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November Specials


09:00-11:00 a.m. Splendid Table’s Turkey Confidential is The Splendid Table’s annual Thanksgiving show. Francis Lam takes calls and comes to the rescue of Thanksgiving cooks, kitchen helpers, and inner guests during the biggest cooking day of the year. Join Francis and his kitchen friends as they cure all your turkey woes.

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Feasting with the Great American Songbook
Well, it’s Thanksgiving, a holiday that revolves around family, football, and most importantly, food. So on this Afterglow special, we’re going to chow down on some food-related songs from the Great American Songbook. Ahead this hour, we’ll hear some odes to beans, cornbread, meat, and potatoes by some guys named Louis. Louis Jordan, Louis Armstrong, and Louis Prima, that is. Nat King Cole will also get in on the food-song fun. And we’ll hear a few songs saluting feasting together at home, sung by Kay Starr and Cab Calloway.

12:00-12:21:47 p.m. Alice’s Restaurant
"Alice's Restaurant," also known as the "Alice's Restaurant Massacre", is a satirical talking blues song by singer-songwriter Arlo Guthrie, released as the title track to his 1967 debut album Alice's Restaurant. The song is a deadpan protest against the Vietnam War draft, in the form of a comically exaggerated but essentially true story from Guthrie's own life: he is arrested and convicted of dumping trash illegally, which later leads to him being rejected by the draft board due to his criminal record of littering (and the way he reacted when the induction personnel brought it up). The title refers to a restaurant owned by one of Guthrie's friends, which plays no role in the story aside from being the subject of the chorus.

1:00-2:00 p.m. Alan interview with Arlo Guthrie

2:00 p.m. A New York Minute in History
At 2 p.m. we’ll hear back to back episodes of “A New York Minute in History.” Starting at 2 p.m. co-hosts Devin Lander and Lauren Roberts discuss the “Burned Over District,” and how upstate New York became a “cauldron” of emergent religions and alternative communities during the 19th century. At 2:30 we’ll hear how the state’s historical marker program got started, what happened to it, and how communities can apply for a marker today on “Historical Markers.”


09:00 Reel Music: Americana in Film
On Friday, Nov. 26, WAMC will present “Reel Music: Americana in Film.” Grab some leftover turkey and dressing, and settle in for an hour of themes from movies that capture the essence of small town America: “The Grapes of Wrath,” “East of Eden,” “Meet Me in St. Louis,” “Our Town,” “A River Runs Through It,” “A Christmas Story,” and “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

10:00 Giving Thanks: A Celebration of Fall, Food, & Gratitude One hour version
With music and stories for Thanksgiving, host John Birge creates a thoughtful, contemporary reflection on the meaning of the holiday.
Classical music is the heart and soul of the original Giving Thanks. Between the music, no clichés about pilgrims and pumpkin pies. Instead, it's a contemporary celebration of the spirit of Gratitude. Whether your listeners are early in the kitchen, on the road to a family gathering, or relaxing after the feast, Giving Thanks provides the perfect atmosphere for Thanksgiving: the warmth of great music, and truly memorable words.

11:00 BBC (APM) World Service Special - The Climate Question
We investigate the recent research that has analysed how oil companies - subtly and systematically - have shaped public discourse about climate change over decades. Then, we ask what the world’s least developed nations want from the upcoming Cop26 climate conference.

2:00 p.m. The Dutch And New Netherland | A New York Minute In History
We’ll also celebrate the exploration of our land with A New York Minute in History’s “The Dutch And New Netherland.” Devin Lander and Lauren Roberts detail Henry Hudson’s exploration of what would become the Empire State, and how his journey up the aptly named Hudson River led to the Dutch settlement of New Netherland. Join us as we explore how the Dutch colony differed from its counterparts in New England and Virginia via relative tolerance, a multi-ethnic population and free trade.