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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.

Rank #1: 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 #2: .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 #3: 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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Rank #4: .03 Dear Mona, How Many People Regret Their Tattoos?

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In the first audio version of our popular (and statsy) "Dear Mona"€ column, Mona Chalabi and Jody Avirgan investigate how many folks have tattoos and people's tattoo regrets.

Jul 09 2015

23mins

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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: .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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Rank #7: 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 #8: .04 Doctors And Data

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Dr. James Hamblin, writer for The Atlantic, discusses how big (and bad) data will affect your next visit to the doctor.

Jul 16 2015

43mins

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Rank #9: .06 Behind The Browser

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Journalist and internet activist Quinn Norton discusses the cookies and algorithms that track you online -- including on FiveThirtyEight.com -- and how they shape identity.

Jul 30 2015

39mins

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Rank #10: .69 Sparks: Let's Eat, With Science!

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

Nov 17 2016

32mins

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Rank #11: 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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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: .52 A History Of Political Data (Part 3)

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Daniel Kreiss of UNC is back to discuss what we've learned from the 2016 primaries. fivethirtyeight.com/podcasts

Jun 30 2016

39mins

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Rank #14: .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 #15: .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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Rank #16: .43 Every Song Ever

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How algorithmic listening is changing our relationship to music. With New York Times music critic Ben Ratliff. Find more at fivethirtyeight.com/podcasts

Apr 21 2016

35mins

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Rank #17: .28 Algorithmic Arugula

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A visit to a data-driven farm, where the light, water, nutrients and more are all optimized and controlled from an iPad.

Jan 07 2016

29mins

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Rank #18: 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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Rank #19: .13 Moneyball For Movies (w/ Andy Greenwald)

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Josh Lynn says his "consumer engagement" algorithm can predict how a movie will do - months before it's even made. A special co-podcast with Grantland's Andy Greenwald.

Sep 17 2015

34mins

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Rank #20: .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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