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Big data, small interviews. From FiveThirtyEight. A podcast about our data age. Each week, host Jody Avirgan brings you stories and interviews about how data is changing our lives.

Big data, small interviews. From FiveThirtyEight. A podcast about our data age. Each week, host Jody Avirgan brings you stories and interviews about how data is changing our lives.
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Big data, small interviews. From FiveThirtyEight. A podcast about our data age. Each week, host Jody Avirgan brings you stories and interviews about how data is changing our lives.

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Episodes

Sparks: Interview with Thomas Levenson: 5/5/17

5/5/2017
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FiveThirtyEight's Christie Aschwanden interviews the author of "The Hunt for Vulcan."

Duration:00:46:44

Sparks: "The Hunt for Vulcan": 5/4/17

5/4/2017
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What does it take to revise a cold, hard science fact? This montha€™s Sparks podcast explores that question in the context of a€œThe Hunt for Vulcana€ by Thomas Levenson.

Duration:00:47:47

WTP Best Of: Baseball: 4/20/17

4/20/2017
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Jody interviews Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller, authors of "The Only Rule Is It Has To Work," a chronicle of their summer spent as general managers for the Sonoma Stompers.

Duration:00:36:34

Sparks: "An American Sickness": 4/6/17

4/6/2017
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Our science podcast crew discusses the state of American health care, and what consumers can do about it. This month's book: "An American Sickness" by Elisabeth Rosenthal.

Duration:00:50:33

WTP Best Of: Internet Tracking: 3/23/17

3/23/2017
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Jody interviews Arvind Narayanan about the latest in online tracking, and what you can do to shield yourself.

Duration:00:32:37

WTP Best Of: Your Certainty Bubble: 3/9/17

3/9/2017
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Jody Avirgan and Carl Bialik discuss research into how we get information and what information we trust.

Duration:00:25:51

Sparks - The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation After the Genome: 3/2/17

3/2/2017
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This month, we're discussing Alondra Nelson's The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation After the Genome.

Duration:00:40:51

WTP Best Of: Life In Yemen: 2/17/17

2/17/2017
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What cell phone metadata can reveal about the patterns of daily live -- and the effect of drone strikes.

Duration:00:38:25

WTP Best Of: James Hamblin: 2/2/17

2/2/2017
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From the archives, Jody Avirgan and James Hamblin discuss modern medicine, personal health tracking, and why health journalism is broken.

Duration:00:38:42

Sparks: Interview with the author of "The Unpersuadables" : 1/26/17

1/26/2017
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FiveThirtyEight's Maggie Koerth-Baker talks with author Will Storr about his book "The Unpersuadables: Adventures with the enemies of science."

Duration:00:53:07

Whats The Point: 1/19/17

1/19/2017
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FiveThirtyEight's science team discusses Will Storr's book, "The Unpersuadables: Adventures with the enemies of science."

Duration:00:40:04

The Amazing Postcards You Mailed Us: 12/22/16

12/22/2016
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Jody Avirgan and Kate Larue discuss the postcards we received for our "Dear Data" project, and then rerun our original conversation. Check it out: fivethirtyeight.com/deardata

Duration:00:38:19

Sparks (Part 2) Nate Silver and Michael Lewis: 12/16/16

12/16/2016
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This month we're discussing Michael Lewis's new book "The Undoing Project." Here he talks with Nate Silver about his work. Be sure to check out part 1!

Duration:00:37:00

.72 That Was The Point: 12/8/16

12/8/2016
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What's The Point is coming to an end with Jody Avirgan as the host. We discuss what we've learned over the last year and a half. Stay tuned for our next big thing!

Duration:00:32:38

.71 How Adam Ruins Everything: 12/2/16

12/2/2016
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Adam Conover on the challenge of explaining tough topics - while being funny. Catch "Adam Ruins Everything" on TruTV.

Duration:00:30:51

.70 Sparks (Pt 2) Kenji Lopez-Alt: 11/23/16

11/23/2016
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In part two of our Thanksgiving special, Anna Maria Barry-Jester talks about the science of food with Kenji Lopez-Alt.

Duration:00:30:35

.69 Sparks: Let's Eat, With Science!: 11/17/16

11/17/2016
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A Thanksgiving cooking special from our science team as they discuss Kenji Lopez-Alt's "The Food Lab."

Duration:00:33:32

.68 Sparks (Pt 2) Risk: 11/5/16

11/5/2016
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Maggie Koerth-Baker talks with Kayt Sukel about how we define risk, and how to write about it responsibly.

Duration:00:31:41

.67 Sparks: Risk: 10/28/16

10/28/2016
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Out monthly science series looks at why humans make, or don't make, risky choices. Part 2 of this conversation - and interview with author Kayt Sukel - airs next week.

Duration:00:33:06

.66 When The Algorithm Decides: 10/23/16

10/23/2016
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Cathy O'Neil discusses her book "Weapons Of Math Destruction," about algorithms that are widespread, harmful, and secretive.

Duration:00:37:24