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Thanksgiving Special 2017
November 17, 2017
Every Thanksgiving, we tell the story of the Puritans, who fled to the New World to freely practice their religion. But what about the people who were already here?  
Jean Leon Gerome Ferris | Wikimedia Commons
Pilgrims and Native Americans, Giving Thanks to Different Gods November 17, 2017
When the Puritans arrived on the shores of Massachusetts in the early 1600s, they brought with them a concept of God totally alien to their new neighbors, the Wampanoag people. For the Puritans, the divine was an all-powerful Father figure. For the Wampanoag, God was a multi-dimensional force of nature, found in the trees, rocks and fields. This Thanksgiving, we explore the faith of the early Native Americans with two guests: a direct descendant of the Wampanoag Nation, and an historian of Native American religious traditions. From 2010. 

Ramona Peters, director of historic preservation for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
Clara Sue Kidwell, former director of the American Indian Center at UNC Chapel Hill and pioneer in the field of Native American studies

The classic depiction of the first Thanksgiving, painted around 1915 by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris. His paintings were often historically inaccurate, and this one was no exception. Among other things, the Wampanoag did not wear feathered war bonnets and would not have been sitting on the ground.
Eric Enstrom | Wikimedia Commons
Bless This Food November 17, 2017
Have you ever seen anyone pray before eating their burger combo? Maybe not. But our guest Adrian Butash says, maybe it would be a good idea. The simple act of giving thanks before a meal is one of the most universal prayers, found all over the world and stretching back thousands of years. So before you polish off your Thanksgiving feast, we thought we’d pause and reflect on this small act of gratitude. From 2013.

Adrian Butash, author of Bless This Food: Ancient and Contemporary Graces from Around the World

The cover of 'Afternoon Tea: Rhymes for Children,' 1880.

Amie Roloson | US Navy
Toxic Charity: The Dark Side of One-Way Giving November 17, 2017
Charity always feels good for the giver - but what about for the receiver? Before you donate that can to a food drive, Bob Lupton wants you to know that handouts can leave people feeling powerless, dependent and degraded. From 2011.

Bob Lupton, author of Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help (And How to Reverse it)