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Special Thanksgiving Programming

Filed by Rachel Hubbard in Feature.
November 22, 2011

The Splendid Table’s Turkey Confidential

A live, two-hour, call-in program on Thanksgiving morning from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for public radio listeners across the nation. On Thursday, November 24 — help is on the way for Thanksgiving cooks, kitchen helpers and their guests on this, the biggest cooking day of the year! On Thanksgiving morning, join Lynne Rossetto Kasper, the award-winning host of public radio’s national food show, The Splendid Table, for real time turkey triage during the live broadcast of Turkey Confidential 2011.


Giving Thanks with John Birge

A music-and-stories celebration of Thanksgiving. Host John Birge creates a thoughtful, contemporary reflection on the meaning of the holiday—perfect for broadcast while families gather at the table to share common blessings. KOSU will air Giving Thanks with John Birge on Thursday, November 24 from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

A Thanksgiving Celebration with Garrison Keillor

A broadcast of “Gratitude, Gravy & Garrison,” VocalEssence’s celebration of all things Thanksgiving. Keillor performs his signature monologue and contributes comic new lyrics to familiar songs and hymns. Some of the songs in the playlist include “His Eye is on the Sparrow” and “This Little Light of Mine” with Jearlyn Steele and VocalEssence. KOSU will air A Thanksgiving Celebration with Garrison Keillor on Wednesday, November 23 from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


The Promised Land with Majora Carter

From turkey and stuffing to figgy pudding, latkes to black-eyed peas, the holiday season seems to revolve around food. And this fall The Promised Land — public radio’s Peabody Award-winning series about vision and leadership — takes an unexpected tack on the subject. KOSU will air two episodes of The Promised Land in celebration of the Thanksgiving Season. At 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 23, we’ll consider the impact of bees on our holiday tables. Marla Spivak, a University of Minnesota researcher and MacArthur “Genius” will share the secrets she’s beginning to uncover about the lives of bees and how they can become more resistant to modern-day threats. In the second episode that airs Thursday, November 24 at 7:00 p.m., host Majora Carter visits the northern reaches of the New York metropolitan area, where Cheryl Rogowski, a fourth-generation farmer, grows 200 varieties of fruits and vegetables. We’ll hear from people she works with in the many programs she has created — from mentoring migrant farmers to creating low-cost CSAs for senior citizens, from supplying food for soup kitchens to helping with innovative sustainable farming programs in local communities.

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