Giving Thanks: A Celebration of Fall, Food and Gratitude The 2013 edition of "Giving Thanks," by Classical MPR host John Birge. From John Birge: "Gratitude. It's the signature of every Giving Thanks. I love Thanksgiving because it's universal. No matter what your religion -- even if you have no religion -- you still have this spiritual desire to give thanks, to feel gratitude for the gifts in life that you didn't earn, but were given to you."12:00 p.m.