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WKSU Presents Special Programming on Thanksgiving
Natalie MacMaster Celebrates with The Cleveland Orchestra
Thanksgiving from the 'Quick Bites' Archive
A WKSU Member Discount for 'A Christmas Carol'
Request Passes for 'Santa Claus'
Jimmy Haslam Speaks at the Akron Roundtable
The Ancient Art Of Cheese-Making Attracts Scientific Gawkers
New MLB Rule Cuts Home Plate Crashes, But Not Catcher Concussions
How Animals Hacked The Rainbow
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This Issue's Features

 WKSU Presents Special Programming on Thanksgiving

Next Thursday (11/27), WKSU steps away from some of its regular programming to help you celebrate Thanksgiving. As you are prepping food for the big meal or loading the car for a drive to join family or friends, turn to WKSU for inspiration and a little fun.

Thanksgiving begins as usual with Morning Edition and The Takeaway. At 10 a.m., host John Birge presents Giving Thanks, music and stories for Thanksgiving that offer a thoughtful, contemporary reflection on the meaning of the holiday. Contributors include Nikki Giovanni, Garrison Keillor and the late Maya Angelou.

At 11 a.m., enjoy two hours of the holiday tradition, Turkey Confidential with Lynne Rosetto Kasper from The Splendid Table, who will be answering questions live about preparing the big meal. Special holiday programming concludes from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. with a compilation of the very best from the 2014 Third Coast Festival, a competition honoring audio storytelling and documentary journalism.

After dinner at 8 p.m., hear Browns owner Jimmy Haslam speak from the Akron Roundtable. See the complete Thanksgiving line-up at

 Natalie MacMaster Celebrates with The Cleveland Orchestra

Celebrate Christmas in Cape Breton when fiddler Natalie MacMaster joins The Cleveland Orchestra under the direction of Brett Mitchell for an evening of high-spirited holiday music with a Celtic flair. MacMaster is a folk fan favorite and her fiddling fireworks have earned her a large fanbase that crosses demographics. Enjoy a program of energetic seasonal fare that's perfect for the entire family on Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m. as part of The Cleveland Orchestra's 2014 Holiday Festival. Learn more online at

 Thanksgiving from the 'Quick Bites' Archive

Thanksgiving is about family and counting blessings. And, of course, food! Since she started her weekly Quick Bites segment, Vivian Goodman has brought listeners stories that help make the holidays better. Last week, Vivian introduced a mead maker from Mogadore. Vivian revisits a story this week that promotes the benefits of brining a turkey before the bird goes in the oven. A year ago, she even offered tips on using up Thanksgiving leftovers. Hear more of Vivian's tales of food, farming and eating each Friday during Here and Now and All Things Considered.

 A WKSU Member Discount for 'A Christmas Carol'

Start the holiday season with a Northeast Ohio tradition as Ebenezer Scrooge steps onto the Ohio Theater stage as Great Lakes Theater's production of A Christmas Carol returns to PlayhouseSquare. Adapted from the book by Charles Dickens and set in Victorian England, a miserly man is taught the true meaning of humanity when he is visited by three spirits on Christmas Eve.

WKSU members can use the code PR4 when ordering and purchase half-priced "A" level tickets for the November 29 performance or use the code ksu to receive a $10 discount for "A" level tickets for the remainder of the run of A Christmas Carol, which continues through Dec. 23.

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 Request Passes for 'Santa Claus'

The MST3000 guys bring the magical wonderland known as K. Gordon Murray's Santa Claus to select cinemas nationwide for the ultimate holiday riff LIVE on Thursday, Dec. 4 at 8 p.m. Get your magic eye ready as Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbet present a jolly ol' riff that will keep you laughing all holiday season long!

To request two passes to Rifftrax Live: Santa Claus on Thursday, Dec. 4 at 8 p.m. in area theatres, send an email with your name and mailing address to with "SANTA" in the subject line. Please request a specific theatre and include your mailing address in your email! Passes are available to the following theatres: Montrose Movies, Severance Stadium 14, Hudson Cinema. All requests must be made before noon on Nov. 25. See the trailer at

 Jimmy Haslam Speaks at the Akron Roundtable

Join WKSU on Thursday, Nov. 27 at 8 p.m. for a broadcast of November's Akron Roundtable address from Quaker Station at Quaker Square Inn. This month's featured speaker is Jimmy Haslam, owner of the NFL Cleveland Browns. His topic is: "Leadership." WKSU's broadcast of the Akron Roundtable is made possible through support of Cascade Audi. For more information on the Akron Roundtable, visit

NPR Notes
 The Ancient Art Of Cheese-Making Attracts Scientific Gawkers

From Swiss to cheddar, cheeses depend on the action of microbes for their flavor and aroma. But it's far from clear how these teams of microbes work together to ripen cheese. To a cheese-maker, that's just the beauty of the art. To a scientist, it sounds like an experiment waiting to happen. A handful of scientists who study cheese recently gathered to share their latest findings at a farm in the English county of Somerset.

 New MLB Rule Cuts Home Plate Crashes, But Not Catcher Concussions

Before Major League Baseball's experimental Rule 7.13 debuted this year, when runners and catchers collided at home plate, one question lingered in the cloud of dust: Safe or out? But catchers were racking up injuries, and MLB started asking another question: Are the crashes worth the risk? Rule 7.13 bans most of those collisions. When it debuted this year, many baseball purists cried foul.

 How Animals Hacked The Rainbow

Until about 600 million years ago, seeing colors didn't matter so much to Earth's inhabitants — nobody had eyes. Simple animals back then just floated around, he says. They were aware of sunlight, but didn't have any of the biological bits and pieces needed to perceive color. Then, something really big happened. A predator that could swim quickly evolved vision. Suddenly color could serve as a beacon, alerting predators to tasty food.

Program Notes
 This American Life

Saturdays at 1 p.m. Nov. 22: A Front. Stories about people and places that are fronting in order to hide the truth. Visit a bizarre store in Milwaukee called Fearless Distributing, government checkpoints scattered on highways out west, and a badass grandma in Malaysia.


Saturdays at 4 p.m. Nov. 22: Jurisdiction. What happens when there is no leader? Starlings, bees, and ants manage just fine. In fact, they form staggeringly complicated societies--all without a Toscanini to conduct them into harmony. Gaze down at the bottom-up logic of cities, Google, and even your brain with fire-flyologists, ant experts, neurologists, a mathematician, and an economist.

 A Prairie Home Companion

Saturdays at 6 p.m. Nov. 22: (repeated Nov. 23 at 10 a.m.) Live from The Town Hall on West 43rd Street in Manhattan, with vintage-pop singer Kat Edmonson, bandleader Vince Giordano, pianist and clarinetist Butch Thompson, trumpeter Jon-Erik Kellso, and actress Kate Beahen. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors and Richard Dworsky with The November Boys Orchestra.

 Krista Tippett On Being

Sundays at 7 a.m. Nov. 23: Reza Aslan. The Islamic reformation has been going on for decades. Reza Aslan with a fresh way to understand Islam's past, present and future.

 The Splendid Table

Sundays at 2 p.m. Nov. 23: This week Adam Rapoport, of Bon Appetit, offers guidance for the Thanksgiving feast, Stanley Tucci explains why cooking is so important and a look at America's dirty not-so-little secret.

 Snap Judgment

Sundays at 4 p.m. Nov. 23: Detour. You know the way. You've seen where you're going, you jump in the car, hit the gas... but the road is closed. Amazing stories from people steered off course.

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 Christmas in Zoar
Zoar Community Association
Saturday, December 6th - Sunday, December 7th

Musical entertainment in the Zoar Church, private home tours, and historic demonstrations highlight this holiday event. Shop the juried craft show for unique gifts, or visit Santa's workshop to help your children make a unique item. Enjoy horse drawn wagon rides and a candlelight church service and tree lighting ceremony on Saturday.

Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Dec. 7 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Zoar Village, Christmas in Zoar

 Mozart & Ravel
Akron Symphony
Saturday, November 22nd

In his early 20s, Mozart produced a symphony of great emotional depth and a Mass often performed for royalty and at services of Thanksgiving. Ravel's concerto is a neo-classical jewel, inflected with the sounds of American jazz. The Akron Symphony's own Levi Hammer performs Ravel's Piano Concerto.

Saturday, Nov. 22 at 8 p.m., E.J. Thomas Hall, 198 Hill St., The University of Akron, Akron, (330) 972-7570

 Juilliard Quartet
Cleveland Chamber Music Society
Tuesday, December 2nd

Since its inception in 1946, the Juilliard String Quartet has made manifest the credo of founders Robert Mann and William Schuman to "play new works as if they were established masterpieces, and established masterpieces as if they were new." They have performed over 500 works including the premieres of more than 60 pieces by American composers.

Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m., Plymouth Church, 2860 Coventry Road, Shaker Heights, Juilliard Quartet

 Well-Strung, the Singing String Quartet
Stocker Arts Center
Sunday, November 23rd

The all-male string quartet Well-Strung, the Singing String Quartet, features classical musicians who sing, putting their own spin on the music of Mozart, Vivaldi, Rihanna, Adele, Lady Gaga, and more!

Sunday, Nov. 23 at 7:30 p.m., Stocker Arts Center, 1005 N Abbe Rd, Elyria, (440) 366-4040

 Sacrum Mysterium: A Celtic Christmas Vespers
Apollo's Fire
Wednesday, December 3rd - Sunday, December 7th

The groundbreaking program from Jeannette Sorrell and Sylvain Bergeron, now a beloved holiday tradition! Mystical Scottish Gregorian chant mixes with ancient pagan carols, joyous dances and fiddle tunes. A colorful band of bagpipes, flute, strings and Celtic harp joins the exquisite Apollo's Singers.

Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 7 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., Dec. 3: Cartwright Hall, Kent State University, 650 Hilltop Drive
Kent (WKSU member discount); Dec. 7: Cleveland Masonic Auditorium, 3615 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland. (216) 320-0012

 Holiday Pops!
Mansfield Symphony Orchestra
Saturday, December 13th

It's the feel-good event of the season! Join the Mansfield Symphony and Chorus as they pull out all the stops in this holiday tradition, featuring a seamless blend of classic and popular hits. Young and old alike are encouraged to visit with Santa in his workshop before the concert and at intermission.

Saturday, Dec. 13 at 8 p.m., The Renaissance Theatre, 138 Park Ave. West, Mansfield, (419) 522-2726

 Hound of the Baskervilles
Actors' Summit Theatre
Wednesday, November 26th - Sunday, December 21st

An ancient curse, a homicidal hound, and murder on the moor, face the inimitable Sherlock Holmes. Fourteen characters given life by three actors, create a comedic tour de farce. Holiday slapstick, fun, and adventure for the whole family.

Nov. 26 - Dec. 21, Actors' Summit Theatre, Greystone Hall, 103 High Street, (330) 374-7568

Canton Symphony Orchestra
Sunday, November 23rd

Westwater Photochoreography returns as the Canton Symphony Orchestra commemorates the 100th Anniversary of World War I and the 75th Anniversary of World War II. Remember, reflect and pay tribute with historic photos from both time periods set to moving music by Copland and Shostakovich.

Sunday, Nov. 23, Umstattd Performing Arts Hall (McKinley Senior High School campus), 2323 17th Street NW, Canton, (330) 452-2094

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