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Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays. There’s no shopping to do, no pressure to buy people the perfect gift. For me, the last Thursday in November is about being with my favorite people and eating some really good food – usually a lot of really good food.

I hope you’re lucky enough to be with people you love for this holiday. And if you’re not able to see your favorite people this year – or you’ve opted out for…reasons – I hope you find some joy and comfort.

Make plans to tune in for these holiday specials on WFPL. I hope they add a little something extra special to your day, however you celebrate.

Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 25

Noon – 2 p.m.: Turkey Confidential

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Turkey Confidential is The Splendid Table’s annual Thanksgiving Day show.

“Turkey Confidential” is an annual holiday favorite from “The Splendid Table.” Francis Lam takes calls and comes to the rescue of Thanksgiving cooks, kitchen helpers, and dinner guests during the biggest cooking day of the year.

2 – 3 p.m.: Milk Street Radio’s Thanksgiving Special

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Celebrate Thanksgiving with “Milk Street Radio” and  friends. Cheryl Day joins us to answer your holiday baking questions, Sam Fore cooks Thanksgiving with a Sri Lankan take, J. Kenji López-Alt shares why he eats lobster for Thanksgiving, Dan Pashman tells how to eat pie the right way, and we learn to make yogurt-roasted carrots with warm spices.

6 – 7 p.m.: Giving Thanks

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“Giving Thanks” sounds the way Thanksgiving feels: inviting, warm, and festive. No clichés about pilgrims and pumpkin pies. Instead, it’s a contemporary, thoughtful celebration of spirit of the holiday. Join us for music and stories that reflect the meaning of gratitude.

This year’s special guests:

  • Stanley Tucci joins our Thanksgiving table to talk about his new book “Taste: My Life Through Food,” a memoir about food, family, and life – and his classic foodie films “Big Night” and “Julie & Julia.”
  • Naomi Shihab Nye shares her poems celebrating her Palestinian-American heritage, and our shared humanity.
Jonese Franklin is the WFPL Program Director and host of WFPL's All Things Considered.