Pick of the podcasts: Nov 22

Notable podcast episodes with Thanksgiving themes–and more.   Plus: Special-interest playlists and the in-person events calendar.

Talking Turkey

tgivingListen while you cook this week: Advice from Bon Appetit‘s holiday special play-video-button [47 mins] and from Splendid Table, helping you spice up sides like roasted squash play-video-button [52 mins]  … Host Dan Pashman stuffs a two-part Sporkful with guests including Amy Sedaris, who tells how she handles friends and family who over-imbibe. play-video-button [33 mins; Sedaris at 06:30] … Gerard_Depardieu_French_dailymailSpeaking of which, Real Simple’s food editors suggest a Cru Beaujolais with your turkey on Things Cooks Know play-video-button [26 mins].

Boardwalk or Park Place? If your holiday gatherings include kids of all ages sprawling around board games, learn the history and perverse appeal of Monopoly on The Landlord’s Game on 99% Invisible play-video-button [17 mins]

…And Terrorism

paris 2015 attacks terroristOne of the best tributes to French culture after the Paris attacks comes via host Kurt Anderson on Studio 360‘s Why Terrorists Target the Arts (with John Oliver’s taunt to jihadists) play-video-button [45 mins] … Mindful that victims included 89 members of a live music audience, All Songs Considered offers Music For Healing play-video-button [54 mins] … Put the week’s latest fears in context with news analysis from Fareed Zakaria GPS play-video-button [38 mins] and Why ISIS Keeps Winning with war correspondent Dexter Filkins on New Yorker Political Scene play-video-button [14 mins]

Short Subjects

mockingjay_archer“Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2” reviewed by Joe Morgenstern on KCRW Film Reviews play-video-button [3.5 mins] … Is your taste in music — Joni Mitchell or ACDC? — determined by your “cognitive style”? Loh Down on Science play-video-button [1 min]

Digital Life Lessons

Are you a photo hoarder? Note to Self suggests three steps to organizing those thousands of pictures on your phone and laptop — not to mention all those boxes in the closet play-video-button [28 mins].

Upcoming Events

December 9 – Washington D.C. – USA TODAY’s Dad Rock podcast will record before a live audience. 7 p.m. at Hard Rock Cafe, 999 E St. NW. Free admission.
December 9 – New York City – Selected Shorts: Michael Chabon & Sherlock Holmes. 7:30pm at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, New York, NY 10025. An evening of readings from “the most sensational and confounding cases” of Sherlock Holmes. Tickets
December 31 – Chicago – Chicago Amplified, WBEZ’s New Years party starts at 8pm at Mayne Stage with stories from The Moth More information
January 22, 23, 24 – New York City – Welcome to Nightvale Live Show: The Investigators. 8pm (doors open 7pm) at El Teatro @ El Museo Del Barrio, 1230 East 5th Street. $35. More information and tickets
January 27 – New York City – Death, Sex, and Money. Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, New York, NY 10025. Host Anna Sale leads a night of stories inspired by the podcast. Tickets

Please send comments and suggestions.

Special Interest Playlists:
Selected episodes on specific themes.

At the Movies
Chefs & Foodies
Talking Books