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.07 Pre-crime
New tools use data to predict whether someone who has committed a crime may do so again. Does this mean we'll be locking people up for crimes they haven't yet committed?
.09 Our Military Is Drowning In Data
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?
.08 A Year Since Ferguson
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.
Sparks: Conflicts of interest
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.
Sparks: The Eclipse Of 1878
The Sparks gang discusses "American Eclipse" by David Baron, and the solar eclipse coming to the U.S. later this month.
Sparks: Flavor Science
FiveThirtyEight's science team discusses "Flavor: The science of our most neglected sense," a book by Bob Holmes. They also go flavor tripping.
.37 52 Postcards
Every week for a year, Stefanie and Giorgia collected info about their lives and mailed each other postcards with a data visualization. Now it's your turn! More on our site.
.40 Mahler By The Numbers
A visit to the NY Philharmonic archives. For 147 years, the Phil has had a data-collection streak. Now it's all going to the cloud. More at fivethirtyeight.com/podcasts
.43 Every Song Ever
How algorithmic listening is changing our relationship to music. With New York Times music critic Ben Ratliff. Find more at fivethirtyeight.com/podcasts
.47 Rivers Cuomo Has Spreadsheets (from Song Exploder)
Song Exploder talks with Rivers Cuomo of Weezer about his very nerdy songwriting style. Plus, we're collecting your playlists at DefeatedJoy.com
.32 Big-Time Sports
As you watch the Super Bowl this weekend, tons of data -- and millions of dollars -- will be zipping around. Jim Glanz of the New York Times discusses his reporting.
.31 Don't Drink The Water
In Flint, Michigan, bad data decisions made the water crisis much worse. FiveThirtyEight's Anna Barry-Jester recently reported on the story.
.23 A WTP Compendium
For your holiday travels, excerpts of our favorite conversations: Neil deGrasse Tyson - (15:50) Farai Chideya - (25:40) Bike Lanes - (37:30) Police Violence - (54:10) Drones
.22 God, In One Chart
Religion is personal, nuanced, evolving -- which makes it particularly resistant to easy quantification. Emma Green (Atlantic) and Leah Libresco (538) discuss stats and faith.
WTP Best Of: Life In Yemen
What cell phone metadata can reveal about the patterns of daily live -- and the effect of drone strikes.
Sparks - The Unpersuadables
FiveThirtyEight's science team discusses Will Storr's book, "The Unpersuadables: Adventures with the enemies of science."
Sparks: Interview with the author of "The Unpersuadables"
FiveThirtyEight's Maggie Koerth-Baker talks with author Will Storr about his book "The Unpersuadables: Adventures with the enemies of science."
WTP Best Of: James Hamblin
From the archives, Jody Avirgan and James Hamblin discuss modern medicine, personal health tracking, and why health journalism is broken.
.64 Do You Feel Informed?
Carl Bialik discusses a new study that shows how Americans get their information, how they make decisions, and how they change their minds.
.50 How To Hate-Like
Tom Vanderbilt is accounting for taste. More at fivethirtyeight.com/podcasts
.00 Welcome - Nate Silver Helps Introduce What's The Point
From fake studies to bad polling to privacy fears, is data in a moment of crisis? We launch our newest podcast with a discussion about the state of big data, and some of the major themes we hope to explore.
BONUS: Totally Subjective 2016 Odds (Early August)
FiveThirtyEight's latest "totally subjective odds," where we handicap the (very early) presidential race. Featuring Nate Silver, Harry Enten, and Katherine Miller of Buzzfeed.
.72 That Was The Point
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!
.65 Optimized Or Monetized?
Julia Angwin of Pro Publica discusses their investigations into "black box" algorithms.
.61 Bear Tracks
How a digital model can help prevent bear-human conflicts. Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant discusses her work in the field, and at the computer.
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Podcast Details
Started
Jun 22nd, 2015
Latest Episode
Aug 11th, 2017
Release Period
Weekly
No. of Episodes
110
Avg. Episode Length
34 minutes
Explicit
No

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