20 Things to Read, Listen to, and Watch in November and December 2019

Nov 13, 2019

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As the holiday seasons approaches, the end of the year nears as well as the lead up to the award season commences, more and more reasons abound for content worth watching, reading and listening to.

With many of us hitting the travel route to visit family and friends, if you are like me, you are looking for podcasts to listen to to help an extremely long road trip or flight feel slightly less long. 🙂

As of late, I have stumbled across more than a few podcasts I want to share with you depending upon what piques your curiosity, as well as six televisions shows to watch, and perhaps binge while traveling or while at your desired destination or simply relaxing at home as you catch your breath and put your feet up.

Audiobooks are also go-to items for long travel plans, and I have included four books each recently released that may be to your liking depending upon what keeps your attention. (Psst – if you visit this url at Audible – audible.com/SIMPLESOPHISTICATE, you can enjoy 30 days free of listening AND 1 audiobook plus 2 originals for free).

Now, let’s take a look at the list!

Podcasts To Listen To

Articles of Interest

If you love clothes, history and want a short podcast series to binge and complete, check out Articles of Interest. With a six-part series, each episode is focused on one type of clothing (i.e. jeans) , sharing the item’s origins and its role in the culture.

Ctrl Alt Delete

A WEBBY nominated podcast, host Emma Gannon welcomes experts, writers, creative individuals and thought-leaders on her show to talk about internet, their careers, and everything in between. Recent guests include Marie Forleo and Man Repeller’s Leandra Medine.

Eat Sleep Work Repeat

The concept of this podcast has me intrigued as I too am looking for ideas to work smarter. Host Bruce Daisley interviews psychologists, neuroscientists and workplace experts to understand how we can improve our jobs. “The series has a focus on science and experts, over gurus and opinions”. I deeply appreciate and love the focus – science over feelings for a matter that is our body and brain, and thus knowing how to work best with the finite energy we have.

Encyclopedia Womannica

Organized into themes, if you are interested in learning about women from all walks of life and careers and experiences from all about history and culture, this is the short 6-7 minute in length episode podcast you’ve been looking for. Currently, November’s theme is food, and Julia Child as well as MKF Fisher were the focus of two different episodes.

Keep Calm and Cook On with Julia Turshen

Bestselling cookbook author Julia Turshen has a new podcast. Her first actually, and listeners are enjoying it as she speaks to some of the most interesting people in and around food today. Turshen “thoughtfully explores varied themes such as mental health, writing practices, and community organizing. Each show ends with Julia’s responses to listeners’ questions about food and more”.

Splendid Table’s Turkey Confidential 2019

Every Thanksgiving I enjoy listening to Splendid Table‘s Turkey Confidential. If you tune in on Thanksgiving at noon (Eastern time), you will have the opportunity to listen to the annual episode live, but they will re-air it on your local NPR station later in the week and long weekend. With a handful of well-known and trusted chefs fielding questions from call-ins, discover something new as well as find solace that there may just be worst headaches on Thanksgiving than bland mashed potatoes. Samin Nosrat as well as New York Times cookbook writer Melissa Clark will be one of the four cooks that stop by.

A Way With Words

I stumbled upon A Way with Words this past weekend while listening to MilkStreet Kitchen with Christopher Kimball. The two hosts were guests on Kimball’s show to talk about food phrases, such as “in a pickle” and “mud in your eye”, and reveal their origin. A Way with Words goes behind the history of words that are figuratively used, but often unknown and so why we say them without much conscious thought. A fun listen and one sure to kickstart thinking about exactly what we are saying and why.

Weeknight Kitchen

The Splendid Table cooking show recently released a short new podcast hosted by New York Times cookbook author and writer Melissa Clark. In a period of 15 minutes, Melissa, in her own kitchen, walks you through how to make a simple, yet delicious weeknight meal. Hearing the sounds of the kitchen are the perfect soundtrack, and her ideas sound to be full of flavor with creative suggestions and cooking tips.

Where Should We Begin?

Belgium psychotherapist Esther Perel’s podcast shares the intimate tales of couples, taking listeners into a counseling session of six different couples who have offered to share their journey capturing different moments along the way.

You’re Dead to Me

History aficionados will enjoy this British podcast as well as anyone who wants a good laugh. Host Greg Jenner brings together top history experts and comedians to talk about events and people of history we may or may not have thought we wanted to learn more about.

~Quickly, I wanted to express my thanks to you, listeners of TSLL’s podcast, The Simple Sophisticate, for tuning in over the going-on six seasons, sharing your positive reviews and ratings as they make a greatly significant difference as new and potential listeners explore the many options when it comes to podcasts. Your time and interest help in more ways than you may know. Thank you again. ?

Television Shows to Stream

The Crown, Season 3

Talked about many times already here on TSLL blog, Season 3 of The Crown will finally be available beginning Sunday November 17th. Olivia Coleman ascends the thrown as the sixties in Britain take off. Have a look at the trailer below.


A new series on Hulu, starring Two Broke Girls Kat Denning who is also an executive producer, follows the life and journey of Jules, a young woman who – after being dumped by her longtime boyfriend – must deal with her own imagination in order to literally and metaphorically re-enter the world of women, and rekindle the female friendships she left behind”. Have a look at the trailer below.

Mad About You

Award-winning comedy series Mad About You returns to the small screen for one more season with a handful of episodes being released November 20th and then the final episodes being released mid-December. Viewers will be able to step back into Jamie and Paul’s world in New York City more than 20 years later. Spectrum television has the exclusive rights to air the original episodes as well as the new season, and I am still not sure how to access them, but if I find out, I will let you know. Have a look at the trailer below.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Season 3

Premiering on December 6th, the third season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel! So excited for this series’ spirit and wit to return. The show leaves New York City for even more fun and adventures as Midge and Susie start to see the comedy gig take off. Have a look at the trailer below.

The Morning Show

While I have already recommended Apple TV +’s new drama The Morning Show in this week’s Petit Plaisir on the podcast, it is worth reminding that this is a show to watch each Friday through December 20th as a new episode becomes available. Tune in to episode #266 (the end of the episode) to hear my review and how to subscribe.

Mrs. Fletcher

Now on HBO, the three episode first season of Mrs. Fletcher stars Kathryn Hahn and is based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Tom Perrotta. Definitely a series with a bit more edge than say The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (internet porn is involved), this show is described as “a dual coming-of-age story . . . [following] the lives of Eve Fletcher, an empty-nest mother, and her college freshman son”.

Books to Read/Listen To

21 Truths About Love: A Novel by Matthew Dicks

Being released next week, author Matthew Dicks has written a novel consistenting entirely of lists. I kid you not. The plot revolves around the lengths one man will go to and the risks he will take to save his family. But the main character doesn’t just want to save his failing bookstore and his family’s finances . . . read more about the lists he makes here in the detailed description.

A Booklover’s Guide to New York by Cleo Le-Tan

Recently released, Cleo Le-Tan’s beautifully illustrated book is one to keep whether you live in New York City or not, wish to travel to the Big Apple or not. Discover and enjoy learning more about the “city’s best bookshops; libraries; homes and haunts of world-famous writers; and scenes from literary classics with charming drawings by the famed New Yorker cover artist Pierre Le-Tan”.

Margaret Thatcher: Herself Alone’s Biography: The Authorized Biography, Volume 3 by Charles Moore

While certainly a controversial, yet long-serving modern-day British Prime Minister, the third and final volume of Margaret Thatcher’s authorized biography has just been released. After reading a review in The Wall Street Journal which praised Charles Moore ability to separate himself from his subject enough to reveal some of her most vulnerable moments in her final years, if you are someone who enjoys an engaging biography to understand even more about British history and how Thatcher’s policies have fed into the Brexit debacle, this may just be a book to read or listen to.

The Seine: The River That Made Paris by Elaine Sciolino

I just discovered Elaine Sciolino’s new book when I came upon this article in last Sunday’s New York Times. Devoted entirely to the history of The Seine that runs through Paris as well as the bridges that cross it and the people that make their lives on it, Elaine’s story-telling is earning her critic’s applause.

Living The Simply Luxurious Life: Making Your Everyday Extraordinary and Discovering Your Best Self (audio version now available!)

Okay, please forgive me, here is an extra item to add to today’s list. ☺️As readers have been patiently waiting for the audio version of TSLL’s second book to become available, on November 1st the wait over! With more than 12 hours of audio material to enjoy, you can find it wherever audiobooks are sold. 🙂 Learn more about the book’s contents, as well as why it was delayed one year after the book’s publication ?.

Phew! Now that’s a list! I do hope you find something that catches your eye, ear or mind. And if you enjoying learning and staying abreast of new releases of books, shows, podcasts as well as other culture news of interest, as well as sales and more, stop by TSLL blog each Friday for readers’ favorite regular post This & That (going on seven years strong!). May your travels be safe and swift, and where you are heading, a destination and experience that is full of wonderful memories to savor.

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10 thoughts on “20 Things to Read, Listen to, and Watch in November and December 2019

  1. I also enjoy your blog so much Shannon! Where on earth do youfind the time to put out such great content on such a regular basis. I’m impressed!

    1. Mar, I am so happy to know the content is so being enjoyed and appreciated. It is fun for me to compile and share, as I would want to do with friends and family as I find items that catch my eye and I think others would enjoy as well. Have a wonderful Wednesday. ☺️?

  2. It has been a pleasure to read your blog and books. In the age of Instagram, Snapchat and Tik Tok it is nice to sit and read a lengthy, thoughtfully written post and not just look at a pretty picture.

  3. I am a big (mostly silent but very very big) fan of your blog. I can’t imagine the work that goes into curating all of this content, and your suggestions on what to read, shop for, and watch are always so well done. Thank you for your work!

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