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For those wondering whether it is sinful to drink, even moderately, a scholar goes into the history of alcohol and its distillation to show how early monks and priests contributed to it.
Hundreds of frozen turkeys are lined up waiting to be defrosted, cooked and eaten.
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An economist explains why turkeys defy the economic laws of supply and demand.
Waterfowl – not turkey – would have been the main course.
Winslow Homer, 'Right and Left' (1909), National Gallery of Art
Dishes we consider staples today have little to do with the first feast.
Don’t blame the turkey for those snores coming from the living room!
Remember that story about the molecule found in turkey that makes you drowsy? Research shows it's a myth – tryptophan doesn't cause you to nod off, but it may be connected to cooperation.
Headed for export?
The fate of turkey tails shows how Americans have shifted from eating whole animals to focusing on choice cuts – and the surprising places where unwanted parts end up.
Two Hungry Dudes
Henry VIII's Spanish queen, Catherine, introduced him to them and he is said to have eaten 20 at one sitting. Food for thought this Thanksgiving.
Seek to truly connect with each other at Thanksgiving.
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After such a difficult political experience, empathy is the key not only to feeling connected, but feeling understood – and understanding others.
Jennie A. Brownscombe’s ‘The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth’ (1914).
The Pilgrims were thankful for finally being able to vanquish Thomas Morton and Ferdinando Gorges, who spent years trying to undermine the legal basis for settlements in Massachusetts and beyond.
A time to join with close ones and, perhaps, open a dialogue?
Many are dreading meeting relatives for Thanksgiving after Donald Trump's surprise victory. A student of the cultural divide around climate change offers tips for opening dialogues on politics.
Members and supporters of the Arapaho and Cheyenne Native American tribes, 2014.
AP Photo/Brennan Linsley
A scholar of American Indian studies shares the lesser-known, true story of two men who stood up and spoke out against the murder of American Indians, and how they are celebrated as heroes today.
Shopping by smartphone is taking off.
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Americans' reliance on their smartphones and tablets will drive online shopping revenue to new heights – and could introduce new buying experiences as well.
President Barack Obama pardons National Thanksgiving Turkey Abe.
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The presidential turkey pardoning draws on a language of forgiveness, common to many religious traditions.
Why do we tell stories?
Want to build resilience in children? Tell them family stories of courage.
Low food miles: a farmers market in Pennsylvania.
Food is a big part of everyone's carbon footprint – about the same as electricity use. How can our diet make farming more planet-friendly?
Dutch painter Pieter Claesz’s Still Life with Turkey Pie (1627) features a cooked turkey that’s been placed back inside its original skin, feathers and all.
Most of the flavor combinations and traditions we've come to associate with the holiday date back to the Middle Ages.
What is the history of the Thanksgiving dinner?
Nast, Thomas, 1840-1902, Library of Congress
At a time when America feels divided and families face rifts, the history of Thanksgiving offers lessons in unity, generosity and faith.
What’s missing in the telling of this history?
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American textbooks confine the history of indigenous peoples to a distant past.
Should history textbooks be revised to include Native American voices?
The savory tastes so closely associated with Thanksgiving recall umami, which was ‘discovered’ more than 100 years ago by a Japanese chemist.
When you enjoy the delicious, savory foods of Thanksgiving, you're experiencing umami, the fifth taste, with a little-known history rooted in Japan.
Hungry for more than just the turkey.
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Our panel discusses the benefits of gathering for an annual holiday meal. Traditions and rituals give us a sense of identity and closeness with those we love – and come with mental and physical health benefits too.
This guy’s much in demand.
Economic theory suggests when demand goes up, so does the price, but oddly, it doesn't for turkeys ahead of Thanksgiving.