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Madison, Wis. – Join Wisconsin Public Radio Thanksgiving Day for an audio feast of heart-warming stories, music and, of course, expert advice on preparing your holiday meal.

The celebration starts at 6 a.m. on The Ideas Network as John Birge hosts “Giving Thanks: A Celebration of Fall, Food & Gratitude,” with classical music and stories of Thanksgiving. At 7 a.m. theologian Frank Rogers, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Rev. Betty Stookey and legendary folksinger Noel Paul Stookey explore the impact of compassion on “Humankind Evergreen.” Discover why kids are so fascinated with cooking at 9 a.m. with “Brains On! The Science of Cooking.” The “Brains On!” team breaks down the four elements essential to cooking with kids. At 11 a.m. join Francis Lam and his guests as they share stories and help Thanksgiving cooks, kitchen helpers, and dinner guests alike on the biggest cooking day of the year on “The Splendid Table’s Turkey Confidential.” Enjoy a conversation about the art of appreciation with Larry Meiller and his guests at noon. Some of the most outstanding radio documentaries of the year round out special programming on The Ideas Network on “The Best of The Best: The 2018 Third Coast Festival Broadcast” at 1 p.m.

The NPR News & Classical Music Network begins its Thanksgiving Day programming with highlights from the Wisconsin School Music Association Honors Concerts at 10 a.m. These performances showcase students from across the state. At 1 p.m. John Birge hosts “Giving Thanks: A Celebration of Fall, Food & Gratitude.”

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