I am a big fan of Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner’s Freakonomics, both book and blog, and their refreshing perspective on „the hidden side of everything“. Only recently they have launched Freakonomics Radio, a regular podcast which I recommend to everyone who is observing people and numbers.
I just got around to listen to the last episode What Would the World Look Like if Economists Were in Charge? This speculative question opens another truly entertaining and informative podcast episode. I had to laugh out loud at Mart Laar’s description of his encounter with Margaret Thatcher. I found Stephen Levitt’s anecdote of his daughter at the end especially insightful, as it explains why negotiators (like lawyers) and not number people run the show in politics.
Superfreakonomics is already on my bookshelf, but given my current workload this will have to wait until July i am afraid.