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Snow may not be falling, but CPR has another way to make it feel more like the holiday season: a month-long showcase of holiday music and stories.

CPR Classical is presenting a wide range of holiday programs, including “Holiday Sacred Classics,” featuring Colorado choral groups with host David Rutherford on Dec. 9 at 9 a.m., and a countdown of top carols submitted by CPR listeners. Email your selection to by Dec. 10 and then listen to “Carol Countdown” on Dec. 16 at 12 p.m. to hear which carols top the list. You’ll also want to tune in on Dec. 24 at 6 p.m. to celebrate with the perennial favorite, “Candlelight Christmas Eve.” Visit for the full schedule of holiday programs from CPR Classical.

If you’re looking for a spin on traditional Christmas music, spend an hour with OpenAir host Mike Flanagan and explore a new generation of holiday music during “A Very Hipster Christmas” on Dec. 24 at 5 p.m. OpenAir will also offer an eclectic mix of programs to help you ring in the new year, including the “Best of 2012” countdown beginning at 7 a.m. on New Year’s Day.

CPR News is also presenting annual holiday classics from NPR, including “Hannukah Lights,” “Jonathan Winters’ A Christmas Carol,” and “Tinsel Tales” with host Lynn Neary.

Find more information about CPR’s holiday programs.

Photo credit: Flickr user Brian Papantonio.

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General Assignment Reporter Ben Markus recently returned from Washington D.C. after participating in NPR’s “Weekend in Washington” as part of CPR’s ongoing partnership with NPR. The annual event brings together public radio enthusiasts and supporters for an inside look at NPR’s newsroom. Ben was invited to lead a discussion on the aftermath of the Aurora Theater shooting, a breaking news event that involved unprecedented collaboration between CPR and NPR.

Together with NPR's Western Bureau Chief Jason DeRose and Producer Sam Sanders, Ben recounted those first hours of coverage. “Jason called me at 2 that morning, setting into motion the longest and most difficult reporting day of my career,” says Ben. “By that afternoon, I had been live on ‘Morning Edition’ six times and also contributed several follow-up reports in the weeks that followed.”

Ben was the only representative from an NPR member station invited to participate in “Weekend in Washington.” He says the experience brought him full circle from his early days as an intern at NPR. “It was certainly strange to be presenting to an audience that included Ellen McDonnell [NPR’s executive editor of news programming] and Renée Montagne. It was just six years ago that I was an intern listening to them speak on a panel they were conducting.”

Looking ahead, CPR will continue to collaborate with NPR to share Colorado news with listeners across the country.

Photo: Ben Markus.

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When you think of iconic Christmas characters, there’s a good chance Ebenezer Scrooge comes to mind. Thanks to the creativity of Charles Dickens, Scrooge is part of today’s Christmas tradition and in honor of Dickens’ 200th birthday, CPR is presenting a special tribute to the author.

Join host Jon Pinnow on Dec. 8 at 8 p.m. for “Charles Dickens & The Spirit of Christmas,” with music and carols from Dickens’ time. The program also includes readings from the cast and crew of the Aurora Fox Theatre Company’s production of “A Christmas Carol.”

In preparation for the special, Jon visited the Aurora Fox Arts Center to meet the cast and crew. "It’s been a great experience to visit with these folks and see the production come together,” says Jon. “I think there’s extra cause to celebrate ‘A Christmas Carol’ this year, not only because it’s Dickens’ 200th birthday, but this performance is taking place in Aurora—a community that really understands the need for a little blessing after so much tragedy this year.”

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