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Playlist: Thanksgiving

Compiled By: PRX Editors

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Curated Playlist

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

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New in 2021

Milk Street Radio’s 2021 Thanksgiving Special

From Christopher Kimball's Milk Street Radio | Part of the Milk Street Specials series | 54:00

This week, we’re getting ready for Thanksgiving with some help from our friends. Cheryl Day joins us to answer your holiday baking questions, Sam Fore cooks Thanksgiving with a Sri Lankan take, J. Kenji López-Alt shares why he eats lobster for Thanksgiving, Dan Pashman tells how to eat pie the right way, and we learn to make Yogurt-Roasted Carrots with Warm Spices.

Msl_radio_logo_cobrand_prx__2___1__medium_small This week, we’re getting ready for Thanksgiving with some help from our friends. Cheryl Day joins us to answer your holiday baking questions, Sam Fore cooks Thanksgiving with a Sri Lankan take, J. Kenji López-Alt shares why he eats lobster for Thanksgiving, Dan Pashman tells how to eat pie the right way, and we learn to make Yogurt-Roasted Carrots with Warm Spices.

Holiday Season Stories of Warmth and Light

From Living On Earth | Part of the Holiday Specials series | 59:00

Free to non-carrying stations: Native American myths and tales help us endure or even enjoy the short days and long nights of winter. Living on Earth’s annual celebration of stories helps connect people with the natural world and includes an Iroquois explanation of why the constellation Pleiades twinkles overhead and an Abenaki custom that asks forgiveness for any wrongs of the previous year. Seasonal stories and more, in this holiday special from Living on Earth and PRX. Available for broadcast anytime between Thanksgiving and New Year's.

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***Free to non-carrying stations. Half hour version available as well***

To: All Stations
From: Jenni Doering (858-945-2813)
Date: November 8th, 2021 Re: Living on Earth 2021 Holiday Special Hour Rundown 
Show title: “Holiday Season Stories of Warmth and Light”
 Host: Steve Curwood.
 Billboard: 59 Music Fill: 4:59 (Insert Live Newscast) Music Fill: 29 
SEGMENT A (11:00)
1.) THE POWER OF STORIES: Living on Earth’s winter holiday tradition featuring legends and seasonal stories continues. Storyteller Lee Ellen Marvin joins Host Steve Curwood to share stories about children and wolves, as well as some tips on becoming a good storyteller. (9:30)
Segment A ends @ 17:29 with announcer OC:  ...Sailors for the Sea dot org. 
@ 17:30 music bed (0:59)
SEGMENT B (18:30)
1.) NATIVE AMERICAN TALES: Wampanoag storyteller Medicine Story spins a tale about the shortest days of the year, and how the Wampanoag people persuaded Grandfather Sun to return. And Cherokee storyteller Gayle Ross shares seasonal tales of the importance of the warmth and the promise of spring handed down in her family. (16:50)
Segment B ends @ 36:59 with announcer OC: .... aerospace, building industries, and food refrigeration. 
@ 37:00 music bed (0:59) 
SEGMENT C (21:00)
1.) TALES OF THE NIGHT SKY AND AN ENGLISH WASSAIL STORY: Writer, storyteller, and musician Joseph Bruchac offers Iroquois myths, first about the twinkling stars of the Pleiades in the winter sky and then about why life on earth continues through the long, dark nights of mid-winter. Then storyteller Diane Edgecomb shares an English tale in which barnyard animals get the last word.  She closes with a Cherokee myth about the trees that stay green all winter long, the evergreens. (19:00)
Program ends @ 59:00 with network ID. OC: … PRX.
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Native American myths and tales help us endure or even enjoy the short days and long nights of winter. Living on Earth’s annual celebration of stories helps connect people with the natural world, and includes an Iroquois explanation of why the constellation Pleiades twinkles overhead and an Abenaki custom that asks forgiveness for any wrongs of the previous year. Seasonal stories and more, in this holiday special from Living on Earth from PRX.
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Classic Hours (49:00-1:00:00)

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: Weekly Hour Long Episodes 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.

My Life as a Wild Turkey (Hour)

From With Good Reason | Part of the Thanksgiving Specials series | 53:55

World-renowned naturalist Joe Hutto, subject of the Emmy winning BBC documentary "My Life As a Turkey", discusses how he became a wild turkey mother in the hammocks of Florida. Plus: Minnesota Chef Sean Sherman gives us a taste of pre-contact American Indian cuisine. And more….

001-turkey300-300x225_medium_small World-renowned naturalist Joe Hutto , subject of the Emmy winning BBC documentary "My Life As a Turkey", discusses how he became a wild turkey mother in the hammocks of Florida. Plus: Fourth-generation pilot Eric Walden gives a play-by-play of the ninja-like moves of the wild turkey—mid-air.  And: The once-scorned bronze-feathered turkey is making a comeback, with the help of organic, free-range farmers like Paul Kelly. Also: Jay Sullivan sends his students off to Thanksgiving Break with a poem about a young engineer’s ingenuity and of course, a turkey.

Later in the show: With Good Reason takes a look at the indigenous perspective of a Thanksgiving table. Anton Treuer , author of Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask , shares how he and his family give thanks. Plus: Minnesota Chef Sean Sherman gives us a taste of pre-contact American Indian cuisine.

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- 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.

Full-Time Blues Radio 1341 Thanksgiving Blues

From John Luttrell | Part of the Full-Time Blues Radio series | 59:00

A Turkey Day inspired playlist stuffed with the best in New & Independent Blues Music

Thanksgiving_turkey1_small A lot of folks scratch their heads over the concept of a Thanksgiving themed Blues radio program; but when you boil it down to its essence, it comes down to simply playing songs about food, family, and gratitude - and there is certainly no shortage of songs dealing with those topics.

This week's installment of Full-Time Blues Radio is a cornucopia filled with an abundance of great Blues music that won't make you sleepy after you consume it! The featured selection from inside "Johnny's Mailbox" is the title cut from Freddie Vanderford's album Greasy Greens. The album was released in 2010, but conveniently arrived this week at our studios.

Full-Time Blues Radio is the home for new and independent Blues music. The weekly series is hosted by "Johnny Full-Time" and features new material by today's stars, tomorrow's legends, and self-produced indie artists. In addition, each week we dig inside "Johnny's Mailbox" to spotlight a new album that just arrived in the last seven days.

More information, archived artist interviews, and much more can be found online at http://www.fulltimeblues.com

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.

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. 

Thanksgiving Special-Friends Giving (hour 1)

From D. Grant Smith | Part of the The Appetizer Radio Show series | 59:02

For Thanksgiving week, I have a series of songs from fantastic albums that are all about gathering together in appreciation.

There’s a trend that’s catching on, and I admit to being a little late to the party on this, but the celebration of Friends-Giving is a really cool thing, and a way to communicate thanks to friends outside of the family line. That’s what I want to do this week with you right here. I appreciate the connection you give me and for you spending a little bit of time right here with me each week. So this time I have a collection of some of my favorite albums from the past few years, many of them new releases. Indie singer-songwriters Calexico & Iron & Wine, Samsel and the Skirt, Brandi Carlile, and Andrew Belle on the way plus alternative’s Augustana, Blues Traveler and more.

Friendsgiving-theappetizer_small For Thanksgiving week, I have a series of songs from fantastic albums that are all about gathering together in appreciation. There’s a trend that’s catching on, and I admit to being a little late to the party on this, but the celebration of Friends-Giving is a really cool thing, and a way to communicate thanks to friends outside of the family line. That’s what I want to do this week with you right here. I appreciate the connection you give me and for you spending a little bit of time right here with me each week. So this time I have a collection of some of my favorite albums from the past few years, many of them new releases. Indie singer-songwriters Calexico & Iron & Wine, Samsel and the Skirt, Brandi Carlile, and Andrew Belle on the way plus alternative’s Augustana, Blues Traveler and more.


Half-Hour+ (30:01-48:59)

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.

Thanksgiving Music Special

From Brooke Halpin | 34:16

Thanksgiving Music from the Academy Award Winning Film, Molly's Pilgrim

Molly_s_pilgrim_cover4_small For any of you who might want Thanksgiving music, here's selections from my Molly's Pilgrim CD, based on the soundtrack music I composed for the Academy Award winning film.

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.


Half-Hour (24:00-30:00)

My Life as a Wild Turkey (half hour)

From With Good Reason | Part of the With Good Reason: Weekly Half Hour Long Episodes series | 28:58

All about turkeys: how a naturalist became a wild turkey mother, a pilot gives a play by play of the moves of the wild turkey in flight. And more...

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World-renowned naturalist Joe Hutto, subject of the Emmy winning BBC documentary "My Life As a Turkey", discusses how he became a wild turkey mother in the hammocks of Florida. Plus: Fourth-generation pilot Eric Walden gives a play-by-play of the ninja-like moves of the wild turkey—mid-air.  And: The once-scorned bronze-feathered turkey is making a comeback, with the help of organic, free-range farmers like Paul Kelly. Also: Jay Sullivan sends his students off to Thanksgiving Break with a poem about a young engineer’s ingenuity and of course, a turkey.

Adaptation, Survival, Gratitude: a Lumbee Thanksgiving (Gravy Ep. 1)

From Southern Foodways Alliance | Part of the Gravy Podcast series | 24:21

For Thanksgiving, a Native American story… but not the one you’re imagining. No Pilgrims here. For the Lumbee Indians in North Carolina, the holiday meal involves cornbread, collards and a whole lot of pork. The Lumbee food story is a portal to a hybrid Southern-Native history that’s rarely glimpsed outside the tribe.

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At this point, most of us know the Thanksgiving story about the Pilgrims and the Indians happily indulging in a joint feast is a vast oversimplification of what actually happened. 

But how many of us still have an idea of Native people that’s stuck in the past? “People didn’t believe that I was Native because I was from North Carolina,” Lumbee Indian Malinda Maynor Lowery says. “The only thing they learned about Indians in school, maybe, was that we were removed from the Southeast.”

In this first episode of Gravy, meet a tribe of Indians who are very much still in the Southeast– and whose food reflects a distinct hybrid of Southern and Native history. The Lumbee’s story is one that spans centuries, and includes new windows into periods you may think you know– like the Jim Crow era. Plus something you’ll be eager to eat: the collard sandwich.

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

From Good Radio Shows, Inc. | Part of the Peace Talks Radio: Weekly Half Hour Episodes 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-1 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.


Segments (9:00-23:59)

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.

Chickahominy__tribe__medium_small 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.


Cutaways (5:00-8:59)

Thanksgiving: From the Outside Looking In

From Syracuse University Broadcast Journalism | 05:52

Thanksgiving is the favorite holiday for many Americans, but what is it like for those who are from other countries and celebrate it too? This piece gives you a glimpse of how special American Thanksgiving is to foreigners.

Turkey_small Thanksgiving is the favorite holiday for many Americans, but what is it like for those who are from other countries and celebrate it too? This piece gives you a glimpse of how special American Thanksgiving is to foreigners.

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-2 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."


Drop-Ins (2:00-4:59)

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.

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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.

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.

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-0 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)

Can I Have Your Attention

From Sara Brooke 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.

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.