Monday, December 22, 2014 – Native American Holiday Music
Today we listen to holiday music from across our Native Nations. Holiday music often fills stores and radio stations before Thanksgiving and continues through December. Have you heard “Joy to the World” in Navajo? Or what about Randall Paskemin’s weasels singing a Christmas song?  What is your favorite Native Holiday song? Would you like to hear more Native holiday music each season? On this show we’ll share Native American holiday music and good wishes for the holiday. Guests include: Yaqui musician Gabriel Ayala.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 – Diabetes And Holiday Treats
‘Tis the season for cakes, cookies, fudge, chocolate, frosting, sugar sprinkles, candy, office holiday parties, dinners and feasts. Many treats this time of the year are sweet and we let our pants out a little bit and enjoy these culinary delights. It’s easy to fall into unhealthy eating habits. But what if you are diabetic? Does the holiday season create a danger for your health? Should friends and family take action to ease the sugar and carb load on those who are diabetic or pre-diabetic? Have you had to change your holiday habits because you need to manage your diabetes? We’ll have tips and advice and we welcome your stories about how you manage diabetes during the holiday season.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014 – Best and Worst Gifts
Remember that time you got a taxidermy beaver from your uncle Ross? What about the shiny new car you got from your parents? What are the best and worst gifts you have ever received? Many of us are excited about the wrapped boxes and bags under the tree. Join our conversation about the gifts that made you cry (from happiness) and other gifts that made you cringe.

Thursday, December 25, 2014 – **Pre-recorded** Music Maker in Review
Today we will hear from the Native musicians who brought their work to Studio 49 and Native America during the past year. Our monthly Music Maker programs are a great way to keep up with the Native music scene. In 2014, we connected with 12 musicians whose songs and albums ranged from contemporary to traditional. Which Native musicians influenced you this year? What is it about their songs that makes you want to come back and listen again and again? Today we invite you to join us as we revisit the words and sounds that rang loud from our electronic talking circle during our 2014 Music Maker shows.

Friday, December 26, 2014 – First Native Episode
TV shows take on a variety of topics including politics, culture and crime. Regular Native American characters are not common in most series, but many shows do take on the topic of Native Americans for one episode. Have you ever seen the Seinfeld episode with the cigar store Indian? What about the episode of the X-files that takes place on a reservation? On this show we’ll discuss when TV shows attempt their “Native American Episode.” We’ll cover plot twists, stereotypes, and general misinformation. What is your favorite “Native American Episode?”

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The program is hosted by Tara Gatewood (Isleta Pueblo) and airs live each weekday from 1-2 pm Eastern.

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