Thanksgiving Programming on NHPR

Nov 20, 2018

On a day for family, friends and feasting, NHPR is your perfect Thanksgiving holiday soundtrack.

Programs that celebrate the spirit of gratitude, the culinary arts, and the magic of storytelling will be on offer throughout the day. Here’s the banquet of public radio highlights to be heard:

9 to 10 a.m. The Science of Gratitude

First airing on NHPR in 2015, The Science of Gratitude continues to be an NHPR Thanksgiving morning tradition. The Science of Gratitude is a one-hour special narrated by Academy Award®-winning actress Susan Sarandon and distributed by Public Radio International.  The program blends scientific research with personal stories – focusing on how gratitude can drive individual satisfaction, positive relationships, and even influence your health.

Giving thanks goes beyond one day, one holiday. How do you cultivate more gratitude in your life? With your family and children? In the workplace? In your community? Explore these questions during this reflective hour.

12-2 p.m. Giving Thanks

Former U.S. and New Hampshire Poet Laureate Donald Hall – who passed away in June – is given a special remembrance as part of this contemporary celebration of gratitude. This all-new 2018 edition offers classical music and stories of Thanksgiving. Host John Birge will be joined by special guest John Rutter with a world premiere of his latest choral work, and conductor Nic McGegan. “Giving Thanks” will also celebrate the Feast Day of St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music.

2 – 3 p.m.  Brains On! The Science of Cooking

Take a break from your own kitchen by examining the science of cooking through this award-winning audio show for kids and families. Hosts Molly Bloom and Nantene Ba are joined by the America’s Test Kitchen Kids to break down four essential elements of the culinary arts: Mixing, Chopping, Heating and Chilling. With special guest Francis Lam, Host of The Splendid Table.

3 – 4 p.m.  Milk Street Radio

Questions about turkey preparation and cornstarch are answered in this culinary-related hour that celebrates the culture of food and cooking and the people who grow, produce and create the food we eat. Also in the episode: meet the YouTube star who creates recipes from classic movie and TV shows, and learn more about foods from the Islamic world.

In the evening –

7 to 8 p.m.  Every Good Thing

From American Public Media, host Elena See and classical music fans from around the country take time, give thanks, and share stories about their favorite classical music pieces.

8 to 10 p.m.  Best of the Best: The 2018 Third Coast Festival Broadcast

Feast your ears on the top audio stories of the year. The Third Coast International Audio Festival is an annual and on-going celebration of the best documentary and feature work being made worldwide for radio and the Internet. In this annual broadcast, the Best of the Best broadcast features the winners of the 2018 documentary competition. Hosted by award-winning writer and producer Gwen Macsai.