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For some, the day is an opportunity to gather with family and friends for a traditional turkey dinner. For others, Thanksgiving Day is a reminder of the genocide of millions of Native people, the theft of Native lands and the erasure of Native cultures.
On The Point, we talk with Molly Hermann about why Americans celebrate Thanksgiving, and how myth and historical events have helped shape how we observe the day. Hermann produced, wrote and co-directed the new film, Behind the Holiday: Thanksgiving which premiers on the Smithsonian Channel Nov 20th.
We also talk about the traditions of Thanksgiving foods with Gail Blakely, food columnist for the Enterprise Newspapers, and Annie Copps, senior food editor at Yankee Magazine. And we hear how listeners are observing Thanksgiving this year, and how the pandemic is impacting plans.
This Sunday, 11/21 from 12-3 pm, is Turkey Drop Off day at the Falmouth Service Center. Helping neighbors in need.

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Mindy Todd is the host and producer of <i>The Point</i> on WCAI which examines critical issues for Cape Cod and the Islands. She brings more than 40 years of experience in radio and television to WCAI.