A Thanksgiving Playlist
A few stories for the kitchen, or the long drive.
Story: Turkeys In Pilgrim Clothing
Episode 328: What I Learned From Television
Sarah Vowell examines what happens when TV takes on a subject it really has no business exploring at all, but seems fairly obsessed with nonetheless: The Pilgrims.
Story: Squashing the Creative Spirit
Episode 311: A Better Mousetrap
Andy Raskin tells a story about the spirit of invention, and the forces that want to stop it...at the dinner table. Any of this sound familiar?
Story: Oily Potter and the Gobble of Fire
Episode: Say Yes to Christmas
Stephanie Foo fell hard for a new holiday tradition – Turkey Fryer PSAs created by fire departments across the country. (Check out Stephanie’s blog post, where you can watch some of the best videos she found.)
In 1995, we ran our first “Poultry Slam,” a play on Chicago’s Poetry Slam, to commemorate the time of year when poultry consumption is highest. It was the first of many over the next 15 years. From why a family calls all poultry “fish” to one woman’s opera about Chicken Little, and many more stories: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2011.
Story: Pilgrim's Progress
Episode 174: Birthdays, Anniversaries, and Milestones
Sarah Vowell takes over the family Thanksgiving dinner by bringing everyone to New York. What results is a series of milestones and family firsts.
Episode 371: Scenes From a Mall
In 2008, we spent several days in a mall in suburban Tennessee, documenting life during the run-up to Christmas.