252: Poultry Slam 2003

252: Poultry Slam 2003

Nov 28, 2003
During the period of the year with the highest turkey consumption, we bring you an annual This American Life tradition: Stories of turkeys, chickens, geese, ducks, fowl of all kinds, real and imagined, and their mysterious hold over us.
  • Host Ira Glass and his friend Danielle, whose family says they're eating fish when in fact it's turkey or chicken, for an unusual reason. (3 minutes) Food/Drinks/Cooking

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  • The story of a typical American family, and how their family dynamic has re-organized itself around around an imaginary duck, invented in childhood, who somehow stayed alive well into adulthood. (14 minutes) AnimalsFamily

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  • In the 1960s, the adventures of "The Greatest Crimefighter the World Has Ever Known"—Chickenman—were heard on hundreds of radio stations. On today's show, the winged warrior flies again. Full CD sets of the series are now available online and on iTunes. (5 minutes) Radio

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  • Yet another testimony to the power chickens have over our hearts and minds. Jack Hitt reports on an opera about Chicken Little. It's performed with dressed-up styrofoam balls, it's sung in Italian, and it's—no kidding—able to make grown men cry. (14 minutes)AnimalsMusicTheater

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  • Ira accompanies photographer Tamara Staples as she attempts to photograph chickens in the style of high fashion photography. The chickens are not very cooperative. Her photos have been collected in a book, Fairest Fowl: Portraits of Championship Chickens. (15 minutes) Animals

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