The Dangers of Safety (Ep. 1 Rebroadcast)
This week’s Freakonomics Radio episode is a rebroadcast of the very first episode we ever put out: “The Dangers of Safety.” (You can subscribe to the podcast at iTunes or elsewhere, get the RSS feed, or listen via the media player above. You can also read the transcript, which includes credits for the music you’ll hear in the episode.) It’s about how some of the safety measures we embrace — like modern football helmets — may unwittingly make us more reckless.
I recently found myself looking back on my musical career — the one I quit. This led me to start looking back on the five-year history of Freakonomics Radio. I started digging through the archives — and kept digging and digging — and finally got to this maiden episode. Why not? I thought. It’s August — time for a repeat — and what’s the worst thing that can happen?
If you’d like, you can read the original blog post that accompanied the episode. A few updates worth considering: Quintin Mikell, then a member of Philadelphia Eagles, is now out of the NFL; Terence Newman is still playing but now he’s with the Vikings. Robert Cantu is now a senior adviser to the NFL’s Head, Neck and Spine Committee, and the whole topic of brain injury has become more pressing. And when we say in the podcast that “more people watch [the Super Bowl] on TV than any other show,” we should have said “any other show in the U.S.” Because American football can’t really compete with futbol. And one more thing: my son Solomon is no longer 9 years old; he’s 15 and his love for football has been eclipsed by his love for, yes, futbol.