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What's The Point

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A show about our data age. Each week, Jody Avirgan brings you stories and interviews on how data is changing lives.

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A show about our data age. Each week, Jody Avirgan brings you stories and interviews on how data is changing lives.

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Love, love, love Sparks!

By Kauaichild - Jan 30 2017
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Ladies discussing science make this lady scientist very happy.

Great podcast.

By httpexplosion - Sep 19 2016
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This is my GO-TO political wonk podcast.

iTunes Ratings

382 Ratings
Average Ratings
327
33
8
6
8

Love, love, love Sparks!

By Kauaichild - Jan 30 2017
Read more
Ladies discussing science make this lady scientist very happy.

Great podcast.

By httpexplosion - Sep 19 2016
Read more
This is my GO-TO political wonk podcast.

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What's The Point

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A show about our data age. Each week, Jody Avirgan brings you stories and interviews on how data is changing lives.

.29 A History Of Political Data (Part One)

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William Jennings Bryan to Barack Obama. With Daniel Kreiss of the University of North Carolina.

Jan 14 2016

43mins

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Sparks (Part 2) Nate Silver and Michael Lewis

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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!

Dec 16 2016

36mins

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.30 A History Of Political Data (Part Two)

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Obama 2008 to the present, including reporting from Iowa. With Daniel Kreiss of UNC.

Jan 21 2016

35mins

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.47 Rivers Cuomo Has Spreadsheets (from Song Exploder)

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Song Exploder talks with Rivers Cuomo of Weezer about his very nerdy songwriting style. Plus, we're collecting your playlists at DefeatedJoy.com

May 26 2016

22mins

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Sparks: "An American Sickness"

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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.

Apr 06 2017

50mins

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.67 Sparks: Risk

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Our 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.

Oct 28 2016

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.19 Why The Bronx Burned

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In 1970's NYC, huge swaths of the city were engulfed in flames. Bad stats may have been to blame. Joe Flood, author of "The Fires," tells the story.

Oct 29 2015

44mins

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.05 How Numbers Drive The Book Industry

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The head of one of the world's biggest book publishers talks about how data is changing the industry, from deciding to sign an author to the war with Amazon.

Jul 23 2015

30mins

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Sparks: Interview with the author of "The Unpersuadables"

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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."

Jan 26 2017

53mins

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WTP Best Of: Internet Tracking

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

Mar 23 2017

32mins

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.10 Science Is Hard

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After a deluge of retractions, fraudsters, and high-profile failures, is it time to ask: "Is science broken?" FiveThirtyEight's Christie Aschwanden answers.

Aug 27 2015

37mins

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BONUS: Election Podcast Pilot

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538 is launching an election podcast in January! We're piloting now with Nate Silver, Harry Enten, Clare Malone, and Jody Avirgan. Take a listen, let us know what you think.

Dec 15 2015

30mins

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.54.3 - Men, Suicide, And Guns

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We're doing a mini-interview every day for a week about the the 538 guns project. Anna Maria Barry-Jester discusses her reporting from Wyoming. fivethirtyeight.com/gundeaths

Jul 15 2016

14mins

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.08 A Year Since Ferguson

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It's been a year of protest and unrest -- and a year of data collection -- in the effort to understand the scope of police violence in America.

Aug 13 2015

34mins

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.09 Our Military Is Drowning In Data

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Our military collects terabytes and terabytes of data every day. Is the drone-driven obsession with tactical information preventing a conversation about the morality of war?

Aug 20 2015

39mins

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Sparks: Interview with Elisabeth Rosenthal

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Anna Maria Barry-Jester interviews the author of "An American Sickness: How healthcare became big business and how you can take it back."

Apr 12 2017

28mins

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.71 How Adam Ruins Everything

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

Dec 02 2016

30mins

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.54.5 Mass Shootings

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A mini-interview a day for a week about the 538 guns project. Leah Libresco discusses how other countries have reacted to mass shootings. fivethirtyeight.com/gundeaths

Jul 17 2016

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.54.1 - A Week Of Conversations About Gun Deaths

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Every day for a week, we'll discuss the new FiveThirtyEight project on gun deaths in America. Today, editor Simone Landon frames the issue. www.fivethirtyeight.com/gun-deaths

Jul 13 2016

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.54.2 - Stopping Gun Deaths In New Orleans

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Our series - a mini-interview every day for a week - on the guns project continues with reporter Ben Casselman. See the full project fivethirtyeight.com/gundeaths

Jul 14 2016

13mins

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Sparks: Interview with David Baron

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Christie Aschwanden interviews the author of "American Eclipse," by David Baron.

Aug 11 2017

42mins

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Sparks: The Eclipse Of 1878

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The Sparks gang discusses "American Eclipse" by David Baron, and the solar eclipse coming to the U.S. later this month.

Aug 10 2017

43mins

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WTP Best Of: DNA Evidence

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Jody discusses the rise of forensic DNA with Erin Murphy, professor at New York University and author of the book "Inside the Cell."

Jul 27 2017

40mins

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WTP Best Of: Adam Ruins Everything

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Jody interviews Adam Conover of TruTV's Adam Ruins Everything on how his show covers stats heavy topics.

Jul 18 2017

30mins

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Sparks: Interview with Charles Ornstein

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Christie Aschwanden talks to journalist Charles Ornstein about how he reports on how money can influence doctors.

Jul 07 2017

34mins

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Sparks: Conflicts of interest

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The Sparks crew discusses how politicians and scientists wrestle with conflicts of interest, and what the science says about how conflict of interest can change our decisions.

Jul 06 2017

38mins

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Sparks: Interview with Bob Holmes

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Anna Maria Barry-Jester talks to Bob Holmes, the author of "Flavor: The science of our most neglected sense."

Jun 02 2017

40mins

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Sparks: Flavor Science

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FiveThirtyEight's science team discusses "Flavor: The science of our most neglected sense," a book by Bob Holmes. They also go flavor tripping.

Jun 01 2017

39mins

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WTP Best Of: Bear Mapping

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Rae Wynn-Grant, a conservation researcher at the American Museum of Natural History, discusses her work tracking black bears in the American West.

May 18 2017

36mins

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Sparks: Interview with Thomas Levenson

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

May 05 2017

46mins

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Sparks: "The Hunt for Vulcan"

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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.

May 04 2017

47mins

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WTP Best Of: Baseball

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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.

Apr 20 2017

36mins

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Sparks: Interview with Elisabeth Rosenthal

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Anna Maria Barry-Jester interviews the author of "An American Sickness: How healthcare became big business and how you can take it back."

Apr 12 2017

28mins

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Sparks: "An American Sickness"

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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.

Apr 06 2017

50mins

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WTP Best Of: Internet Tracking

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

Mar 23 2017

32mins

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WTP Best Of: Your Certainty Bubble

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Jody Avirgan and Carl Bialik discuss research into how we get information and what information we trust.

Mar 09 2017

25mins

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Sparks - Interview with Alondra Nelson

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FiveThirtyEight's Maggie Koerth-Baker discusses The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation After the Genome with author Alondra Nelson.

Mar 03 2017

51mins

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

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

Mar 02 2017

40mins

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WTP Best Of: Life In Yemen

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

Feb 17 2017

38mins

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WTP Best Of: James Hamblin

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

Feb 02 2017

38mins

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