Tune in as WCQS celebrates this festive time of year. From Thanksgiving through New Year's Day, Holiday Programming is our gift to you. We'll post highlights throughout the season, so be sure to check back often for updates.
Holiday specials are sponsored by:
December 30, 7 pm
A SEASON’S GRIOT 2015
This one-hour celebration in story and song is a celebration of Kwanzaa. Hosted for nearly 20 years by acclaimed storyteller Madafo Lloyd Wilson, this annual special captures the tales and traditions of African American and African peoples.
December 31, 7 – 8:30 pm
THE PLAY OF HEROD
Noah Greenberg and the NY Pro Musica’s legendary recording of this Medieval musical drama which was first staged in 1965 at The Cloisters in New York City – 90 minutes.
December 31, 10 pm
TOAST OF THE NATION
An NPR tradition every New Year's Eve since the 1970s, Toast of the Nation is the perfect audio complement for the occasion. It's jazz that you can party to, all night long with countdowns to midnight in all four continental time zones. Spirited, improvised, grooving and swinging, each segment is a stop in a sequence of celebrations, contributing something new to the musical feast.
January 1, 2016 - 11 am
NEW YEAR’S DAY FROM VIENNA 2016
The Vienna Philharmonic presents its ever popular annual New Year's Day concert, live, from the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna. You'll hear your favorite waltzes, polkas and more -- a festive way to start off the New Year. It's presented by NPR Music and hosted by WBUR's Lisa Mullins. (Encore broadcast Jan. 5, 7 pm.)
January 1, 7 pm
POLITICS TAKES A HOLIDAY: THE CAPITOL STEPS NEW YEAR’S SPECIAL
Faster than Joe Biden deciding whether to run for President! More powerful than the wind it takes to finally blow off Donald Trump’s hair! It’s the Capitol Steps annual year in review special, “Politics Takes a Holiday!” All your favorite candidates will be there, and some will be emailing about it for years afterwards on their private server. Join Hillary, Bernie, the Donald, Jeb, Marco, Carly, and more Republican candidates than you can shake a stick at.
January 2, 3 pm
POLITICAL JUNKIE 2015 REMEMBRANCES SPECIAL
As 2015 draws to a close, Political Junkie Ken Rudin remembers the lawmakers and newsmakers from the world of politics who passed away this year. Ken interviews their colleagues, friends and the journalists who covered them, to reflect on their passions and chronicle their accomplishments. Join us for the Political Junkie 2015 Remembrances Special, as we recount these individuals’ contributions to political history, and honor their commitments to public service
January 5, - 7 pm
NEW YEAR’S DAY FROM VIENNA 2016 - Encore Broadcast
The Vienna Philharmonic presents its ever popular annual New Year's Day concert, live, from the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna. You'll hear your favorite waltzes, polkas and more -- a festive way to start off the New Year. It's presented by NPR Music and hosted by WBUR's Lisa Mullins.