Aired: December 20, 2014

Bringing Back the Chestnut

Image via flickr user Sonja Stark
Image via flickr user Sonja Stark

Later in the show: Whether it’s a traditional hymn or a holiday song from our childhood, many people say Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without the music that marks this season. The sense of joy, comfort, or spiritual uplift comes in all kinds of music at this time of year. From a Charlie Brown Christmas to Donny Hathaway and carols from the 15th century, Inman Majors (James Madison University), Hermine Pinson (College of William and Mary), and Rob Vaughan (Virginia Foundation for the Humanities) share their favorite holiday music and memories.

  • Wren Chapel Organ (11 min.)

    With: Tom Marshall, William and Mary

    With Good Reason producer Kelley Libby visits one of the oldest working organs in America and brings us a private recital.

  • Bringing Back the Chestnut (15 min.)

    With: Heather Griscom, James Madison University

    Most of the chestnuts roasting on open fires this winter are from Europe or Asia, not America. In the early 1900s, American chestnut trees from Maine to Georgia were largely wiped out by blight. Now one scientist is helping to restore American chestnut trees and joins us for a sampling of holiday chestnut treats.

  • Journey of the Wren Chapel Organ

    One of the oldest working pipe organs in the United States happens to be found in the oldest academic building. The Wren Building at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, was built in 1700. Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, and John Tyler studied in its rooms and no doubt attended services in its chapel. It wasn’t until the 1970s that an 18th century organ from England was installed in the chapel. Kelley Libby brings us the story.

    For more on the Wren Chapel Organ listen to our episode Bringing Back the Chestnut.


  • Chestnut Brownies

    Chocolate_brownies_without_table-150x150.jpgYou can bake the sumptuous chestnut brownies featured in our show, just follow this recipe!

    To hear more about the work to restore American chestnut trees, listen to our episode Bringing Back the Chestnut.


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