November 25th Show

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In our first hour, David Isay of StoryCorps commemorates the National Day of Listening. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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National Day of Listening

In our first hour, David Isay of StoryCorps commemorates the National Day of Listening.

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National Day of Listening
For the second year in a row, host Neal Conan and Dave Isay, founder of StoryCorps, co-host a Thanksgiving day broadcast in advance of the National Day of Listening. At a time when so many find differences with family, friends, and neighbors, this year's National Day of Listening promotes civil conversation and understanding. Today, we want to hear your stories that helped you understand other’s perspectives better and helped others better understand you.

Fighting Poverty for Profit
In 2006, Muhammad Yunus was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work lending very small amounts of money to very poor people. Since then, microfinance institutions have popped up all over the world. Some organizations are using investors to make significant profits from this work, drawing criticism from traditional non-profit organizations. Host Neal Conan talks with Vikram Akula, the founder of SKS Microfinance, a for-profit microfinance organization in India, and Grameen Foundation president and CEO Alex Counts, about the pros and cons of fighting poverty for a profit.

Who's Not At Your Table
It's become an annual tradition on Talk of the Nation to take some time on Thanksgiving Day to remember family members, friends and neighbors who won't join us at the dinner table this year.  The son or daughter who can't get away.  A nephew who is serving in Afghanistan.  Perhaps, the favorite aunt who passed away.  Neal Conan talks with listeners about the people missing from their Thanksgiving table today, and how they remember absent friends.

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