2017 Thanksgiving Programming on WBAA

Nov 23, 2015

WBAA is providing music and food for thought to accompany your Thanksgiving Day.

"Giving Thanks" offers a contemporary celebration of gratitude, with classical music and stories of Thanksgiving. This year's special guests include world-famous chef Jacques Pepin and his 13-year-old granddaughter, Shorey, with whom he co-authored his most recent book, "A Grandfather's Lessons" and Francis Lam, new host of The Splendid Table, with his recent, James Beard Award-winning Thanksgiving essay about immigrants. "Giving Thanks" is new for 2017, but continues a tradition shared by stations across the country: a spellbinding story from actor Charles Laughton, giving thanks for art that connects us all to the creative spirit. Thursday from 8 to 10 a.m. on WBAA Classical on 101.3 FM.

Thanksgiving is full of high expectations, a huge menu and a house full of guests – which can make for a stressful day or two in the kitchen. That's why holiday hosts, kitchen helpers and dinner guests alike tune into The Splendid Table's "Turkey Confidential" on the biggest cooking day of the year. This year offers double the fun, with co-hosts Lynne Rossetto Kasper and Francis Lam. They'll tag-team listener calls, and talk about their favorite Thanksgiving dishes and memories with guests Lidia Bastianich, Marcus Samuelsson and Amy Sedaris. This will be Lynne's final "Turkey Confidential," as she retires in December and turns over the reins to Francis in 2018. Thursday from noon to 2 p.m. on WBAA News on 105.9 FM and AM 920.

Join Alison Young and premier men's vocal ensemble Cantus for a conversation about Thanksgiving music and food, and sitting down with those we love and to celebrate the blessings in our lives. Listeners will enjoy a variety of performances by Cantus, including "We Gather Together," "The 23rd Psalm," "Brothers, Sing On!" and "Wanting Memories." Thursday at 2 p.m. on WBAA Classical on 101.3 FM.

Music holds a special meaning. Sometimes it marks a momentous time in one’s life, or recalls a deep-seated emotion that stirs us to our core. And sometimes it changes our lives in a profound way. In the 2017 edition of Giving Thanks to Music, five distinguished creative figures have been invited to choose a favorite composition that illustrates the profound value that classical music has had for them in their lives. As these outstanding people from the worlds of opera, cultural and political journalism, ballet and instrumental and orchestral music reveal their experiences, they and we give thanks for the music that has enriched their and our world. Thursday at 3 p.m. on WBAA Classical on 101.3 FM.

The Science of Gratitude 2017 is a one-hour documentary focusing on the latest information regarding the power (or lack of it) of being thankful. We hear research, expert opinion, and individual stories to illustrate how gratitude often has a large impact on overall happiness. The program covers gratitude in the workplace, in relationships, in health, in child-rearing, etc. Susan Sarandon is your host Friday at 7 p.m. on WBAA News on 105.9 FM and AM 920.

Also, because of the holiday, Ask the Mayor featuring Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton will air next Thursday, November 30 at noon and again at 7 p.m. on WBAA News on 105.9 FM and AM 920.