Well hi there! It’s been a busy week here at the Langrs, full of work, blogging, podcasting, and packing all of our things into moving boxes.
Since Thanksgiving is right around the corner (6 days? That’s crazy!) I wanted to share some podcasts for your holiday listening. Whether you’re going to be spending hours in the kitchen with a turkey or hours in the car on the road, here are some of my favorites!
1. When you’re wondering if you’ll need to order take-out
How I Built This provides an hour’s worth of interviews jam-packed with the stories of some of the world’s best known companies. If you’re looking for inspiration on how to follow your dreams, learn from the best of the best in the business world.
Cooking in the kitchen and wondering if you’re going to have to order some take-out? Listen to Guy’s interview with Tony Xu, the business student who solved the problem of food delivery with DoorDash.
2. When you’re pouring a festive cocktail
Lindsay Graham (not that Lindsay Graham) is a natural story-teller and he brings history to life with his podcast History Tellers. I’ve loved this podcast after discovering it this past summer and have binged-listened to it quite a bit.
If you’re trying out hot mulled cider or a cranberry champagne cocktail, take a listen to the six part prohibition series from History Tellers. You’ll appreciate your cocktail even more after listening to the American story of prohibition - a story much messier and complicated than you’d think!
3. If you’re wanting to catch a movie over the holidays
Is one of your family traditions over the holidays heading to the movies and enjoying time together? If you’re like me, you may be out of the loop on what is new in the theaters and what is worth your time to see.
For commentary on all things pop culture (including movies, music, television, books and more!), check out Pop Culture Happy Hour. It’s full of fun and freewheeling chatter about all the media out there.
Scroll through their recent episodes to hear their thoughts on the latest movies.
4. If you know there will be some heated dinner conversations
Does Thanksgiving dinner often lead to controversial conversations at your house? Does your family love to grill you on your faith, politics, and the latest headlines in the news?
Every week, Joe Heschmeyer and I record an episode of The Catholic Podcast, a podcast where we strive to help people see the beauty of friendship with Christ, and the good of intentional friendships that lead others to Christ. Then, we invite listeners to share that message of friendship with others.
If every conversation with your great aunt or cousin leaves you wondering what to say, check out “Big Problems, Small Solutions,” where Joe and I discuss micro-progress and how it plays a key role in evangelization!
5. If you’re going around the table sharing grateful moments
Every year at a Thanksgiving gathering, we’ll go around the table and share what we’re grateful for. Cheesy? Yes. Thought-provoking? Also yes.
But Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be the only time we’re intentionally grateful for things. Wondering how to cultivate a culture of gratitude in your life after the holidays? Check out Letters to Women, a podcast that explores what it means to live as a woman in today’s world. If thankfulness in on your heart, check out “A Letter to the Woman Longing for Gratitude,” where Dr. Susan Muto shares how to practice gratitude daily in your own life.
6. If you finally have time to catch up on that reading list
Have a pile of books sitting in your car, on your couch, or on you dresser begging to be read while you have some time off work? Me too!
If you want to dive deep into the topic of good story-telling, wholesome fiction, and classic authors, check out the brand new podcast Mystery Though Manners, hosted by Jules Miles. You’ll want to check out her series on Catholic fiction, but also spend time listening to her recent series on blogging!
7. If you’re struggling to be thankful this year
If Thanksgiving doesn’t mean cheer and excitement this year, you’re not alone. Many of us are working through grief, transition, or other issues this year. If this is your story, check out Terrible, Thanks for Asking.
Each episode, Nora McInery talks with others honestly about how they feel about the worst things that have happened in their life. She won’t let anyone say “I’m fine",” or brush things under the rug.
The episode that hits particularly close to home this week is “Happy(ish) Holidays,” where Nora discusses her first Thanksgiving after her husband, Aaron, passed away.