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With a Side of Knowledge

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A college campus is a destination for all kinds of interesting people, representing all kinds of research specialties and fields of expertise. With a Side of Knowledge, which is produced at the University of Notre Dame, invites some of these folks out to brunch—yes, we said brunch—for an informal, 30-minute conversation about their work. Some guests are members of the Notre Dame faculty, but many are visitors from elsewhere who have come to our campus to do anything from give a lecture or performance to participate in a fellowship program.

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On ‘A Dangerous Idea’ and Documentary Filmmaking—Stephanie Welch, Director
The idea behind this show is pretty simple: We invite scholars, makers, and professionals out to brunch for an informal conversation about their work, and then we turn those brunches into a podcast.It’s a tough job, but somebody has to do it.Stephanie Welch is the director of the documentary A Dangerous Idea: Eugenics, Genetics, and the American Dream. In September, she visited Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center and the nearby Vickers Theatre in Three Oaks, Mich., for screenings and discussion of the film.In addition to directing, Stephanie was a writer and producer on A Dangerous Idea, which exposes the false claims at the heart of biological determinism—the belief that we are not all created equal, that some groups and individuals are born inherently superior to others and therefore more deserving of fundamental rights. The film goes on to show how popular misunderstanding of both gene science and the concept of genes has been and can be manipulated to advance truly sinister motives.Stephanie and host Ted Fox talked about the film, the experience of being an independent filmmaker, and the reception to A Dangerous Idea, whose accolades include winning best documentary at the Santa Fe Film Festival and best feature film at the Ogeechee International History Film Festival.LINKFilm website: A Dangerous Idea: Eugenics, Genetics, and the American Dream
On Lions and Tigers and ... Okapi?—Josh Sisk, Potawatomi Zoo
The idea behind this show is pretty simple: We invite scholars, makers, and professionals out to brunch for an informal conversation about their work, and then we turn those brunches into a podcast.It’s a tough job, but somebody has to do it.And this episode is unlike any of the first 30 or so that we’ve done. No food was eaten—at least not by either of the humans—and no coffee was consumed. There was no table, and we didn’t even sit down.No, we traded in the trappings of brunch for a trip to the Potawatomi Zoo in South Bend. Just a four-mile drive from the Notre Dame campus, it is home to a collection of animals and conservation programs that you might not expect to find on 23 acres in northern Indiana.Potawatomi has been continuously accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) since 1987 and received its most recent five-year accreditation this fall. To put that in perspective, less than 10 percent of wildlife exhibitors licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture meet the more comprehensive AZA standards.Josh Sisk, the Potawatomi Zoo’s executive director, took host Ted Fox for a walking tour on a drizzly August morning. Their stops included visiting two kings of the jungle, four tiger sisters, and the closest living relative of the giraffe. It was all part of a broader conversation about how the zoo is working to protect endangered and other at-risk species while educating the next generation of conservationists.LINKPotawatomi Zoo: potawatomizoo.org
On ‘How Charts Lie’ and Increasing Graphicacy—Alberto Cairo, University of Miami
The idea behind this show is pretty simple: We invite scholars, makers, and professionals out to brunch for an informal conversation about their work, and then we turn those brunches into a podcast.It’s a tough job, but somebody has to do it.Alberto Cairo is an associate professor and the Knight Chair in Visual Journalism at the University of Miami’s School of Communication. The former director for infographics and multimedia at Editora Globo, the magazine division of the biggest media group in Brazil, he has been described by Microsoft as having “spent his entire career in the vanguard of visual journalism.”In September, Alberto visited Notre Dame’s online master’s program in data science and delivered a public lecture as part of the College of Science’s John A. Lynch Lecture Series.  He is the author of three books, including How Charts Lie, which is being published by W.W. Norton & Company literally next week. Well, next week from when we’re releasing this episode. So, just to be safe: The book comes out—or if you’re listening to this in the future, came out—Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019.And here, Alberto and host Ted Fox talk all about it, from the five different categories of lies charts can tell us to why calling the book How Charts Lie is a provocation, an invitation to think about how we read and misread them—not a rejection of their usefulness and importance.Because one thing becomes clear when talking to Alberto: He likes charts. So much so that he’s devoted an entire book to helping us get better at how we use them.LINKSAlberto’s Book: How Charts LieAlberto’s Piece from Scientific American: Graphics That Seem Clear Can Easily Be Misread
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May 6th, 2018
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Nov 7th, 2019
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