The Role of Southern Cooking in Southern Culture: It’s Thanksgiving Day and many North Carolinians are gathering with family and friends to cook, eat and visit. Host Frank Stasio talks to Moreton Neal, the former wife of the late guru of Southern cooking, Bill Neal, and the author of the new book “Remembering Bill Neal” (UNC Press/2004) about the central role food plays in such gatherings. Bill Smith, current chef at Bill Neal’s restaurant Crook’s Corner joins the conversation to share recipes and memories of Bill Neal. (45:00)

Thanksgiving at the In-Laws: State of Things Senior Editor Dave DeWitt offers a humorous look at the difference between Thanksgiving with his own, somewhat terse family, and Thanksgiving with his loquacious and possibly boundary-challenged in-laws. (5:00)

Remembering the Hunger: On this day of great gastric indulgence, host Frank Stasio speaks with Hope Hancock, development director of the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, about the need for donations now and through the Christmas holiday. (7:00)

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