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

Special guest Ada Limon is the new Poet Laureate of the US (and host of APM’s The Slowdown). She joins our Thanksgiving table to read her poems and talk about how poetry amplifies gratitude. We’ll also revisit other US Poets Laureate who have been guests on Giving Thanks, including Billy Collins, Rita Dove, and Ted Kooser).

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. For listeners, whether they're up early in the kitchen, on the road to a family gathering, or relaxing after the feast, Giving Thanks provides the perfect atmosphere for Thanksgiving: the warmth of great music, and truly memorable words.

Stations can choose between two versions of Giving Thanks. The original two-hour version maintains the high proportion of music. The one-hour show is geared towards news and talk formats.


John Birge
John Birge is morning host on Classical Minnesota Public Radio, and host of APM’s Composers Datebook. He created Giving Thanks in 1999, last Thanksgiving it was heard on more than 400 public radio stations.


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Preview audio available: November 1, 2022
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November 3, 2022 - November 27, 2022

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Affiliate stations may carry this program multiple times before November 28, 2022. 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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