Thanksgiving: American Holiday in A Melting Pot

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Thanksgiving, on the fourth Thursday in November, is the most American of holidays, one on which 95 percent of all households serve the same food. It all began in 1621 when, for three days, the Pilgrims and Native Americans found common ground. We move from multiculturalism "colonial style" to this year when, for the first time in 31 years, the Muslim month of Ramadan comes at the same time. We celebrate this quintessential American holiday by discovering how different ethnic groups celebrate Thanksgiving in 21st Century LA.
  • Reporter's Notebook: Thanksgiving's Truths and Myths - Thanksgiving is America's oldest celebration, and its history is shrouded in myth. Beyond the legends are sad truths and important facts about the Pilgrims and Native Americans. Los Angeles Times' columnist John Balzar suggests that, at least for tomorrow, we should forget the history and "feast" on the myths. (Originally broadcast earlier today on To the Point.)

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