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?
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If you’d like, you can readthe 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 Newmanis still playing but now he’s with the Vikings.Robert Cantuis now a senior adviser to theNFL’s Head, Neck and Spine Committee, and the whole topic of brain injury hasbecomemorepressing. 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 showin the U.S.” Because American football can’t really compete withfutbol. 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.