That’s right folks we get a twofer this month with the awesome mash-up of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving. This means double the food and double the special programming.
We’re kicking off the celebration on Wednesday November 27th at 11AM with Leonard Nimoy’sHanukkah in Story and Song. This hour-long favorite returns and is celebrated with The Western Wind performing Ladino songs of Spanish Jews, Yiddish melodies of Eastern Europe and modern Israeli tunes.
Tonight millions of costumed children will take to the streets in the hopes off filling their orange pumpkins with a bevy of candy. Whether it’s Kit Kats, peanut butter cups or Twix, sleep will not be had by the thousands riding out their sugar highs. So how did candy become a multi-billion dollar industry in America? Well, we have just the person to help us learn about the complex and enticing history of these sugary goodies. Samira Kawash is the author of Candy: A Century of Panic and Pleasure, and tells us it comes to one fateful word: hyperpalatable.
For over twenty years Mary Pope Osborne has entertained and educated her readers with brother-sister team Jack and Annie as they explore the world in the Magic Tree House series. Each book is a new adventure for everyone as they meet people like Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War, explore the moon, and experience the Great Depression firsthand.
Hello WAMC Land. As some of you are reading this, we are in the throes of another glorious fund drive. Some of you have already pledged, and I know some of you are waiting for the right moment. Perhaps I can entice you to pledge sooner than later by dangling the programming carrot in front of you. Not a fan of carrots you say? Hmmm, well how about the biggest and most crispy slice of bacon? Yep, knew that would work.
Kate Messner’s new novel, Wake Up Missing, has all the qualities you want in a thriller: deceit, science taken to the extreme, and characters that you root for – especially when it looks like there is no hope. Messner has taken two very prominent issues ripped from the headlines, and combined them into a fast paced cranial feast as she explores concussions and gene therapy.
David Levithan’s new novel, Two Boys Kissing will make you laugh and cry, but best of all, it will make you relive those perfect innocuous moments of finding and then being with your first love. Levithan also takes it several steps further by having the lost generation of AIDS victims tell the story as they see it unfolding.
In Sara Farizan’s debut novel, If You Could Be Mine, she articulately weaves a tale of secret love, self-actualization, and most of all hope for a better tomorrow. Set in current day Iran, Farizan writes about being gay in a society that punishes homosexuality and tries to fix them by offering transgender surgery, while also capturing the multitude of emotions that love infects in everyone.
On November 5, 1942, a US cargo plane slammed into the Greenland Ice Cap. Four days later, the B-17 assigned to the search-and-rescue mission became lost in a blinding storm and also crashed. Miraculously, all nine men on board survived, and the US military launched a daring rescue operation. But the rescue mission wasn’t as easy or successful as the military had hoped.
In Michael Hassan’s debut novel Crash & Burn, we’re told a story that people are all too familiar with in today’s headlines - a school shooting. In the weeks and months after his school was taken hostage at gunpoint by his ex-best friend Burn, Crash re-hashes his role in saving the school and the events that led the two childhood friends take two very different paths. This page-turning fictional story has the grit of real teenage life, and stresses out the reader in ways that makes you crave more.
We often see cookie cookbooks, bread books, cookbooks with a Latin, Italian or Asian flare, but rarely see Polish food featured. Well we can look no further than Anne Applebaum & Danielle Crittenden’s From a Polish Country House Kitchen. What was once considered no frills, heavy eating is brought to a simple, clean, and refreshing level that will have your taste buds singing.