A huge list of podcasts for your Thanksgiving travel

A live recording of “Last Seen,” a podcast from the Globe and WBUR on the Gardner Museum art heist.
A live recording of “Last Seen,” a podcast from the Globe and WBUR on the Gardner Museum art heist.devin smith/ globe staff

Looking for a good podcast (or two) to pass the time during your Thanksgiving travels?

The Globe has three podcasts that we definitely think are worth your time (but, you know, we’re biased):

■  Love Letters: Season 1 covers breakups, Season 2 is in the works.

■  Last Seen: about the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum art heist.

■  Gladiator: covers the life and death of former Patriots player and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez.

But wait, there’s more. Here’s a list of podcasts that we crowdsourced inside the Globe, with a little information on how they describe themselves.


This list is by no means exhaustive, nor is it in any particular order. So tell us what we should also include. Reader submissions are at the bottom.

True Crime

■  Heaven’s Gate: In 1997, 39 people took their own lives in an apparent mass suicide. The events captivated the media and had people across the planet asking the same question: “Why?”

■  In the Dark: Season 1 covered the abduction of Jacob Wetterling in 1989 and how it was unsolved for 27 years. Season 2 discussed the case of Curtis Flowers, who has been tried six times for the murders of four people.

■  Crimetown: Each season, the podcast investigates the culture of crime in a different city. Season 1 was a fascinating look at Providence, and Season 2 brought listeners to Detroit.

■  Someone Knows Something: Now in its fourth season, this pod from the CBC looks at unsolved disappearances and murders, and reinvestigates these cold cases.

■  Dirty John: A huge hit from the LA Times and Wondery, the podcast recounts the relationship of a man and woman that becomes a “complex web of love, deception, forgiveness, denial, and ultimately, survival.”


■ Stranglers: In 19 months in the early 1960s, the Boston Strangler committed 13 murders and crimes. This podcast goes over what we know about the case, and discusses if the man who went to prison was the true perpetrator.

Entertainment/Pop culture

■  Armchair Expert: Actor Dax Shepard hosts this wide-ranging podcast, where he says he attempts “to discover human ‘truths’ without any laboratory work, clinical trials or data collection.”

■  The Read: A podcast covering hip-hop and pop culture’s “most trying stars.”

■  You Must Remember This: Tells the stories of Old Hollywood, with some celebrity guest stars.

■  Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness: Van Ness is a personality from “Queer Eye,” and this podcast covers (as the name suggests) anything he is just curious about, from medical marijuana to voting to astronomy and more.

■  Keep It: “A conversation at the intersection of pop culture and politics at a time when we’re all obsessing over both.”

■  Binge Mode: This podcast is currently binging its way through the Harry Potter books, three chapters at a time.

■  Reply All: This is “a podcast about the Internet” and goes over what you may have missed online.

■  The Rewatchables: Each episode, Bill Simmons gets together a group of folks to discuss movies that are, as the title states, rewatchable.



■  Milk Street Radio: From Boston’s own Christopher Kimball, the podcast says it “get[s] answers about home cooking, food, culture, wine, farming, restaurants, literature, and the lives and cultures of the people who grow, produce, and create the food we eat.” Also has a call-in feature, where listeners ask their own questions directly.

■  The Splendid Table: Hosted by food writer Francis Lam, this calls itself “a culinary, culture and lifestyle program” and discusses life and food.


■  2 Dope Queens: Hosted by Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams, this is a live comedy show in Brooklyn, where they discuss “stories about sex, romance, race, hair journeys, living in New York, and Billy Joel. Plus a whole bunch of other [expletive].”

■  The Moth: The Moth Radio Hour has been going for two decades strong, telling “true stories told live.”

Life, work, and relationships

■  Where Should We Begin with Esther Perel: The podcast claims to take “you into the antechamber of intimate moments.” It’s couples sharing the deepest, darkest issues in their relationships with psychologist Esther Perel (and you).

■  On Being with Krista Tippett: “We pursue deep thinking and social courage, moral imagination and joy, to renew inner life, outer life, and life together.”

■  The Mortified Podcast: Adults share their most embarassing journals from childhood. Hilarity ensues.

■  Hiding in the Bathroom: A work podcast for women. In Season 3, “we’ll be meeting women who are using digital organizing and social media to make serious change in the world.”



■  Homecoming: Recently made into a Amazon show of the same name — and starring Julia Roberts — the podcast “centers on a caseworker at an experimental facility, her ambitious supervisor, and a soldier eager to rejoin civilian life.”

■  Limetown: In this podcast, Annie-Sage Whitehurst plays the fictional American Public Radio reporter Lia Haddock as she explores what happened to the people of Limetown, a small community where 300 residents mysteriously vanished.


■  Hardcore History: In this one-man show, former broadcaster and radio host Dan Carlin delves into historical events using a unique perspective he calls his “Martian” approach.


■  That’s What She Said with Sarah Spain: ESPN reporter and personality Sarah Spain interviews guests from the sports world and beyond with a focus on their paths to success.

Tech and more

■  Recode Decode with Kara Swisher: The star Silicon Valley reporter hosts as power players in tech, media, and politics are interviewed by Recode journalists.

■  99% Invisible: An architecture and design podcast, 99% Invisible focuses on the little curiosities of life that physically shape the world.


■  Lovett or Leave it: A former speechwriter for President Obama hosts a show recorded in front of a live audience that features figures from the entertainment world who discuss the latest news and play some games.


■  Slow Burn: Former Globe Ideas writer Leon Neyfakh explores the little remembered subplots from recent political history, with a focus on Watergate in Season 1 and Bill Clinton’s impeachment in Season 2.

For kids

■  Circle Round: Just for kids ages 4 to 10, Circle Round tells short folktales from around the world. Bonus: It’s created and produced by parents of young kids.

■  Stories: Stories mixes the classics, like Peter Rabbit, with original pieces.


■  Mom and Dad are Fighting: Slate’s parenting podcast tackles parenting’s triumphs, as well as its fails, as it offers listeners advice on nearly all stages of child development.