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WNYC News

Retailers Open Extra Early, Tap Into New Technology to Draw in Customers

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Retailers are tapping in to new technology — specifically, smart phones — to boost holiday sales this season. And some are opening earlier than ever to draw in customers.

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The Takeaway

Giving Thanks for Good Friends and Worthwhile Journeys

Thursday, November 24, 2011

We have a lot to be grateful for this Thanksgiving here at the Takeaway, including loyal listeners and unexpected guests. Among them, a team of five people who helped us see the world through different eyes: Larry Bissonnette, Tracy Thresher, their assistants Pascal Cheng and Harvey Lavoy, and film director Gerry Wurzburg. They talked with us about their documentary, "Wretches and Jabberers."

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The Takeaway

Are You Ready for Some Thanksgiving Football?

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving doesn't just mean turkey and stuffing for many Americans. It means football. The resurgent Detroit Lions play host to the currently undefeated and defending Superbowl champs Green Bay Packers. In Dallas, the Cowboys square off against a very hot Miami Dolphins team led by Reggie Bush. The loser will likely miss the playoffs. The night cap features a true sibling rivalry as head coach Jim Harbaugh takes his NFC West leading 49ers to Baltimore to face his brother and head coach of the AFC North leading Ravens John Harbaugh. Takeaway sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin previews the day's games.

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The Takeaway

Takeaway Listeners Give Thanks

Thursday, November 24, 2011

This Thanksgiving, we want to know what you are thankful for. We speak with two listeners who we have talked to before. Both were hit hard by the recession, and ask them what is worth giving thanks for this year. Cynthia Norton recently found a job as a caregiver after spending months unemployed. Last year at this time, she was sitting in a park with her dog wondering where she would go. She had no home, no income, and felt helpless. This year, Norton will be having dinner with the landlord of her new home. Lyndon Dees is still seriously underemployed.

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WNYC News

Charity Estimates 8.5M Pounds of Food Delivered During Holidays

Thursday, November 24, 2011

The charity group City Harvest expects to deliver more food than ever this holiday season. The organization and other regional food banks may also get some help under a new initiative launched by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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Features

WNYC Listeners Suggest a Cornucopia of Thanksgiving Tips and Recipes

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A low-salt brine for kosher turkeys and a French oyster stuffing recipe are just some of the tips and recipes that came in from WNYC listeners this Thanksgiving.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Thanksgiving Conversation Starters

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

We run through a few stories that might get the conversation going at your Thanksgiving table. We'll hear from three guests...

  • Tom Moran, columnist for The Star-Ledger, on how some NJ execs avoid taxes.
  • Alice Park, reporter for TIME Magazine, on why anxiety is bad for us...but how it may be good.
  • Stephen Dubner, host of Freakonomics, on the nature of momentum in the NFL.

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Open Phones: Your suggestions for topics you plan to bring up at the dinner table.

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Schoolbook

Let's Eat!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

In a city of so many races, religions and ethnic groups, Thanksgiving menus are as varied as the people here. As well they should be! The students at Public School 56 Lewis H. Latimer in Brooklyn enjoyed a traditional pre-Thanksgiving dinner at a school feast on Tuesday, where they expressed their gratitude for a visit from the schools chancellor, Dennis M. Walcott. To all: Happy Thanksgiving. Schoolbook will be back on Monday.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Trending Topics in Psychotherapy: Getting Through Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Licensed clinical psychologist with a private practice in New York City, on the board of advisers of the National Association of Cognitive Behavioral Therapists, and contributing editor to Psychology Today, Dr. Nando Pelusi visits weekly to talk therapy. This week: how to gracefully handle Thanksgiving stress.

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WNYC News

Thanksgiving Travel Underway for Millions

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Undeterred by costlier gas and airfare, millions of Americans set out Wednesday to see friends and family in what is expected to be the nation's busiest Thanksgiving weekend since the financial meltdown more than three years ago.

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The Takeaway

Food Banks Can't Keep Up With Demand

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

It's the day before Thanksgiving and many of us will be spending the day preparing for our holiday feast. But for millions of Americans the tables may be more bare this year. With the economy still weak, and federal and state budgets for charity services cut, many local food banks and food pantries are seeing an increase in demand. But they don't have enough food on their shelves to keep up.

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The Takeaway

A Historical Tour of the Thanksgiving Table

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Holidays are defined by traditions — those we keep and those we break. And nothing could be more traditional than a roast turkey on Thanksgiving. This year, nearly 250 million turkeys will be raised to satisfy American demand. But how traditional is the turkey? The fact is, we don't know. The first Thanksgiving included venison, the Wampanoag people brought plenty. And the colonists shot some wild fowl, but there probably weren't any sweet potatoes, and definitely no cranberry sauce. Thanksgiving didn't become a national holiday until Abraham Lincoln's time, what was traditional when the tradition was new?

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Last Chance Foods

Last Chance Foods: Pie-Eyed for Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito, the owners of Baked in Red Hook, Brooklyn, lend their advice for Thanksgiving pie making. Try their recipe for Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie here.

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Slate Culture Gabfest

Slate, The Culture Gabfest, May Your Descendants Be Stuffed With Naked Mole Rats Edition

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner debate the merits of Alexander Payne’s new movie The Descendants. Next, Daniel Engber joins the podcast to discuss his recent Slate series on the science of labo

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WQXR Features

A Serving of Gratitude from Classical Musicians

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

A few years ago, WQXR asked a number of musicians about who they are grateful for. Responses came from opera singers, clarinetists, composers and others.

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Schoolbook

On Thanksgiving, Stepping Up to the Plate

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Scooping his food with a spork, Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott shared a pre-Thanksgiving meal with the children at Public School 56 Lewis H. Latimer in Brooklyn, and talked about the importance of healthy eating. “It's fun because we can come together and we don’t get to see each other on Thanksgiving,” said Mahagany Young, 9, a fourth grader. “Everyone here is friends and family to us.”

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WNYC News

Rain May Snarl Thanksgiving Commutes

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Wet weather forecast through Wednesday may snarl travel plans for hundreds of thousands of tri-state residents headed out of town for Thanksgiving.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipe Swap, with Melissa Clark

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Melissa Clark, New York Times Dining Section columnist and bestselling cookbook author, chooses her favorite recipes from listener submissions! We'll speak with them about their recipes for Thanksgiving side dishes. Melissa Clark also shares recipes from her new cookbook, Cook This Now: 120 Easy and Delectable Dishes You Can't Wait to Make. It includes stories of feeding her own family and friends, and is filled with recipes for dishes that will become your go-to meals on busy days—roasts, salads, desserts, and more.

See all the recipes submitted to our Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipe Swap.

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Last Chance Foods

Last Chance Foods: Thanksgiving is All About the Sides

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Food writer Deb Perelman talks about her favorite Thanksgiving sides and when to start making them in advance of the holiday. Try her recipe for Swiss Chard and Sweet Potato Gratin here.

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Operavore

The Top 15 Operatic Moments For Which I'm Most Thankful

Monday, November 21, 2011

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, blogger Olivia Giovetti offers up the top fifteen moments in opera for which she gives thanks -- from Pique Dame to Nixon in China.

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