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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

385 Ratings
Average Ratings
329
34
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

Latest release on Aug 11, 2017

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

Updated by OwlTail about 1 month ago

Rank #1: .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

21mins

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Rank #2: 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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Rank #3: .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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Rank #4: Sparks - The Undoing Project

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Our science team discusses Michael Lewis's new book, which is about the rise of behavioral economics. Check out part 2, coming soon, in which Nate Silver talks with Lewis.

Dec 15 2016

39mins

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Rank #5: .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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Rank #6: Sparks - The Unpersuadables

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

Jan 19 2017

40mins

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Rank #7: .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

45mins

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Rank #8: 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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Rank #9: 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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Rank #10: .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

31mins

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Rank #11: .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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Rank #12: .41 How To Change Minds

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New developments in the story of the fraudulent research about persuasion and empathy. Visit fivethirtyeight.com/podcasts for more.

Apr 07 2016

38mins

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Rank #13: .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

13mins

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Rank #14: 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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Rank #15: .39 Let's Move To The Country

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Christopher Ingraham used a data sat to determine "the worst place to live in America." Then he visited Red Lake Falls, MN; and now he's moving there.

Mar 24 2016

34mins

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Rank #16: 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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Rank #17: .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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Rank #18: .22 God, In One Chart

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Religion is personal, nuanced, evolving -- which makes it particularly resistant to easy quantification. Emma Green (Atlantic) and Leah Libresco (538) discuss stats and faith.

Nov 19 2015

34mins

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Rank #19: 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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Rank #20: .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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