home, italy, building, tree For nearly everyone, home is a unique and definite place. What says "home" to you? (Giovanni Orlando/flickr)

Home is where you hang your hat. There's no place like it, or so we're told. But what exactly is home? Is it a place? A state of mind? A smell, sound or look? Or the presence of a person we love?

All Thanksgiving week, we're exploring the notion of home each day. We'll look at the details that matter: from the specific structural aspects of a home to our ideas of what constitutes a homeland. And we'll be talking with people across the United States (and maybe even outside it).

John and Celeste will also share their personal memories of home, and what the word home means to them.

'Breakfast in Bed on Birthdays and Thundercake During Lightning Storms'

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

This week, as we inch closer to the holidays, we wonder about home. What is it? Where is it? And what are the essentials, the bare minimum to make a place home? It's a complex question for me.

The image of home is a changeable picture for me. I lived in the same home through my 18th birthday, and the smells and textures of my childhood home are still familiar. I can imagine the bumpy green carpet of the hallway; imagine sliding down that long staircase without hitting the banister and relaxing on the fuzzy orange bean bag while watching “The Love Boat.”

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An Old Screen Door and the Creaking Floor Board

Monday, November 22, 2010

This week as we contemplate the holidays we've all been thinking about home. What is it? Where is it? We've been getting a lot of examples from you, and every one of them makes me think, how would I answer that question?

In my home, a big old 110-year-old house my wife and I have had for almost as long as we've been married, the piano is the center, where you can hear folks playing away on a quiet Sunday afternoon.

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John Hockenberry's 'Home' Assignment

Monday, November 22, 2010

Host John Hockenberry joins in on the "Home Assignment," to give us a glimpse of his and his kids' ideas about what think of as representing their own home. John talks to son Zachary, who knows he's home when he smells dinner cooking. But the piano also plays an important role in the Hockenberry household. 

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Your Photos of Home

Monday, November 22, 2010

We've been asking listeners to use the new Takeaway iPhone app and call in to tell us about their idea of home. You've been sending the sound and pictures of the things that make a place a home for you. Here are the voices behind two of those photos: Alexandra Haller from Northville, Mich. and Danielle Sager from Colorado Springs.

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What Makes a Shelter into a Home?

Monday, November 22, 2010

This whole week, in honor of the upcoming holidays, we’re exploring the notion of home — what home feels like and sounds like, and how you define home.

We kick off the week in the simplest way: with an exploration of the structure of a home — and what we consider absolutely necessary, regardless of its budget or square footage.

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The Sights and Sounds of Home

Friday, November 19, 2010

The notion of home means something different for everyone. As part of our Thanksgiving series on the home, you've been sending in the images and sounds of the things the invoke home to you.

For some of you, home is the company you share. To Erin in Dearborn, Mich. and Nicholas in Joplin, Mo., that's a cat. To Michael in West Palm Beach, Fla., it's a human being — his girlfriend, Laura.

A typical image in a home ideal is a comforting hearth. That's the case in real life for Alexsis in Ossining, NY, who sent us a video of her crackling fireplace.

For Carl in Detroit, Mich., home is something he can take with him: his wind chimes. He just moved to a new neighborhood and he says the new house wasn't a home until the wind chimes were up on the back porch.

And for Nik in Milwaukee, home is "the smell of warm waffles & syrup, the sound of Saturday morning cartoons, the glint of sunshine streaming through the curtains."

Here are some of the images and sounds you've sent us.

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What Says 'Home' to You?

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Home is where you hang your hat. There's no place like it, or so we're told. But what exactly is home? Is it a place? A state of mind? A smell, sound or look? Or the presence of a person we love?

During the week of Thanksgiving, we'll be exploring the notion of home each day. We'll look at the details that matter: from the specific structural aspects of a home to our ideas of what constitutes a homeland. And we'll be talking with people across the United States (and maybe even outside it).

John and Celeste will also share their personal memories of home, and what the word home means to them.

Tell us: What  says 'home' to you?  What are the details that make a place look like, smell like, or sound like home to you? Is home a place you long for, or do you carry it with you? Is there something that makes you love or dread the thought of going home for the holidays?

This is the latest assignment with The Takeaway iPhone app. Take a photo of the things that make a place home to you. Record audio of the sounds. And take video of the events that make it that way.

If you don't have an iPhone, just submit the photo below. If you do, get the app.

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Hearing the Sounds of Home

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A rose by any other name would still smell as sweet…  but what about a song in any other key? Could the Beatles’ guitar gently weep if it were written in a major key? For that matter, would Eric Satie’s nocturnes evoke the same sense of loneliness had the tempo been increased by a few beats per minute?  

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Celeste Headlee's Idea of 'Home'

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

As we continue our week long series of what "home" means, Celeste Headlee, joins in on the fun. She and her kids share their idea of what "home" is, especially after having moved so many times.

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For Children of Immigrants, 'Home' is a Complex Concept

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

As part of our week-long series, we speak with two immigrant writers whose parents were forced to flee their homelands because of political unrest, and came to rest in America. Both live outside the U.S. now, and both say their notion of "home" has become ... portable.

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Amy Sedaris on Home Entertaining, Crafting, and Cooking

Thursday, November 25, 2010

This whole week we’re talking about home. And we’re asking our guests and listeners: what does home look and sound and taste like to you?

If you’re Amy Sedaris, the answer might very well be tinfoil balls and seashell toilet seat covers.

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Listeners on What Defines 'Home'

Thursday, November 25, 2010

In honor of Thanksgiving, all this week we’re talking about what makes a home, a home. And we’ve been hearing from lots of you via our iPhone app. Some of the latest submissions feature chickens in a back yard, a construction project next door and four-legged companions.

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Maira Kalman Travels Country to Fall Back In Love with America

Friday, November 26, 2010

All week long we have been talking about the idea of "home," and the physical attributes and emotional attachments we have to our homes.

We end our series by talking with artist and writer Maira Kalman. She is the author of “And the Pursuit of Happiness,” a compilation of her year-long journey for our partner, The New York Times, to explore her adopted home, America. Kalman was not born in the United States, but she traveled the country to fall back in love.

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