Wyoming Public Radio 2013 Thanksgiving Schedule

(Programs subject to change)

Thursday Nov 28

9am - 12pm: Morning Music Thanksgiving Special - with Grady Kirkpatrick featuring American roots music including Wyoming artists Screen Door Porch, the Alta School Cowboy choir and a Wyoming Story.  We'll also bring you the holiday classic, Alice’s Restaurant by Arlo Guthrie in the 11:00 hr.

Third Coast International Audio Festival
Third Coast International Audio Festival

6 - 8pm: Best of the Best: 2013 Third Coast Festival - The Third Coast International Audio Festival brings the best new documentaries produced worldwide. The featured documentaries are  winners of the 13th annual TC / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition. In addition to these memorable stories, Best of the Best includes interviews with winning producers Kenny Malone, Alicia Zuckerman, Tim Howard, Linda Lutton and Alex Kotlowitz who give us a glimpse into the art of audio storytelling.

Fri Nov 29

The Band
The Band

10am: Singer songwriter Melanie Devaney live on WPR’s Morning Music.

11am: The Band Radio Special with Robbie Robertson - The Band co-founder and songwriter Robbie Robertson sits down with host Mike Etchart for an exclusive, candid, insightful and revealing conversation on the behind-the-scenes history and dynamics of the group, and the inspiration and stories of some of their best known songs, like “The Weight”, “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” and many others that are interspersed throughout the program. Robbie also discusses the original influences of The Band and why their sound continues to influence contemporary groups like The Lumineers and Mumford & Sons.

7pm: Candles Burning Brightly - Join hosts Mindy Ratner and Bill Morelock for a one-hour celebration of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. There's plenty of music from Jewish communities around the world, plus an exploration of holiday traditions, and a special story reading by the incomparable Theodore Bikel.


9am: A Feast for the Ears This two-hour program reflects on the rich history and traditions of this well-loved American holiday and highlights music by American composers such as Aaron Copeland, Virgil Thomson, William Billings and Charles Ives. Host Mark Perzel presents a melodic and intriguing exploration of Thanksgiving history, lore and roots in early European harvest festivals, as well as a thoughtful examination of the holiday's evolution and contemporary traditions.

1pm: Giving Thanks: A Celebration of Fall, Food and Gratitude - With music and stories for Thanksgiving, it”s Giving Thanks. This year features a tribute to Bach, including Simone Dinnerstein; Eric Whitacre’s gorgeous setting of e.e. cumming’s I Thank You God for Most This Amazing Day; and Dawn Upshaw sings Maria Schneider’s breathtaking new setting of Winter Morning Walks by Poet Laureate Ted Kooser, who introduces the poem. Julia Sweeney and Anne Lamott hosts.