Special Programming

Jim Meadows / Illinois Public Radio

It’s the day after Thanksgiving, and your refrigerator is filled with leftovers from the big meal. You might just warm them up and eat them as they are … or you might get a bit creative. 

Jessica Gorin has some suggestions on the topic.

Thanksgiving Origins: From Lincoln To Football

Nov 26, 2015
Flickr user Tim Sackton / "Thanksgiving Turkey [327/366]" (CC v. 2.0)

You may have heard part of the story of the first Thanksgiving. But, according to a northern Illinois historian, you likely haven’t heard the whole story.

If you attended primary school in the U.S., you probably heard the traditional first Thanksgiving story … that native people and European pilgrims sat down together for a large feast and got along just fine for the most part.

The inaugural Northern Public Radio Calendars are here, and they are beautiful thanks to the incredible talent and generosity of artists in our listening area. These wall calendars start in December 2015 and feature the artwork of 14 artists from northern Illinois.

You can order yours today for only $15 online, stop by the station at 801 N. First Street in DeKalb, or call (815) 753-9000 with your order. 

A perennial NPR favorite, Hanukkah Lights features Hanukkah stories and memoirs written by Kathryn Blume, Leah Lax, Eric Kimmel, Issaac Bashevis Singer, and Jonathan Safran Foer as read by NPR's Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz. 






















Join us Sunday, December 6th at 6pm on 89.5, WNIJ.

Winter scene

This year a WNIJ radio tradition continues - stories from the NPR archives that touch on the meaning of Christmas. David Sedaris, Bailey White, John Henry Faulk--these and other NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season.





























Hosted by Lynn Neary. Join us Sunday, December 13th at 7pm on 89.5, WNIJ.

A collection of holiday stories for the 2015 season. Tricia Rose Burt tries to reunite her family with Christmas ornaments. Amy Klein is 38 and single and is told by a Rabbi in Jerusalem that she'll meet her husband by Hanukkah.






















Rhonda Dorsett and Jeff Day

  Celebrate the Return of the Sun - and the Warming of the Earth with an exuberant Feast of Sound captured live in the majestic Cathedral of St. John the Divine.





























Holiday brunch
Monkey Business

Celebrate local and seasonal eating with “A Very Earth Eats Christmas." The tradition of using the seasonal ingredients is what brings these things out during the holidays," says Chef Daniel Orr, the mastermind behind our holiday feast.





























Choir letterpress

This year, WNIJ brings you one of the great holiday traditions in America, the choirs of Morehouse and Spelman Colleges -- two of the most prestigious historically black institutions in the nation -- get together to present a spine-tingling concert program.





























hanukkah dreidel

Join hosts Mindy Ratner and Bill Morelock for a one-hour celebration of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights.






















There’s plenty of music from Jewish communities around the world, plus an exploration of holiday traditions, and a special story reading by the incomparable Theodore Bikel. Tune in Sunday December 6th at 10am on Classical WNIU, 90.5