A century and a half after President Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving a national holiday, a public monument is being dedicated to the New Hampshire woman often credited with influencing his decision. Sarah Josepha Hale was born in Newport, where a bronze memorial is being dedicated Saturday. A magazine editor, abolitionist and champion of women's causes, Hale also devoted years of her life to lobbying for Thanksgiving. Her letter writing campaign paid off in 1863, when Lincoln issued a proclamation calling for a national day of Thanksgiving each fourth Thursday in November.
Join us for a Holiday Special, called “Giving Thanks: a Celebration of Fall, Food and Gratitude”, from American Public Media. With music and stories for Thanksgiving, host John Birge creates a thoughtful, contemporary reflection on the meaning of the holiday. This year, the show features a grateful tribute to the great writer Nora Ephron, with a warm and funny highlight of her Giving Thanks visit last year.
Black Friday has long been a post-holiday shopping tradition for many Americans. During the last several years, customers have found their favorite stores opening ever-earlier in anticipation of growing demand. This time around, employees are fighting back against the early hours.
A.P. food writer and cookbook author J.M. Hirsch shares his tips on how to “pimp” your Thanksgiving dinner to make it impress without stress. Make your own butter in five minutes, stuff your turkey with fresh herbs, and make sure to dry your potatoes before you mash them. And as far as salad? Forget it. Thanksgiving comes but once a year, so splurge.
For the forager of wild foods, November brings cranberries, crisp and tart to suit the season. Cranberries are a wetlands obligate, meaning they grow in wetland soils, so keep a watch for these low, trailing plants when you're out exploring river edges and soggy lowlands. And then return in November for the harvest. Many berries survive through the winter freeze to provide a spring snack.
This special broadcast of "Gratitude, Gravy & Garrison" features acclaimed acapella group VocalEssence's celebration of all things Thanksgiving. Garrison Keillor performs his signature monologue and contributes comic new lyrics to familiar songs and hymns. Listener information is available at www.prairiehome.org/programs/
Turkey Confidential is a live, two-hour, call-in program on Thanksgiving Day from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. EST for public radio listeners across the nation. On Thursday, November 24, help is on the way for Thanksgiving cooks, kitchen helpers and dinner guests on this, the biggest cooking day of the year. Host Lynne Rossetto Kasper will be available to answer listener questions throughout the live, two-hour program.
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. Listener information is available at www.fivefarms.org
Casual carnivores imagining a vegan Thanksgiving might picture something like this: a grayish “mock” turkey, dry spongy stuffing, and cookies that taste like sawdust. Vegan cooking has made great strides in recent years, but it still feels like a bit of a buzzkill to insist upon being vegan at Thanksgiving.
Super designer and celebrity lifestyle expert Matthew Mead shares his ideas for Holiday entertaining. A vegan cookbook does its best to make Turkey Day yummy. P.J. O'Rourke shares tales from the lighter side of reporting. And why we should do a little better with that whole "listening" thing.
For Native Americans, Thanksgiving is not a cause for celebration. The holiday commemorating the survival – thanks to the Wampanoag tribe – of early settlers also marks the first wave of a European invasion that culminated in the death of 10 to 30 million native people.