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Playlist: Thanksgiving

Compiled By: PRX Editors

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Curated Playlist

Mmmm, turkey. Mmmm, tryptophan.

Below are picks chosen by PRX editorial staff. You can see all Thanksgiving radio by using our search.

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Best of the Best: The 2013 Third Coast Festival Broadcast and Promo

From Third Coast International Audio Festival | 01:58:00

Each year The Third Coast International Audio Festival brings the best new documentaries produced worldwide to the national airwaves in a special two-hour program hosted by award-winning writer, producer and humorist, Gwen Macsai. We have also included two promos with 5 second tails.

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The Third Coast International Audio Festival brings the best new documentaries produced worldwide to the national airwaves in a special two-hour program, Best of the Best: The 2013 Third Coast Festival Broadcast.

The featured documentaries, all winners of the 13th annual TC / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition, demonstrate just how powerful radio can be. Innovative and insightful, the stories will engage, provoke, entertain, and transport listeners, proving that all you need to discover new worlds is...a little box and an antenna. In addition to these memorable stories, Best of the Best includes interviews with winning producers Kenny Malone, Alicia Zuckerman, Tim Howard, Linda Lutton and Alex Kotlowitz who give us a glimpse into the art of audio storytelling.

Best of the Best may be presented in a number of ways, as a two hour program, or as two one-hour programs. Stations may also air just one hour.


Thanksgiving 2013

From FM Odyssey | 01:55:50

Plus meaningful music of the season and an exclusive version of Alice's Restaurant from Arlo Guthrie done for us at the Riverside Theater in Vero Beach, FL.

Belmont_water_falls_small It has become a tradition the week of Thanksgiving or, Thanksgiving day, for FM Odyssey to provide the soundtrack for many listeners across the country. FM Odyssey, heard weekly on dozens of public and NPR affiliates, for the past 22 years, has been creating Thanksgiving shows that connect the dots, musically, for 15 of those years. 

Bringing back the tradition of Alice's Restaurant to the landscape of radio on this holiday was host, Fred Migliore's goal. 

This year, Alice's Restaurant is wrapped around songs of the season from The Band, early Elton John, The Strawbs, BS&T, Anne Hills, Steve Goodman, Laura Nyro and more. 

Many special guests include Jesse Colin Young, Annie Humphrey and Richie Haven's who told Fred what inspired them to write songs that raise the consciousness of this holiday. 

David Crosby shares his thanks for a new life with a touching story that will bring you to tears and a great song he wrote about the experience.  

Perfect for Thanksgiving day and fill In's for the long Holiday Weekend. Custom promos available by request - fred@fmodyssey.com

A Feast for the Ears

From WGUC | 01:56:31

As families come together and give thanks, "A Feast for the Ears" helps set the atmosphere and provide deeper meaning to the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Default-piece-image-1 As families come together and give thanks, A Feast for the Ears helps set the atmosphere and provide deeper meaning to the Thanksgiving holiday. A two-hour program, A Feast for the Ears reflects on the rich history and traditions of this well-loved American holiday and highlights music by American composers such as Aaron Copeland, Virgil Thomson, William Billings and Charles Ives, along with some undiscovered treasures by Rick Sowash and Mark O?Connor. Host Mark Perzel presents a melodic and intriguing exploration of Thanksgiving history, lore and roots in early European harvest festivals, as well as a thoughtful examination of the holiday's evolution and contemporary traditions.


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Thanksgiving Special: Turkey Q & A and The Real Story of The First Thanksgiving

From America's Test Kitchen Radio | Part of the America's Test Kitchen Holiday Specials series | 53:59

This time on America’s Test Kitchen, we talk to the experts to investigate the true beginning of Thanksgiving. We’ll be tasting turkey, and we’ll find out what’s hot and what’s not in the world of kitchen gadgets. Then we’ll head into the test kitchen to answer the top ten Thanksgiving day questions from stuffing to brining to perfect piecrust. And of course, we’ll be taking your calls to answer all of your cooking questions. Promo available Monday, November 11, 2013. Full hour available starting Thursday, November 14, 2013.

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America's Test Kitchen Thanksgiving Special: Turkey Q & A and The Real Story of The First Thanksgiving

 In this hour:

—Host Christopher Kimball talks to the experts to investigate the true beginning of Thanksgiving.

—Call-Ins with Host Christopher Kimball and Culinary Expert Bridget Lancaster: Chris and Bridget take calls from listeners and answer their cooking questions.

Taste Test with Jack Bishop: Tasting expert Jack Bishop challenges host Christopher Kimball to a tasting of turkey.

Hot or Not: Gadget guru Lisa McManus reviews the test kitchen’s favorite Thanksgiving gadgets.

Recipe Challenge: Test cook Dan Souza answers the top ten Thanksgiving day questions from stuffing to brining to perfect piecrust.

Snap Judgment #228: Gratitude

From Snap Judgment | Part of the Snap Judgment hosted by Glynn Washington - Specials series | 53:57

'Tis the season to consider those things that we are most thankful for. And so this week on Snap Judgment we're taking a look back on some of the stories we've done that touch on this theme of gratitude, because we are so thankful.

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Storyteller Joel ben Izzy recalls a conversation he had with an older gent who describes the true beauty of a piece of fruit.

Visit Joel's site for more stories.

Produced by Stephanie Foo



Salted Egg

Thirty years after the tragedy of the Khmer Rouge, a Cambodian Family begins an unlikely search for their missing father.

Produced by Anna Sussman.


Molly
In an amazing performance, Marc Bamuthi Joseph uses his many gifts to transport an entire live audience from San Francisco to the heart of Africa. National Poetry Slam champion, Broadway veteran, GOLDIE award winner, Marc is also an inaugural recipient of the United States Artists Rockefeller Fellowship which annually recognizes 50 of the country's "greatest living artists."


So Embarrassed

For Jeff Greenwald, Tibet was a transcendentalist paradise. The people, the food, and the breathtaking beauty captivated him. And Tibet loved Jeff right back, granting him access to areas no Westerner had ever seen. It was almost like he fit right in.

Almost.

Produced by Roman Mars and Stephanie Foo


The Thanksgiving Foo Mix

Stephanie Foo brings a mashup of thanks.


Just Like Your Father

Tracy never knew her Father. (She never knew that she wanted to...)

Producer: Rita Daniels


Frances Liberty

Frances Liberty was a good Catholic school girl. But that all changed when she decided to serve as a nurse in the army. She served in World War II, Korea, Vietnam and Grenada, and developed a sass that deeply affected many she came into contact with.

Thank you to the Veterans History Project for providing audio for this story. To hear other veterans' stories, go to http://loc.gov/vets. The painting you see above is a portrait of Frances Liberty by J.D. Nelson.

Producer: Natalia Jaeger and Mark Ristich

Marla Spivak: Think Like a Bee

From American Public Media | Part of the The Promised Land series | 54:00

When you sit down at your holiday table, thank a bee. A third of the food on your plate is made possible by these pollinators, whose numbers are being decimated by disease and colony collapse disorder. But the bees have a champion in Marla Spivak, a University of Minnesota researcher and MacArthur "Genius" who thinks like a bee. Marla will show host Majora Carter (no newbie herself - Majora is an urban beekeeper) the secrets she's beginning to uncover about how bees can help us humans to be more resilient and to build healthier communities.

1_small When you sit down at your holiday table, thank a bee. A third of the food on your plate is made possible by these pollinators, whose numbers are being decimated by disease and colony collapse disorder. But the bees have a champion in Marla Spivak, a University of Minnesota researcher and MacArthur "Genius" who thinks like a bee. Her intuitive approach — combined with scientific method — has given the world tremendous insight into these fascinating insects. Marla will show host Majora Carter (no newbie herself — Majora is an urban beekeeper) the secrets she's beginning to uncover about the lives of bees. Marla's work explores how bees can help themselves become more resistant to modern-day threats — and how bees can help us humans to be more resilient and to build healthier communities.

Massasoit's Peace Pact with the Pilgrims: Peace Talks Radio [59:00/54:00]

From Good Radio Shows, Inc. | Part of the Peace Talks Radio: Hour Long Specials series | 59:00

Massasoit was the leader of the Wampanoag Confederacy who negotiated a truce with British settlers of Plymouth Colony that lasted for 40 years in the 1600's, starting shortly after the first Thanksgiving. This time on Peace Talks Radio, conversation with American Indian scholars and a filmmaker who fill in the details of Massasoit's attempt to make peace for his people and with the new strangers. And

Massasoit1_small Massasoit was the leader of the Wampanoag Confederacy when English settlers landed at Plymouth Rock in 1620.  He and his people kept the Pilgrims from starving in the early years of their settlement, attended the first Thanksgiving and forged a peace treaty with the English that lasted 40 years until his death.  We'll talk with American Indian scholars Darius Coombs and Bob Charlesbois who'll fill in the details of this Native American leader's attempt to make peace for his people and with the new strangers.   Also, Native American film director Chris Eyre on his portrayal of Massasoit for the 2009 PBS television series We Shall Remain.

All Mixed Up-Thanksgiving

From Peter Bochan | Part of the All Mixed Up series | 58:19

The Holiday classic: "A Shortcut Back Home" plus music from Charlie Chaplin, Neil Young, the Avett Brothers, Laura Nyro, Ray Davies, Kronos Quartet, and Max Steiner.

Img_0380_small Thanksgiving special featuring the classic holiday mix: "A Shortcut Back Home". with Neil Young, Fats Waller, Vera Ellen, James Stewart, Sam Cooke, Elvis Presley, Bing Crosby, The Kinks, John Travolta, Billie Burke, Bert Lahr, Elvis Costello, Ray Bolger, Judy Garland, W.C. Fields, Carole King, The Beatles, Vivian Leigh, Clark Gables, and much more 

Thanksgiving Special - "Earth Eats Thanksgiving"

From WFIU | Part of the Earth Eats: Real Food, Green Living series | 58:57

A one-hour program of planning and preparing a terrific thanksgiving meal, with some very foody musical interludes. Try something new this Thanksgiving!

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Earth Eats Thanksgiving is a 59-minute show about real food and green living, a program of planning and preparing a terrific thanksgiving meal with turkey, other courses, and some vegetarian options. Host Annie Corrigan and renowned chef Daniel Orr indulge in some fine cooking, and some very foody musical interludes with very special friends. Happy Thanksgiving!

Daniel Orr is a celebrated chef and culinary author who has worked at some of the top restaurants in France before running New York's famed La Grenouille.  Originally from Columbus, Indiana, Chef Orr recently returned to his roots and is now the chef/owner of FARMbloomington in Bloomington, Indiana.

Earth Eats is a weekly radio program and podcast from the studios of WFIU Public Media, delivering the freshest news and recipes inspired by local food and sustainable agriculture.  More information at http://eartheats.org.

Autumn Serenades

From WFIU | Part of the Night Lights Classic Jazz series | 59:01

An hourlong program of jazz for the fall season from Nat King Cole, Kenny Dorham, John Coltrane, Duke Ellington with Frank Sinatra, Sonny Rollins, and more.

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Night Lights offers a salute this week to cooler weather and changing colors with jazz invocations of the autumn. For the back-story on some of our fall selections: http://indianapublicmedia.org/nightlights/autumn-serenades/

Some Autumnal Jazz Featured On The Show

  • Saxophonist Sonny Rollins' tour-de-force performance of "Autumn Nocturne"
  • John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman's classic collaboration on "Autumn Serenade"
  • Trumpeter Kenny Dorham leading the short-lived Jazz Prophets hardbop group on "Autumn in New York"
  • Singer Abbey Lincoln and saxophonist Frank Morgan doing the little-known "When Autumn Sings"
  • Stan Getz performing the song that first brought him into the spotlight, "Early Autumn"

Five Farms, Episode Four: Harvest

From The Center for Documentary Studies | Part of the Five Farms: Stories from American Farm Families series | 54:00

Autumn is harvest time. That means Iowa corn and soybeans; fruit dried in the California sun; greens, beans, and potatoes; slaughtered hogs and beef trucked to market. It also means Thanksgiving turkeys. Harvest follows the families to the grain elevator, the farmers markets and, in a welcome break from work, the State Fair. It's the time of summing up after the long growing season --- the time to decide whether the gamble of early spring planting season has paid off.

Mainspic_small Autumn is harvest time. That means Iowa corn and soybeans; fruit dried in the California sun; greens, beans, and potatoes; slaughtered hogs and beef trucked to market. It also means Thanksgiving turkeys. Harvest follows the families to the grain elevator, the farmers markets and, in a welcome break from work, the State Fair. It's the time of summing up after the long growing season --- the time to decide whether the gamble of early spring planting season has paid off.

Harvest Home

From Jay Ungar | 58:56

Festive, thoughtful and fun, HARVEST HOME is an hour of music hosted by renowned folk duo Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, celebrates Thanksgiving, Autumn and the Harvest Season with a spicy offering of American Roots Music simmered to perfection.

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The Harvest Home 2009 radio show is produced and hosted by Jay Ungar and Molly Mason.  This program has become something of a tradition for many stations across the country for the Thanksgiving season.  The songs featured are “hand picked” by Jay and Molly from their vast archive of traditional and historical American recordings from a wide range of artists.  The songs all have a theme of autumn, Thanksgiving, and of course food!  This year’s show features performances by Robert Johnson, Chet Atkins, Vassar Clements, The Duhks, Bill Monroe, Pete Seeger, Robin and Linda Williams, Merle Haggard, Jay & Molly themselves, and others.  All hosted with the “down home” flavor for which the couple are famous.

Jay was born in the Bronx while Molly grew up in Washington State. Their collaborations began with a chance meeting in the late 1970s when Jay and Molly were both performing at a rural New York club.  Since joining forces—both artistically and romantically (the two would marry in 1991)—they have become one of the most celebrated duos on the American acoustic music scene. 

Jay and Molly are possibly best known for their musical contributions to the films of Ken Burns. The high point to date was the selection of Ashokan Farewell as the main theme of the landmark PBS documentary The Civil War. Ashokan Farewell has become an American classic and many artists from a wide variety of musical genres have performed the piece.  Jay and Molly continue today with their musical contributions to the films of Ken Burns and their music is again featured prominently in the recent broadcast of The National Parks on PBS.

Jay and Molly have recorded multiple albums for Angel Records - EMI, RCA Red Seal, and their own Swinging Door label.

On radio and television, Jay and Molly have appeared on CBS Good Morning, The Rosie O'Donnel Show, All Things Considered, A Prairie Home Companion, and the BBC's Transatlantic Sessions. They continue to broadcast their own live-performance radio show, Dancing on the Air, and they have no shortage of future projects.

Thanksgiving- Gratitude

From Canadian Broadcasting Corporation | 54:00

Two words: "thank you." They sound simple enough. But there is always more to a topic, phrase, or ritual than one might think.

Margaretvisser_small Margaret Visser, the author of Much Depends on Dinner, is best known for her books about the history, anthropology, and mythology of everyday life. Now she has turned her scholarly eye towards gratitude. The result is a book called The Gift of Thanks: The Roots, Persistence and Paradoxical Meanings of a Social Ritual. It's published by Harper Collins.

Thanksgiving Special: Harvest Season

From WFIU | Part of the Harmonia Early Music series | 59:01

An hour-long program of early music, celebrating the harvest season.

725-harvest_season_guords_small Harmonia rings in the harvest season with a cornucopia of early music delights!  We'll hear merchant cries from long-ago London, witness the marriage of music and ritual, and dine at Johann Hermann Schein's musical Banquet.  For dessert: our featured release Amor Vincit Omnia or "Love Conquers All."

Harmonia Thanksgiving Special: "Cornucopia"

From WFIU | Part of the Harmonia Early Music series | 58:57

A one-hour program of early music exploring that ancient symbol for the harvest, fertility, and giving thanks -- The Cornucopia.

000p134-ornament-cornucopia-q100-413x500_small Harmonia looks at the cornucopia, an ancient symbol for the harvest, fertility, and giving thanks.  Music from the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and early America will be explored, in addition to a new release of works for horn and strings entitled "Cornucopia II." Hosted by Angela Mariani.

Has thank you lost its meaning?

From Canadian Broadcasting Corporation | 55:00

We all say "thank you" a lot. We thank people for holding doors open for us. We thank the person who hands us our morning coffee. We thank the cashier when she hands us our change. And real keeners even send thank you notes to people who've given them a present. But if you were to
keep track of now many times a day you say "thank you," how often would you really mean it? So we ask the question: has thank you lost its meaning?

Promo-dnto-sm_small So, let me ask you, how many times have you said "thank you" today? Maybe 10 times or
more?  Has "thank you" become a hollow phrase in our lexicon that's overused and undervalued?  Today on the program, we present an award-winning episode of the CBC Radio program "Definitely Not the Opera" that considers if thank you has lost its meaning.

Living Out Loud - Thanksgiving Special

From Canadian Broadcasting Corporation | 51:58

Stories of 'Thanksgiving' and 'Giving Thanks'.

Thanksgiving_small An array of stories in the spirit of thanksgiving and giving thanks. A refugee thanks his country with a special meal; a son thanks his parents who raised a family of 14; giving and receiving at a foodbank; plus 'love and the peking duck' and the story of canned fruits that came to a sticky end.

The Gift of Thanks

From Canadian Broadcasting Corporation | 54:35

Cultural anthropologist Margaret Visser about her book The Gift of Thanks.

The_gift_of_thanks_small Most of us say "thank you" dozens of times a day, but how often do we really mean it?   And why do we feel so hurt if we're not thanked?
In this week of giving thanks, we present Margaret Visser discussing her book The Gift of Thanks. Visser discusses how and why we're taught to say thanks, how different cultures express thanks, and she offers a brief history of
gratitude. 

Getaway – Your Weekend Travel Music Special - 57 & 53 Minute Versions

From Charlie Warren | 56:44

Music variety and unusual facts about traveling in the past, present, and future, to accompany your listeners as they journey by plane, train, car, boat, even on foot. For broadcast on or before any heavy travel weekend.

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Songs by Tom Paxton, Barbra Streisand, The Seldom Scene, Christopher Cross, Crystal Gayle, The Front Porch String Band, John Denver, Kathy Mattea, Simon & Garfunkel, and many more.  Selections from TV (“Taxi” and “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”) movies (“Rob Roy”), and Broadway (“Big River”).

May be aired continuously with no breaks, or with breaks of approximately 1 minute each, plus ID time after close.

License it once, air it as many times as you like for a full year.   No content is specific to any holiday.  For broadcast on or before any heavy travel weekend -  Thanksgiving, New Years, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Christmas, Fall, Winter, or Spring Break.  

 

BEAT LATINO 010: Gracias! ThanksGiving Music.

From Catalina Maria Johnson | 58:18

From banda to bachata, and salsa to sevillanas — this special edition of Beat Latino presents songs that give thanks to accompany the holiday. Not your usual pilgrim fare! Rather, songs that include the word "gracias" and celebrate life, love and music.

Picture_11_small Beat Latino, hosted by Catalina Maria Johnson, celebrates in every hour a different facet of the extraordinary diversity of the Latin/Latino musical universe. From banda to bachata, and salsa to sevillanas - this special edition of Beat Latino presents songs that give thanks to accompany the holiday. Not your usual pilgrim fare! Rather, songs that include the word "gracias" and celebrate life, love and music. Broadcasts nicely in November.


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Debts of Gratitude (Thanksgiving Program)

From Canadian Broadcasting Corporation | Part of the CBC Award Winning Radio Programs series | 46:41

A shortened version of the 2010 New York Festivals award winning program 'Debts of Gratitude'. It explores the way we say "thank you" in this culture, and why we sometimes don't say it at all.

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'Debts of Gratitude' is a variety of light hearted conversations and a retelling of experiences about the way we say "Thank You" and why sometimes we don't say it at all.  

Lost opportunities to say thank you. How does an anonymous organ donor ever say thank you to the person who gave them a second chance at life?  When Canadian actor Sandra Oh (Grey's Anatomy) made her thank-you speech at the Golden Globes, who did she struggle to remember?  Also, hear about the etiquette of "thank you" in North America, and how it contrasts with the customs of some folks from Somalia, Iran and Burma. 

Hosted by the CBC's Alan Neal, 'Debts of Gratitude' is a Thanksgiving Program that won silver at the 2010 New York Festivals Radio Program and Promotion Awards.

I Remember Radio #7: Thanksgiving

From Loyola Productions, Inc. | Part of the Kaleidoscope series | 45:13

Great names and great memories—Thanksgiving with Stan Freberg, Jack Benny, and Eve Arden.

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Kaleidoscope's "I Remember Radio Series": A delightful nostalgic account of the heyday of radio with all the legendary performers, music, drama, commercials, comedy, newsmakers and newscasters, the soaps, the songs, the bands, the kid's shows, the horror and sci-fi programs, the mysteries, the public service presentations.

This 45 minute program features selections from "The Stan Freberg Show," "The Jack Benny Show," and "Our Miss Brooks" for a Golden Age of Radio Thanksgiving.

*See "Timing and Cues" for suggested edits, if any, for call letters, date/series info, etc.

*This program originated on analog tape using non-digital source material. Some tape hiss and record pops should be expected.


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Massasoit's Peace Pact with the Pilgrims: Peace Talks Radio [29:00]

From Good Radio Shows, Inc. | Part of the Peace Talks Radio - Series of Half-Hours series | 29:01

Massasoit was the leader of the Wampanoag Confederacy who negotiated a truce with British settlers of Plymouth Colony that lasted for 40 years in the 1600's, starting shortly after the first Thanksgiving. This time on Peace Talks Radio, conversation with American Indian scholars and a filmmaker who fill in the details of this Massasoit's attempt to make peace for his people and with the new strangers.

Massasoit2-asdepictedin-weshallremainon_pbs_small Massasoit was the leader of the Wampanoag Confederacy when English settlers landed at Plymouth Rock in 1620.  He and his people kept the Pilgrims from starving in the early years of their settlement, attended the first Thanksgiving and forged a peace treaty with the English that lasted 40 years until his death.  We'll talk with American Indian scholars Darius Coombs and Bob Charlesbois who'll fill in the details of this Native American leader's attempt to make peace for his people and with the new strangers.   Also, Native American film director Chris Eyre on his portrayal of Massasoit for the 2009 PBS television series We Shall Remain.

This program is also available on PRX in 59:00 and 54:00 lengths.

What's the Word? Literary Feasts

From Modern Language Association | 30:01

In literature, feasts often serve as central events in telling a story.

3layertorte_small Whether you're the host or the guest, whether the table is set for two or twenty, feasts are memorable occasions. They may mark holidays, special events, or simply the celebration of family and friends. This program features three works that focus on feasts. Sarah Webster Goodwin talks about Isak Dinesen's short story "Babette's Feast"; Kari Salkjelsvik explores Laura Esquivel's novel _Like Water for Chocolate_; and Gail Kern Paster talks about Ben Jonson's poem "Inviting a Friend to Supper." Well-suited to Thanksgiving. Fifteen- and thirty-second promos available.

What's the Word? Cookbooks as Literature

From Modern Language Association | 30:02

Cookbooks can be more than just a source of recipes.

3layertorte_small Many of us have our favorite cookbooks, complete with dog-eared, sauce-stained pages. But cookbooks can be more than just a source of recipes; lavishly illustrated cookbooks transport us to faraway places. Classic cookbooks serve as cultural artifacts of their time and place, and cookbooks with stories may engross us as much as novels do. James Buzard takes us back to nineteenth-century England and a Victorian classic, _Mrs. Beeton's Book of Household Management_; Doris Witt talks about early African American cookbooks and Verta Mae Grosvenor's _Vibration Cooking_; and cookbook reviewer Sukey Howard talks about contemporary cookbooks and what they offer in addition to recipes. Well-suited to Thanksgiving. Fifteen- and thirty-second promos available.

I Thank, Therefore I am, I Think

From Canadian Broadcasting Corporation | 29:47

It's almost heresy - on a day like this one - to question the idea of gratitude. But most of us - if we're honest - have an imperfect relationship with the concept and the practice.

Default-piece-image-0 It's Thanksgiving- a time of hospitality and good will- right? But not everyone feels the love- some people just get downright cranky. So, how about a reminder of the things that make you happy.  Frank Faulk presents a piece he calls "I Thank Therefore I Am, I Think."  It's about being grateful in spite of ourselves.


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People Without A Nation

From Charles McGuigan | 09:58

There are eleven tribes of Indians who call Virginia home, among them the Chickahominy. And though they all now enjoy state recognition, the federal government doesn’t believe they exist.

Default-piece-image-1 In Virginia, there are eleven Indian tribes, some several thousand people in all. Yet the United States doesn’t believe they exist. The seeds of this denial were planted in the early years of the last century by one man with a narrow vision and unrestrained power. Charles McGuigan recently visited the Indian Council Grounds in Charles City, Virginia and heard the story from one of the assistant chiefs of the Chickahominy tribe.


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Corn Maze on a Dairy Farm

From Emily Corwin | 07:48

Meet the energetic personality behind a small Connecticut dairy farm, take a tour of a corn maze, and find out what it takes to run a successful small dairy farm in the 21st century.

Cornmaze_small Fort Hill Farms is one of 6 local dairy farms contributing to Connecticut's phenomenally successful Farmer's Cow Milk.  Visit the cows and the corn maze to discover what it takes to sell local milk in an age of corporate agriculture.  

Turkeys

From Hearing Voices | Part of the Scott Carrier stories series | 06:39

From turkey farm to supermarket, the life and death of a turkey.

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All Around Giving

From Salt Institute for Documentary Studies | 05:59

The Trinity Jubilee Center in Lewiston, Maine is located in one of the poorest Neighborhoods in the state. It doubles as a soup kitchen and refugee center.

Giving_small We drop in on Thanksgiving dinner and see the service a soup kitchen can provide to a community on this holiday.

Thanksgiving story

From Holly Kernan | 05:51

A refugee remembers his first Thanksgiving.

Default-piece-image-0 Commentator Andrew Lam remembers his first Thanksgiving in America, when he was a teenage refugee, fleeing war in his native Vietnam.But it was neither American history lessons nor Puritan cuisine that taught him the meaning of the holiday.... (this is a debut piece)

Buffalo Turkey Butt

From Andy Raskin | 07:05

Does it exist? Does it matter?

Buffalowings3bw_small This piece follows a San Francisco panhandler (who is not homeless) on a quest to find an elusive delicacy known as Buffalo Turkey Butt.

* Note: If you have room in your show and you can ID me as follows, much obliged!

"Andy Raskin is the author of the forthcoming memoir, The Ramen King and I : How the Inventor of Instant Noodles Fixed My Love Life. More info at WWW dot Andy Raskin dot com."


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Stephen Kellogg "Thanksgiving" Interview Segment

From Michael Krumper | 16:15

Canned interview segment with singer/songwriter Stephen Kellogg about his song "Thanksgiving" from his recent solo release Blunderstone Rookery.

Stephenkellogg-240_small On June 18, 2013, singer/songwriter Stephen Kellogg released a brand new solo album, Blunderstone Rookery (mixed by Mike Mogis of Bright Eyes). The album debuted on the Billboard Top 200 Chart and was released to great praise.

CMT Edge said, "his memorable melodies keep the music moving while the lyrics pull you into a deeper story" while The Seattle Post Intelligencer chimed, "Anyone who appreciates the singer-songwriter tradition needs to know Stephen Kellogg."

The album was inspired by a challenging year that Kellogg endured in which his grandmother and mother-in-law passed away, his long time backing band The Sixers went on hiatus, his wife (who he met when he was 15) had their fourth daughter, and he had to repair his family's home from the ground up. While it was a tough year, Kellogg didn't let it get the best of him. You can watch his inspirational TED Talk called "I Can't Get No (Job) Satisfaction" HERE.

The album winds down with the ten minute opus "Thanksgiving." You can watch the offical video for the track HERE

This piece is an interview segment with Stephen Kellogg that discusses the track "Thanksgiving" for use at your station. Please note that there is a long version that is 03:52 minutes long and a short version that is 02:23 minutes long. 

For more information, please feel free to contact Joe Sivick: jsivick@missingpiecegroup.com

 

The Moth: Unforgettable Thanksgiving

From The Moth | 04:56

Most Thanksgiving dinner tables are where we hear fun family stories, some involving memorable holiday meals of the past. But for graphic designer and writer Jeffery Rudell, one Thanksgiving in particular stands out in his mind. He told this story at a Moth Story Slam, and it has been featured on The Moth Radio Hour and on All Things Considered.

Pastedgraphic_small Most Thanksgiving dinner tables are where we hear fun family stories, some involving memorable holiday meals of the past. But for graphic designer and writer Jeffery Rudell, one crazy Thanksgiving in particular stands out in his mind. He told this story at a Moth Story Slam, and it has been featured on The Moth Radio Hour and on All Things Considered.

Hear more Moth Radio Hour stories and get the shows for broadcast here.

Learn more about The Moth.

Learn more about where to hear The Moth Radio Hour

About Jeffery Rudell
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A graphic designer and writer, Rudell is currently writing a series of books for Sterling Publishing.  He won The Moth's annual Story Slam championship in 2003 and was a featured performer on the National Storytelling Tour in 2007.  He has performed his stories at the New York Public Library, the Long Wharf Theater and The Player's Club, and they can be heard on National Public Radio and the Moth CD's Audience Favorites, Vol 1 and Love Hurts.  Rudell live in New York City with his partner, Albert.

The Return of Fine Cider

From Avishay Artsy | 03:27

On a day when many of the grateful wash down turkey and stuffing with a glass of wine, one New Hampshire farmer hopes we'll try sipping on artisanal cider instead. Hard cider is a New England tradition that dates back to the Founding Fathers, and as falling apple prices leave orchard owners struggling to stay afloat, a cider revival could provide a lifeline to growers.

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Thanksgiving is just over a week away. A day when many of the grateful wash down turkey and stuffing with a glass of wine, or celebrate visits from old friends over a cold beer, or two.

One New Hampshire farmer hopes we’ll try sipping on artisanal cider instead. Hard cider is a New England tradition that dates back to the Founding Fathers, and as falling apple prices leave orchard owners struggling to stay afloat, a cider revival could provide a lifeline to New Hampshire growers.

Producer Avishay Artsy went to taste for himself.

100 Mile Meal: A Homegrown Thanksgiving

From The Environment Report | 04:04

A reporter's attempt to buy all of the ingredients in his Thanksgiving meal from sources within 100 miles, right down to the salt.

Turkeys_small Can you buy turkey and all the trimmings from local farmers and area sources? Why buy something that's been trucked 2000 miles when it's available from sources nearby? Reporter Dustin Dwyer takes a crack at buying local. It's a look at a movement that believes our system of food distribution is unsustainable.

Postcard from The National Cornbread Festival

From Big Shed Audio | 03:00

"Oh, I love it. You can't live without corn bread. And you gotta cook it in that skillet, too! ... Corn bread basically was poor man's food that everybody loved. To this day my favorite meal is pinto beans, corn bread and buttermilk."

Pour a tall glass of buttermilk and come with us to the National Cornbread Festival in South Pittsburg, Tennessee. This short, non-narrated postcard is a whirlwind sonic celebration of Southern food and culture.

Cornbread-sq245_small "Oh, I love it. You can't live without corn bread. And you gotta cook it in that skillet, too! ... Corn bread basically was poor man's food that everybody loved. To this day my favorite meal is pinto beans, corn bread and buttermilk." Pour a tall glass of buttermilk and come with us to the National Cornbread Festival in South Pittsburg, Tennessee. This short, non-narrated postcard is a whirlwind sonic celebration of Southern food and culture.

i thank you God

From William Zukof | 03:43

A song by Elliot Z. Levine based on e.e. cummings' inspiring poem.

Westwindwhitecrop_small A geat setting by Elliot Z. Levine of e.e. cummings' inspiring poem. Sung by The Western Wind

On Being Thankful - for Cancer & for a Cat

From Paul Messing | Part of the For Kindred Spirits (and separate elements) series | 04:39

Cancer survivor and NY Times bestselling author Susan Chernak McElroy recounts two related tales of giving thanks -- one from her cancer recovery, and the other a story from her book "Animals as Teachers and Healers," about a woman, changing circumstances, and her beloved cat Sammy.

Pinecone_small Cancer survivor and NY tImes bestselling author Susan Chernak McElroy recounts two related tales of giving thanks - one from her cancer recovery, and the other a story from her book "Animals as Teachers and Healers," about a woman, changing circumstances, and her beloved cat Sammy. A handy and beautiful filler for this time of year. This is a lifted excerpt from my complete pilot "For Kindred Spirits," also available on PRX.

Home Planet: None So Blind: A Thanksgiving Story

From Spokane Public Radio | 03:39

A plate full of food -- the gift of a Thanksgiving meal -- connects a lonely old woman and the shy little girl next door.

Default-piece-image-2 "Thinking about it now, I understand that at that moment the old woman and I traded places. I was blind to everything but my desire to run away, but for an instant Mrs. Miller could see. Through clouded eye she looked back at other Thanksgivings, long gone. Happy days before she was old and blind, and trapped in a dark house with an angry son."

Home Planet:A Naked Thanksgiving by Cheryl-Anne Millsap

From Spokane Public Radio | 02:45

Talking turkey about the birds and the bees.

Default-piece-image-0 My five year old hopped into the car "What did you do today?" I asked. She couldn't wait to tell me. "We learned that boys are different from girls," she chirped. Looking into the rearview mirror, I could just see the top of her head. "My teacher told us that boys have a thing the girls don't," she added. "Well, yes they do…" I said cautiously...

A Cook's Notebook: Turducken: Three Birds - One Stone

From Ali Berlow | Part of the A Cook's Notebook series | 02:57

A chicken inside of a duck inside of a turkey. Go figure.

Default-piece-image-2 A Cook's Notebook - reflections on food and cooking in our kitchens and in our lives - airs weekly on WAMC Turducken aired on Oct. 23, 2003 on WCAI & WNAN PROMOS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST Accompanying recipes available at www.cooksnotebook.com


Interstitials (Under 2:00)

After Thanksgiving by Sandra M. Gilbert

From Curtis Fox | Part of the Poetry Off the Shelf series | 01:40

From the Poetry Foundation: After packing her youngest on an airplane back to college, a mother compares the end of autumn to her own season in life. The reader is Anne O'Sullivan.

Winterhouse01_small Host Intro: This is Poetry Off the Shelf, from the Poetry Foundation. In After Thanksgiving, by Sandra M. Gilbert, after packing her youngest on an airplane back to college, a mother compares the end of autumn to her own season in life. The reader is Anne O'Sullivan... Host Outro: After Thanksgiving, by Sandra M. Gilbert, was read by Anne O'Sulllivan. Poetry off the Shelf is produced by The Poetry Foundation, on-line at poetryfoundation.org.

Can I Have Your Attention

From Sara Curtis | 02:01

A sonic impression of accentuated actualities revolving around my extended family gathering around the dining room table to listen to my grandfather's Thanksgiving day speech.

_mg_2949_small A sonic impression of accentuated actualities revolving around my extended family gathering around the dining room table to listen to my grandfather's Thanksgiving day speech.

StoryCorps Historias: Jose and Teresita Fernandez

From StoryCorps | Part of the StoryCorps series | 01:23

Jose Fernandez tells his wife, Teresita, about the first Thanksgiving he spent in the United States.

Fernandez_240x240_prx_small Jose Fernandez and his wife, Teresita, came to StoryCorps to record an interview as part of our Historias initiative -- an effort to record and celebrate the lives and histories of Latinos.

Fernandez came to the United States as a teenager from Cuba in the 1960s. And here, he tells his wife, Teresita, about that first Thanksgiving in Vero Beach, Florida...

No Turkey, Just Thanksgiving Trimmings

From KSFR | Part of the Equal Time with Martha Burk series | 02:30

Thanksgiving will be just like any other day for millions of U.S. citizens who rely on food stamps. No turkey, just trimmings to the already meager food stamp program.

Podcastphoto_small Both parties want to cut food aid to the poor -- they just differ on how much.  House Republicans want a $40 billion  cut.  Senate Democrats want $4 billion. Whatever they choose, it’ll be on top of the loss these families suffered when a 2009 temporary increase ran out November 1st.

A Moveable Race

From WWNO | Part of the Storyville series | 05:27

Lacar Musgrove reads "A Moveable Race" about a 19th Century bicycle race on Thanksgiving Day in New Orleans.

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Mascot_new_orleans_1891_lady_bicyclist_small Lacar Musgrove reads "A Moveable Race" about a 19th Century bicycle race on Thanksgiving Day in New Orleans.