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Author: FiveThirtyEight, 538, ESPN, Jody Avirgan

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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.

112 Episodes
Christie Aschwanden interviews the author of "American Eclipse," by David Baron.
The Sparks gang discusses "American Eclipse" by David Baron, and the solar eclipse coming to the U.S. later this month.
Jody discusses the rise of forensic DNA with Erin Murphy, professor at New York University and author of the book "Inside the Cell."
Jody interviews Adam Conover of TruTV's Adam Ruins Everything on how his show covers stats heavy topics.
Christie Aschwanden talks to journalist Charles Ornstein about how he reports on how money can influence doctors.
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.
Anna Maria Barry-Jester talks to Bob Holmes, the author of "Flavor: The science of our most neglected sense."
Sparks: Flavor Science

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.
Rae Wynn-Grant, a conservation researcher at the American Museum of Natural History, discusses her work tracking black bears in the American West.
FiveThirtyEight's Christie Aschwanden interviews the author of "The Hunt for Vulcan."
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.
WTP Best Of: Baseball

WTP Best Of: Baseball


Jody interviews Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller, authors of "The Only Rule Is It Has To Work," a chronicle of their summer spent as general managers for the Sonoma Stompers.
Anna Maria Barry-Jester interviews the author of "An American Sickness: How healthcare became big business and how you can take it back."
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.
Jody interviews Arvind Narayanan about the latest in online tracking, and what you can do to shield yourself.
Jody Avirgan and Carl Bialik discuss research into how we get information and what information we trust.
FiveThirtyEight's Maggie Koerth-Baker discusses The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation After the Genome with author Alondra Nelson.
This month, we're discussing Alondra Nelson's The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation After the Genome.
What cell phone metadata can reveal about the patterns of daily live -- and the effect of drone strikes.
From the archives, Jody Avirgan and James Hamblin discuss modern medicine, personal health tracking, and why health journalism is broken.
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