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When Thanksgiving Was Weird

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Circa 1900, Americans wore gaudy costumes and bizarre masks, and some roved the streets begging for candy and treats — on Thanksgiving Day.

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BackStory

Native Camp

Saturday, November 22, 2014

With the American History Guys

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Brian Lehrer Weekend: Gay Talese; Nobel Peace Prize Winner Leymah Gbowee; Anne Lamott

Friday, November 21, 2014

Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them: Gay Talese on the Verrazano's 50th; Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee; and author Anne Lamott.
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The 3-Bird Turducken Has Nothing On This 17-Bird Royal Roast

Friday, November 21, 2014

The Frenchman who was the world's first restaurant critic launched the world's first serial food journal in 1803. To wow readers, he offered a recipe for rôti sans pareil, the roast without equal.

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

The 20-Minute Macbeth

Friday, November 21, 2014

WNYC
Come on Macduff, let's play rough! Brother Blue retells Shakespeare's Macbeth as "Max's Blues" using the idioms and language of the street.
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Transportation Nation

Marking the 50th Anniversary of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge By Remembering a Different, Better SI

Friday, November 21, 2014

WNYC
The bridge triggered a doubling of the borough's population in only 50 years, prompting laments for the loss of a quieter way of life.
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On The Media

Cosby Coverage

Friday, November 21, 2014

Bob talks with The Atlantic's Ta-Nehisi Coates about a 2008 magazine piece he wrote about Bill Cosby. 

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: A Changing America, a Brewing Revolution, and Fighting Rape Culture

Friday, November 21, 2014

The Takeaway looks at President Obama's action on immigration, a look at the violent protests in Mexico, and the allegations of sexual assault facing comedian Bill Cosby. 

The Brian Lehrer Show

Immigration Changes; Navy Yard Upgrade; and Subway Manners

Friday, November 21, 2014

Major immigration changes; Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen; a look at why drivers are rarely found to be at fault when they hit pedestrians; subway manners; and stories of the GM building.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Who Still Smokes

Thursday, November 20, 2014

While 18 to 20 percent of Americans still smoke, a professor of public health says it's considered embarrassing among more educated people, and the majority of smokers are lower income.

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Fishko Files

Peter and the Wolf

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Millions of children listened to Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, which used the instruments of the orchestra to evoke its characters and action

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Mayor of London Geeks Out About Churchill

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The world does need another book about Winston Churchill. Boris Johnson explains why the British Bulldog continues to enthrall us -- and why he'd like to be an elephant seal.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Sex, Violence, Espionage and Drama in Istanbul

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Charles King tells the story of how Istanbul entered the modern world and reshaped the meaning of cosmopolitanism.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

London Mayor Boris Johnson; Winners & Legends

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

2011 Nobel Peace Prize Winner Leymah Gbowee; London Mayor Boris Johnson; Sportscaster Al Michaels; and the author Anne Lamott on small moments of grace.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Protecting Journalists, Documenting Lives in the Bronx

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Threats against journalists around the world. How Istanbul became a modern, cosmopolitan city. Stephen Shames' Bronx Boys. Word Maven Patricia T. O’Conner.

Ex-Georgia Gov. Carl Sanders, Racial Moderate In A Split South, Dies

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Sanders, who was thought of as a leader of the "New South," helped bring more racial integration to Georgia in the 1960s. He died in Atlanta on Sunday.

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Who Won The Civil War? Tough Question

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

When it comes to on-the-spot answers to simple historical and political questions, some people don't have a clue.

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The Takeaway

150 Years Later, Atlanta Challenges Civil War 'Myth'

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Exactly 150 years after Civil War General William T. Sherman marched from Atlanta to Savannah with some 60,000 troops, some are arguing that history got it wrong. 

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Morning Edition

Numbers Dwindle Of Living Children Of Civil War Veterans

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

We meet two people who have lived long lives — plus their fathers served in the Civil War. Iris Jordan and Fred Upham spoke with National Geographic News for a story published online last week.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Debunking a Civil War Myth, a Famous Literary Character, and Fighting Ebola With Celebrities & Christmas

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Takeaway explores Gen. Sherman's historic march, novelist Richard Ford discusses his new book, and we look at the remake of a hit 1980s charity album.