MONDAY, DECEMBER 31— NEW YEAR’S EVE
9-10 am: Capitol Steps: Politics Takes A Holiday. Has it been a rough year? Did you buy stock in Sears? Or invest in Ivanka’s clothing line? Did you take a job as a public relations spokesperson for Kanye West? Then you may feel the need to laugh at 2018. In to the Capitol Steps’ New Year’s edition of “Politics Takes a Holiday,” enjoy songs from their latest album, Make America Grin Again, and much more.
10 am - 12 pm: On Point
12 - 2 pm: Culture Shift. In this episode of Culture Shift, the host of WDET’s Soul Saturdays Nick Austin stops by the show to play his favorite songs from 2018 with Ryan Patrick
Hooper, including music from Janelle Monae and Devin Tracy.
2-3 pm:The Late Lunch: This American Life
3-4 pm: Fresh Air with Terry Gross
4-6 pm: All Things Considered
7-8 pm: Capitol Steps: Politics Takes A Holiday. Has it been a rough year? Did you buy stock in Sears? Or invest in Ivanka’s clothing line? Did you take a job as a public relations spokesperson for Kanye West? Then you may feel the need to laugh at 2018. In to the Capitol Steps’ New Year’s edition of “Politics Takes a Holiday,” enjoy songs from their latest album, Make America Grin Again, and much more.
8-9 pm: Best of Essential Music with Ann Delisi
9-10 pm: Best of Essential Music with Rob Reinhart
10-11 pm: Best of Modern Music with Jon Moshier
11 pm - 12 am: Best of Soul Saturday with Nick Austin
12 - 1 am: Best of Culture Shift with Ryan Patrick Hooper
1 - 2 am: Best of Culture Shift with Amanda LeClaire
2-3 am: Sound Opinions’ Best of 2018
3 am: Regular Programming resumes
TUESDAY, JANUARY 1— NEW YEAR’S DAY
9 - 10 am: Ann Delisi remembers The Beatles’ White Album: Ann Delisi celebrates the 50th Anniversary of The Beatles “White Album” with words from all 4 Beatles and their producer, Sir George Martin.
10-11 am: Ann Delisi looks back on the career of Elton John. In this hour, Ann shares the words and music of Elton John looking back on his history, how he came to work with lyricist, Bernie Taupin, and his 3-year farewell tour.
Beginning at 11 am: A Special Presentation of “Here’s The Thing” with Alec Baldwin: Here’s The Thing is a series of intimate and honest conversations hosted by Alec Baldwin. who speaks with artists, policy makers and performers – to hear their stories, what inspires their creations, what decisions changed their careers, and what relationships influenced their work. Tune in all afternoon to hear six one-hour episodes.
11 am - 12 pm: Episode 1. Three of the most interesting, powerful women in the creative industries: Vogue Creative Director Grace Coddington; Us Weekly and Hollywood Reporter turnaround-artist Janice Min, and documentary filmmaker Dawn Porter. Each takes us into the stressful, exhilarating intersection of art and commerce, and describes the brass-tacks process of making magazines or movies.
12 - 1 pm:Episode 2. Two conversations with men uniquely situated to understand how Trump could be brought down by legal trouble. First John Dean, Nixon’s White House Counsel and the man who eventually revealed the Watergate coverup. Then Jeffrey Toobin, who’s writing THE book on the Mueller-Russia investigation. Alec covers Toobin’s other defining books, too — on OJ and Patty Hearst.
1 - 2 pm: Episode 3. You know Laurie Metcalf as Roseanne’s sister on the show, and James Cromwell as the guy who made you cry in Babe — “That’ll do, pig.” But each of them got started on the stage — training with the best teachers and exploding expectations of familiar characters with now-famous, radically new interpretations. Alec engages two acting greats about balancing a career in Hollywood with the draw of the theater.
2 - 3 pm: Episode 4. Barbra Streisand has had multi-platinum albums every decade going back to the 60s. She has also had Alec Baldwin over for lunch. Even better, she let him record it. Their conversation ranges from Yentl to Medea, marriage to global warming, and returns multiple times to ice cream.
3 - 4 pm: Episode 5. On this Here’s the Thing, David Crosby and Cameron Crowe: a legend of rock and a legend of film. Crosby opens up to Alec about the end of Crosby Stills and Nash (“violently bad”) and Crowe shares stories about his teen years following rock tours for Rolling Stone, and about dangerous driving with Tom Cruise while they were making Jerry Maguire. Plus Crowe and Alec discuss their mutual adoration of David Crosby, of course.
4 - 6 pm: All Things Considered
6 -7 pm: Marketplace and The Daily
7 - 8 pm: Here’s The Thing. Episode 6. Two people are perhaps more responsible than anyone for the remarkable resurgence of American documentary filmmaking over the past 30 years. They are Sheila Nevins, longtime head of HBO Documentaries, and Ken Burns, whose deep, multipart dives into pivot-points in American history are almost a genre of their own. They engage Alec in candid conversations about their lives and work, and Burns is joined by the brilliant Lynn Novick, his longtime collaborator who has been taking her mentor’s style and making it her own.
8 pm: Regular programming resumes