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DLD 2.3.2011 - Podcast and [Audio]Book Recs

I've mentioned it offhand here and there, but I have a bus and train commute that allows me to do something else during the trip.  While sometimes I read actual, tangible books, I most often listen to either podcasts or audiobooks.  So, I thought I'd list some of my recent favorites, and others could add to the list, too.  Names and short descriptions for my top 3 of each category follow after the jump.

Podcasts:

This American Life

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In my opinion, the best audio programming available anywhere.  They travel the country looking for provocative stories of normal(-ish) people they can explore thoroughly and interview the people involved in it.  Last week's podcast had a story of a 17-year courtship and a woman who is a decades-long breast cancer survivor.    It's great way to pass an hour every week.

The Moth

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Short, stand-up performances from semi-famous people.  Usually around 20 minutes every week, they're generally funny recitations of personal experiences.  For example, a recent podcast was a woman who, as a girl, got into mischief by putting up a personal ad.  At 12 years old.

Up and In: The Baseball Prospectus podcast.

Hosted by Kevin Goldstein and new BP contributor Jason Parks.  It's a great mix of MiLB propecting and MLB news, interviews with other baseball writers, and stupid stuff like BBQ, beer, and impersonations.  Both of them swear like sailors (that's why the explicit tag is there), but both are knowledgeable and fun.

 

 

Audiobooks:

Freakonomics - Revised. 

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The tagline of "the hidden side of everything" is pretty apt.  They look at common thinking and use economic data to either prove or disprove the theories behind them.  Think Mythbusters, but no explosions and better expertise.  

 

The Big Short (Michael Lewis). 

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Moneyball's author now writes about the financial crisis and how personalities and rivalries drove a lot of it.  Little known fact: Lewis used to be a bond salesman for Solomon Brothers.  His experiences there form the basis for the book.  If the characters in here are indicative of the characters who make money decisions currently, this is very worrisome.  Still, a fantastic read.

 

The Department of Mad Scientists

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This book is just cool.  The author chronicles the development of DARPA (defense advanced research projects agency) itself and some of the technologies it helped bring to market.  Examples include translation technologies and advanced artificial limbs.  If you're a gearhead-type like me, you'll love this.

 

If you notice, this list is conspicuously bereft of fiction.  While I don't read much fiction, I'm hoping people will add that for the benefit of others.  

 

Now, for some links:

 

Pettitte retires 

Tip of the hat to a worthy competitor 

 

Kurt jumps on Gio

(1:00 in)

 

Super Bowl Recipes

 

 

Please, dump at will!

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