Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Top 10 Podcasts: #7 Freakonomics Radio

[Editor's Note: The following is the latest in a series covering my top 10 podcasts and my favorite episodes from each. Here's what we know so far:
#7 - Freakonomics Radio
#8 - The Moth Podcast
#9 - The Ricky Gervais Podcast
#10 - Fresh Air with Terry Gross]

Freakonomics Radio is an audio extension of the brand created Stephen Dubner and Stephen Levitt's book of the same name. The podcast updates relatively infrequently and is never very long. The production is great. The subject is always interesting. Nothing on here lends itself to a marathon listening session. It's meant to be savored, like Werther's Original for the mind. The flavor is deep and long-lasting.

Essential listening:

Really, all of it very quality, but two recent episodes were above and beyond. One was about the idea of regulated organ market (Iran has the only one in the world and hardly anyone dies for lack of an organ.) Another was about how the label on a bottle of wine is more influential in percieved taste than the wine contained inside (in blind taste tests people overwhelmingly prefer cheap wine to expensive even though it's many times more expensive.)

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