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Special Holiday Programs on KISU

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Tune in for special holiday programs on KISU this Thanksgiving. Then, enjoy inspiring a cappella arrangements celebrating the start of Chanukah on November 28. Programs, descriptions, and broadcast times are provided below:

We apologize, the Splendid Table's Turkey Confidential, originally scheduled for November 25 at 10:00 am, will not air on KISU this year.

Also, the Third Coast Audio Festival (Best of the Best) Broadcast, a Thanksgiving Day tradition on KISU for over 15 years, will not air during the month of November this year. Festival producers write:

As a tiny nonprofit, Third Coast has been hit hard by the pandemic, and we have lost more than half of our staff since March 2020. Over the past few months, we’ve been working to build back the organization to our full capacity, which has meant making a lot of difficult decisions about our programming and what we are capable of producing. It’s with truly heavy hearts that we’ve made this decision.

KISU hopes to air the program if it becomes available in the coming months.

Giving Thanks: A Celebration of Fall, Food, & Gratitude - Nov. 25 at 11:00 am

Classical music is the heart and soul of the original Giving Thanks. Between the music, no clichés about pilgrims and pumpkin pies. Instead, it's a contemporary celebration of the spirit of Gratitude. Whether your listeners are early in the kitchen, on the road to a family gathering, or relaxing after the feast, Giving Thanks provides the perfect atmosphere for Thanksgiving: the warmth of great music, and truly memorable words.

With music and stories for Thanksgiving, host John Birge creates a thoughtful, contemporary reflection on the meaning of the holiday.

Crucial Riddims playlist keys on thankfulness - Nov. 25 at 8:00 pm

This week, the host of Crucial Riddims, Dr. Henry Evans, has collected a great slate of reggae music that focuses on the theme of Thanksgiving, being thankful for our loved ones, our health, and our ability to see another day.

Holiday Season Stories of Warmth and Light - Nov. 26 at 11:00 am

Native American myths and tales help us endure or even enjoy the short days and long nights of winter. Living on Earth’s annual celebration of stories helps connect people with the natural world and includes an Iroquois explanation of why the constellation Pleiades twinkles overhead and an Abenaki custom that asks forgiveness for any wrongs of the previous year. Seasonal stories and more, in this holiday special from Living on Earth and PRX.

A Chanukah Celebration with Chicago a cappella - Nov. 28 at 6:00 pm

Join Jonathan Miller, artistic director of Chicago a cappella and a longtime champion of Jewish choral music, for an inspiring and informative show featuring choral music set to Chanukah texts. Familiar tunes include "I Have a Little Dreidel" (both in its original Yiddish form and in a neo-funk Hebrew/English setting), a swing version of "S'vivon" by Steve Barnett, and a lively setting of the traditional melody for "Al-Hanissim" ("For the Miracles") by Elliot Levine. Heartfelt original compositions by American and British composers provide added depth of expression to celebrating the holiday. Such works include "Lo Yisa Goy," a plea for peace by Stacy Garrop; Bob Applebaum's stirring new version of "Haneirot Halalu"; and movements from the majestic "Hallel Suite" by London-based Daniel Tunkel. All selections are performed by Chicago a cappella, the virtuoso vocal ensemble now in its 23rd season. Jonathan Miller provides liturgical and cultural background as part of this unique look inside old and newer choral Chanukah traditions.