On the December 3, 2008, podcast of The Diane Rehm Show, Diane interviews Mary Chapin Carpenter. Mary Chapin has released a new compact disc, Come Darkness, Come Light: 12 Songs of Christmas.
A number of cuts from the new disc are played on the show. The featured music was gentle, lovely, and showcased the artist's wonderful voice. In fact, just listening to her voice on the program is pretty cool. Mary Chapin said during the interview that the music celebrates not just Christmas, but also the winter solstice.
On the topic of holiday music, both Diane and Mary Chapin said that they listen each year to A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, the December 24 service held in King's College Chapel in Cambridge, which is broadcast on various public radio stations around the country. Wisconsin Public Radio, for example, is scheduled to broadcast the program at 9 a.m. on Christmas Eve day.
Mary Chapin Carpenter lives on a farm with six (6) dogs.
During the podcast station break, it was announced that "Support for public radio comes from . . . the Department of Homeland Security." Is it just me, or does that seem odd?