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Consider the turkey: Thanksgiving reads

Thanksgiving has had a central place in American life for well over a century — but perhaps not all the way back to 1620. And, at the center of Thanksgiving is, of course, the turkey.


Pardon Me: The Turkey in American Life

Extending a loving gesture towards that larger nature – towards the living turkey and the larger ecology – is a way of reinventing our traditions in a way that remains quintessentially American.


  Just Ask Peter Sagal: How to survive the holidays

In this special Thanksgiving edition of “Just Ask,” Peter Sagal shares some tips on how to survive a holiday family gathering.


Oh, and Happy Evacuation Day

A day, now forgotten, when the British beat their retreat from New York, leaving the new nation to finally get down to the business of becoming its bratty self.


Photo: The perfect turkey

The Broad Breasted Bronze Turkey sends his holiday regards.


Turkey can be climate friendly; spinach, not so much

Though it might seem counterintuitive, turkeys can be climate friendly, while spinach can be as harmful for the planet as beef. In our holiday Climate Desk podcast, we look at how our food choices affect climate change — and vice versa.


An animated Thanksgiving preview

Executive Producer Shelley Lewis gives an animated preview of what’s on this week.


Ask Amy: Craft tips and other advice from comedian Amy Sedaris

Need to Know is taking questions for Amy Sedaris, the comedian and master do-it-yourselfer, about her new book, “Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People.”

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