'It was common practice to celebrate Thanksgiving when good things happened. It was a miracle that they survived.’ — Professor Bernard Bailyn (Nov. 18, 2013, ‘America’s Deadly Early Days’)
Tune in Thanksgiving Day for POV: Listening Is an Act of Love, featuring animated stories from 10 years of StoryCorps!
Tomorrow we’ve got Jack Bishop and Bridget Lancaster of America’s Test Kitchen here to give you cooking tips on turkey, stuffing, potatoes, pies (and more) for Thanksgiving!
We’ll shimmy for that.
This is today and this is the best.
To say I’m a little excited about the Thanksgiving comet that’s being called “the comet of the century” would be a gross understatement.
Just to mess with people. I told them that on the West Coast we have another peculiar tradition of removing your top and giving it to the person on your left to wear during the meal. It was hilarious, people bought it, including some of the East Coast Americans! We all removed our tops, and the men in women’s tops made the meal a constant state of laughter. We still do this each year, as there are always newbies with us.
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.
Whether you’re having turkey, turducken, tofurkey or fish tacos, Thanksgiving is about family, food and the soul-deadening stress of logistics. So here’s a mix designed to help you keep your mind on the bonding-fueled feast that justifies it all.
Illustration: Paulo Lopez/NPR
LBJ looks like he’s eying a wing.
Good Eating Mr. President
Annual Thanksgiving Turkey presentation at the White House. Representatives from the poultry industry and farm organizations present a turkey to President Lyndon B. Johnson. November 16, 1967.
-from the LBJ Library
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