Navigating Those Hot Button Issues Over Thanksgiving Feast


On this West Virginia Morning… Vultures usually get a bad rap. But that hasn’t always been the case – find out why. And we hear a story from the Allegheny Front’s Kara Holsopple about having tricky conversations over Thanksgiving dinner.

It’s almost time to gather around the table to enjoy Thanksgiving food and family…and sometimes have awkward conversations about politics, or hot button issues like climate change. The Allegheny Front’s Kara Holsopple spoke with clinical psychologist Mary Beth Mannarino about how to navigate different views on these issues.

The Allegheny Front is produced in Pittsburgh and reports on the environment.

Next, we’ll hear a story about a woman who loves, and writes about, an unpopular and often misunderstood animal. Katie Fallon is the author of “VULTURE: The Private Life of an Unloved Bird.” And as she told reporter Roxy Todd, while most humans may not like vultures, without them, our interstates and roads would be overflowing with disease, garbage, and dead animals.

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Our news director is Jesse Wright. Our producer is Glynis Board.