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WKSU Serves Up a Platter of Thanksgiving Programs
WKSU Member Benefit for NEO Geo Opening Night
Cook and Click for Quick Bites
This Thanksgiving, Listen To (And Interview) Your Elders
Cats Invade G-20 Summit Stage, Bringing A Welcome Laugh
NPR Reports from Paris Following Attacks
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 WKSU Launches Community Conversations in Stark

One of the greatest things about Northeast Ohio is its diversity. From large urban centers to small towns and rural farmland, WKSU's coverage area reaches 22 Ohio counties. With the new Community Conversations series of events, WKSU will be coming to meet you in your hometown to talk about the topics that are most important to you and your neighbors.

On Thursday, Dec. 10 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., WKSU News Director Andrew Meyer, Program Director Ele Ellis and Reporter/Editor (and Canton resident) M.L. Schultze will come to the Conference Center at Kent State University at Stark for a get-together and open conversation on issues concerning Canton and Stark County.

Required registration is free through Eventbrite. Visit for details and to make your reservation for Community Conversations in Stark.

 Wishing Dan Skinner Well

In late October, WKSU Managing Director Dan Skinner left the station to assume a similar position with Kansas Public Radio in Lawrence, Kansas. Dan and his wife, Barbara, are native Kansans and he jumped at the chance to continue his public radio career closer to family.

WKSU is in the early stages of looking for a new Executive Director. During the search, operations will be managed by Program Director Ele Ellis, Senior Director of External Relations Mark Syroney and Network Administrator Chuck Poulton with oversight from Kent State University Vice President of University Relations Iris Harvey. We will continue to keep you up to date with the progress of the search.

 WKSU Serves Up a Platter of Thanksgiving Programs

Thanksgiving is a time for coming together with loved ones over a very special meal. WKSU helps you celebrate with holiday programming during the day of Thursday, Nov. 26.

9 AM - 10 AM: The Sporkful - Thanksgiving is for Eaters

10 AM - 12 PM: Third Coast Audio Festival Broadcast 2015

12 PM - 2 PM: The Splendid Table's Turkey Confidential

2 PM - 3 PM: America's Test Kitchen Thanksgiving Special

3 PM - 4 PM: Giving Thanks

Listen on your radio - or (if you've gone over the river and through the woods) online at or through the WKSU mobile app. See details on all of the holiday programs at

 WKSU Member Benefit for NEO Geo Opening Night

NEO Geo features recent work by artists in the surrounding region who explore the potential of geometric abstraction. Artists working in the region today use a combination of pre-determined systems and intuitive responses to create the underlying geometry of their work.

Media represented include painting, printmaking, drawing, installation, sculpture, fiber and photography. Gianna Commito (Kent), Natalie Lanese (Toledo), Janice Lessman-Moss (Kent), Michelle Murphy (Cleveland), Erik Neff (Newbury), Kristina Paabus (Oberlin), Paul O’Keeffe (Cleveland Heights) and Amy Sinbondit (Cleveland Heights) are the featured artists.

Presented with support from WKSU, attend the special member preview opening on Friday, Nov. 20 at 6:30 PM at the Akron Art Museum in downtown Akron. Display your WKSU member card for admittance. Find out more at

 Cook and Click for Quick Bites

Quick Bites launches the 2015 Cook & Click contest! Send your favorite food and family pics to and see them posted here on the Quick Bites Facebook page! On January 4, we will choose one winner at random from those who sent in pictures to win a $25 gift certificate at Local Roots Market and Cafe in Wooster. Send us pictures of your best meals and your best times around a table! Follow contest entries on Facebook.

NPR Notes
 This Thanksgiving, Listen To (And Interview) Your Elders

StoryCorps is asking history teachers to encourage their students to record the interviews using the StoryCorps app over Thanksgiving weekend. The app helps users select questions and record and then upload interviews from The Great Thanksgiving Listen to the StoryCorps archive in the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

 Cats Invade G-20 Summit Stage, Bringing A Welcome Laugh

Serious and sober talks are being held at this week's G-20 Summit — but the event briefly became a source of comedic relief, after three cats took over its main stage. Unimpressed with their rarefied surroundings, the cats eventually wandered off.

 NPR Reports from Paris Following Attacks

This week, NPR News continues its coverage of the Paris attacks as the newsmagazines, Newscasts, The Two-Way blog and Digital News keep listeners up to date. Morning Edition's David Greene and All Things Considered's Robert Siegel host from Paris this week, while correspondents Eleanor Beardsley, Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson, Lauren Frayer and Peter Kenyon report from Europe. NPR's Washington-based National Security team is focused on the investigation of the attacks. Find the latest reports at

Program Notes
 This American Life

Saturdays at 12 p.m. Nov. 21: Regrets, I've Had a Few. Every day we make mistakes, and most of the time we just ignore these failings and move forward. This week, people struggling with those regrets - big and small - that take root and have to be dealt with.

 Snap Judgment

Saturdays at 2 p.m. Nov. 21: Gratitude. It's a holiday special from Snap Judgment - memorable stories from that were emotional, surprising or just plain "Snap."


Saturdays at 3 p.m. Nov. 21: Words. Meet a woman who taught a 27-year-old man the first words of his life, hear a firsthand account of what it feels like to have the language center of your brain wiped out by a stroke, and retrace the birth of a brand new language 30 years ago.

 A Prairie Home Companion

Saturdays at 6 p.m. Nov. 21: (repeated Nov. 22 at 10 a.m.) Live from the Palace Theater in Waterbury, Connecticut. Craver, Hicks, Watson, and Newberry join in with rock solid bluegrass and old-time music. Heather Masse will make the short trip from upstate New York to sing a few songs for a late fall night.

 On Being

Sundays at 7 a.m. Nov. 22: Ann Hamilton. The artist Ann Hamilton embodies a notion of defined prayer in her sweeping works of art that bring all the senses together. She uses her hands to create installations that are both visually astounding and surprisingly intimate, and meet a longing many of us share, to be alone together.

 The Splendid Table

Sundays at 2 p.m. Nov. 22: This week, help for the upcoming feast. Find a vegetarian take from Indian chef Vikas Khanna, Australia's Donna Hay takes on the sides and Bon Appetit's Adam Rapaport? He weighs in on the entire day!

 Don’t see your favorite program listed here? To view a complete lineup, visit the WKSU Programs page.
Arts On-line
 Weathervane Playhouse presents 'A Christmas Carol: The Musical'
Weathervane Community Playhouse
Tuesday, November 24th - Sunday, December 20th

Ebenezer Scrooge and his ghostly encounters come to life in this lavish and thrilling musical adaptation. Broadway heavy hitters Alan Menken (Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Disney's The Little Mermaid, Little Shop of Horrors) and Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Seussical, Once on This Island) breathe fantastic new life into the classic tale.

Nov. 24 - Dec. 20, 2015 Weathervane Playhouse, 1301 Weathervane Lane, Akron, 330-836-2626

 Canton Symphony presents 'Walls of Glass'
Canton Symphony Orchestra
Saturday, November 21st

Founded in Cleveland in 1980, the Dancing Wheels Company and School have united the talents of dancers both with and without disabilities. They collaborate with the CSO, composer Stephen Melillo and choreographer Bobby Wesner of Neos Dance Theatre to present a WORLD PREMIERE work.

Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, 8 PM, Umstattd Performing Arts Hall, Canton, 330-452-2094

 Actors' Summit presents 'Guys on Ice'
Actors' Summit Theater
Wednesday, November 25th - Sunday, December 20th

Guys on Ice is a typical, hysterical day in the life of Marvin and Lloyd. They are fishing buddies and home-grown philosophers who share a fishing hut. With musical numbers like, 'The Wishing Hole,' 'Ode to a Snowmobile Suit,' and 'Fish is the Miracle Food,' Guys on Ice is a laugh out loud gem of a musical with a 'Half-time' show!

Nov. 25 - Dec. 20, Actors' Summit Theater, Greystone Hall, Akron, 330-374-7568

 Performing Artists Series: Golden Dragon Acrobats
Stocker Arts Center
Tuesday, December 1st

The Golden Dragon Acrobats represent the best of a time honored tradition that began more than twenty-five centuries ago. The Golden Dragons are recognized throughout the United States and abroad as the premiere Chinese acrobatic touring company of today.

Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 7:30pm, Stocker Arts Center, Elyria 1-800-995-LCCC

 Magical Theatre Company presents 'Cinderella'
Magical Theatre Company
Friday, December 4th - Sunday, December 20th

This holiday production has all the moments you love - the glass slipper, pumpkin coach, wicked stepsisters, Fairy Godmother, Prince Charming and more! Plus, it's the Grand Opening of the newly renovated theatre!

December 4 - 20, 565 W. Tuscarawas Ave., Barberton, 330-848-3708

 Cleveland Orchestra presents Symphonie Fantastique
Cleveland Orchestra
Friday, November 27th - Sunday, November 29th

In his 'Fantasy Symphony,' the young Berlioz bared his soul in music — torturing himself with the extreme passion he had once felt for his beloved. Through visions of dreams, opium-induced nightmares, and tender musical kisses, this masterpiece includes a riveting 'March to the Scaffold.'

November 27 - 29, Severance Hall, University Circle, Cleveland, 216-231-1111

 Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens presents Deck the Hall
Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens
Friday, November 27th - Saturday, January 2nd

One of Ohio’s largest and most spectacular holiday traditions. The estate is illuminated inside and out with over 800,000 lights and the historic Manor House is decorated and inspired by the theme of 'Home for the Holidays.' DAZZLE is a fantastic outdoor light show animated to new music each year.

Nov. 27, 2015 - Jan. 2, 2016 (select nights), Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, Akron, 330-836-5533

 Christmas in Zoar
Zoar Village
Saturday, December 5th - Sunday, December 6th

Enjoy musical entertainment, a juried craft show, historical demonstrations, a Saturday church service and tree lighting ceremony, and much more! In addition, visit Santa and take a wagon ride through town! While you are strolling around the village, stop in the Zoar Store to pick up a Zoar ornament.

Dec. 5 and 6, 2015, Historic Zoar Village, 330-874-3011

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