Podcasts for Better Thanksgiving Roadtrips

At this time of year, many of us are hitting the open road to spend Thanksgiving with family and friends. To entertain small friends on long drives, check out these podcasts designed for kids but entirely enjoyable for adults as well:

This Podcast Has Fleas – Hilarious comedy about a dog and a cat with dueling podcasts, living in the same house. Features Alec Baldwin as a Zen goldfish.

Pants on Fire – Nobody can spot a liar better than a kid. Or can they? This gameshow brings two adults before a child contestant: one adult is an expert on the topic of the day while the other is a no-good dirty liar. Will the kid detect the imposter?!

Brains On! – Science that feels like a cool news magazine.

The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel - a scripted podcast for middle grade kids, performed by middle grade kids. It is a fun, high-quality, serial mystery that can be described as Goonies meets Spy Kids meets Stranger Things for 8-12 year olds.

When the kids fall asleep, or while you’re out for a pre-turkey jog, here’s some fantastic listening for adults.

Last Seen - WBUR’s podcast about the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum robbery, the biggest unsolved art heist in history.

Bear Brook - New Hampshire Public Radio’s podcast that investigates a cold case of murder in Bear Brook State Park.

Gladiator - The Boston Globe’s Spotlight Team takes a hard look at the crisis facing football through the lens of Aaron Hernandez’s life and terrible crimes.

Radiolab - Various topics, all of them thought-provoking and fascinating.

99% Invisible – Design-focused podcast that goes way way beyond architecture.

Empire on Blood – True crime about a 1992 Bronx murder case that questions the nature of justice and redemption.

Wooden Overcoats – Fictional radioplay about a small town in the Channel Islands that has one funeral home. Until one day, it has two.

Ear Hustle - Made by the inmates of San Quentin Prison, this podcast offers a glimpse into a world that may surprise you.

Serial - Season 3 is now available and details a full-year immersion in a courthouse in Cleveland as a microcosm for the entire justice system.

These podcasts (and more) are available on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you find your podcasts.