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Best Episodes of What's The Point
Aug 6th, 2015
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
Aug 20th, 2015
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
Aug 13th, 2015
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
Jul 6th, 2017
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
Aug 10th, 2017
The Sparks gang discusses "American Eclipse" by David Baron, and the solar eclipse coming to the U.S. later this month.
Sparks: Flavor Science
Jun 1st, 2017
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
Mar 10th, 2016
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
Mar 31st, 2016
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
Apr 21st, 2016
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)
May 26th, 2016
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
Feb 4th, 2016
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
Jan 28th, 2016
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
Nov 25th, 2015
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
Nov 19th, 2015
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
Feb 17th, 2017
What cell phone metadata can reveal about the patterns of daily live -- and the effect of drone strikes.
Sparks - The Unpersuadables
Jan 19th, 2017
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"
Jan 26th, 2017
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
Feb 2nd, 2017
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?
Oct 7th, 2016
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
Jun 16th, 2016
Tom Vanderbilt is accounting for taste. More at fivethirtyeight.com/podcasts
.00 Welcome - Nate Silver Helps Introduce What's The Point
Jun 22nd, 2015
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)
Aug 5th, 2015
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
Dec 8th, 2016
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?
Oct 15th, 2016
Julia Angwin of Pro Publica discusses their investigations into "black box" algorithms.
.61 Bear Tracks
Sep 16th, 2016
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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