November 29, 1996

Poultry Slam 1996

In the midst of the five biggest poultry-consumption weeks of the year—the five weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas, when Americans consume one-fourth of all the turkey they eat in a year—This American Life presents stories about turkeys, chickens, ducks, and fowl of all kinds.


When Danielle's family serves poultry at their dinner table, no one utters the word "chicken." Instead, it is always called "fish." Danielle explains why with the help of her friend "Duki." (16 minutes)


Chickenman was a short daily radio show airing from 1966 to 1969, and it was incredibly popular. It started locally on WCFL in Chicago, then proceeded to spread to over 1,500 radio stations. It has been translated into German, into Dutch, into Swedish. It is still on the air even today in several dozen markets, making it one of the longest running radio features anywhere. (8 minutes)

Act Three

Writer David Sedaris tells of the giddiness he felt when he purchased a taxidermy's turkey head— attached to its foot. (2 1/2 minutes)