December 24, 2011 // Show # 1321


Nathan Gunn

Coming to you this week from the back of Santa's sleigh, a mixed bag of Christmas treats from the vast radio archives including baritone Nathan Gunn, and a small army of Neglected Orchestral Instruments led by composer Peter Schickele. Pink Martini plays "We Three Kings," Gillian Welch and David Rawlings sing "Hard Times" (and it's not the one you're thinking of), and Santa talks about the harsh realities of global gift giving. Plus, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors in an inspirational story for those whose teens have come home to roost for the holidays, a cautionary tale about holiday employment in retail, and a special live-and-in-person Christmas greeting from the host (in Hawaii) to begin the festivities.

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    Show Segments
    Listen to individual segments as listed below. Times may be edited for broadcast.

  • Segment 1
    • 00:00:00 APHC Logo Open
    • 00:00:12 Tishomingo Blues
    • 00:00:57 GK LIVE SEGMENT from Hawaii
    • 00:31:09 Powdermilk Biscuit Break (12/18/10)
  • Segment 2
    • 00:32:24 "White Christmas," Nathan Gunn (12/18/10)
    • 00:34:13 Family Christmas script (12/21/02)
    • 00:59:31 GK Intermission Credits ("Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," Shoes) (12/26/09)
  • Segment 3
    • 01:05:09 GK Welcome Back
    • 01:05:27 "Joy to the World," Orchestra of Neglected Instruments led by Peter Schickele (12/23/06)
    • 01:10:44 Rhubarb script (12/12/98)
    • 01:15:30 "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," GK (12/10/11)
    • 01:19:19 Teen script (12/21/02)
    • 01:28:11 "Hard Times," Gillian Welch and David Rawlings (10/15/11)
  • Segment 4
    • 01:32:59 The News from Lake Wobegon (Four Memorable Christmases) (12/22/01)
  • Segment 5
    • 01:50:03 "We Three Kings," Pink Martini (12/18/10)
    • 01:54:06 GK Credits
    • 01:55:19 "Silent Night," GK and Audience (12/21/02)

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