A Thanksgiving Feast For The Ears And Eyes
Nov 26, 2009 — While many Americans strive for the usual Thanksgiving fare, some listeners revel in their own, idiosyncratic family traditions this time of year. Gene Koo goes to White Castle with friends every year, and Kim Krzywy serves up a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving feast for her kids for the second meal of the day.
Nov 26, 2009 — Many listeners enjoy doing their own thing when it comes to the Thanksgiving holiday. That might include a game of gourd baseball after the feast, or a family quiz, or a marginally appetizing post-meal game of pass-the-spoon. Mary Weberg of Denver shares her tradition.
Nov 25, 2009 — Listeners were asked to share their nontraditional Thanksgiving traditions. A family that watches Star Wars, one that e-mails poetry to each other in the weeks before Thanksgiving, and listener Becca Hutchinson, who makes sure to drop a brussel sprout to the floor before returning it to the serving dish, share their stories.
Nov 25, 2009 — In 1939, the nation was thrown into confusion when Franklin Roosevelt tried to move Thanksgiving back a week, hoping to boost Christmas shopping sales. The move didn't work and Congress moved the holiday to the fourth Thursday in November permanently in 1941. Melanie Kirkpatrick, author of Happy Franksgiving: How FDR tried, and failed, to change a national holiday, published in Wednesday's Wall Street Journal, shares the story.
Nov 22, 2012 — Whether by choice or by circumstance, a lot of Americans are spending Thanksgiving alone. Some are too busy with work or school, or can't afford to travel. Others have family tensions or prefer to skip the dinner-table questions and bad jokes. A few are even crossing to Canada, where it's just another Thursday.
Nov 22, 2012 — Erik Jacobs took a leap of faith when he gave up photojournalism for Farm School. Now he is combining his two passions to tell the story of where your food comes from.
Nov 22, 2012 — Black Friday is seeping into Thanksgiving Day, a new trend dubbed "Gray Thursday." Brick-and-mortar stores have been competing with online retailers that have been scooping up early holiday shoppers. But it's unclear whether the extra effort it takes to open on Thanksgiving is worth it.
Nov 22, 2012 — Candied yams with a touch of marshmallow cream are what the astronauts on the International Space Station are looking forward to eating for their Thanksgiving feast today. That and a little irradiated smoked turkey, courtesy of NASA.
Nov 22, 2012 — As you prepare to feast upon cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie and your choice of entree this Thanksgiving, there's also an operatic feast to be had. Classical commentator Miles Hoffman joins NPR's Renee Montagne to take us through a five-course meal.
Nov 22, 2012 — According to poet Kevin Young, the best poems are like the best meals — they're made from scratch. Young has edited a new collection of poems that celebrate the pleasures of food, from "butter disappearing into whipped sweet potatoes" to oysters that taste like "starlight."