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Playlist: Thanksgiving

Compiled By: PRX Editors

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Curated Playlist

Below are picks chosen by PRX editorial staff. You can see all Thanksgiving radio by using our search.

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Amazon: Behind the Smiles

From Reveal | Part of the Reveal Specials series | 59:00

Shop. Click. And the next day, your purchase is on your doorstep. Amazon has changed the face of shopping, but at a surprisingly high human cost. With Black Friday and Cyber Monday coming soon, we look at what’s behind those smiling packages and expose the dangers of working at Amazon.

We start with an investigation from Reveal’s Will Evans into workplace injuries and safety culture at Amazon warehouses. While Amazon touts its workplaces as safe and efficient, Evans finds that many are much more dangerous than the industry average.

Next, with cities all over the country vying to attract companies such as Amazon, Anjeanette Damon from the podcast “The City” looks at Reno, Nevada, which several years ago persuaded Tesla to build a battery factory there. We meet one of the colorful characters who made it happen.

We end with a story about unforeseen problems created by Tesla’s arrival in Reno. Even though it brought thousands of jobs, it also prompted a housing crisis that’s put thousands of people on the edge of homelessness.

Reveal-square-logo-black_prx_medium_medium_small Shop. Click. And the next day, your purchase is on your doorstep. Amazon has changed the face of shopping, but at a surprisingly high human cost. With Black Friday and Cyber Monday coming soon, we look at what’s behind those smiling packages and expose the dangers of working at Amazon. We start with an investigation from Reveal’s Will Evans into workplace injuries and safety culture at Amazon warehouses. While Amazon touts its workplaces as safe and efficient, Evans finds that many are much more dangerous than the industry average. Next, with cities all over the country vying to attract companies such as Amazon, Anjeanette Damon from the podcast “The City” looks at Reno, Nevada, which several years ago persuaded Tesla to build a battery factory there. We meet one of the colorful characters who made it happen. We end with a story about unforeseen problems created by Tesla’s arrival in Reno. Even though it brought thousands of jobs, it also prompted a housing crisis that’s put thousands of people on the edge of homelessness.

Best of the Best: The 2019 Third Coast Festival Broadcast (Series)

Produced by Third Coast International Audio Festival

The Third Coast International Audio Festival is back with our annual Best of the Best broadcast, featuring the winners of the 2019 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation competition. In this four-part special, host Gwen Macsai presents the top audio stories of the year — and dives deep with some of the producers for a behind-the-scenes look at making beautiful stories in sound.

Most recent piece in this series:

Best of the Best 2019: Hour 4

From Third Coast International Audio Festival | Part of the Best of the Best: The 2019 Third Coast Festival Broadcast series | 59:00

Botb_2019_small Best of the Best is an annual ode to audio storytelling, taking listeners on a journey through the full breadth of what’s possible in stories made from sound.

This hour of the program showcases two of the winning stories from the 19th annual Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition. Host Gwen Macsai introduces the winners of the Best Serialized Story, Best Foreign Language & Directors’ Choice awards, plus a behind-the-scenes interview with producer Zoha Zokaei.

In The Dark, Season Two, produced by lead reporter and host Madeleine Baran, senior producer Samara Freemark, producers Natalie Jablonski and Rehman Tungekar, reporters Parker Yesko and Will Craft, and edited by Catherine Winter for APM Reports.
Winner of the 2019 Best Serialized Story Award
In small town Mississippi, a white prosecutor tried a black man six times for the same crime, a quadruple homicide. For 23 years, Curtis Flowers maintained his innocence on death row. This story is a narrative investigation into the case, which uncovered prosecutorial misconduct, false confessions, an alternate suspect, and a pattern of racial bias. 

Price of Secrecy (Hazineh Razdari)
, produced by Zoha Zokaei and edited by Rob Szeliga.
Winner of the 2019 Best Foreign Language Award
An unexpected turn of events occurs when 15-year-old Tannaz tells the police about being sexually abused by a friend.

No Feeling is Final, written by Honor Eastly, with executive producer Joel Werner, producer Alice Moldovan, writer Graham Panther, and sound engineer Russell Stapleton. Created at ABC Audio Studios under the guidance of managing editor, Kellie Riordan.
Winner of the 2019 Directors’ Choice Award
Usually when we talk about suicide, we encourage people to "just ask for help". But Honor Eastly knows it’s not that simple. She’s been there and back, and now has years of phone recordings and diary entries which form the basis of her podcast.

All of the winning stories from the 2019 TC/RHDF Competition can be heard in their entirety at ThirdCoastFestival.org.

Best of the Best
is a four-part series. Each hour of the program can be aired independently or alongside the rest, and in any order. All four hours of the program are 59’00” in length, with two minute-long breaks at approximately 20 minutes after and before the hour.

This program is made possible with support from the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.

Our Thanksgiving Show

From Christopher Kimball's Milk Street Radio | Part of the Milk Street Specials series | 53:58

This week it’s Thanksgiving Rules: turkey, cranberry sauce and cake versus pie. We chat with Stella Parks about her pumpkin pie secret and a fresh twist on à la mode; Vivian Howard invites us to her kitchen for North Carolina turkey and sides; chefs, authors, listeners and friends share their favorite Thanksgiving memories; Dr. Aaron Carroll talks food safety and stuffing; we make a quick Cranberry and Candied Ginger Buckle; and Adam Gopnik talks the magic of leftovers.

Msl_radio_logo_cobrand_prx_small This week it’s Thanksgiving Rules: turkey, cranberry sauce and cake versus pie. We chat with Stella Parks about her pumpkin pie secret and a fresh twist on à la mode; Vivian Howard invites us to her kitchen for North Carolina turkey and sides; chefs, authors, listeners and friends share their favorite Thanksgiving memories; Dr. Aaron Carroll talks food safety and stuffing; we make a quick Cranberry and Candied Ginger Buckle; and Adam Gopnik talks the magic of leftovers.

Science and Thanksgiving

From WHYY | Part of the The Pulse Specials series | 58:59

Thanksgiving usually means we’re going big — way over the top. Twice the size bird we could possibly eat. More side dishes than the table can hold, and of course, so much pie. We travel great distances to see our families and friends — we hug, we eat, we argue, and we nap. On this special episode of The Pulse, we explore the traditions and rituals of Thanksgiving through a scientific lens. We hear stories about the neuroscience of gratitude — and how it can help us through grief; the environmental impact of our holiday feasts, from cranberries to food waste; and ask whether turkeys are really as dumb as they look.

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Turkeys have a reputation for being big, dumb birds. But are they? And what does it mean for a bird to be smart anyway? Reporter Alan Yu explores.

When neuroscientist and gratitude researcher Glenn Fox lost his mother right before Thanksgiving, he had to put his research to the test. Could expressing gratitude really help him through this difficult time, and improve his mental health?

Much of our Thanksgiving feast ends up in the trash a few weeks after the big day. Jad Sleiman introduces a family that does all their food shopping at grocery store dumpsters, in an effort to fight global food waste. We hear about how this problem affects the environment — and what we can do about it.

Steph Yin visits the New Jersey pine barrens to meet multi-generational families devoted to cranberry farming, to find out what they’re doing to preserve their land for the future.

We chat with Yale GI specialist Earl Campbell about what happens inside of our digestive tract when we overeat.
Thanksgiving is about rituals that connect us to those we love. Reporter Nina Feldman talks about her yearly gathering with friends the night before Thanksgiving – and why it matters so much to all of them. 

Food Fights with Food 52

From Selected Shorts | Part of the Selected Shorts Holiday Specials Fall-Winter 2019 series | 59:00

Guest host Robert Sean Leonard presents some comic food fights: "Breadman," by J. Robert Lennon, performed by Kyle MacLachan; and an excerpt from "Heartburn," by Nora Ephron, performed by Joan Allen.

Food52_small Guest host Robert Sean Leonard presents some comic food fights: "Breadman," by J. Robert Lennon, performed by Kyle MacLachan; and an excerpt from "Heartburn," by Nora Ephron, performed by Joan Allen.

The Songs Of Hearth And Home: A Thanksgiving Special

From WFIU | Part of the Afterglow (Jazz and American Popular Song): Specials series | 59:00

A music special perfect for Thanksgiving. A look at songs from the Great American Songbook about the comforts of home life, performed by Frank Sinatra, Sam Cooke, Norah Jones, and more. Hosted by Mark Chilla.

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An Afterglow special designed just for the Thanksgiving holiday. In the Great American Songbook, there are no real songs for “Thanksgiving.” However, Thanksgiving is usually a time many of us go home, spend time with our families, and maybe gather around the fireplace, with this chilly November weather. And in the Great American Songbook, there is no shortage of songs written about home life. On this episode, we’ll hear some songs of home, including “Back In Your Own Backyard,” “The Nearness Of You,” and “My Blue Heaven,’ sung by June Christy, Frank Sinatra, Norah Jones, and more. Hosted by Mark Chilla.

An Echoes Acoustic Thanksgiving

From Echoes | Part of the Echoes Holiday Programs 2019 series | 01:59:00

Oboist Jill Haley performs music from her acclaimed new album, The Winds of Badlands, inspired by her residency in the Badlands National Park in South Dakota. Working with Grammy-winning guitarist David Cullen and pianist Sue McDevitt, she creates chamber music tone poems to this vast expanse of America. Her live performance centers an Echoes Acoustic Thanksgiving.

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Group Name - Song Name - Album Name

First Half Hour
Tracy Silverman & Thea Suits-Silverman - Simple Gifts - Thanksgiving (v/a)
Miranda Lee Richards - Autumn Sun - Existential Beast
Bruce Cockburn - Bardo Rush - Crowing Ignites
Weyes Blood - Wild Time (Rough Trade Session) - Rough Trade Sessions
Lisa Lynne & Aryeh Frankfurter - Autumn Waltz - Weaving Worlds
Gileah Taylor - Going Home - Songs for Late at Night Vol. 2


Second Half Hour
In Concert: Jill Haley
Jill Haley - Whirlwind (live)  - Winds of the Badlands
Jill Haley - Rustle of Green and Gold (live)  - Winds of the Badlands
Jill Haley - Floor of the Sky  (live)  - Winds of the Badlands
Jill Haley - Silhouettes at Dusk (live)  - Winds of the Badlands
Jill Haley - Prairie Grass Dance (live)  - Winds of the Badlands
 
 
Third Half Hour
David Pritchard - Evanescent - Evanescent
Neko Case/K. D. Lang/Laura Veirs - Behind the Armory - Case/Lang/Veirs
David Darling - Homage to Kindness - Homage to Kindness
Loreena McKennitt - Ages Past  Ages Hence - Lost Souls
Conner Youngblood - Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge - Cheyenne
Michael Gulezian - Orchard Whispering To Winter Sky - Thunder Heaven Light

  
Fourth Half Hour
Ayla Nereo - Wheel of Time - By the Light of the Dark Moon
Nancy Rumbel/David Michael/Benjy Wertheimer - Bobo's Farewell - Confluence
Pentangle - Once I Had A Sweetheart - Basket Of Light
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Suzanne Teng & Gilbert Levy - Autumn Monsoon - Autumn Monsoon
Beth Orton - Last Leaves Of Autumn - Sugaring Season
Sherry Finzer & Darin Mahoney - Amazing Grace - Amazing Grace
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Is Philanthropy Bad for Democracy?

From Philosophy Talk | Part of the Philosophy Talk series | 53:58

What’s the difference between charitable giving from ordinary people and philanthropic giving from the very wealthy?

9780691183497_0_small In a liberal democracy, individuals should have the freedom to give money to charities of their choice. But there’s a difference between charitable giving from ordinary individuals and philanthropic giving from extremely wealthy individuals. Whose interests are served when the wealthy give? Should the state continue to encourage big philanthropy with massive tax breaks for the rich? Or should it focus more on taxing extreme wealth? Is big philanthropy destroying democracy? Josh and Ken take alms from Stanford political scientist Rob Reich, author of Just Giving: Why Philanthropy Is Failing Democracy and How It Can Do Better.


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A Feast for the Ears

From WGUC/ WVXU | 01:56:31

As families come together and give thanks, "A Feast for the Ears" helps set the atmosphere and provide deeper meaning to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Default-piece-image-2 As families come together and give thanks, A Feast for the Ears helps set the atmosphere and provide deeper meaning to the Thanksgiving holiday. A two-hour program, A Feast for the Ears reflects on the rich history and traditions of this well-loved American holiday and highlights music by American composers such as Aaron Copeland, Virgil Thomson, William Billings and Charles Ives, along with some undiscovered treasures by Rick Sowash and Mark O?Connor. Host Mark Perzel presents a melodic and intriguing exploration of Thanksgiving history, lore and roots in early European harvest festivals, as well as a thoughtful examination of the holiday's evolution and contemporary traditions.


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Getaway – Your Holiday Weekend Travel Special

From Charlie Warren | 56:58

Music variety and unusual facts about traveling in the past, present, and future, to accompany your listeners as they journey by plane, train, car, boat, even on foot. For broadcast on or before any heavy travel weekend.

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Hear the The Seldom Scene, Tom Paxton, Barbra Streisand, Christopher Cross, Crystal Gayle, The Front Porch String Band, Kathy Mattea, Simon & Garfunkel, and tons more, including music from TV, movies, and Broadway.

 

Snap Judgment #228: Gratitude

From Snap Judgment | Part of the Snap Judgment hosted by Glynn Washington - Specials series | 53:57

'Tis the season to consider those things that we are most thankful for. And so this week on Snap Judgment we're taking a look back on some of the stories we've done that touch on this theme of gratitude, because we are so thankful.

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Storyteller Joel ben Izzy recalls a conversation he had with an older gent who describes the true beauty of a piece of fruit.

Visit Joel's site for more stories.

Produced by Stephanie Foo



Salted Egg

Thirty years after the tragedy of the Khmer Rouge, a Cambodian Family begins an unlikely search for their missing father.

Produced by Anna Sussman.


Molly
In an amazing performance, Marc Bamuthi Joseph uses his many gifts to transport an entire live audience from San Francisco to the heart of Africa. National Poetry Slam champion, Broadway veteran, GOLDIE award winner, Marc is also an inaugural recipient of the United States Artists Rockefeller Fellowship which annually recognizes 50 of the country's "greatest living artists."


So Embarrassed

For Jeff Greenwald, Tibet was a transcendentalist paradise. The people, the food, and the breathtaking beauty captivated him. And Tibet loved Jeff right back, granting him access to areas no Westerner had ever seen. It was almost like he fit right in.

Almost.

Produced by Roman Mars and Stephanie Foo


The Thanksgiving Foo Mix

Stephanie Foo brings a mashup of thanks.


Just Like Your Father

Tracy never knew her Father. (She never knew that she wanted to...)

Producer: Rita Daniels


Frances Liberty

Frances Liberty was a good Catholic school girl. But that all changed when she decided to serve as a nurse in the army. She served in World War II, Korea, Vietnam and Grenada, and developed a sass that deeply affected many she came into contact with.

Thank you to the Veterans History Project for providing audio for this story. To hear other veterans' stories, go to http://loc.gov/vets. The painting you see above is a portrait of Frances Liberty by J.D. Nelson.

Producer: Natalia Jaeger and Mark Ristich

Massasoit's Peace Pact with the Pilgrims: Peace Talks Radio [59:00/54:00]

From Good Radio Shows, Inc. | Part of the Peace Talks Radio: Weekly Hour Long Episodes series | 59:00

Massasoit was the leader of the Wampanoag Confederacy who negotiated a truce with British settlers of Plymouth Colony that lasted for 40 years in the 1600's, starting shortly after the first Thanksgiving. This time on Peace Talks Radio, conversation with American Indian scholars and a filmmaker who fill in the details of Massasoit's attempt to make peace for his people and with the new strangers. And

Massasoit1_small Massasoit was the leader of the Wampanoag Confederacy when English settlers landed at Plymouth Rock in 1620.  He and his people kept the Pilgrims from starving in the early years of their settlement, attended the first Thanksgiving and forged a peace treaty with the English that lasted 40 years until his death.  We'll talk with American Indian scholars Darius Coombs and Bob Charlesbois who'll fill in the details of this Native American leader's attempt to make peace for his people and with the new strangers.   Also, Native American film director Chris Eyre on his portrayal of Massasoit for the 2009 PBS television series We Shall Remain.

My Life as a Wild Turkey (Hour)

From With Good Reason | Part of the Thanksgiving Specials series | 53:55

World-renowned naturalist Joe Hutto, subject of the Emmy winning BBC documentary "My Life As a Turkey", discusses how he became a wild turkey mother in the hammocks of Florida. Plus: Minnesota Chef Sean Sherman gives us a taste of pre-contact American Indian cuisine. And more….

001-turkey300-300x225_medium_small World-renowned naturalist Joe Hutto , subject of the Emmy winning BBC documentary "My Life As a Turkey", discusses how he became a wild turkey mother in the hammocks of Florida. Plus: Fourth-generation pilot Eric Walden gives a play-by-play of the ninja-like moves of the wild turkey—mid-air.  And: The once-scorned bronze-feathered turkey is making a comeback, with the help of organic, free-range farmers like Paul Kelly. Also: Jay Sullivan sends his students off to Thanksgiving Break with a poem about a young engineer’s ingenuity and of course, a turkey.

Later in the show: With Good Reason takes a look at the indigenous perspective of a Thanksgiving table. Anton Treuer , author of Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask , shares how he and his family give thanks. Plus: Minnesota Chef Sean Sherman gives us a taste of pre-contact American Indian cuisine.

All Mixed Up-Thanksgiving

From Peter Bochan | Part of the All Mixed Up series | 58:19

The Holiday classic: "A Shortcut Back Home" plus music from Charlie Chaplin, Neil Young, the Avett Brothers, Laura Nyro, Ray Davies, Kronos Quartet, and Max Steiner.

Img_0380_small Thanksgiving special featuring the classic holiday mix: "A Shortcut Back Home". with Neil Young, Fats Waller, Vera Ellen, James Stewart, Sam Cooke, Elvis Presley, Bing Crosby, The Kinks, John Travolta, Billie Burke, Bert Lahr, Elvis Costello, Ray Bolger, Judy Garland, W.C. Fields, Carole King, The Beatles, Vivian Leigh, Clark Gables, and much more 

Thanksgiving- Gratitude

From Canadian Broadcasting Corporation | 54:00

Two words: "thank you." They sound simple enough. But there is always more to a topic, phrase, or ritual than one might think.

Margaretvisser_small Margaret Visser, the author of Much Depends on Dinner, is best known for her books about the history, anthropology, and mythology of everyday life. Now she has turned her scholarly eye towards gratitude. The result is a book called The Gift of Thanks: The Roots, Persistence and Paradoxical Meanings of a Social Ritual. It's published by Harper Collins.

Thanksgiving Special - "Earth Eats Thanksgiving"

From WFIU | Part of the Earth Eats: Specials series | 58:57

A one-hour program of planning and preparing a terrific thanksgiving meal, with some very foody musical interludes. Try something new this Thanksgiving!

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Earth Eats Thanksgiving is a 59-minute show about real food and green living, a program of planning and preparing a terrific thanksgiving meal with turkey, other courses, and some vegetarian options. Host Annie Corrigan and renowned chef Daniel Orr indulge in some fine cooking, and some very foody musical interludes with very special friends. Happy Thanksgiving!

Daniel Orr is a celebrated chef and culinary author who has worked at some of the top restaurants in France before running New York's famed La Grenouille.  Originally from Columbus, Indiana, Chef Orr recently returned to his roots and is now the chef/owner of FARMbloomington in Bloomington, Indiana.

Earth Eats is a weekly radio program and podcast from the studios of WFIU Public Media, delivering the freshest news and recipes inspired by local food and sustainable agriculture.  More information at http://eartheats.org.

Full-Time Blues Radio 1341 Thanksgiving Blues

From John Luttrell | Part of the Full-Time Blues Radio series | 59:00

A Turkey Day inspired playlist stuffed with the best in New & Independent Blues Music

Thanksgiving_turkey1_small A lot of folks scratch their heads over the concept of a Thanksgiving themed Blues radio program; but when you boil it down to its essence, it comes down to simply playing songs about food, family, and gratitude - and there is certainly no shortage of songs dealing with those topics.

This week's installment of Full-Time Blues Radio is a cornucopia filled with an abundance of great Blues music that won't make you sleepy after you consume it! The featured selection from inside "Johnny's Mailbox" is the title cut from Freddie Vanderford's album Greasy Greens. The album was released in 2010, but conveniently arrived this week at our studios.

Full-Time Blues Radio is the home for new and independent Blues music. The weekly series is hosted by "Johnny Full-Time" and features new material by today's stars, tomorrow's legends, and self-produced indie artists. In addition, each week we dig inside "Johnny's Mailbox" to spotlight a new album that just arrived in the last seven days.

More information, archived artist interviews, and much more can be found online at http://www.fulltimeblues.com

Five Farms, Episode Four: Harvest

From The Center for Documentary Studies | Part of the Five Farms: Stories from American Farm Families series | 54:00

Autumn is harvest time. That means Iowa corn and soybeans; fruit dried in the California sun; greens, beans, and potatoes; slaughtered hogs and beef trucked to market. It also means Thanksgiving turkeys. Harvest follows the families to the grain elevator, the farmers markets and, in a welcome break from work, the State Fair. It's the time of summing up after the long growing season --- the time to decide whether the gamble of early spring planting season has paid off.

Mainspic_small Autumn is harvest time. That means Iowa corn and soybeans; fruit dried in the California sun; greens, beans, and potatoes; slaughtered hogs and beef trucked to market. It also means Thanksgiving turkeys. Harvest follows the families to the grain elevator, the farmers markets and, in a welcome break from work, the State Fair. It's the time of summing up after the long growing season --- the time to decide whether the gamble of early spring planting season has paid off.

Giving Thanks—or Miigwetch (Hour Long Version)

From With Good Reason | Part of the With Good Reason: Weekly Hour Long Episodes series | 53:57

In this special holiday episode, we're taking a look at the indigenous side of a Thanksgiving table.

Native_american_cuisine_small In this special holiday episode, we're taking a look at the indigenous side of a Thanksgiving table. Minnesota Chef Sean Sherman (the Sioux Chef) gives us a taste of pre-contact American Indian cuisine. We'll also take a look at the complicated history of the most well-known reservation food, fry-bread. And talk with American Indian scholars Anton Treuer and Karenne Wood about their food traditions.

Later in the show: An oldie but goodie from our archives… W ith Good Reason invites you to a traditional Thanksgiving meal, but nearly everything on the table is grown, made, or brewed within 100 miles of our studios in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Harvest Home

From Jay Ungar | 58:56

Festive, thoughtful and fun, HARVEST HOME is an hour of music hosted by renowned folk duo Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, celebrates Thanksgiving, Autumn and the Harvest Season with a spicy offering of American Roots Music simmered to perfection.

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The Harvest Home 2009 radio show is produced and hosted by Jay Ungar and Molly Mason.  This program has become something of a tradition for many stations across the country for the Thanksgiving season.  The songs featured are “hand picked” by Jay and Molly from their vast archive of traditional and historical American recordings from a wide range of artists.  The songs all have a theme of autumn, Thanksgiving, and of course food!  This year’s show features performances by Robert Johnson, Chet Atkins, Vassar Clements, The Duhks, Bill Monroe, Pete Seeger, Robin and Linda Williams, Merle Haggard, Jay & Molly themselves, and others.  All hosted with the “down home” flavor for which the couple are famous.

Jay was born in the Bronx while Molly grew up in Washington State. Their collaborations began with a chance meeting in the late 1970s when Jay and Molly were both performing at a rural New York club.  Since joining forces—both artistically and romantically (the two would marry in 1991)—they have become one of the most celebrated duos on the American acoustic music scene. 

Jay and Molly are possibly best known for their musical contributions to the films of Ken Burns. The high point to date was the selection of Ashokan Farewell as the main theme of the landmark PBS documentary The Civil War. Ashokan Farewell has become an American classic and many artists from a wide variety of musical genres have performed the piece.  Jay and Molly continue today with their musical contributions to the films of Ken Burns and their music is again featured prominently in the recent broadcast of The National Parks on PBS.

Jay and Molly have recorded multiple albums for Angel Records - EMI, RCA Red Seal, and their own Swinging Door label.

On radio and television, Jay and Molly have appeared on CBS Good Morning, The Rosie O'Donnel Show, All Things Considered, A Prairie Home Companion, and the BBC's Transatlantic Sessions. They continue to broadcast their own live-performance radio show, Dancing on the Air, and they have no shortage of future projects.

Has thank you lost its meaning?

From Canadian Broadcasting Corporation | 55:00

We all say "thank you" a lot. We thank people for holding doors open for us. We thank the person who hands us our morning coffee. We thank the cashier when she hands us our change. And real keeners even send thank you notes to people who've given them a present. But if you were to
keep track of now many times a day you say "thank you," how often would you really mean it? So we ask the question: has thank you lost its meaning?

Promo-dnto-sm_small So, let me ask you, how many times have you said "thank you" today? Maybe 10 times or
more?  Has "thank you" become a hollow phrase in our lexicon that's overused and undervalued?  Today on the program, we present an award-winning episode of the CBC Radio program "Definitely Not the Opera" that considers if thank you has lost its meaning.

Living Out Loud - Thanksgiving Special

From Canadian Broadcasting Corporation | 51:58

Stories of 'Thanksgiving' and 'Giving Thanks'.

Thanksgiving_small An array of stories in the spirit of thanksgiving and giving thanks. A refugee thanks his country with a special meal; a son thanks his parents who raised a family of 14; giving and receiving at a foodbank; plus 'love and the peking duck' and the story of canned fruits that came to a sticky end.

The Gift of Thanks

From Canadian Broadcasting Corporation | 54:35

Cultural anthropologist Margaret Visser about her book The Gift of Thanks.

The_gift_of_thanks_small Most of us say "thank you" dozens of times a day, but how often do we really mean it?   And why do we feel so hurt if we're not thanked?
In this week of giving thanks, we present Margaret Visser discussing her book The Gift of Thanks. Visser discusses how and why we're taught to say thanks, how different cultures express thanks, and she offers a brief history of
gratitude. 

Thanksgiving Special-Friends Giving (hour 1)

From D. Grant Smith | Part of the The Appetizer Radio Show series | 59:02

For Thanksgiving week, I have a series of songs from fantastic albums that are all about gathering together in appreciation.

There’s a trend that’s catching on, and I admit to being a little late to the party on this, but the celebration of Friends-Giving is a really cool thing, and a way to communicate thanks to friends outside of the family line. That’s what I want to do this week with you right here. I appreciate the connection you give me and for you spending a little bit of time right here with me each week. So this time I have a collection of some of my favorite albums from the past few years, many of them new releases. Indie singer-songwriters Calexico & Iron & Wine, Samsel and the Skirt, Brandi Carlile, and Andrew Belle on the way plus alternative’s Augustana, Blues Traveler and more.

Friendsgiving-theappetizer_small For Thanksgiving week, I have a series of songs from fantastic albums that are all about gathering together in appreciation. There’s a trend that’s catching on, and I admit to being a little late to the party on this, but the celebration of Friends-Giving is a really cool thing, and a way to communicate thanks to friends outside of the family line. That’s what I want to do this week with you right here. I appreciate the connection you give me and for you spending a little bit of time right here with me each week. So this time I have a collection of some of my favorite albums from the past few years, many of them new releases. Indie singer-songwriters Calexico & Iron & Wine, Samsel and the Skirt, Brandi Carlile, and Andrew Belle on the way plus alternative’s Augustana, Blues Traveler and more.

BEAT LATINO 010: Gracias! ThanksGiving Music.

From Catalina Maria Johnson | Part of the BEAT LATINO series | 58:18

From banda to bachata, and salsa to sevillanas — this special edition of Beat Latino presents songs that give thanks to accompany the holiday. Not your usual pilgrim fare! Rather, songs that include the word "gracias" and celebrate life, love and music.

Picture_11_small Beat Latino, hosted by Catalina Maria Johnson, celebrates in every hour a different facet of the extraordinary diversity of the Latin/Latino musical universe. From banda to bachata, and salsa to sevillanas - this special edition of Beat Latino presents songs that give thanks to accompany the holiday. Not your usual pilgrim fare! Rather, songs that include the word "gracias" and celebrate life, love and music. Broadcasts nicely in November.


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Debts of Gratitude (Thanksgiving Program)

From Canadian Broadcasting Corporation | Part of the CBC Award Winning Radio Programs series | 46:41

A shortened version of the 2010 New York Festivals award winning program 'Debts of Gratitude'. It explores the way we say "thank you" in this culture, and why we sometimes don't say it at all.

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'Debts of Gratitude' is a variety of light hearted conversations and a retelling of experiences about the way we say "Thank You" and why sometimes we don't say it at all.  

Lost opportunities to say thank you. How does an anonymous organ donor ever say thank you to the person who gave them a second chance at life?  When Canadian actor Sandra Oh (Grey's Anatomy) made her thank-you speech at the Golden Globes, who did she struggle to remember?  Also, hear about the etiquette of "thank you" in North America, and how it contrasts with the customs of some folks from Somalia, Iran and Burma. 

Hosted by the CBC's Alan Neal, 'Debts of Gratitude' is a Thanksgiving Program that won silver at the 2010 New York Festivals Radio Program and Promotion Awards.

Thanksgiving Music Special

From Brooke Halpin | 34:16

Thanksgiving Music from the Academy Award Winning Film, Molly's Pilgrim

Molly_s_pilgrim_cover4_small For any of you who might want Thanksgiving music, here's selections from my Molly's Pilgrim CD, based on the soundtrack music I composed for the Academy Award winning film.

I Remember Radio #7: Thanksgiving

From Loyola Productions, Inc. | Part of the Kaleidoscope series | 45:13

Great names and great memories—Thanksgiving with Stan Freberg, Jack Benny, and Eve Arden.

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Kaleidoscope's "I Remember Radio Series": A delightful nostalgic account of the heyday of radio with all the legendary performers, music, drama, commercials, comedy, newsmakers and newscasters, the soaps, the songs, the bands, the kid's shows, the horror and sci-fi programs, the mysteries, the public service presentations.

This 45 minute program features selections from "The Stan Freberg Show," "The Jack Benny Show," and "Our Miss Brooks" for a Golden Age of Radio Thanksgiving.

*See "Timing and Cues" for suggested edits, if any, for call letters, date/series info, etc.

*This program originated on analog tape using non-digital source material. Some tape hiss and record pops should be expected.


Half-Hour (24:00-30:00)

My Life as a Wild Turkey (half hour)

From With Good Reason | Part of the With Good Reason: Weekly Half Hour Long Episodes series | 28:58

All about turkeys: how a naturalist became a wild turkey mother, a pilot gives a play by play of the moves of the wild turkey in flight. And more...

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World-renowned naturalist Joe Hutto, subject of the Emmy winning BBC documentary "My Life As a Turkey", discusses how he became a wild turkey mother in the hammocks of Florida. Plus: Fourth-generation pilot Eric Walden gives a play-by-play of the ninja-like moves of the wild turkey—mid-air.  And: The once-scorned bronze-feathered turkey is making a comeback, with the help of organic, free-range farmers like Paul Kelly. Also: Jay Sullivan sends his students off to Thanksgiving Break with a poem about a young engineer’s ingenuity and of course, a turkey.

Giving Thanks—or Miigwetch (Half Hour Version)

From With Good Reason | Part of the With Good Reason: Weekly Half Hour Long Episodes series | 28:59

In this special holiday episode, we're taking a look at the indigenous side of a Thanksgiving table.

Native_american_cuisine_small In this special holiday episode, we're taking a look at the indigenous side of a Thanksgiving table. Minnesota Chef Sean Sherman (the Sioux Chef) gives us a taste of pre-contact American Indian cuisine. We'll also take a look at the complicated history of the most well-known reservation food, fry-bread. And talk with American Indian scholars Anton Treuer and Karenne Wood about their food traditions.

Adaptation, Survival, Gratitude: a Lumbee Thanksgiving (Gravy Ep. 1)

From Southern Foodways Alliance | Part of the Gravy Podcast series | 24:21

For Thanksgiving, a Native American story… but not the one you’re imagining. No Pilgrims here. For the Lumbee Indians in North Carolina, the holiday meal involves cornbread, collards and a whole lot of pork. The Lumbee food story is a portal to a hybrid Southern-Native history that’s rarely glimpsed outside the tribe.

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At this point, most of us know the Thanksgiving story about the Pilgrims and the Indians happily indulging in a joint feast is a vast oversimplification of what actually happened. 

But how many of us still have an idea of Native people that’s stuck in the past? “People didn’t believe that I was Native because I was from North Carolina,” Lumbee Indian Malinda Maynor Lowery says. “The only thing they learned about Indians in school, maybe, was that we were removed from the Southeast.”

In this first episode of Gravy, meet a tribe of Indians who are very much still in the Southeast– and whose food reflects a distinct hybrid of Southern and Native history. The Lumbee’s story is one that spans centuries, and includes new windows into periods you may think you know– like the Jim Crow era. Plus something you’ll be eager to eat: the collard sandwich.

Massasoit's Peace Pact with the Pilgrims: Peace Talks Radio [29:00]

From Good Radio Shows, Inc. | Part of the Peace Talks Radio: Weekly Half Hour Episodes series | 29:01

Massasoit was the leader of the Wampanoag Confederacy who negotiated a truce with British settlers of Plymouth Colony that lasted for 40 years in the 1600's, starting shortly after the first Thanksgiving. This time on Peace Talks Radio, conversation with American Indian scholars and a filmmaker who fill in the details of this Massasoit's attempt to make peace for his people and with the new strangers.

Massasoit2-asdepictedin-weshallremainon_pbs_small Massasoit was the leader of the Wampanoag Confederacy when English settlers landed at Plymouth Rock in 1620.  He and his people kept the Pilgrims from starving in the early years of their settlement, attended the first Thanksgiving and forged a peace treaty with the English that lasted 40 years until his death.  We'll talk with American Indian scholars Darius Coombs and Bob Charlesbois who'll fill in the details of this Native American leader's attempt to make peace for his people and with the new strangers.   Also, Native American film director Chris Eyre on his portrayal of Massasoit for the 2009 PBS television series We Shall Remain.

This program is also available on PRX in 59:00 and 54:00 lengths.

What's the Word? Literary Feasts

From Modern Language Association | 30:01

In literature, feasts often serve as central events in telling a story.

3layertorte_small Whether you're the host or the guest, whether the table is set for two or twenty, feasts are memorable occasions. They may mark holidays, special events, or simply the celebration of family and friends. This program features three works that focus on feasts. Sarah Webster Goodwin talks about Isak Dinesen's short story "Babette's Feast"; Kari Salkjelsvik explores Laura Esquivel's novel _Like Water for Chocolate_; and Gail Kern Paster talks about Ben Jonson's poem "Inviting a Friend to Supper." Well-suited to Thanksgiving. Fifteen- and thirty-second promos available.

What's the Word? Cookbooks as Literature

From Modern Language Association | 30:02

Cookbooks can be more than just a source of recipes.

3layertorte_small Many of us have our favorite cookbooks, complete with dog-eared, sauce-stained pages. But cookbooks can be more than just a source of recipes; lavishly illustrated cookbooks transport us to faraway places. Classic cookbooks serve as cultural artifacts of their time and place, and cookbooks with stories may engross us as much as novels do. James Buzard takes us back to nineteenth-century England and a Victorian classic, _Mrs. Beeton's Book of Household Management_; Doris Witt talks about early African American cookbooks and Verta Mae Grosvenor's _Vibration Cooking_; and cookbook reviewer Sukey Howard talks about contemporary cookbooks and what they offer in addition to recipes. Well-suited to Thanksgiving. Fifteen- and thirty-second promos available.

I Thank, Therefore I am, I Think

From Canadian Broadcasting Corporation | 29:47

It's almost heresy - on a day like this one - to question the idea of gratitude. But most of us - if we're honest - have an imperfect relationship with the concept and the practice.

Default-piece-image-2 It's Thanksgiving- a time of hospitality and good will- right? But not everyone feels the love- some people just get downright cranky. So, how about a reminder of the things that make you happy.  Frank Faulk presents a piece he calls "I Thank Therefore I Am, I Think."  It's about being grateful in spite of ourselves.


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People Without A Nation

From Charles McGuigan | 09:58

There are eleven tribes of Indians who call Virginia home, among them the Chickahominy. And though they all now enjoy state recognition, the federal government doesn’t believe they exist.

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Thanksgiving: From the Outside Looking In

From Syracuse University Broadcast Journalism | 05:52

Thanksgiving is the favorite holiday for many Americans, but what is it like for those who are from other countries and celebrate it too? This piece gives you a glimpse of how special American Thanksgiving is to foreigners.

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Corn Maze on a Dairy Farm

From Emily Corwin | 07:48

Meet the energetic personality behind a small Connecticut dairy farm, take a tour of a corn maze, and find out what it takes to run a successful small dairy farm in the 21st century.

Cornmaze_small Fort Hill Farms is one of 6 local dairy farms contributing to Connecticut's phenomenally successful Farmer's Cow Milk.  Visit the cows and the corn maze to discover what it takes to sell local milk in an age of corporate agriculture.  

Turkeys

From Hearing Voices | Part of the Scott Carrier stories series | 06:39

From turkey farm to supermarket, the life and death of a turkey.

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All Around Giving

From Salt Institute for Documentary Studies | 05:59

The Trinity Jubilee Center in Lewiston, Maine is located in one of the poorest Neighborhoods in the state. It doubles as a soup kitchen and refugee center.

Giving_small We drop in on Thanksgiving dinner and see the service a soup kitchen can provide to a community on this holiday.

Thanksgiving story

From Holly Kernan | 05:51

A refugee remembers his first Thanksgiving.

Default-piece-image-2 Commentator Andrew Lam remembers his first Thanksgiving in America, when he was a teenage refugee, fleeing war in his native Vietnam.But it was neither American history lessons nor Puritan cuisine that taught him the meaning of the holiday.... (this is a debut piece)

Buffalo Turkey Butt

From Andy Raskin | 07:05

Does it exist? Does it matter?

Buffalowings3bw_small This piece follows a San Francisco panhandler (who is not homeless) on a quest to find an elusive delicacy known as Buffalo Turkey Butt.

* Note: If you have room in your show and you can ID me as follows, much obliged!

"Andy Raskin is the author of the forthcoming memoir, The Ramen King and I : How the Inventor of Instant Noodles Fixed My Love Life. More info at WWW dot Andy Raskin dot com."


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Stephen Kellogg "Thanksgiving" Interview Segment

From Michael Krumper | 16:15

Canned interview segment with singer/songwriter Stephen Kellogg about his song "Thanksgiving" from his recent solo release Blunderstone Rookery.

Stephenkellogg-240_small On June 18, 2013, singer/songwriter Stephen Kellogg released a brand new solo album, Blunderstone Rookery (mixed by Mike Mogis of Bright Eyes). The album debuted on the Billboard Top 200 Chart and was released to great praise.

CMT Edge said, "his memorable melodies keep the music moving while the lyrics pull you into a deeper story" while The Seattle Post Intelligencer chimed, "Anyone who appreciates the singer-songwriter tradition needs to know Stephen Kellogg."

The album was inspired by a challenging year that Kellogg endured in which his grandmother and mother-in-law passed away, his long time backing band The Sixers went on hiatus, his wife (who he met when he was 15) had their fourth daughter, and he had to repair his family's home from the ground up. While it was a tough year, Kellogg didn't let it get the best of him. You can watch his inspirational TED Talk called "I Can't Get No (Job) Satisfaction" HERE.

The album winds down with the ten minute opus "Thanksgiving." You can watch the offical video for the track HERE

This piece is an interview segment with Stephen Kellogg that discusses the track "Thanksgiving" for use at your station. Please note that there is a long version that is 03:52 minutes long and a short version that is 02:23 minutes long. 

For more information, please feel free to contact Joe Sivick: jsivick@missingpiecegroup.com

 

The Moth: Unforgettable Thanksgiving

From The Moth | 04:56

Most Thanksgiving dinner tables are where we hear fun family stories, some involving memorable holiday meals of the past. But for graphic designer and writer Jeffery Rudell, one Thanksgiving in particular stands out in his mind. He told this story at a Moth Story Slam, and it has been featured on The Moth Radio Hour and on All Things Considered.

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Hear more Moth Radio Hour stories and get the shows for broadcast here.

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About Jeffery Rudell
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A graphic designer and writer, Rudell is currently writing a series of books for Sterling Publishing.  He won The Moth's annual Story Slam championship in 2003 and was a featured performer on the National Storytelling Tour in 2007.  He has performed his stories at the New York Public Library, the Long Wharf Theater and The Player's Club, and they can be heard on National Public Radio and the Moth CD's Audience Favorites, Vol 1 and Love Hurts.  Rudell live in New York City with his partner, Albert.

The Return of Fine Cider

From Avishay Artsy | 03:27

On a day when many of the grateful wash down turkey and stuffing with a glass of wine, one New Hampshire farmer hopes we'll try sipping on artisanal cider instead. Hard cider is a New England tradition that dates back to the Founding Fathers, and as falling apple prices leave orchard owners struggling to stay afloat, a cider revival could provide a lifeline to growers.

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Thanksgiving is just over a week away. A day when many of the grateful wash down turkey and stuffing with a glass of wine, or celebrate visits from old friends over a cold beer, or two.

One New Hampshire farmer hopes we’ll try sipping on artisanal cider instead. Hard cider is a New England tradition that dates back to the Founding Fathers, and as falling apple prices leave orchard owners struggling to stay afloat, a cider revival could provide a lifeline to New Hampshire growers.

Producer Avishay Artsy went to taste for himself.

100 Mile Meal: A Homegrown Thanksgiving

From The Environment Report | 04:04

A reporter's attempt to buy all of the ingredients in his Thanksgiving meal from sources within 100 miles, right down to the salt.

Turkeys_small Can you buy turkey and all the trimmings from local farmers and area sources? Why buy something that's been trucked 2000 miles when it's available from sources nearby? Reporter Dustin Dwyer takes a crack at buying local. It's a look at a movement that believes our system of food distribution is unsustainable.

Postcard from The National Cornbread Festival

From Big Shed Audio | 03:00

"Oh, I love it. You can't live without corn bread. And you gotta cook it in that skillet, too! ... Corn bread basically was poor man's food that everybody loved. To this day my favorite meal is pinto beans, corn bread and buttermilk."

Pour a tall glass of buttermilk and come with us to the National Cornbread Festival in South Pittsburg, Tennessee. This short, non-narrated postcard is a whirlwind sonic celebration of Southern food and culture.

Cornbread-sq245_small "Oh, I love it. You can't live without corn bread. And you gotta cook it in that skillet, too! ... Corn bread basically was poor man's food that everybody loved. To this day my favorite meal is pinto beans, corn bread and buttermilk." Pour a tall glass of buttermilk and come with us to the National Cornbread Festival in South Pittsburg, Tennessee. This short, non-narrated postcard is a whirlwind sonic celebration of Southern food and culture.

i thank you God

From William Zukof | 03:43

A song by Elliot Z. Levine based on e.e. cummings' inspiring poem.

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On Being Thankful - for Cancer & for a Cat

From Paul Messing | Part of the For Kindred Spirits (and separate elements) series | 04:39

Cancer survivor and NY Times bestselling author Susan Chernak McElroy recounts two related tales of giving thanks -- one from her cancer recovery, and the other a story from her book "Animals as Teachers and Healers," about a woman, changing circumstances, and her beloved cat Sammy.

Pinecone_small Cancer survivor and NY tImes bestselling author Susan Chernak McElroy recounts two related tales of giving thanks - one from her cancer recovery, and the other a story from her book "Animals as Teachers and Healers," about a woman, changing circumstances, and her beloved cat Sammy. A handy and beautiful filler for this time of year. This is a lifted excerpt from my complete pilot "For Kindred Spirits," also available on PRX.

Home Planet: None So Blind: A Thanksgiving Story

From Spokane Public Radio | 03:39

A plate full of food -- the gift of a Thanksgiving meal -- connects a lonely old woman and the shy little girl next door.

Default-piece-image-0 "Thinking about it now, I understand that at that moment the old woman and I traded places. I was blind to everything but my desire to run away, but for an instant Mrs. Miller could see. Through clouded eye she looked back at other Thanksgivings, long gone. Happy days before she was old and blind, and trapped in a dark house with an angry son."

Home Planet:A Naked Thanksgiving by Cheryl-Anne Millsap

From Spokane Public Radio | 02:45

Talking turkey about the birds and the bees.

Default-piece-image-0 My five year old hopped into the car "What did you do today?" I asked. She couldn't wait to tell me. "We learned that boys are different from girls," she chirped. Looking into the rearview mirror, I could just see the top of her head. "My teacher told us that boys have a thing the girls don't," she added. "Well, yes they do…" I said cautiously...

A Cook's Notebook: Turducken: Three Birds - One Stone

From Ali Berlow | Part of the A Cook's Notebook series | 02:57

A chicken inside of a duck inside of a turkey. Go figure.

Default-piece-image-0 A Cook's Notebook - reflections on food and cooking in our kitchens and in our lives - airs weekly on WAMC Turducken aired on Oct. 23, 2003 on WCAI & WNAN PROMOS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST Accompanying recipes available at www.cooksnotebook.com


Interstitials (Under 2:00)

Can I Have Your Attention

From Sara Brooke Curtis | 02:01

A sonic impression of accentuated actualities revolving around my extended family gathering around the dining room table to listen to my grandfather's Thanksgiving day speech.

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No Turkey, Just Thanksgiving Trimmings

From KSFR | Part of the Equal Time with Martha Burk series | 02:30

Thanksgiving will be just like any other day for millions of U.S. citizens who rely on food stamps. No turkey, just trimmings to the already meager food stamp program.

Podcastphoto_small Both parties want to cut food aid to the poor -- they just differ on how much.  House Republicans want a $40 billion  cut.  Senate Democrats want $4 billion. Whatever they choose, it’ll be on top of the loss these families suffered when a 2009 temporary increase ran out November 1st.

A Moveable Race

From WWNO | Part of the Storyville series | 05:27

Lacar Musgrove reads "A Moveable Race" about a 19th Century bicycle race on Thanksgiving Day in New Orleans.

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Mascot_new_orleans_1891_lady_bicyclist_small Lacar Musgrove reads "A Moveable Race" about a 19th Century bicycle race on Thanksgiving Day in New Orleans.