Commentator Peter Smith says the holidays can be a dangerous time for him because of his mother-in-law's fondness for ancient ingredients in her cooking.7:25 a.m.
Dominic Papatola's Thanksgiving commentary
Arts commentator Dominic Papatola says for most creative people this is not the most joyous of Thanksgiving Days because of the strikes by Broadway stagehands and Hollywood screenwriters.8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Olive Oil Season: A West Bank Kitchen Story
Every year, Palestinians from towns and villages across the West Bank bring their ladders and tarps to local olive groves. Olive oil season is the center of local history and culture — and at the heart of the economy.
A Down-Home Thanksgiving on the Kimball Farm
Chris Kimball, host of the TV show America's Test Kitchen, shares an old-fashioned Thanksgiving from his family farm in rural Vermont. He grew up nearby, where he learned to cook and do almost everything needed for this country feast.
Pakistan Court Allows Musharraf's Re-Election
Pakistan's Supreme Court has dismissed a final challenge to President Gen. Pervez Musharraf's re-election for another five-year term. The Supreme Court is filled with judges hand-picked by Musharraf. The president has also promised to resign as Pakistan's military chief and hold elections on Jan. 8.
Expert: Diplomacy Better Than Force
More diplomacy and less brute force might help the U.S. get its way more often. Joseph Nye, professor of International Relations at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government says that the United States should abandon the notion of a "war on terror" as the defining principle.
Huckabee Attacked for Tax Record
Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee's strong showing in recent public opinion polls in Iowa brings out new foes. The Club for Growth, an anti-tax group, is telling anyone who will listen about tax hikes that Huckabee supported as governor of Arkansas.
Ski Buffs Search for First Snow
Ski enthusiasts in the Northeast start searching for that first taste of real winter. Cross-country skiers in New York's Adirondack Mountains found just enough snow on the old toll road trail on Whiteface Mountain.
FEMA Response to Wildfires Helps Restore Image
The Federal Emergency Management Agency gets generally good marks from residents of southern California in the aftermath of recent wildfires. Even before the flames were out in San Diego County, FEMA public information officers were everywhere — handing out cards with the agency's 800 telephone number and encouraging victims to call.
Farmers Fear Cranberry Shortage
Cranberry growers are predicting there won't be enough fresh cranberries for the holiday season. That's due to a dry summer and worldwide demand. There will be plenty of canned cranberries and juice — the majority of the business. But when it comes to fresh berries the growers are cautious.
Dollar's Freefall May Shift Power
The U.S. dollar is in freefall after four decades of dominance. It hit an all-time low against the euro, and reached parity with the Canadian dollar for the first time in more than 30 years. Some analysts think this portends a major shift of economic and political power in the world.
Infomercials Offer Gift Ideas
Shoppers who need gift ideas and ways to save money may find hope from TV infomercials. Ron Popeil, the king of the infomericals and catchphrases for every gadget, has already sold more than $1 billion worth of rotisserie ovens. His latest kitchen must-have is a turkey deep fryer.