As I mentioned before, I’ve been listening to a lot of This American Life. In reverse chronological order. I just got through 2008, and started on 2007 the other day.
But here’s the really funny thing- there are definite recurring themes. and they are not what you’d expect, for the most part.
Through my opinionated personal perception (meaning, I haven’t actually counted) the most common recurring themes from 2011-2008 are:
2. police corruption/incompetency (sometimes paired with court injustice)
3. chimps (like, the monkeys)
maybe I will count someday- create a set of links to all the episodes about police corruption, about chimps, etc. I’m sure somebody else has already identified economics as a pervasive theme.