Freakonomics Radio by Stephen J. Dubner and WNYC Studios
Freakonomics Radio is the podcast the explores the hidden side of everything. Each week the host Stephen Dubner produces entertaining, fun and often fascinating conversations about the economics that influence, define and shape daily life. Presented by WNYC Studios and his partner and co-author of several New York Times best-selling books, Steve Levitt.
Here is the link to the short and sweet version of how Freakonomics came to be – Freakonomics.com.
In a nutshell, it began with Stephen, a journalist for the New York Times Magazine who found himself heading to Chicago to meet Levitt – an award-winning economist. From there the relationship spiralled into the founding of what is now Freakonomics. As they’d admit, it was a surprising little journey being that they were both very reluctant, at first, to meet each other at all.
Since then, together they have published many books starting with Freakonomics, then SuperFreakonomics, How to Think Like a Freak, and recently How to Rob a Bank. After their first book boomed, selling millions of copies, they went on to produce a podcast, blog, and documentary. The doco will give you great insight into the style of their work – available on Netflix.
Except for their documentary I am not familiar with any of their other works. I haven’t read one of their books – perhaps it’s time I should. However, I do find myself regularly listening to their podcast.
Here is what I like about it. Firstly, it’s produced incredibly well. Compared to the standard interview/conversational based podcasts I typically listen to it makes for a nice change. And secondly, they do a marvellous job in dissecting topics relevant to the modern day affairs, society, culture and the fascinating side of our inherent human nature that sparks curiosity and keeps you hooked.
Admittedly, I don’t listen to all episodes. However, when I do join in I always walk away with an altered perspective and an increased level of knowledge and curiosity on the particular topic of the day. I believe that anything – book, podcast or other, that can challenge how we think is valuable.
They produce high-quality research-based work. Stephen always connects with the experts who deliver a tremendous amount of knowledge to support the subject of the episode. Bringing the latest research and studies that have been carried out to illustrate key points and observations.
Shows include, but not limited to, topics on sleep, medicine and health, lousy shoe wear, parenting, behavioural sciences, philosophy, the future, crime, sugar, the job market, why I’m boring and everything in-between. You’d be sure to find something of interest. If you’re looking for some good insight –these guys deliver.
In summary, my suggestion is to check it out. I am sure you won’t be disappointed. Learning is growth, and I always find myself a little smarter than when I arrived. And even a little entertained. It will be on my playlist for some time to come.
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