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.
The Facts Behind the COVID-19 Delta Variant
Stat: 93%—93% of new COVID-19 cases were caused by the delta variant in the United States by the end of July 2021.
Story: The battle against the COVID-19 virus seemed almost won, but the delta variant is now responsible for a new surge of cases. In this episode, we turn again to infectious disease physician Dr. Rebecca Wurtz to learn more about this new variant and what it means for both vaccinated and unvaccinated populations.
Race and Research: Charita Castro on Increasing Diversity in the Sciences
Charita Castro, a social science researcher and ambassador for the American Association for the Advancement of Science IF/THEN Ambassadors program, speaks about how to recruit more women and people of color to the STEM fields¾science, technology, engineering, and math¾to strengthen innovation
Race and Research: Driving Diversity in Economics with Fanta Traore
In this conversation with Fanta Traore, we hear about her work to support and empower Black women in economics, finance, and data science fields through The Sadie Collective. She shares the latest data on how increasing diversity in the economic workforce can help encourage innovative problem solving for society.
Race and Research: In Depth With Dr. Marie Bernard
In this bonus episode of our “Race and Research” season, we share an extended talk with Dr. Marie Bernard, chief officer for scientific workforce diversity at the National Institutes of Health, on her experience as a Black female physician and efforts to improve diversity within health care, from at a patient’s bedside to medical research.
Race and Research: What’s Next?
Stat: 68%: The percentage of technology experts who express doubt about ethical standards in artificial intelligence systems.
Story: Technology driven by artificial intelligence and other data science will lead to life-changing innovation in the coming years. But much of the historical data those innovations will rely on could be biased. In this episode, Lee Rainie, director of internet and technology research at the Pew Research Center, reports on the growing ethical concerns of technology experts about the use of artificial intelligence. And Jeannette Wing, who leads the Data Science Institute at Columbia University, discusses ways scientists are confronting bias and how to use “data for good.”
Race and Research: Higher Education and Diversity
Stat: 33%—The percentage of people of color who make up America’s STEM workforce.
Story: In this episode, we consider the pipeline to the research workforce—higher education. In a conversation with Freeman Hrabowski, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), and its vice provost and dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs, Katharine Cole, we explore how the university supports undergraduate and graduate students from a range of backgrounds and prepares them for STEM careers.
A podcast for everyone
Some of the episodes on this podcast are some of my favorite things I’ve listened to. Interesting interviews, fact-driven, nonpartisan. Professional host. Although the episodes begin with a data point, the narrative style showcases some of the most poignant journalism in the business.
Good content and concise presentation.
Very informative and non-ideological
This podcast is a great source for insights into emerging trends in American society, without an ideological axe to grind.