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Say Farewell to 2021 with WRKF

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Join WRKF to bid a fond farewell to 2021 this New Year as we examine the year that has passed with these special programming selections.


On 89.3 WRKF:

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Correspondents Look Ahead 2022
Friday, December 31 at 10pm
Sunday, January 2 at 6am

BBC to gaze into their crystal balls and predict the leading news stories for the year ahead. Which people and places should we be watching?

As the developed world recovers from the coronavirus pandemic, what are the risks for poorer countries, and will the global economic rebound continue? What chances are there for a dramatic breakthrough on the climate when world powers meet at Cop27 in Egypt? The American public will get their first chance for a verdict on the Biden administration in the mid-term elections – alongside a general election in Brazil, while France will choose its new president. How will this change our view of the world?

Razia Iqbal asks Andrew Harding, Katy Watson, Laura Trevelyan, Lyse Doucet, and Yogita Limaye forecast the key events and trends for 2022.

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2021 Remembered from the Current
Friday, December 31 at 11pm
Sunday, January 2 at 5pm

This musical tribute honors the life, music, and legacy of artists we lost this year. It's a celebration of all sounds, from indie to influential, as music lovers unite in paying homage to the artists who have shaped music history.

From musicians and producers to industry icons, the playlist will feature legends like Charlie Watts, Don Everly, Nanci Griffith, Bunny Wailer, Biz Markie, and more. We highlight milestones in each artist's life and career, explore their lasting impact on the music world, and spin their most beloved songs.

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Sondheim, by Hircshfeld

A Shortcut Through 2021
Sunday, January 2 at 7pm

A sonic retrospective of the entire year, including major political and emotional events from 2021, with music, and celebrations of those who've left us.

Mixing music, dialogue from soundtracks, press conferences, and other sources, this retrospective featuring the major events of the passing year has no narration; its message evolves from the careful juxtaposition of sonic elements.


On WRKF Classical:

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Daniel Barenboim conducting

New Year's Day From Vienna 2022
Saturday, January 1 at 10am on WRKF Classical

The ever popular annual New Year’s Day Concert will be performed by the Vienna Philharmonic under the baton of Maestro Daniel Barenboim. With this concert it is not only the desire of the Vienna Philharmonic to provide musically definitive interpretations of the masterworks of this genre, but also, as musical ambassadors of Austria, to send people all over the world a New Year's greeting in the spirit of hope, friendship and peace. Hosted by WBUR's Lisa Mullins.