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(Another) huge list of podcasts for your Thanksgiving drive

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Thanksgiving travelers this year are facing snarled traffic and clogged airports, and if you’ll be among them, you might be looking for ways to pass the time.

Here’s a list of podcasts to make your Thanksgiving travel fly by. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Check out last year’s list.

Arts and culture

Dolly Parton’s America — A new podcast all about country music icon Dolly Parton’s life and music, from WNYC Radio.

Hot & Bothered — From the cofounder of “Harry Potter and the Sacred Text,” this is a podcast about the art of writing romance novels, encouraging listeners to write their own as a form of “sacred practice.” Bonus: It’s run by locals.


Seincast — For “Seinfeld” megafans, this podcast dives into each and every episode of the classic TV show in what the hosts acknowledge is “excruciating” detail.

Slayerfest98 — Fans of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” will love this podcast, which this week celebrated the release of its 100th episode, about the late ’90s television phenomenon.

Still Processing — New York Times culture writers Wesley Morris and Jenna Wortham explore what moves them, and that includes everything from Jordan Peele’s latest movie to Jennifer Lopez to the 2020 election.

Beautiful/Anonymous — What began as something of a gimmick where comedian Chris Gethard tweets out a phone number and pledges to speak to whomever calls for one hour has evolved into a celebration of human connection, one that Gethard wrote this year had transformed his life.

Love Letters — After season 1 explored breakups and season 2 looked at how to meet someone, in season 3, Globe advice columnist Meredith Goldstein took on this question: “How do you know?”


Science & Tech

Brought to You By . . . — In the age of the corporate conglomerate, this podcast from Business Insider surfaces stories about the companies and brands that have transformed our lives “for better or worse.”

Science Vs. — “A team of friendly fact checkers” seeks to sort out fact from fiction and myth in this podcast that’s sure to arm you with data for those inevitable Thanksgiving family arguments.


30 for 30 — Audio documentaries all about sports from ESPN, the makers of the award-winning documentary film series of the same name.


1619 — This groundbreaking project from the New York Times examines how the legacy of American slavery endures to this day — 400 years after its beginning.

Odd Ball — This podcast produced by NPR affiliate WJCT in Jacksonville, Fla., explores a single event: the 1974 mystery of a strange metal ball discovered in the Jacksonville woods.

Mobituaries with Mo Rocca — A podcast about people and things that are long gone. Rocca explores figures such as Audrey Hepburn and Sammy Davis Jr. and more wide-ranging subjects such as a legendary college football rivalry.

Throughline — This history-focused podcast from NPR looks back on historical events to help listeners better understand the headlines of today.

News & Politics

Stranglehold — A topical subject as the New Hampshire primary approaches, New Hampshire Public Radio takes on the question of how a small state in the Northeast came to hold such a powerful position in US politics.


Today Explained — This podcast from Vox Media is designed to help you digest the stories of the day and is released afternoons Monday through Friday.

After Hours — The hosts, a team of Harvard Business School professors, dissect business, technology, and culture news.

Jemele Hill is Unbothered — The Atlantic writer conducts in-depth interviews with figures such as Ava DuVernay, Senator Kamala Harris, Soledad O’Brien, and more in this weekly podcast.

The Horse Race — A podcast about Massachusetts politics and policy from pollster Steve Koczela and journalists Jennifer Smith and Stephanie Murray.


The Past and the Curious — A podcast that aims to spark the curiosity of children, families, and educators.

Molly of Denali — This podcast from WGBH follows the adventures of a fictional Alaska Native girl as she searches for her lost birthday cake. The podcast series preceded the launch of the “Molly of Denali” TV show last summer.