Advice for a Peaceful Thanksgiving: Change the Topic

It’s that time of year again when families get together to laugh, share a meal…and argue. Are you worried about what to discuss with Uncle Bob at Thanksgiving dinner or at the dessert table with Grandma Ruby? Following is a list of SLS faculty-recommended podcasts covering a multitude of interesting topics that can make for an enjoyable conversation and will distract even the most partisan family member. Take a listen now so you’re prepared to change the topic when the turkey hits the fan.

Stanford Legal: At the top of every SLS faculty member’s podcast list is the Stanford Legal podcast. Co-hosted by Stanford Law Professors Pam Karlan and Joe Bankman, the series features engaging conversations with attorneys, legal scholars, and leading experts on the news-making topics of the day.

SLS Faculty Weigh In on Recent SCOTUS Decisions

Ralph Richard Banks, Jackson Eli Reynolds Professor of Law and Co-Associate Dean for Curriculum

Cerebronas: Two Stanford Law School students host a podcast that includes a critical analysis of the law, current events, and personal politics to increase listeners access to the law – how it works, what it is (currently and historically), and how it impacts our lives.

Revisionist History: A podcast from Malcolm Gladwell and Panoply. Each week for 10 weeks, Revisionist History reinterprets something from the past: an event, a person, an idea. Something overlooked. Something misunderstood.

The On Being Project: Groundbreaking, Peabody Award-winning conversation about the big questions of meaning with special features like poetry and music, hosted by Krista Tippett.

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Joseph Bankman, Ralph M. Parsons Professor of Law and Business

The Wellness Cast: A podcast about wellness and mental health in the legal profession co-hosted by Professor Joe Bankman and Stanford Law students. Earlier editions of the WellnessCast were co-hosted by Professor Bankman and lawyer-turned-therapist Sarah Weinstein.

Juliet Brodie, Mills Legal Clinic, Stanford Law School

Juliet Brodie, Associate Dean of Clinical Education, The Mills Professor of Law, Director of the Mills Legal Clinic, and Director of the Stanford Community Law Clinic

The Rewatchables: The newest film podcast from the Ringer Podcast Network, features HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons and a roundtable of people from The Ringer universe discussing movies they can’t seem to stop watching. “I’m starting with the episode on Get Out, and it’s a lot of fun!”

Slow Burn: Journalist and author Leon Neyfakh excavates the strange subplots and forgotten characters of recent political history. Season 1 captured what it was like to live through Watergate; Season 2 does the same with the saga of Bill Clinton’s impeachment.

James Cavallaro

James Cavallaro, Professor of Law, Director of the International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic, and Director of the Human Rights Center

RadioLab: Radiolab is a radio program produced by WNYC, a public radio station in New York City. Hosted by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, the show focuses on topics of a scientific and philosophical nature and attempts to approach broad, difficult topics such as “time” and “morality” in an accessible and light-hearted manner. “I really enjoyed the episode titled, How Do You Solve A Problem Like Fritz Haber.”

Dean M. Elizabeth Magill of Stanford Law School

Dean M. Elizabeth Magill

New Yorker Fiction Podcast: A monthly reading and conversation with the New Yorker fiction editor Deborah Treisman.

The Moth: Features current The Moth Radio Hour episodes, plus additional stories recorded over the past two decades.

Slate’s Amicus with Dahlia Lithwick: A show about the law, and the nine Supreme Court justices who interpret it for the rest of America. Hosted by Dahlia Lithwick, JD ’96, senior editor for Slate.

Slate’s Political Gabfest: One of Slate’s most popular podcasts, Slate Political Gabfest is an American political podcast by Slate magazine that covers topics on current politics and issues. The shows are usually hosted by David Plotz, journalist and writer.

Slate’s Cultural Gabfest: Features Slate culture critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner debating the week in culture, from highbrow to pop.

Michelle Mello

Michelle Mello, Professor of Law and Professor of Health Research & Policy at Stanford School of Medicine

The Daily: A daily news podcast and radio show by The New York Times. Hosted by Times political journalist Michael Barbaro, its 20-minute episodes are based on the Times reporting of the day. “A great behind-the-scenes conversation among reporters about the top stories of the day.”

Anne Joseph O'Connell

Anne Joseph O’Connell, Professor of Law

The Uncertain Hour: From NPR’s Marketplace Wealth & Poverty Desk, host Krissy Clark dives into one controversial topic each season to reveal the surprising origin stories of our economy, going beyond buzzwords to bust longstanding myths and uncover surprising backstories.

Jayashri Srikantiah

Jayashri Srikantiah, Professor of Law and Director of the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic

This American Life: A weekly hour-long radio program produced in collaboration with Chicago Public Media and hosted by Ira Glass. The show centers around a specific theme and features different stories on that theme. Heard by 2.2 million listeners each week on over 500 public radio stations in the U.S., with another 2.5 million people downloading each episode as a podcast, the show is usually one of the top five podcasts on iTunes.

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Allen Weiner, Senior Lecturer in Law, Director of the Stanford Program in International and Comparative Law, and Co-Director for the Stanford Center on International Conflict and Negotiation

National Security Law Podcast: A weekly review of the latest legal controversies associated with the U.S. government’s national security activities and institutions, featuring Professors Bobby Chesney and Steve Vladeck of the University of Texas at Austin.

The BS Report: Grantland’s Bill Simmons discusses sports and pop culture with celebrities and media personalities.

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Robert Weisberg, Edwin E. Huddleson, Jr. Professor of Law and Faculty Co-Director of the Stanford Criminal Justice Center

Reveal: Public radio’s first one-hour radio show and podcast dedicated to investigative reporting. Reveal combines the power and artistry of “driveway moment” storytelling with data-rich reporting on critically important issues. The result is stories that inform and inspire, arming our listeners with information to right injustices, hold the powerful accountable and improve lives. “It’s the sharpest thing around, on many subjects.”

P.S.A.: Change is inevitable, but smooth transitions are not. This episode of P.S.A., explores why moving is hard and what makes it easier. “A podcast that I can rave about, by the budding DC journalist Hanna Bolanos. Full disclosure – She’s a relative and I’ve known her for her whole life.”

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Diego Zambrano, Assistant Professor of Law

Revolutions: A weekly podcast exploring political revolutions.

Conversations with Tyler: Esteemed economist Tyler Cowen engages with today’s most underrated thinkers in wide-ranging explorations of their work, the world, and everything in between.

Bloggingheads: Combining sophisticated conversation with a casual, low-tech look-and-feel, serves up daily video discourse between bloggers, journalists and scholars on topical issues.