When I first tried the #BehindTheBastards #Podcast I thought this is a fun romp through the weird details of histories most well-known monsters. I discovered later that they quickly ran out of historic #Bastards and moved onto living #Monsters. This show is now in the category of #News because of the content it reveals.
This is a great #DeepDive type podcast that gets into more detail about a story in their printed media. To my best judgment so far, they are bias-free in their content. It's always hard to tell if the choice of what to run is a problem, but the stuff they do talk about seems revealing and unbiased.
This show is delightful and educational. Even if you are studied in Economics, this twisted, convoluted thinking will enhance your way of looking at things. I think the magic is having a professional communicator being the front man for a very free-thinking economist. Stephen Dubner (the frontman), is a masterful storyteller who gets at the heart of discovery learning in the show's format; you aren't being taught anything, you are discovering things during the show. Steven Levitt (the economist), is tantalizingly open-minded. It's as if he has an artists mind and sees things in a way that our mind's eye wouldn't have thought of. When you hear his convoluted ideas, you are pleasantly amazed.
The host, Sam Harris, has the type of conversational style that can really enrage the engageable people of the world. I don't know if it's a touch of #Asperger's that appears as violent arrogance that sets people off, but I haven't found him enraging. The Making Sense podcast used to be called the Waking Up podcast. It's worth it to listen to them all. I often have disagreements with Sam's content, and many times his guests have aired my grievances for me. Sam handles it with deft dialogue in a way I would like to be handled if somebody thought I was wrong.
I wish all news commentary with guests would go as this show does.
This show is a lot like the #PlanetMoney #Podcast but the shows cover different content. This show's interviews are rarely confrontational, and even if they are it's hard to tell, but they aren't covering fluff either like a lot of finance programs do.
I find the reporting on this podcast the least biased and the most revealing of any financial news shows I have ever listened to. That's not to say I don't know equally great reporting from some other sources, but this one is great.
Their topics are always timely. They center their talks on issues of power imbalances in the #USA and sometimes the world. They have an air of #Comedy to their reporting/round table discussion. I believe most (if not all) of the members had official positions in the Obama administration. It seems like they always, "give the game away."