Keeping The Peace During The Holidays; How Teachers Teach Thanksgiving; Hot Takes On Thanksgiving Food

November 21, 2019
 

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Millions of people are getting ready for a big get together with loved ones. We’ll hear from two Illinois psychologists on how to keep the peace, and perhaps, even have a good time. Plus, Thanksgiving is one of America’s oldest holidays. But its history is pretty complicated. So how should we be teaching it in 2019? And, we’ll dive into your opinions about Thanksgiving food. Everything from how to make the best turkey, what pie to serve... and yes, whether cranberry sauce is really a good idea.

Keeping The Peace During The Holidays

You might be in the middle of planning a big family get together whether you’re hosting, or attending as a guest. Maybe you’re going to your childhood home or visiting someone else’s for the first time.

Wherever you are, Thanksgiving dinner can just be... a lot. It’s not just that there are lots of family members all in one place, it’s that on top of that, there’s all the stress and planning that goes into a big family meal.

We had two Illinois psychologists with us to help talk this through.

Jacob Goldsmith is coordinator of the  Emerging Adulthood Program at the Family Institute at Northwestern University. He's also a member of the teaching faculty at the Institute's Marriage and Family Therapy Program, and part of the Psychotherapy Change Project. Julia Madden Bozarth has her own private practice at Elliott Counseling Services in Normal.

How Teachers Teach Thanksgiving

As we’ve been hearing, Thanksgiving is right around the corner. The holiday can be a time to come together, celebrate and enjoy some delicious food.

But, Thanksgiving has a complicated history, especially for people of Native American descent. For many of them, navigating the holiday can mean having to ignore harmful myths and stereotypes about their culture and history. 

We wanted to hear more about that history and how educators today are teaching it to their students.

Patty Loew is a professor at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism. She’s also the director of the Center for Native American and Indigenous Research at Northwestern.

Ashley Wheeler is a first grade teacher in District 111 in Kankakee. 

Samina Hadi-Tabassum is an associate clinical professor for the Erikson Institute. She’s also the director of child life for Erikson.

Hot Takes On Thanksgiving Food

When it comes to the perfect Thanksgiving plate, everyone has opinions. Maybe you have a favorite pie, or side dish that you look forward to all year whether you’ve already planned your menu or are planning on winging it, our next guests have some ideas and tips for you. 

Louisa Chu is host of the podcast Chewing and is a food critic at The Chicago Tribune.

Niki Davis, she writes for The Southern in Carbondale and teaches hospitality and tourism at SIU. She also has a genealogy and food blog called Rooted in Foods.