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The practice of tipping after dining out began in medieval Europe, but it became a peculiarly American institution. Now there's a movement to ban it as unfair and discriminatory. Will customers give it up in exchange for service charges -- or higher prices? 

Also on this Thanksgiving Day, a conversation with philosopher Peter Singer about charitable giving and ethics. We hear why he encouraged one of his best students to work on Wall Street and get as rich as he could.

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Producers:
Paul von Zielbauer
Jared Morgan
Evan George

Thanksgiving Travel, Cars and Cheap Gas 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Some 47 million Americans are traveling on this long Thanksgiving holiday, 80% of them on the road. Drivers are in for a pleasant surprise. Instead of going up because of increased demand, gasoline prices are going down. Patrick DeHaan is senior petroleum analyst at Gasbuddy.com.

Guests:
Patrick DeHaan, GasBuddy.com (@GasBuddyGuy)

Is Tipping at Restaurants Becoming a Thing of the Past? 34 MIN, 21 SEC

Tipping is as American as apple pie -- fundamental to the $600 billion restaurant industry with tens of millions of employees. Customers may believe that tipping's fair play for waiters and waitresses when service is good or bad. But the kitchen staff rarely gets a piece of the action, and critics call it a way to pass labor costs directly onto customers and a vehicle for racial and gender discrimination. Now a movement to abolish tipping is under way. Will people who eat out accept menus with higher prices?

Guests:
Drew Nieporent, Myriad Restaurant Group (@MyriadRestGroup)
Alicia Quirós, Unite Here, Local 11 (@UNITEHERE11)
Erik Bruner-Yang, Toki Underground / Maketto (@ErikBrunerYang)
Michael Lynn, Cornell University
Danny Meyer, Union Square Hospitality Group (@ushgnyc)

An Argument against Arts and Culture Charities 9 MIN, 15 SEC

In 1975, Peter Singer made a global impact with his book, Animal Liberation. He's now focused on charity — and how everyone has the obligation not just to give away whatever they can afford, but to get the biggest bang for their buck. The Most Good You Can Do: How Effective Altruism Is Changing Ideas about Living Ethically argues that everybody should give away a substantial amount of income to charities. But there's a word of caution: not all philanthropy is good philanthropy.

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Guests:
Peter Singer, Princeton University

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