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Airs Tuesday, November 21, 2017, at 7:45 a.m. This week Commentator Gary Joiner travels back New England and the historic events behind Thanksgiving.

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Airs Thursday, November 16, at 6 p.m. (Pre-recorded show). It’s the holiday season, a time to celebrate with family, friends and lots of great food. How do we navigate the holidays without packing on the pounds? Dr. Randall Brewer hosts Health Matters Thursday at 6 p.m. with guests Libby Burkhalter, personal fitness and diet expert, and Julie Hartley, dietician with Willis-Knighton, to talk about making healthy choices.

Airs Wednesday, November 25 at 2 p.m. Join the World Renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir for a Tradition of Thanks and a Celebration of Gratitude. Musical Selections feature Come, Ye Thankful People, Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep, White Christmas, Simple Gifts, For the Beauty of the Earth, I Think the World Is Glorious, Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing, All Things Bright and Beautiful, Hymn of Praise, As the Dew from Heaven Distilling, God Be with You Till We Meet Again.

Airs Thursday, November 24, at 7 p.m. Two words: Thank you. They sound simple enough. But there is always more to a topic, phrase, or ritual than one might think. Margaret Visser, the author of Much Depends on Dinner, is best known for her books about the history, anthropology, and mythology of everyday life. Now she has turned her scholarly eye towards gratitude. The result is a book called The Gift of Thanks: The Roots, Persistence and Paradoxical Meanings of a Social Ritual. It's published by Harper Collins.

Airs Wednesday, November 25, at 9 p.m. Ragamuffins, Hobos, Scary Masks, and Trick or Treat! Before marching bands, character balloons, and reindeer-driven sleighs began parading down 34th street every Thanksgiving Day, there were beggars, cross-dressers and mischief makers. This week we speak with several historians and experts about the raucous Thanksgiving tradition of ragamuffin parades, and how they gave way to the star-studded parade we are accustomed to today. We'll find out what apple gadgets can make apple pie easier, and we'll taste wine with expert Stephen Meuse.