Freaky pod­casts

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STEVE Hely isn’t funny only when he’s writ­ing for the award-win­ning TV sit­com, The Of­fice. His mod­estly en­ti­tled novel, How I Be­came a Fa­mous Nov­el­ist, was awarded the 2010 Thurber Prize for Amer­i­can Hu­mour last week.

Hely, who wrote for the TV shows 30 Rock and The Late Show With David Let­ter­man – and won Em­mys for both – re­ceived US$5,000 (RM15,600) as part of the Thurber Prize.

Pre­vi­ous win­ners of the award in­clude po­lit­i­cal satirist, writer and co­me­dian Jon Ste­wart and hu­morist, writer and co­me­dian David Sedaris. The prize, which was founded in 1997, is named for the hu­morist-car­toon­ist James Thurber (1894-1961). – AP STEPHEN J. Dub­ner, co-author of the in­ter­na­tion­ally best­selling Freako­nomics, has be­gun a reg­u­lar pod­cast pro­gramme con­tin­u­ing the book’s unique ap­proach to ev­ery­day eco­nom­ics.

Launched on Oct 4, Freako­nomics Ra­dio in­cludes a bi­weekly pod­cast ex­plor­ing “what the hid­den side of ev­ery­thing sounds like,” and is hosted by Dub­ner; co-author Steven D. Levitt guests oc­ca­sion­ally. It will be­come weekly early next year. Fans can sub­scribe to the pod­casts at iTunes, get it via RSS feed, or go to freako­nomic­sra­dio.com.

Freako­nomics: A Rogue Econ­o­mist Ex­plores The Hid­den Side Of Ev­ery­thing was re­leased in 2005 and has since sold well over four mil­lion copies world­wide. The book ap­plies a provoca­tive, in­cen­tives-based ap­proach to hu­man be­hav­iour through case stud­ies on such var­ied sub­jects as cheat­ing among Sumo wrestlers and the so­cioe­co­nomic pat­terns of nam­ing chil­dren.

In 2009, the fol­low-up, Su­per­f­reako­nomics: Global Cool­ing, Pa­triot Pros­ti­tutes, And Why Sui­cide Bombers Should Buy Health In­surance, also be­came an in­ter­na­tional best­seller. – AFP Re­laxnews 2010

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