Something lighter for a Friday...
On his Econtalk podcast, Russ Roberts occasionally devotes an episode to a particular industry or field, interviewing, for example, an ESPN journalist, a car salesman, or an employee of Frito-Lay. In these shows, a departure from Econtalk's usual focus on traditional economics topics like trade or monetary policy, Roberts expertly finds the fascinating details that make these fields fascinating to the outside observer, while at the same time demonstrating how the often dense theories of economics apply to everyday life.
The flip-side of the Russ Roberts coin is Huell Howser, a long-time public television host in Southern California who has an incredible knack for showing the audience exactly why inconsequential topics are exactly that. Even when his subjects are clearly bored to tears by their lives and jobs, Howser nevertheless exudes an unfocused enthusiasm, constantly darting here and there, talking not only to his subject but to any random passerby as he informs his audience of...virtually nothing. In other words, Howser is a full-grown four year-old.
Once in a while on the Adam Carolla Podcast, comedian and former Simpsons writer Dana Gould (one of the funniest men alive) stops by for a segment known as "Huell's Jewels," which never disappoints. Indeed, the latest installment is comic gold. Before you listen to the Carolla show, however, have a look at this segment from Howser's show, wherein he visits the famed Baghdad Cafe and on the subject of which Carolla and company open their riff.
Now you're ready for "Huell's Jewels." Skip ahead to the 24:30 mark of this episode and enjoy the funniest 20 minutes of the week: