Sunday, December 26, 2010

History of the Holidays

The American History Guys did a great show on the history of the holidays last year, check it out.

This episode is no longer available on itunes, but you can listen now.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Social Science Rocks!

I have a special place in my heart for the social sciences, and last week David Brooks wrote a brief recap about 10 of the more interesting studies and findings from the social sciences. My favorite is concerning the relationship between physical touch and team performance in the NBA. Read about that, and the other studies here.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Bold Predictions

The Economist is hands down my favorite magazine out there, and right now they're doing an interesting project in which they interview a host of economists and great thinkers about what the world will look like in 25 years. So far two of these interviews have been released on podcast, and I've linked to them below.

I don't necessarily agree with all these predictions (I'm not definitely not putting my money on the decline of the Nation State by 2036), but they nonetheless have some very interesting, if not slightly crazy ideas.

The first is an interview with the author of the book "The Black Swan," which was described by The Times (London) as "one of the 12 most influential books since World War II." Listen now, or download it on itunes. The itunes release date was 12/1/10.

The second is an interview with Paul Saffo. Listen now, or download on itunes. The itunes release date was 11/23/10.