Thursday, April 3, 2014

A Listening Assignment

I've written extensively about smoking in the past, and so I'm returning to the topic again today. However, instead of composing a long argument about the evils of tobacco for you to read, I'm offering a listening assignment.

Freakonomics Radio is a program on NPR that looks into the economics of various phenomena, such as the costs and benefits of learning foreign languages, problematic trends in the Japanese housing market, and 'reasons not to be ugly'. In the wake of the 50th anniversary of the US Surgeon General's report on smoking, they've tackled smoking this week. They investigate efforts to cut smoking in both the US and abroad, and take a good hard look at what has worked and what hasn't.

So tonight, perhaps while you're cooking a simple fish recipe or my favorite Spanish rice, tune in and take a listen.

Freakonomics: How to Make People Quit Smoking