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Thanksgiving is typically a time when family members come together around the table and enjoy a nice meal, but sometimes the conversations can get heated or become difficult. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross and Dr. Michael Bordieri of Murray State University's Department of Psychology discuss some helpful tips for getting along better with relatives and being more effective in making interactions positive.

For those who like to try new recipes at Thanksgiving, let Clay Dunn and Zach Patton be your guides. They're the couple behind the food blog, The Bitten Word, and every year before the holiday, they scan 10 leading food magazines to identify recipe trends.

Editor's note: A version of this story originally ran in November 2014.

The countdown to Thanksgiving has begun. And for those of us who already feel short on time during a regular week, the pressure is on to figure out just how to squeeze in all that extra shopping, prep work and cooking ahead of the holiday.

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There is a big, bright festival underway in India right now: Diwali is an ancient Hindu festival of lights, celebrated each autumn. The idea is light overtaking darkness or good overcoming evil, says Mayur Bhandare, president of the Indian Student Association at Murray State University. He tells Matt Markgraf about some of the historical traditions and stories behind the festival, and how Diwali is being celebrated both back home and this weekend on the MSU campus.

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The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 is marks the end of major hostilities of World War One. The following year, President Woodrow Wilson declared November 11th Armistice Day, now known as Veteran's Day. One of the most decorated U.S. Soldiers during The Great War was Tennessee native Sergeant Alvin York, who received a medal of honor for fearlessly charging a German machine gun nest in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. Matt Markgraf speaks with The Discovery Park of America Marketing Director Mary Nita Bondurant, Historian Martin Kane and Assistant Education Director Chris Gunlefinger the special exhibit titled "In the Footsteps of Sergeant York" on display through January 3rd.

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Halloween is just around the corner, and to mark the spookiest time of the year, we've exhumed three classic WKMS ghost stories from the archives! Todd Hatton takes us along on a ghost hunt at a historic Paducah landmark, The Hotel Metropolitan. In another story, Todd tells of a cellar door that won't stay closed. And David Weatherly relates his run-in with a spectral spectator. Listen if you dare... Mwa hah hah haaa...

Andy Black of the Murray State University English Department reviews American-New Zealand mockumentary horror comedy "What We Do In The Shadows," showing this weekend at MSU's Cinema International.

From Dracula by Bram Stoker: 

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A nationally-known weatherman will be in northwest Tennessee next month to attempt to set a world record.

NBC’s TODAY Show’s Al Roker will give a live weather report from The Discovery Park of America in Union City Nov 10.  

Swim around enough in the oceanic photo archives of the Library of Congress and you will spot some strange things — including old doctored photos of two-headed humans and a man-monster superimposition.

But perhaps nothing as bizarre as this photo — labeled General Grant at City Point.

Look at it closely. Notice anything amiss?

It's not every Final Jeopardy response that goes viral. Mine did. And let me tell you, it is very weird.

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