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WILL - WILL Highlights - November 10, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

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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Richard Pryor: Icon

8:30 pm Sunday, Nov. 23, on WILL-TV: He changed the rules of comedy.

Richard Pryor

Richard Pryor: Icon tells the story of the groundbreaking entertainer who changed the rules of comedy.

From his troubled upbringing in the slums of Peoria, Ill., to his brave battle against multiple sclerosis, from performing on the “Ed Sullivan Show” to being banned by the networks, Richard Pryor: Icon examines the roller coaster life and times of this comedic trailblazer. Though he was one of the most successful and influential entertainers of his generation, Pryor wrestled with self-destructive behaviors that threatened his life.

The special explores Pryor’s transformation from a straight-laced comedian to one of the most controversial and thought-provoking acts of his time. After walking off stage during a sold-out Las Vegas show, fed up with being forced to limit his self-expression, Pryor took a two-year sabbatical. He returned to the comedy scene a raw and unfiltered performer — and changed comedy forever. Sex, drugs, race…nothing was off limits.  As he was more honest with himself, and his audience, the laughs grew even bigger.

Pryor opened the door for other comedians to inject social commentary and other once-verboten topics into their humor. The program features interviews with close personal friends and comedians he influenced, including Tracy Morgan and George Lopez.

Watch a preview:

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Return to the Wild: The Chris McCandless Story

8 pm Tuesday, Nov. 25, on WILL-TV: A fresh look at the story of a hiker found dead in an abandoned bus in the Alaskan wilderness.

The abandoned bus in the Alaska wilderness.

Take a fresh look at the enigmatic story of a young American hiker named Chris McCandless, the accomplished son of successful middle class parents, who was found dead in an abandoned bus in the Alaskan wilderness and became the subject of the best-selling Jon Krakauer book and Sean Penn-directed movie Into the Wild. McCandless’ letters, released for the first time, as well as new and surprising interviews, probe the mystery that still lies at the heart of a compelling story that has become part of the American literary canon.

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More Masterpiece coming to PBS in 2015

20 additional hours of Masterpiece to air including Wolf Hall and Grantchester.

James Norton, left, and Robson Green in "Granchester."

Masterpiece and PBS have announced exciting news for fans of British drama: more hours of Masterpiece are coming to PBS stations nationwide. In 2015, viewers can continue to tune in to the series during its longstanding Sunday at 8 pm (central) time slot, and also enjoy at least 20 additional hours of new programming—with some shows at 7 pm, others at 9 pm—throughout the year.

Masterpiece, which is produced by WGBH/Boston and has aired on PBS since 1971, has seen a surge in popularity in recent years. The audience for the 2014 season is up over 100 percent from 2010, and according to a 2014 public television survey, over 70 percent of members cited Masterpiece as their favorite show.

The enlarged Masterpiece footprint kicks off with Grantchester, a six-part mystery premiering Sunday, Jan.18, at 9 pm (central), following new episodes of Downton Abbey. Already a hit in the UK, Grantchester stars James Norton (Happy Valley) as a charismatic young clergyman and Robson Green (Wire in the Blood) as a down-to-earth cop who team up to fight crime in the beautiful hamlet of Grantchester in 1953. Based on the acclaimed mystery novels by James Runcie, the young vicar is styled after Runcie’s late father, who was Archbishop of Canterbury in the 1980s.

On April 5, three-time Tony® Award-winning actor Mark Rylance (Twelfth Night) and Emmy® Award-winner Damian Lewis (Homeland) star as Thomas Cromwell and Henry VIII in Wolf Hall, a highly anticipated adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Booker Prize-winning novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. The six-part series charts the shrewd and brilliant rise of Cromwell in the Tudor court — from a blacksmith's son to Henry VIII's closest advisor.

Other Masterpiece programming scheduled for 2015 includes: The Manners of Downton Abbey, a behind-the-scenes look at the world of Edwardian manners with Alastair Bruce, historical advisor to Downton Abbey; a third series of the popular Mr. Selfridge starring Jeremy Piven; a stunning new adaptation of the 1970s blockbuster Poldark, starring Aidan Turner; and the sumptuous drama Indian Summers, set in the waning years of British colonial rule in 1930s India.

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Talking classical on NPR’s ‘Here & Now’

Hear what pieces WILL-FM's Vic Di Geronimo selected for a classical version of the program's DJ Sessions. Listen to his interview with Jeremy Hobson.

Vic Di Geronimo

WILL-FM's Vic Di Geronimo selected five pieces of music to get people excited about classical music, and then talked about them with NPR's Jeremy Hobson, a former WILL Radio staff member.The interview will be featured on Here & Now's DJ Sessions segment sometime between 12 pm and 2 pm on Tuesday, Oct. 21. Tune in and hear what Vic has to say!

Read Vic's blog.

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