Giving Thanks shares music and stories that reflect the meaning of gratitude.

Special guests for 2021:

  • Stanley Tucci joins our Thanksgiving table to talk about his new book Taste: My Life Through Food, a memoir about food, family, and life – and his classic foodie films Big Night and Julie & Julia.
  • Naomi Shihab Nye shares her poems celebrating her Palestinian-American heritage, and our shared humanity.

Giving Thanks sounds the way Thanksgiving feels: inviting, warm, and festive. No clichés about pilgrims and pumpkin pies. Instead, it’s a contemporary, thoughtful celebration of spirit of the holiday. Music from Eric Whitacre, Bach, Copland and more complete the scene.

The one-hour version of the show is geared towards News/Talk formats, while Classical music is the heart and soul of the two-hour version, flowing seamlessly with the stories.


John Birge
John Birge is morning host on Classical Minnesota Public Radio, host of APM’s Composers Datebook, and has brought Welcome Christmas! to hundreds of public radio stations since 1998.


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Guest Feature

Stanley Tucci’s Passion Was Acting. Now, It’s Food.
The actor’s new memoir “Taste” explains how a bout with cancer took his passion for ragù and risotto, but also Cuban-Chinese stews and minke whale, to new heights.

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Preview audio available: October 21, 2021
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Broadcast Window

November 4, 2021 - November 30, 2021

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Affiliate stations may carry this program multiple times before November 30, 2021. The program must be carried in its entirety. No excerpting is permitted. Simulcast streaming rights are available for this program. Prior to carrying this program, stations must contact their American Public Media Station Relations Representative.

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