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Thursday November 26, 2009

Peter Gomes and the Pilgrims

Peter Gomes at his Cambridge home. (Kevin Sullivan)

Peter Gomes at his Cambridge home. (Kevin Sullivan)

Peter Gomes is a nationally-recognized Baptist preacher and a Harvard professor. He’s also an African-American who grew up in Plymouth, Massachusetts. On Thanksgiving Day, we speak with Professor Gomes about his connection to the Pilgrims of Plymouth.

Stewed Pompion, Anyone?

So what did the Pilgrims eat at the first Thanksgiving? Visitors to the Plimoth Plantation in Massachusetts can find out at a “Harvest Dinner.” Here & Now intern, Margaret Aery, attended the traditional feast to see how modern Americans find 17th century fare.

Syria and Iraqi Relations

Tensions are rising between two allies in the Middle East – Iraq and Syria. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki blames Damascus for a recent series of bombings in Baghdad. Syria is demanding proof of those allegations. BBC correspondent Jim Muir talked to American troops patrolling the border between the two countries.

Turkey Day Classic

After the pumpkin pie, a lot of Americans will dig into football Thanksgiving Day. One of the oldest traditional rivalries is the 86th Turkey Day Classic in Montgomery, Alabama. It’s the oldest football classic among the country’s historically black colleges and universities. Today’s game features Tuskegee University and Alabama State.
Reggie Barlow is the head coach at ASU. Willie Slater coaches the Tuskegee team and they join us to talk about the rivalry.

Snow Geese of Vermont

1126thisonegeeseThe Dead Creek refuge in Addison, Vermont, used to be a major stop-over for migrating snow geese. Less than a decade ago, visitors were awed by fields and skies filled with as many as 20,000 geese at a time. These days, the geese in the area number just a few thousand. David Sausville of the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department tells us why.

Robin’s Trip to Vermont

We join Robin and her now late uncle, Lachlan Maclachlan Field, on their trip to see the migrating snow geese in Vermont. Robin’s pilgrimage has become a Thanksgiving tradition at Here & Now.

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