Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? Why do drug dealers still live with their moms?
Those are the kinds of unexpected questions asked by unconventional economists Stephen Dubner and Steven D. Levitt. Their bestselling book Freakonomics was so popular, it spawned a blog, a documentary film, lectures, a pair of pants – and a radio show. It joins the lineup of exciting new programs on NWPR, along with The New Yorker Radio Hour, Philosophy Talk, and an expanded Sunday Baroque.
Here’s what‘s coming your way, beginning July 9th:
Freakonomics: What do you get when you apply economic theory to subjects not usually covered by “traditional” economists? This intersection of pop culture an economics looks at “the hidden side of everything,” from cheating teachers, bizarre baby names, self-dealing Realtors, and crack-selling mama’s boys. Perhaps you’ve watched it on Netflix; now listen to surprising conversations Sundays at 2 PM, Wednesdays at 10 PM, NPR News service
Philosophy Talk celebrates the value of the examined life – but don't expect a dry lecture! Ken Taylor and John Perry (both Stanford philosophy professors) are tons of fun. They host engaging conversations on all kinds of issues, from our most deeply-held beliefs about science, morality, to current events. They challenge you to identify and question your assumptions and to think about things in new ways. As they say, they question everything, except your intelligence. Fridays at 10 PM, NPR News service
The New Yorker Radio Hour: Inspired by the magazine, the radio show brings a diverse mix of interviews, profiles, storytelling, and an occasional burst of humor. Don’t expect articles read aloud, though. Editor and host David Remnick says the radio show contains “all the elements of the crazy recipe of The New Yorker… depth of discussion, depth of reporting, accuracy, humor, and range.” Saturdays at 4 PM, NPR News service
Sunday Baroque: Now, listen to two additional hours with Suzanne Bona! Her weekly celebration of beloved and appealing music is not a repeat of the music heard on Sunday mornings. This new evening broadcast brings more of fresh and inviting, genial and inspiring compositions by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi and their contemporaries. Sundays, 9-11 PM, NPR and Classical music service
Live Wire!: An energetic, humorous hour of original comedy, music from up-and-coming bands and scintillating interviews with writers, filmmakers, comedians and people who think cool thoughts. This radio variety show - taped in front of a live audience in Portland – is hosted by Luke Burbank (you’ve heard him on Morning Edition, Wait Wait Don't Tell Me and other NPR shows) Moves to Saturdays at 3 PM, NPR News service