Today's Talk of the Nation focuses on Thanksgiving — who you celebrate with, who you miss, and of course, food.
Which Former Teacher Would You Thank?
In 2008, the oral history project StoryCorps started the National Day of Listening, a day when Americans are encouraged to record an interview with a loved one the day after Thanksgiving. This year, StoryCorps is asking everyone to take a few minutes to thank a favorite teacher — with a tweet, a Facebook post, a call, a card or a face-to-face interview. Guest host John Donvan calls his ninth grade biology teacher to offer thanks, and talks with Dave Isay, the founder of StoryCorps and the National Day of Listening about the project and the importance of appreciating teachers.
'The Meaning Of Food'
Food often serves as a lens into understanding who we are, and a reflection of our values. But what goes on the table has never mattered as much to our lives as what goes on around the table, argues Adam Gopnik, a staff writer for The New Yorker. In a new book, he traces 200 years of culinary and gastronomic history to reveal where restaurants began, how our relationship with food and cooking evolved, and what that tells us about who we are and how we live. Guest host John Donvan talks with Gopnik about his new book, The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food.
Who's Not At Your Table Today?
It's become an annual tradition on Talk of the Nation to take some time on Thanksgiving Day to remember the family and friends and neighbors who won't be able to 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. Or a parent who's just stuck in traffic, or at the airport. Guest host John Donvan talks with listeners about the people missing from their Thanksgiving table today, and how they remember absent family and friends.