I have a relative that invests a few hours a day learning daf yomi, yet he recently admitted that he does this solely because he believes it's a good thing thing to do but not because he actually enjoys it. The sad part is that he actually loves reading information and has various areas of interests yet he doesn't see the Talmud as a possible source for such pursuits. I'm wondering if anyone has any good resources that bring up interesting academic discussions relating to the daf, whether historical, scientific or other. Preferably resources that get their information from the actual daf as I think he would appreciate the daf more if he could be taught to view it as an actual source of interesting information. But any resource in that direction would be appreciated. I don't think it needs to be overly academic, just interesting.
Jewish History in Daf Yomi is a series of bite-sized lectures related to the Daf, delivered daily by renowned Jewish History expert, Dr. Henry Abramson.