WNPR Thanksgiving Radio Feast

Thanksgiving is a holiday where friends and family gather around – and this year, if they’re sitting in front of a radio, we want to give them something new to enjoy!  Listen for special programming all throughout the day on WNPR. Here are some highlights:
 
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Each year The Third Coast International Audio Festival brings the best new documentaries produced worldwide to the national airwaves in a special two-hour program hosted by award-winning writer, producer and humorist, Gwen Macsai. The featured documentaries, all winners of the 13th annual TC / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition, demonstrate just how powerful radio can be. Innovative and insightful, the stories will engage, provoke, entertain, and transport listeners, proving that all you need to discover new worlds is...a little box and an antenna. In addition to these memorable stories, Best of the Best includes interviews with winning producers Kenny Malone, Alicia Zuckerman, Tim Howard, Linda Lutton and Alex Kotlowitz who give us a glimpse into the art of audio storytelling.
 
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Turkey Confidential is the annual live call-in show from The Splendid Table, designed to bail you out of any last-minute kitchen emergencies and provide a backdrop as you and your family prepare for the big day. We'll be on the air Thanksgiving morning from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST. Our guests this year will be Mario Batali, Pati Jinich, Ted Allen, Alexandra Guarnaschelli and Michael Pollan. To contact us during the show, ask questions on Facebook and Twitter, send us an email, or call (800) 537-5252.
 
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
In this America’s Test Kitchen special, we talk to the experts to investigate the true beginning of Thanksgiving. We’ll be tasting turkey, and we’ll find out what’s hot and what’s not in the world of kitchen gadgets. Then we’ll head into the test kitchen to answer the top ten Thanksgiving day questions from stuffing to brining to perfect piecrust. And of course, we’ll be taking your calls to answer all of your cooking questions.
 
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
All this month, Faith has been bringing you mouth-watering recipes, tips and hints for the holiday. As you get ready to sit down to your feast, we’ll tempt you with more delicious ideas – either for last-minute inspiration, or to file away for next year’s feast! You’ll hear about pumpkin pie with brown sugar walnut topping, Italian butternut squash and brown butter green beans with pecans, and more! Check out all of her recipes at wnpr.org.
 
4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
For the holiday, ATC is giving you two presents! The first, a long-form performance and conversation with Connecticut-born singer and guitarist John Mayer. Then, a Thanksgiving tradition continues with an original short story by Bailey White. Over the years, White's stories have included tales about a rose queen, a telephone man, an ostrich farmer, a wife exacting revenge. and a shy painter who raises a dozen turkeys. We're not sure what's on tap this year, but listen in!
 
And here are some more helpful — or, at least, entertaining — perennial tips for making the most of your day of Thanksgiving from sources we found around the web:
 

How to Carve a Turkey  — video demonstration from Fine Cooking magazine test kitchen manager Jennifer Armentrout.

The Beginners Guide to Football from the NFL. Act like a fan, and maybe you won't have to do the dishes.  

The Truth About Tryptothan. Doctors on Web MD say don't blame the turkey.

Dining Etiquette Guide. Here are reminders like "Never intercept a pass." Do not confuse table manners with the Beginner's Guide to Football. 

Keeping the Peace at the Family Dinner. Everyone will be thankful.

A brief history of the first Thanksgiving - in which the Puritans said their prayers in Hebrew. Appropriate for Thanksgivukkah.