NPR FOR THE DEAF: We Hear It Even When You Can’t

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Producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff helped pioneer the sound of Philadelphia soul. Their renowned record label, Philadelphia International, produced the hits “Love Train,” “Backstabbers” and “The Love I Lost.” Together, Gamble and Huff were responsible for 15 gold singles and 22 gold albums, eight of which went platinum; they were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 2008. “We wanted to take social themes and translate them to commercial recordings,” Kenny Gamble said in 1988. “Philadelphia International was about spreading love.” Gamble and Huff have a new box set called Love Train.


Hour 1
Food, family and ritual brings meaning to our annual feast of the harvest. We’ll talk to Philadelphia chef, JOSE GARCES about his favorite way to cook a turkey. And Philadelphia Inquirer food columnist RICK NICHOLS tells us why Thanksgiving is more than just one day of celebrating this year. Listen to this show via Real Audio | mp3

THE SOUL SURVIVORS: Expressway To Your Heart


Hour 2
Watching football on TV has become another Thanksgiving tradition in homes across the country. Our guest, SAL PAOLANTONIO takes it one step further in his new book, “How Football Explains America.” In it he explores how the game helps us understand the American psyche and how we live, work and play. Listen to this show via Real Audio | mp3


Poultry Slam 2008
Special note to chicken enthusiasts: the name of this episode—The Poultry Slam—has nothing to do with slamming poultry. We are not anti-poultry. Our editorial stance is proudly pro-poultry. The show’s name is a pun on Chicago’s Poetry Slam.A man in Pakistan wants to break his friend out of prison. He buys him an amulet that supposedly has the power to protect anyone from harm. But just to be on the safe side, he decides to test the amulet by trying it out first. On a chicken. Stories about the powerful combination of chickens, faith and God in our not-quite-annual, all new for 2008, Poultry Slam. Since our first year on the air, this has been a This American Life tradition, a show about poultry for this time of year when poultry consumption is at its highest.  More…

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