DR Radio: Thanksgiving Special

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In this edition of DR Radio, Jay, Brian, and Hadley reminisce over Thanksgiving traditions, history, and memories while listeners call in to share theirs. They also discuss Roy Moore and #MeToo.

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Show Notes,  November 21, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving everybody! Welcome to the November 21st edition of Dead Reckoning Radio. I’m your host Jay Friesen joined as usual today by Hadley Heath Manning and Dr. Brian Mattson. Dead Reckoning Radio is where we discuss the most relevant issues of today from a distinctly Christian worldview. We hope we are entertaining, informative and encouraging to you as we enter this holiday weekend.

In that regard, today’s show is special as we celebrate Thanksgiving! We’ll hear from you, play some ridiculous games of wit and whimsy share some thoughts but! Fear not…we will be diving into the issue of the moment: the #MeToo fallout and sexual revolutionaries.

But first! Thanks to our sponsor, Alliance Defending Freedom for supporting today’s show. We’ll hear from the a bit later in the show but you can visit www.adflegal.org to get the a latest on the legal fight for religious freedom, sanctity of life, marriage and free speech.

Now, lets quick the show off with some…


Quick Takes 


  • The Incredibles 2 trailer is the most-watched animated film trailer of all time! It came out…yesterday.
  • Speaking of animated films, The Star is an animated children’s movie about the nativity, all from the perspective of the animals in the stable.  Low-budget, but reviews seem positive.
  • A Wrinkle in Time, a film adaptation of Madaleine L’Engle’s classic book, remains on schedule to appear on March 9th, and it looks like Disney’s put a lot of star power into it. Chris Pine, Oprah, Reese Witherspoon, and others. Are you guys looking forward to it? Any memories of reading the book?
  • Christopher Tolkien has resigned as the Trustee of the Tolkien Estate, which, of course, includes all the rights to his father’s works. He is 93 years old, so this appears planned. It is intriguing that immediately on the heels of this announcement, Amazon obtained the rights to serialize The Lord of the Rings and perhaps franchise other works from J.R.R. Tolkien. Anyone excited?


Segment One: The Sexual Revolution Devours Itself

The downfall of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, it turns out, was just the beginning. A deluge of accusations have come to light in the weeks that have followed, and it is starting to feel like it would be easier to compile a list of powerful men who are NOT sexually compromised!

Politicians, journalists, movie stars–a mob is out to get anyone who has behaved badly. A hashtag has been launched: #metoo, in which women tell their own stories of sexual harassment. It would be impossible to talk about all of the issues involved, but we want to cover a few items.

Politically, the hot-potato right now is Roy Moore, who is running for Senate in Alabama. Moore has been accused by multiple women that, while in his 30s he aggressively pursued teenage girls. The main accuser was allegedly 14 when Moore picked her up, took her to her house, gave her alcohol, undressed and fondled her. The battle lines are familiar, if weird: conservative Christians are rushing to his defense, convinced that the “other side” is smearing a godly man. What do you guys make of the Roy Moore candidacy?

Let’s talk about the bigger picture: the sexual revolution was about getting rid of rigid rules and inhibitions about sex. It now appears that the sexual revolutionaries have VERY rigid rules! What gives?

  • [Close out by talking about the GOOD of sexual guardrails for human flourishing]



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Segment Two: Happy Thanksgiving!

You guys! It’s that time of year to take off our belts, eat too much food then sleep it off in front of a football game. Or in some cases, endure or avoid. Whatever the case is, Thanksgiving is the great American tradition! So, late last week, we posted on our social media accounts that we’d love to hear from you about your favorite Thanksgiving things and we did! Thank you so much for calling in! Let’s talk about Thanksgiving.


  • Redeeming Moments
    • [Call – Rich: Sharing with Internationals]
    • Name 2 good conversation starters for friends/family gathered together to avoid flame-throwing or silence.
      • “What was your most memorable meal?” ~ JR
      • “(married couples) When you saw him, was it love at first sight?” ~ Brian
      • “What are two pieces of good news? (And one low if applicable)” ~ Hadley
  • Traditions:
    • [Call – Carrie: Favorite Tradition]
    • What is your favorite tradition/memory?
  • Food:
    • [Call – Jared: Food]
    • [Game/Discussion] “Guess That Origin: the histories behind your favorite Thanksgiving foods.”

Turkey  –  A bird native only to the Americas, Spaniards encountered turkeys in their early forays in the New World and had brought the fowl back home. Turkey became popular across Western Europe and around the Mediterranean and was one of the first American foods to be widely eaten in Europe. So well established in England was the New World bird that English settlers brought domesticated turkeys to America in the colonies’ first years.

Cranberry sauce – English-speakers borrowed their German neighbors’ term “kranberee,” which refers to the long, cranelike stamens of the plant. Indigenous peoples had long raised and eaten the berries. A 1672 account of the colonies reported that “Indians and English use it much, boiling them with Sugar for a Sauce to eat with their Meat.” Cranberry sauce has been paired with turkey, in particular, since at least the 18th century.

Marshmallow/Sweet potato casserole –  In 1917, the Angelus Marshmallows company distributed a recipe booklet that taught Americans how they might use marshmallows. With that, the classic pairing had arrived.

Stuffing/Dressing – It is not known when stuffings were first used. The earliest documented evidence is the Roman cookbook, Apicius De Re Coquinaria, which contains recipes for stuffed chicken, dormouse, hare, and pig. It was compiled in the late 4th century.

Pumpkin Pie – he quintessential pie marries an indigenous American food already familiar to English colonists, thanks to the vegetable’s introduction to Europe in the 1500s, with an economical English culinary tradition of filling crust with meat, vegetable or fruit. Colonists cultivated pumpkin from their earliest years in the New World, and English cookbooks featured pumpkin pie recipes from the 1600s.

Green bean casserole – The green bean casserole was first created in 1955 by the Campbell Soup Company. Dorcas Reilly led the team that created the recipe while working as a staff member in the home economics department. The inspiration for the dish was “to create a quick and easy recipe around two things most Americans always had on hand in the 1950s: green beans and Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup.”


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