As you celebrate the Jewish festival of Hanukkah from Dec. 10-18, join WABE for three special programs this week. Just tune to 90.1FM, stream us online at WABE.org, or ask your smart speaker to “Play WABE.”
Saturday, December 12 – 6 p.m.
Hanukkah Lights 2020
A perennial NPR favorite, Hanukkah Lights features all new Hanukkah stories read by hosts Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz. It’s been a difficult year and these stories will reflect that. The tales will resonate with you because of their mixture of sadness and strength. But we hope the miracle of Hanukkah casts its light through the radio. The show includes a story that gives thanks for unexpected gifts, the tale of a young woman who finds herself searching for a sense of belonging, and a story that describes having two contrary feelings at the same time.
Thursday, December 17 – 10 p.m.
Itzhak Perlman’s Chanukah Radio Party
Join superstar violinist Itzhak Perlman as he tells the story of the Jewish festival of lights, and shares his favorite recordings for the holiday – some serious, some silly. This engaging one-hour special includes numbers from Itzhak Perlman’s radio-addicted childhood in Israel, evocative songs in Yiddish and Ladino, and classical music that revolves around the Maccabee heroes of the story. Plus tales of three classic Chanukah symbols: the menorah, the latke, and, of course, the dreidel.
Thursday, December 17 – 11 p.m.
A Chanukah Celebration with Chicago a cappella
Join Jonathan Miller, artistic director of Chicago a cappella and a longtime champion of Jewish choral music, for an inspiring, informative, and entertaining show featuring choral music set to Chanukah texts both familiar and original performed by this virtuoso ensemble.