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2021 Thanksgiving Specials

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This Thanksgiving day, JPR will once again be serving up a few seasonal specials for your enjoyment.

Classics & News Service
10am-Noon — Giving Thanks
We welcome back John Birge for this year's edition of Giving Thanks. Giving Thanks sounds the way Thanksgiving feels: inviting, warm, and festive. No clichés about pilgrims and pumpkin pies. Instead, it’s a contemporary, thoughtful celebration of spirit of the holiday. Music from Eric Whitacre, Bach, Copland and more complete the scene. Special guests include Stanley Tucci, author of the new book Taste: My Life Through Food, a memoir about food, family, and life. Also, Naomi Shihab Nye shares her poems celebrating her Palestinian-American heritage, and our shared humanity.

Rhythm & News Service
9am-11am -- The Splendid Table's Turkey Confidential
Francis Lam takes calls and comes to the rescue of Thanksgiving cooks, kitchen helpers, and dinner guests during the biggest cooking day of the year. He’ll be joined by David Chang and Priya Krishna, authors of the new book Cook at Home: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Recipes (And Love My Microwave), Pati Jinich of PBS’s award -winning series Pati’s Mexican Table, Kenji Lopez Alt of Serious Eats, and baker Cheryl Day, author of Cheryl Day’s Treasury of Southern Baking.

11am-3pm -- An American Rhythm Thanksgiving
Our celebration of the holiday's bounty returns! Spend your day getting ready for the feast as host Craig Faulkner culls his amazing archives to create four hours of classic and vintage gourmet oldies that celebrate food and the Thanksgiving season!

News & Information Service
8am/8pm: Munk Debate - Capitalism
This episode features New York Times columnist David Brooks, and former head of American Enterprise Institute, Arthur Brooks. They debate European socialist leader Yannis Varoufakis and editor of The Nation magazine, Katrina vanden Heuvel. The pro-capitalism Brooks team argues that whatever its flaws, capitalism has lifted millions out of poverty and is the only economic system that inspires innovation and creativity and remains critical to ensuring the greatest political freedom. Their opponents counter that capitalism is so broken it now poses a threat not just to democracy but to the survival of the planet. They argue that capitalism must be completely reformed into a more humane system.

9am/9pm: Munk Debate - Progress
The debate on progress features British author, journalist Matt Ridley; best-selling author and New Yorker contributor Malcolm Gladwell; Harvard professor and one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World,” Steven Pinker and philosopher, writer and founder of the London-based school called The School of Life, Alain de Botton. Pinker and Ridley argue that humanity reached a turning point in the 20th century with more people living longer healthier lives, eating more, earning more, learning more – especially women. Gladwell and de Botton counter that it is naïve to think we have escaped the inevitable crises that still threaten our survival as a species. They argue that we have barely begun to deal with the greatest collective threat we have ever faced – global warming.

Established in 2008, the Munk Debates brings together acclaimed thinkers around the world to tackle the big questions of our time. Since its launch, the Munk Debates have become the world’s leading debate series focusing on civil and substantive public conversation.