a grin on their face and a pain in their heart. Because the holidays are tough, and host Nora McInerny is going to talk about it. With special guests and stories from listeners, it is an honest look at why some people aren’t so jolly during this difficult time of year.

Hollywood Holiday
Saturday Cinema host Lynne Warfel presents an hour-long musical retrospective of some of Hollywood's most cherished Christmas-themed movies.

St. Olaf Christmas Festival
This service in song and word has become one of the nation's most cherished holiday celebrations. The festival includes hymns, carols, choral works, as well as orchestral selections celebrating the Nativity and featuring more than 500 student musicians in five choirs, and the St. Olaf Orchestra. Host Valerie Kahler shares the sights and sounds of this choral favorite.

Welcome Christmas!
New for 2018, “Welcome Christmas!” is a perennial Christmas favorite from VocalEssence, one of the world’s premier choral ensembles. Join host John Birge for an hour of traditional carols and new discoveries, including the world premiere of two carols from the annual Christmas Carol Contest. 

Winter 2019

Irish Inspirations: Women in Irish Classical Music
Host Andrea Blain presents a musical exploration of the Emerald Isle, with a focus on women composers and performers, and music with female themes. "Irish Inspirations: Women in Irish Classical Music" features pianist, author and broadcaster Una Hunt. Audiences will also hear works by Joan Trimble, Amy Beach, Percy Grainger and Shaun Davey, as well as works that celebrate the Irish Colleen and several lassies called Molly.

Love is on the Air: A TBTL Valentine’s Day Special
Too Beautiful to Live (TBTL) podcast hosts Luke Burbank and Andrew Walsh share stories of puppy love, first crushes, and other (often misguided) longings of the heart. They’ll hear from listeners and friends of the show, and they’ll explore their own romantic misadventures through the years. This funny, lighthearted new one-hour special is perfect for Valentine’s Day and winter weekend programming. 

Witness: Black History Month
The BBC World Service presents a special hour-long edition of its Witness program, with incredible, first-person interviews about the African-American experience. Audiences will travel back to an iconic photograph from the civil rights campaign with Gloria Richardson. They'll hear the struggle for fair pay from Doug Williams, the first African American quarterback to play in the Superbowl. And Congresswoman Barbara Lee reflects on the moral stand she took in 2001 against the open-ended Global War on Terror. Witness presents stories that are inspiring, harrowing, and richly told.

Witness: Women's History Month
The BBC World Service presents remarkable stories of women's history, told by the women who were there. Selected from its Witness program, audiences will hear moving, inspiring and even outrageous stories about a few of the most important women in living memory.

They'll hear recollections from Eleanor Roosevelt's granddaughter, meet a woman who ran a secret school for girls in Afghanistan under the Taliban, and retrace the astounding journey taken by the remains of one of Latin America's most popular female politicians.

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APM Honors

This subset of the APM Celebrates package covers topics that require more reflection than 'celebration,' such as Veterans Day. These programs are available as part of the larger package.


Kaddish: Reflections on the Holocaust in Music and Words (2017 encore)

This moving program draws upon the memories of Holocaust survivors, as recorded in conversation with APM classical music host Mindy Ratner. Each story is unique, but all contrast tragedy with a sense of courage, resilience, and serendipity, often in astonishing circumstances. The narrative is scored throughout with works by composers whose lives were affected by the Holocaust, including: Gideon Klein, Lukas Foss, Paul Ben-Haim, Ilse Weber, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, and Krzysztof Penderecki

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Order 9066: Japanese American Incarceration in WWII

President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 just months after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. Some 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry were forced from their homes on the West Coast and sent to one of ten "relocation" camps, where they were imprisoned behind barbed wire for the length of the war. Two-thirds were American citizens.

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Past Specials

FY 17

Classical
  • Hollywood Halloween
  • From Casals to Camelot
  • Dreams of the Fallen: Music of Honor and Remembrance for Memorial Day
  • Let Freedom Sing
  • Cinema in the Parks
  • Salute in Song (APM Honors)
  • Giving Thanks 2016
  • Advent Voices (2015 Encore)
  • Carols & Cheer
  • Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir 2016
  • Hollywood Holiday 2016
  • Welcome Christmas 2016
  • A Chanticleer Christmas 2016
  • St. Olaf Christmas Festival 2016
  • Candles Burning Brightly (2015 Encore)
  • A Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols 2016
  • Kaddish (APM Honors)
  • The Movies & Music
  • Making Oprah
  • Salute in Song
  • Semper Fi
News & Entertainment
  • TBTL Halloween Spooktacular
  • KPCC's The Ride
  • The Splendid Table's Turkey Confidential
  • Terrible, Thanks for Asking
  • Marketplace Takes Care of Holiday Business 2016
  • The Dinner Party Download Holiday Special
  • WUNC's Occasional Shivers
  • Marketplace Tech's Codebreaker Solstice
  • The Splendid Table's Homemade Holidays with America's Test Kitchen
  • WBEZ's Making Oprah

FY 16

Classical
  • Giving Thanks 2015
  • Thanksgiving with Cantus 2015
  • Candles Burning Brightly 2015
  • Advent Voices 2015
  • Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir 2015
  • Welcome Christmas 2015
  • Caroling with The Singers
  • Hollywood Holiday 2015
  • Light & Gold (2014 Encore)
  • St. Olaf Christmas Festival 2015
  • A Chanticleer Christmas 2015
  • A Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols 2015
  • Valentine's Day with Cantus
  • Irish Inspirations
  • The April Fools
  • Viva la Musica
News & Entertainment
  • The Splendid Table's Turkey Confidential
  • Awesome Holiday Etiquette
  • Marketplace Takes Care of Holiday Business
  • Marketplace Tech Holiday
  • The Dinner Party Download Holiday Special
  • The Dinner Party Download All Food Episode
  • The Dinner Party Download Best of 2015
  • The Splendid Table's Global Holiday Celebration
  • The Frame Oscar Special

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