You love Paul Krugman, right? You should read the profile of him (and his wife! Who pretty much co-writes his columns with him it turns out!) in the New Yorker. And check him out on Charlie Rose in 1999, sort of predicting our current economic crisis (tho he’s predicting it for 2002, not 2008). He’s been on Charlie Rose 20 times in all.
Dylan Fareed’s “We Are So Good Together” print. As of this writing there are 345 of the 11×14” left for $50, and you will kick yourself if you don’t get one before they sell out.
The Last Resort Letters. On board each of the UK’s 20 nuclear submarines, there’s safe. And inside the safe, there’s another safe. And inside that safe, there’s a HANDWRITTEN letter from the current prime minister, instructing the captain of the submarine what to do in case a nuclear attack has destroyed Britain. Nobody knows what the letters say (they’re destroyed, unread, each time a new prime minister is sworn into power), but presumably they tell the captain to not bother launching a retaliatory attack, because what would be the point? A topic deserving of some unpacking, which Ira Glass does in this episode of TAL.
I haven’t been watching Saturday Night Live regularly for a long time, but as far as I can tell yesterday’s was maybe the best episode in like a decade and a half. Also, Hulu has whole episodes as of recently. So, Saturday Night Live with Zach Galifianakis. And, regardless of how you feel about the Vampire Weekend issue, they are great on this.