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WILL - WILL Highlights - November 21, 2014

Giving Thanks: A celebration of fall, food and gratitude

2 pm and 8 pm Thursday, Nov. 27, on WILL-AM: Whether you're in the kitchen or relaxing after the feast, memorable words and great music provide the perfect atmosphere.

fall leaves

With music and stories for Thanksgiving, host John Birge creates a thoughtful, contemporary reflection on the meaning of the holiday. We remember Dr. Maya Angelou, and she shares her Thankgiving blessing and memories. Nikki Giovanni reads food poems from her new book, and recalls the Thanksgiving she got kicked out of college! Also, Simple Gifts from Copland, a Simple Song from Bernstein, and lots of music about fall, food, and gratitude. For listeners in the kitchen, on the road, or relaxing after the feast, Giving Thanks provides the perfect atmosphere for Thanksgiving: the warmth of great music, and truly memorable words.

The show will be repeated at 10 am Friday, Nov. 28.


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Uncovering the heart of Chopin—literally

From NPR: It sounds like something out of a Dan Brown novel. But a secret group of 13 gathered earlier this year to exhume the preserved heart of one of the world's most beloved composers, Frederic Chopin.


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Watch online now: Nina Paley interview

Illinois Pioneers host David Inge talks to the animator and cartoonist who became famous for her feature film "Sita Sings the Blues."

Nina Paley




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Watch online now: Ollie Watts Davis interview

The soprano and U of I voice professor talks wiith Illinois Pioneers host David Inge about her mentors, her work with students and singing as a spiritual act.

Ollie Watts Davis



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The Splendid Table’s Turkey Confidential

10 am-noon Thanksgiving Day on WILL-AM: Live, two-hour call-in program. Help is on the way for Thanksgiving cooks.

Roasted turkey

On Thursday, Nov. 27, help is on the way for Thanksgiving cooks, kitchen helpers and dinner guests on this, the biggest cooking day of the year. Lynne Rossetto Kasper, award-winning host of public radio's national food show The Splendid Table, will be available to answer listener questions throughout the live, two-hour program. Quickly becoming a Thanksgiving morning tradition, past shows have included everything from a cross-country trucker cooking his Thanksgiving dinner on the manifold to a panicked first-time cook who didn't realize a turkey needs to be thawed. Lynne handles all questions with wit, expertise and laughter.

Joining Lynne for the broadcast this year will be:

Lidia Bastianich - Emmy award-winning television host, best-selling cookbook author, and restaurateur.
Carla Hall - chef, cookbook author and co-host of ABC's "The Chew".
Henry Alford - humorist, journalist and author weighing in on etiquette & family dysfunction.
Melissa Clark - New York Times food columnist and cookbook author

Phone lines (800-537-5252) will be open nationwide 10 am to noon central time and the program will be simulcast live on the Web at splendidtable.org. In addition to the open phone lines, The Splendid Table will interact with the audience on Twitter and Facebook.


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