We’ve sorted through NPR and pulled together several podcasts sure to keep you in the holiday spirit. Some are directly related to Christmas, others are interesting muses about movies, radio, and winter pursuits.
A Holiday Story About Kindness
We begin with a short podcast (just 3-1/2 minutes) that tells a story about someone who needed help and reached out. Two elves show up.
Mexican Christmas Music
The NPR flagship news program ALL THINGS CONSIDERED combines news, analysis, commentary, interviews, and special features. Its segments vary in length and style, airing weekdays from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time. A weekend version of ATC, Weekend All Things Considered, airs on Saturdays and Sundays.
This episode is hosted by world music DJ Betto Arcos, host of “Global Village” on KPFK in Los Angeles and features Mexican Christmas music play by the group Cambalache. They are an east L.A. ensemble who play son jarocho–traditional roots music from the state of Veracruz in southern Mexico. The band members are Cesar Castro who plays the requinto, also known as a guitar Radisson. He’s also a vocalist and percussionist. Xochi Flores on the zapateado, the foot tapping that you’re going to hear. She plays jarana. She also does vocals. Chuy Sandoval on the jarana. He’s also a singer. And Juan Perez on the acoustic bass.
Playlist Advice for a Holiday Party
If you don’t want your holiday part playlist to sound like a shopping mall Muzak background, then listen to this advice from DJs Adrian “Stretch” Armstrong and Robert “Bobbito” Garcia .
Questioning the Legitimacy of “Naughty or Nice”
This episode of ALL THINGS CONSIDERED presents a radio drama by Jonathan Mitchell of the podcast, “The Truth.”
An elf, tasked with deciding which children are naughty or nice, begins to question Santa’s system….
How Plot Twists Exploit Our Biases
The NPR who HIDDEN BRAIN features Shankar Vedantam, who uses science and storytelling to reveal the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, shape our choices and direct our relationships.
In this episode, Vedantam talks with Vera Tobin, a cognitive scientist at Case Western Reserve University. They look at two movies from the 1990s, “The Sixth Sense” and “The Usual Suspects” to see how plot twists work by exploiting our biases and mental shortcuts. “Stories are a kind of magic trick,” says cognitive scientist Vera Tobin. “When we dissect them, we can discover very, very reliable aspects of those tricks that turn out to be important clues about the way that people think.” If you haven’t seen those movies yet – fair warning – spoilers are coming your way.
Radio Dramas in the 21st Century
The heyday for radio dramas was from the 1930s into the 1950s. When television came onto the scene, radio fell out of favor. However today, radio drama, or rather audio drama is making a comeback through podcasts and audiobooks.
In this episode of ALL THINGS CONSIDERS, Jon Kalish has a story about a guy who’s been keeping the art form alive for 40 years.
History of snowboards
The NPR show HOW I BUILT THIS, feastures innovators, entrepreneurs, idealists and the stories behind the movements they built.
In this episode, find out how Jake Carpenter turned a childhood novelty toy into one of the biggest winter sports in the world. There’s snow in the mountains. But, if you can’t get up there, this podcast may provide an interesting diversion about the early history of snowboarding and Burton Snowboards.