Thanksgiving

Somehow we're squeezing 18 people into our apartment for Thanksgiving this year, a year when too many people are worrying about fraught post-election conversations. My relatives, who luckily are all cut from the same political cloth, range in age from my mother, aged 92, to my 32-year-old nephew (my 17-month-old granddaughter's political leanings are still unfolding.) I love them all, but in a way the one I know best is the middle-aged man across the table whose blue eyes look just like mine:...

Looking for a diversion from divisive political conversation this Thanksgiving? StoryCorps suggests using its smartphone app as part of its Great Thanksgiving Listen project. The project asks middle, high school and college students to record conversations with elders using the app. The app can suggest questions to ask. "We're not asking people on the app to argue about politics," StoryCorps founder Dave Isay recently told NPR's Linda Wertheimer. "It's about talking about who they are, where...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUnv6Kb7syQ President-elect Donald Trump issued a Thanksgiving address on Wednesday evening, calling for the nation to come together after a bruising, bitter campaign. "It is my prayer, that on this Thanksgiving, we begin to heal our divisions and move forward as one country, strengthened by a shared purpose and very, very common resolve," Trump said in the nearly two-minute video posted the night before the holiday. The incoming president acknowledged that the...

I celebrated my first Thanksgiving in 2002. I'd arrived in the United States in August of that year to start graduate school at the University of Missouri, Columbia. A few months later, I was invited to my first Thanksgiving dinner at a house shared by two Indians, one American, two New Zealanders and their sweet black Labrador, named Willow. There was no turkey. The couple from New Zealand — the cooks in the house — were vegan, so they made tofurky and lots of vegetables. It was a delicious...

Heritage breed turkeys are making a comeback. These birds taste more like the turkeys that Native Americans and settlers ate in the 17th century, compared to today's Butterball turkeys. Just 20 years ago, some heritage turkey breeds were nearly extinct. For instance, in 1997 there were fewer than 10 Narragansett breeding birds left. Today, there are more than 2,000, according to a new census from The Livestock Conservancy . "It's impressive," says Richard McCarthy , executive director of Slow...

The annual turkey pardon is a silly tradition, and President Obama knows it. On Wednesday, before pardoning turkeys named Tater and Tot, Obama summed up his feelings about this particular duty. "It is my great privilege — well, it's my privilege — actually, let's just say it's my job to grant them clemency this afternoon," Obama said. Not in attendance for the president's final turkey pardoning ceremony were first daughters Sasha and Malia Obama, who gamely laughed alongside their father last...

After a bitter and divisive presidential election, many are approaching Thanksgiving with trepidation, even hoping to avoid politics entirely. WFSU gets some advice on how to find common ground.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4BiDR4_H-Y Astronauts at the International Space Station are planning to spend Thanksgiving in quite a traditional fashion: There will be a turkey dinner with all the trimmings, good company, and football. In a video taped in orbit, Space Station Commander Shane Kimbrough explains how the crewmates will celebrate the holiday. "It's going to be little bit different for us up here in space, but I'm going to try to make it as much like home as we can," he says....

With the holiday shopping season already underway, internet hackers and scammers are expected to be busy, too. Listen to this story on Redux

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The Florida Department of Health wants to help you make better choices this holiday season as part of its Maintain, Don’t Gain! Holiday Challenge . People typically gain between one and five pounds during the holiday season. But from now through New Year’s Eve, Floridians can sign up to receive emails with menu and activity ideas to get through the festivities without gaining weight. “We promote the fresh from Florida fruits and vegetables,” said Katie Williams, the healthiest weight...

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The bobcat will miss his traditional feast as will the eagle and hawk. All six of the remaining chickens at Cross Creek in North Central Florida are penned up for safety. The chickens are not for eating. Not at Thanksgiving. Not at any time. The little brood is all that’s left after local wildlife helped itself this year to more than a dozen birds at the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park. An early frost also damaged most of the kitchen garden. The park had promised visitors a...

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Mango? How about Key lime? If you want this year's Thanksgiving Day table to include the tastes and aromas that practically scream "Florida," which would you choose? NY Times Food Editor Sam Sifton and his team wanted to see how Thanksgiving dishes varied from state to state across the country. Taking the ingredients they felt best represented each of the 50 states (they included Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico), Sifton and company compiled "The United States of Thanksgiving.” <...

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11/12/14 - Today’s Topical Currents tells the story of a new WLRN Public TV documentary, Journey to the Macy’s Parade . It’s been 86-years since the first Macy’s Parade. In the old days, live animals were featured, rather than helium balloons. NBC first presented a live parade telecast in 1952, and Americans have spent Thanksgiving mornings at New York’s 5 th Avenue. Tune in for Topical Currents Wednesday at 1pm. ...

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You can get a good deal on a lot of items this Black Friday, including a new pet. Broward County’s animal shelter is letting potential adopters name their own price on a dog or cat between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Friday. According to Lisa Mendheim, who is the public education coordinator for the shelter, you really can name any price—even a penny. “We’ll take it,” Mendheim said with a laugh. “We usually have people a little more generous than that. We’ve had people give hundreds of dollars for a...

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11/21/13 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer , Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Cory Vicens , Culinary Director of AllRecipes.com . It's Thanksgiving 101. She gives us tips for a no-fuss Thanksgiving meal, including how to buy, store and cook a turkey, a quick and easy gravy and much more.

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