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After the Fact is a podcast from The Pew Charitable Trusts that brings you data and analysis on the issues that matter to you—from our environment and the sciences, to larger economic trends and public health. Experts from Pew and other special guests discuss the numbers and trends shaping some of society’s biggest challenges with host Dan LeDuc, then go behind the facts with nonpartisan analysis and stories.

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After the Fact is a podcast from The Pew Charitable Trusts that brings you data and analysis on the issues that matter to you—from our environment and the sciences, to larger economic trends and public health. Experts from Pew and other special guests discuss the numbers and trends shaping some of society’s biggest challenges with host Dan LeDuc, then go behind the facts with nonpartisan analysis and stories.

    Scientists at Work: Studying Volcanic Eruptions—When, How Big, and How Fast?

    Scientists at Work: Studying Volcanic Eruptions—When, How Big, and How Fast?

    Stat: 800 million: The number of people in the world who live within the footprint, 62 miles, of a volcano.
    Story: In the latest episode in our “Scientists at Work” series, we go behind the scenes at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, where we meet geologist and volcanologist Ben Andrews, who works to answer three key questions about volcanoes around the world: When will an eruption happen, how big could the eruption be, and how fast?

    • 13 min
    Ken Burns: 'America's Storyteller' on His Creative Process

    Ken Burns: 'America's Storyteller' on His Creative Process

    Stat: 22.73: Ken Burns’ documentary Civil War was created from 22.73 miles of film.
    Story: Ken Burns is known for his expansive documentaries on American history and culture. With 33 documentary films to his name, what is the secret to his creative process? We travel to the New Hampshire barn where he works for a conversation about how he tells old stories in a new way and what inspires him to create.

    • 26 min
    The State of Trust, Facts, and Democracy

    The State of Trust, Facts, and Democracy

    Stat: 59 percent: The percentage of Americans who say they have little to no confidence in the public’s political wisdom.
    Story: As the new year—and an election year—begins, we turn to data on our democracy to learn more about how Americans view institutions and civic life today. Host Dan LeDuc speaks with Michael Dimock, president of the Pew Research Center, about the latest research on trust, facts, and democracy in America.

    • 20 min
    Fan Favorite No. 5—“From Idea to Art: Exploring the Creative Process”

    Fan Favorite No. 5—“From Idea to Art: Exploring the Creative Process”

    Story: “After the Fact” is sharing one more fan favorite before the end of the year with Paula Marincola, executive director of The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. She selected an episode with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and 1999 Pew arts fellow Jennifer Higdon on how ideas become reality. Since that conversation, Jennifer has again been nominated for a Grammy Award. Host Dan LeDuc also speaks with Paula about the importance of the arts today.

    • 25 min
    Fan Favorite No. 4—“Does Your ZIP Code Determine Your Destiny?”

    Fan Favorite No. 4—“Does Your ZIP Code Determine Your Destiny?”

    Story: “After the Fact” is sharing a couple more fan favorites as we close out 2019. This week, Ray Suarez, guest host of our “Future of Learning” series and a former broadcaster, selected an episode (No. 46) that focuses on how location can affect an individual’s economic prospects.

    • 20 min
    Faith in America Today

    Faith in America Today

    Stat: 68 million: The number of Americans who say they have no religious affiliation as of , compared with 39 million in 2009.
    Story: This episode focuses on Americans’ views of religion and the generational changes that are taking place. Greg Smith of the Pew Research Center shares an update on the changing religious landscape, and host Dan LeDuc talks to a mother and daughter about their evolving religious paths.

    • 21 min

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