Special Programs
3:30 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Celebrate Thanksgiving With Special Holiday Programs on WKU Public Radio

The Splendid Table's Turkey Confidential 2014 (Thanksgiving Day at 10am C.T./11am E.T.)  Help is on the way for cooks, kitchen helpers and dinner guests on this, the biggest cooking day of the year. Lynne Rossetto Kasper, award-winning host of public radio's national food show The Splendid Table, will be available to answer listener questions throughout the live, two-hour program. More from the show's website.

A Shaker Tradition (Thanksgiving Day at noon C.T./1 p.m. E.T.) Kevin Willis hosts this program of instrumental and vocal arrangements of Shaker hymns and dance tunes. Included are vocal performances by the South Union Shaker Quartet, and instrumental arrangements by musicians William Coulter and Barry Phillips. In addition to the music, the program features comments by Tommy Hines, director of the Shaker Museum at South Union, Kentucky, and an interview with musician Barry Philips.

Giving Thanks 2014:  A Celebration of Fall, Food, and Gratitude  (Thanksgiving Day at 1 p.m. C.T., 2 pm E.T.) With music and stories for Thanksgiving, host John Birge creates a thoughtful, contemporary reflection on the meaning of the holiday.

New for 2014, two great poets join us at the table.

We remember Dr. Maya Angelou, and she shares her Thanksgiving blessing and memories. Nikki Giovanni reads food poems from her new book, and recalls the Thanksgiving she got kicked out of college.

Garrison Keillor reads "Minnesota Thanksgiving" by John Berryman, and to celebrate another poet with a centenary in 2014, Dylan Thomas reads his poem of praise "Fern Hill."

Also, Simple Gifts from Copland, a Simple Song from Bernstein, and lots of music about fall, food, and gratitude. For listeners in the kitchen, on the road, or relaxing after the feast, Giving Thanks provides the perfect atmosphere for Thanksgiving: the warmth of great music, and truly memorable words.

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