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Thanksgiving 2009 has come and gone, and chances are you’re feeling that all-too-familiar bloated feeling — the one that can only come from stuffing yourself full of turkey and suppressed familial anger. There’s only one cure for your condition: The Popdose Podcast, Episode 3!

As you might expect, much of this episode focuses on Turkey Day, but as you might also expect, the conversation between the three of us devolves quickly enough to a point where none of us can breathe from laughing so hard. We hope we’re not the only ones who find ourselves so amusing.

So download away! You can do so here, or subscribe in iTunes (link below).¬†We’d love to accompany you on your Black Friday trip to the mall, while you decorate your Christmas tree (too soon!), or on your drive home from your family get-togethers. Please leave us your thoughts in the comments, and if you like the show, please leave a review on iTunes. And here’s a promise from the three of us: no soup was defiled during the recording of this broadcast. Enjoy!

The Popdose Podcast, Episode 3: Edible Merkins (1:04:21, 73.7 MB), featuring Jeff Giles, Jason Hare, and Dave Lifton.
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Show Notes

0:00 Intro, including discussions on Black Friday, scented candles, and A Very Special Prepared Statement From Dave Lifton Regarding Last Month’s Unfortunate Soup Discussion.

Theme: Dysfunctional Thanksgiving Memories

7:37 Jeff recalls inappropriate conversations at the Thanksgiving table with his grandparents, which leads into childish giggling (surprise) and a discussion of Macaulay Culkin’s The Nutcracker and Macaulay Culkin just sitting around cracking nuts on television.

14:22 Jason reminisces about Thanksgiving in the Adirondacks, including a life without cable television, the dangers of eating too much food (which digresses into his dad thinking Jeff’s an alcoholic), his family members nearly coming to blows (which digresses into Dave getting in trouble with Jason’s aunt on Facebook), and his dad inventing shit up out of whole cloth.

29:37 Dave recalls the unintentional family slights that were only brought up years later, which is pretty much how the Jews traditionally celebrate holidays. Jeff and Dave digress into a discussion about football, including the Jets’ awful history of bad draft picks and a joke from Artie Lange’s new CD. Jason runs for the bathroom.

EnDOSEments: What are you thankful for?

36:44 In a move that surprises nobody, Jeff endorses bourbon. He also endorses Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ new box set, Live Anthology, but suggests you buy the Best Buy version. (Song: John Lee Hooker, “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer”)

39:50 Jason endorses those who post good Christmas music on the Internet, specifically Jeff Ash of AM, Then FM. Jeff contributes a phenomenal joke about Jason’s mother. (Song: Arthur Lyman, “Winter Wonderland”)

45:42 Dave endorses Chicago. No, not the band (that’s Jeff’s job), but the city to which he moved a year ago. He discusses the beautiful blue skies (photos by Dave) and Jeff recalls visiting the International Museum of Surgical Science. (Song: Frank Sinatra, “My Kind of Town”)

Wrappin’ it Up

48:53 Year-end activities at Popdose, including the Popdose Best-of Lists for songs, albums and films, and, of course, Mellowmas. Dave recalls his favorite from last year, Jason recalls his favorite, and Jeff sings the praises of MooT BooXLe’s awesome “A Merry Talkbox Christmas.”

58:17 Outro: Jason gets needy and begs you to review the podcast on iTunes. Thanks for listening! (Song: Alan O’Day, “Have a Merry Mellowmas (Theme From Mellowmas)”)