Burt Wolf: Taste of Freedom
Explores 13 major American holidays and gatherings: the history, folklore and rituals that have become central to those events. Special attention is paid to different ethnic groups and how they brought their own traditions to the occasions.
Burt Wolf: Taste of Freedom Previous Broadcasts
Thanksgiving (Episode #101)
KQED Life: Wed, Nov 23, 2011 -- 8:30 AM
Our first nationwide Thanksgiving in the United States took place at the end of the Revolutionary War when George Washington called for a Thanksgiving Day on Thursday, November 26th, 1789. But it was only a one-time event. Join Burt Wolf and discover why it took until 1941 for Thanksgiving to be a federal holiday, how the bald eagle won out over the turkey as our national bird, and what stuffing our founding fathers preferred.