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

Giving Thanks celebrates its 25th year on public radio! This year’s show presents the best moments of a quarter century of great guests:

  • Foodies: Stanley Tucci, Nigella Lawson, Jacques Pepin, Calvin Trillin
  • Writers: Anne Lamott, Adam Gopnik, Julia Sweeney, Anna Quindlen, Deepak Chopra
  • Poets: Billy Collins, Rita Dove, Nikki Giovanni, Ada Limon. And classic poems read by Patrick Stewart, Bill Moyers, Studs Terkel
  • Musicians: Michael Tilson Thomas, John Rutter, Sir Stephen Hough
  • In Memoriam: John Updike, Wendy Wasserstein, Nora Ephron, Rabbi Harold Kushner

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 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 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 nearly 350 public radio stations.


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November 3, 2023 - November 27, 2023

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Affiliate stations may carry this program multiple times before November 28, 2023. 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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