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Tue November 20, 2012

How to Get Over the River and Through the Woods: A Public Media Playlist

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This time of year, many of us must deal with the fact that not all of our friends and relatives live in the WFPL listening area. That means that many of us will be traveling away from the comfort of 89.3 FM. And whether you're in a plane or a car, you'll need something to listen to for your trip, and for any time you may spend hiding from in-laws.

Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot with Mavis Staples.
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It's Thanksgiving, which means Sound Opinions is doing its regular Turkey Shoot. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot mark down the biggest musical turkeys of the year. As they say, "These aren’t just bad records, they’re bad records from artists that are capable of better." 

For my travels, I have the audiobook of The Fran Lebowitz Reader ready to go. Lebowitz hasn't written much lately, but this new collection is enough to make all those comparisons to Dorothy Parker seem spot-on, and, at times, understated. Lebowitz was recently on Bullseye with Jesse Thorn, and the interview is a good listen. 

What better way to impress your friends and family than with some interesting takes on current events and a head full of jokes no one knows you stole from public radio? To get both, check out the last few episodes of The Dinner Party. Recent interview subjects include writer and frequent This American Life contributor Jon Ronson and comedian Wyatt Cenac (The Daily Show, King of the Hill). 

Because this is a guide to interesting things to listen to, and because I'm writing it, I have to mention the Memory Palace and 99% Invisible

Every four years, the pressure to not discuss politics over the Thanksgiving Turkey reaches a critical point. If ideology starts trickling into your dinnertime conversation like so much gravy on mashed potatoes, ease tensions with a few nonpartisan facts. The most recent edition of Backstory looked at the history of guns in America. 

For your fill of great local content, catch up on Noise and Notes, Strange Fruit and Byline

Finally, I recommend Love and Radio for the trip home. The topics are sometimes quite adult, but the mixing, editing and overall production are stellar, and they make for a great nighttime drive or slow descent into Louisville.