CBC radio is running a new program this summer on economics; it's called "The Invisible Hand". The first episode is scheduled to be broadcast Wednesday morning (this Wednesday - June 27) at 9:30 am and will be re-broadcast the following Saturday morning at 11:00 am. (Half an hour later in Newfoundland, of course.)
I am well-placed to tell you that the show is much, much better than you may be thinking and that you should give it a listen.
I was quickly and happily disabused of that prejudice. I'm not going to get into the specifics - listen for yourself. But what struck me is that they were trying to teach basic economic concepts in a clear and entertaining way. Even better, it did so with the sense of playfulness and delight in reaching counter-intuitive conclusions that all good economists have. (If you need an example, read some of Nick's posts.) Most impressively, that first episode got the ideas right, even though it was put together without the safety net of an in-house economist. Based on that first episode, I was happy to sign on as a consultant for the rest of the series. The good ideas are all theirs; if there are places where the economics is off, then the fault is mine for not catching it.
Listening to "The Invisible Hand" isn't going to turn you into a trained economist, but it will give you a better understanding about how economists think. And you'll have fun while you're at it.