Thanksgiving Stories Song and Cooking

  • Fred Vigeant

This Thanksgiving on WITF 89.5 & 93.3 we’ll take time to share stories, cooking techniques and some music following your family feast. We’ll set aside our normal Thursday schedule except for Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Marketplace for the following:

9:00 am – 10:00 am – The Pulse: Science and Thanksgiving – Thanksgiving usually means we’re going big — way over the top. Twice the size bird we could possibly eat. More side dishes than the table can hold, and of course, so much pie. We travel great distances to see our families and friends — we hug, we eat, we argue, and we nap. On this special episode of The Pulse, we explore the traditions and rituals of Thanksgiving through a scientific lens. We hear stories about the neuroscience of gratitude — and how it can help us through grief; the environmental impact of our holiday feasts, from cranberries to food waste; and ask whether turkeys are really as dumb as they look. More information on The Pulse

10:00 am – 11:00 am – The Sporkful: Thanksgiving is for Eaters – An entertaining combination of in-studio interviews, listener calls, and in-kitchen segments. You’ll learn useful tips about how to make classic Thanksgiving dishes, interesting facts about the science of cooking and the art of eating, and surprising details about the ways in which diverse cultures have adapted Thanksgiving traditions and made them their own. More information on The Sporkful

11:00 am – 12:00 pm – Earth Eats: Thanksgiving Special – A 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. More information on Earth Eats…

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm – The Splendid Table: Turkey Confidential –  The annual live Thanksgiving call-in show. Host and chef Francis Lam takes calls and comes to the rescue of Thanksgiving cooks, kitchen helpers, and dinner guests during the biggest cooking day of the year. This year’s special guests include Melissa Clark, Samin Nosrat, Kwame Onwuachi, and Shauna Sever. More information on The Splendid Table…

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Giving Thanks A contemporary celebration of gratitude, with classical music and stories of Thanksgiving. Great American writers will grace us this Thanksgiving. We’ll remember poet Mary Oliver as she reads poems of gratitude and nature. Walt Whitman stops by to celebrate Thanksgiving and his 200th birthday, and we’ll set a place at the table for New Yorker writer, best-selling author, humorist, and turkey aficionado Adam Gopnik.

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm – The Pulse: Science and Thanksgiving – Repeat, see description above

8:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Every Good Thing –  This Thanksgiving, host Andrea Blain and classical music fans from around the country take time to give thanks and celebrate one of life’s most meaningful gifts: music. Audiences will hear listeners from across the U.S. share stories about their favorite classical music pieces.

9:00 pm – 11:00 pm – Giving Thanks – Repeat, see description above

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