The Hidden Brain podcast studies the unconscious patterns that drive our behavior and this 19-min episode offers survival strategies for a happier, healthier holiday by avoiding the three deadly Thanksgiving pitfalls: overeating, over-shopping and fighting with relatives. Host Shankar Vedantam helps us understand why Uncle Leo can't stop talking about politics at the table and how turkey, mashed potatoes and cranberries can curb that Pre-Black Friday splurge. The best part of Hidden Brain is Stopwatch Science where Shankar and a friend give a 60 second summary of random social science research - like how saying "I can't" vs "I don't" effects will power. Try this tactic when the apple, pumpkin and pecan pies come out. With this, we bid you good luck and Happy Thanksgiving!