44: Poultry Slam 1996

44: Poultry Slam 1996

Nov 29, 1996
In the midst of the five biggest poultry-consumption weeks of the year—the five weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas, when Americans consume one-fourth of all the turkey they eat in a year—This American Life presents stories about turkeys, chickens, ducks, and fowl of all kinds.
  • When Danielle's family serves poultry at their dinner table, no one utters the word "chicken." Instead, it is always called "fish." Danielle explains why with the help of her friend "Duki." (16 minutes)ChildhoodFamilyFood/Drinks/CookingFunnysiblings

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  • Chickenman was a short daily radio show airing from 1966 to 1969, and it was incredibly popular. It started locally on WCFL in Chicago, then proceeded to spread to over 1,500 radio stations. It has been translated into German, into Dutch, into Swedish. It is still on the air even today in several dozen markets, making it one of the longest running radio features anywhere. (8 minutes)Radio

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  • Julie Showalter, who grew up on a turkey farm, tells the story of the night 3,000 turkeys died. (10 minutes)AnimalsChildhoodFamily

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  • Writer David Sedaris tells of the giddiness he felt when he purchased a taxidermy's turkey head— attached to its foot. (2 1/2 minutes)Animals

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  • Michael Stumm on the uses of chickens in South African sangoma (witch doctor) culture. (9 minutes)AnimalsHealth Care/Medicine

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  • We invited Dick Orkin to create a new Chickenman episode for our Poultry Slam. He put a cast together and created the first new episode since 1969.

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