Whether you’re getting ready for a long day of travel or brining your turkey, listening to podcasts is the best way to feast the ears ahead of your Thanksgiving meal. If you’re dreading family drama or simply want to avoid awkward political discussions, podcasts are a great excuse to change the subject. We’ve rounded up a list of a few of our favorite episodes, bound to get the family in the Thanksgiving spirit.
1. 2 Dope Queens: #49 Karaoke with Michelle Obama
If you only listen to one episode of 2 Dope Queens (which we advise against…you should listen to them all), you should listen to this last one. For this grand finale, Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams are joined by former First Lady, Michelle Obama. In this candid conversation, Michelle talks genuinely about her new memoir, Becoming, her hair journey and how to raise bold women. And…you’ll learn about her favorite pizza place.
2. 10% Happier: #156: Shawn Achor, The Science Behind Gratitude
It’s the time of year to think about what we are grateful for and why. Host, Dan Harris chats with happiness researcher, Shawn Achor. Shawn speaks about the power of social connection and how it can impact our health outcomes. A few minutes of mediation and a quick scan of what we are grateful for in the current moment can transform our life narrative.
3. The Sporkful: Feasting In A War Zone
This week, many military service members are spending Thanksgiving far from home. It’s not easy finding a good meal in a war zone. Host, Dan Pashman brings us vivid stories of memorable meals on the front lines.
4. Bon Appétit Foodcast: BONUS! Episode 191: Because Thanksgiving Leftovers Are the Best Part
There’s the Thanksgiving feast and then there are leftovers. It’s like an extension of Thanksgiving without the hosting. In this bonus episode of Bon Appétit Foodcast, Adam, Carla, and Gabe T. talk about ingenious ways to spruce up leftovers. Take turkey ramen or turkey hash for example. Your mouth will be watering. Novelist Emma Straub reads an essay she wrote for Bon Appétit’s November issue, The Higgledy Piggledy Thanksgivings
5. Medium Playback: “The Edge of Adulthood”
In this final episode of Medium Playback’s first season, journalist Alyssa Giacobbe delves into the unstable future of teenagers. Alyssa was one of the nine reporters who interviewed 46 teenagers for the collection The Edge of Adulthood. This episode includes the original audio from four interviews Alyssa conducted so that you can hear from each teen, in the moment.
Happy Thanksgiving from Castbox!