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Holiday special programming
Following 37 years of tradition, High Plains Public Radio again offers listeners across the High Plains an entire schedule of wonderful Christmas programing of music, word and memories from across centuries of Christmas traditions. Each of the programs is profiled below and are listed in order of nearest to broadcast time. In many cases these profiles include links to further information, playlists, printed programs and options to listen anytime on-line. We at HPPR wish you a Merry Christmas, a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year. And we hope these program offerings add to your enjoyment, reflections and memories.

HPPR Radio Readers Holiday Special: A Carol Dickens Christmas


It's Christmas, and Carol Dickens's life is in major transition. Her son Finn, a talented trumpet player, is about to leave for college. Her ex-husband, a real-estate wheeler-dealer, wants to sell their properties in Kansas and move to Arizona. Her wheelchair-bound friend, Laurence, has fallen in love with her. To top it all off, Scraps, the family dog, is dying. As her world spins out of control, Carol seeks refuge in her research on the use of the semicolon--and in her ritual of cooking the perfect series of Victorian holiday meals inspired by A Christmas Carol.

The production’s writer and reader, Thomas Fox Averill, is an O. Henry Award Winner and retired writer-in-residence and Professor of English at Washburn University of Topeka, Kansas.  He has published five novels, including A Carol Dickens Christmas.

Tune into the two-hour broadcast at one of the two times it'll air during the 2021 holiday:
Wednesdeay, 12/22 @ 7p CT
Friday, 12/24 @ 10a CT

You can also click the player buttons on this page to enjoy; part one is at the top of the page, and part two is below.


Thomas Fox Averill's "A Carol Dickens Christmas" - Hour 2