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Thursday & Friday | Holiday Specials

Stuffed turkey
Stuffed turkey

The Jefferson Exchange team is not immune to the charms of turkey and trimmings. So we take the holiday off, leaving our potential guests free to enjoy the day, and allowing you to enjoy some special programming without missing any of the Exchange. Our programming staff plucked a few gems to fill the JX time slot on Thursday and Friday:

Thursday 8am-9am / 8pm-9pm | Milk Street Radio Thanksgiving Special
We’re celebrating Thanksgiving with friends old and new. Andrea Nguyen shares her family traditions, inspired by the Vietnamese Moon Festival; pie experts Chris Taylor and Paul Arguin put a new spin on classic desserts; Grant Barrett and Martha Barnette give us a language lesson on Thanksgiving Day; Rachael Ray, Maneet Chauhan, Maangchi, David Lebovitz and more chefs, authors and friends recount their Thanksgiving tales of disaster, culinary wisdom and family memories; and Dan Pashman breaks down the pros and cons of hosting a virtual Thanksgiving.

Thursday 9am-10am / 9pm-10pm | A Different Thanksgiving
So many things will be different this year, because of the pandemic. Our celebrations will be smaller, our travel plans limited. We will try to be grateful for what we have, while feeling the pain of all we have lost.
On this special episode of The Pulse, we explore the traditions of Thanksgiving through a scientific lens, and discuss how the coronavirus will impact the holiday. We hear stories about the neuroscience of gratitude — and how it can help us through grief. We find out how the pandemic has impacted our food systems, and what people are doing to stabilize things. Also, a visit to a multi-generational cranberry farm, and a tough decision to cross state lines - not for turkey, but for love.

Friday 8am-10am / 8pm-10pm | Best Of The Best
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.
In the first hour, three of the winning stories from the 20th annual Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition. Host Palace Shaw takes you through a journey that is both familiar to us all, and totally new: three stories of people dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.
In the second hour, the journeys of three individuals who are each working to right wrongs, improve lives, and build a better world for themselves and their communities.

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As FM Network Program Director and Music Director, Eric oversees many aspects of JPR's broadcast day. He still hosts the occasional Open Air or classical music shift, and is the driving force behind JPR Live Sessions - our popular series of live in-studio music performances and conversations.