I've written previously about Sudhir Venkatesh and his series on watching The Wire with thugs. Venkatesh recently appeared on the Colbert Report. Check out his short 5 minute appearance:
(Thanks to the folks over at Freakonomics for the pointer.)
On a related note, Ashish had pointed out in the comments to my previous note that Venkatesh has also done research on the economics of street prostitution. Not surprisingly then, Venkatesh has some interesting comments on the the recent events involving Eliot Spitzer.