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Autumn listens from the archive

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We did some foraging in the archive to bring you audio stories about everything from turkey preparation to the changing of the leaves — just in time for Thanksgiving!

Dick Gregory talks with Studs Terkel — The WFMT Studs Terkel Radio Archive
In 1973, Comedian Dick Gregory, author of “Dick Gregory’s Natural Diet for Folks Who Eat: Cookin’ With Mother Nature,” tells Studs Terkel why he became a vegetarian. It all starts with a vision while carving a turkey on Thanksgiving:

“I got to thinking one day, wouldn’t it be funny if turkey’s started eating us? Probably we sound like, when we speak to them, like we’re saying, ‘gobble, gobble.’ ‘Cause the turkey’s probably saying a real hip language, we just don’t know it, you know? And like we have butcher shops, they would have ‘us’ shops … [selling] half a pound of Jewish ears, some Irish nose, and some black lips, right?”


Celebrating Thanksgiving: Stomach Strategy, Leftovers and Lore — Good Food 
“From stomach strategy and leftovers to unique cultural traditions,” KCRW’s Good Food podcast explores all things Thanksgiving.


“To Autumn” by John Keats  — Poets on Poets
Four contemporary poets — Lisa Lewis, Curtis Bauer, Elise Paschen, and Michelle Boisseau — read renditions of John Keats’s classic poem about the different phases of fall.

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run


Thankful For Sound — Everything Sounds
In a special Thanksgiving episode, hosts and guests on the Everything Sounds podcast share why they’re thankful for sounds.


Farm Aid: Saving the Family Farm — Hidden Kitchens
In Hidden Kitchens, The Kitchen Sisters head to the 21st annual Farm Aid benefit concert in Camden, New Jersey. Farm Aid, an annual benefit concert founded by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young, celebrates the American farmer. At the benefit, the brother rock trio Los Lonely Boys describes their epic family Thanksgiving “season:”

Jojo Garza: “We have big traditional meals, huge meals. Our Thanksgiving lasts until Christmas.”
Henry Garza: “We have a turkey cook-off. I cook a turkey, Jojo cooks a turkey, Ringo cooks a turkey.”


Remembering Thanksgivings of yore with Will Durst — KALW Crosscurrents
San Francisco humor writer Will Durst takes us through his nostalgic remembrances of Thanksgivings past:

“Will Durst here to speak about my favorite holiday – Thanksgiving. Food, Family, Friends and Football. Four of the five F’s. I remember the Thanksgivings of yesteryear. The big old family reunion, which I looked forward to, until about five seconds after I hit the front porch, then it all came back … why I left home.”