Since I haven’t been reading very much, I haven’t been posting bookmarks. But the trip to and from Boston gave me a chance to catch up on podcasts – both ones publicly available, and ones custom made for me. (Thanks David, Sandy.) Some of the highlights:
This American Life takes a close look at the intricacies of the US mortgage market and the collapse in value of mortgage-backed investments. It’s a huge, complex story, and an hour-long show is exactly the amount of time it takes to get a sense for just how badly broken regulatory mechanisms have been surrounding these financial instruments.
I’ve got mixed emotions about WNYC’s “Radio Lab“. At best, it’s a terrific popular science show. At worst, it’s annoying, cloying and cutesy. But I really liked the closing segment of “Pop Music”, a story about accordianist and journalist Gregory Warner, who discovers that Afghan tribesmen really, really like American country music. (Based on his success playing Johnny Cash songs to Afghan audiences, I’m now learning “Ring of Fire” on the squeezebox, because, well, you never know.)
Paul Collier’s “The Bottom Billion” is the best book I’ve read this year. So I was thrilled to find an hour-long podcast of him discussing economic theory with the host of EconTalk. And there’s now half a dozen podcasts on EconTalk I’m looking forward to this week.
Got something I should hear? Please let me know in the comments – with eyes closed, I’m all ears.