141 episodes

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.

After the Fact The Pew Charitable Trusts

    • Government
    • 4.6 • 120 Ratings

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.

    Ocean, People, Planet: A Wildlife Refuge On The Brink

    Ocean, People, Planet: A Wildlife Refuge On The Brink

    Stat: 2.1 feet—Scientists have forecast an increase of as much as 2.1 feet in the Chesapeake Bay by 2050.
    Story: In this episode, we travel to Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, where the refuge is losing ground to climate change and rising sea levels. Through interviews with experts—including Joseph Gordon, who directs Pew’s work on coastal marine life in the U.S.; Marcia Pradines Long, manager of Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge; Kristin Thomasgard,  program director with the Department of Defense; Julie M. Schablitsky, chief archaeologist at the Maryland Department of Transportation; and Kate Larson, a historian and author—we explore the threats facing this refuge because of the changing climate, and the path ahead for its environmental, cultural, and economic future.

    • 29 min
    Ocean, People, Planet: The Impacts of Climate Change

    Ocean, People, Planet: The Impacts of Climate Change

    Stat: 51% of Americans say the U.S. is doing a very bad or somewhat bad job of addressing climate change.
    Story: Amid growing public concern about rising seas, extreme weather, and disappearing biodiversity, we speak with Michael Oppenheimer, the Albert G. Milbank professor of geosciences and international affairs at Princeton University and a longtime participant in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change. He explains the science behind the planet’s changing environment, its effects on the ocean, and possible solutions to avoid “the climate danger zone.”

    • 18 min
    Ocean, People, Planet: Preventing Ocean Plastic Pollution

    Ocean, People, Planet: Preventing Ocean Plastic Pollution

    Stat: 11 million metric tons—the amount of plastic that enters the ocean each year.
    Story: We continue our “Ocean, People, Planet” season with a discussion of one of the largest threats facing the ocean: plastic pollution. Winnie Lau, who is the project director of Pew’s preventing ocean plastics project, and Richard Bailey, professor of environmental systems at Oxford University, discuss ways to reduce the amount of plastic entering the ocean and highlight a new analytical tool that nations can use to take action.

    • 19 min
    Crisis and Change: Conversations With Leaders— Navigating the Pandemic

    Crisis and Change: Conversations With Leaders— Navigating the Pandemic

    Story: “Crisis and Change: Conversations With Leaders” is produced in partnership by The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Stanford Social Innovation Review. In the series, leaders from across the social sector share insights about how they are innovating during challenging times.
    The COVID-19 pandemic shook the world, challenging public health systems and communities. In this final episode of this special series, Dr. Rajiv J. Shah, president of the Rockefeller Foundation, and Mark Suzman, CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, share how they’re redefining the role of philanthropy in addressing public health crises and preparing for future pandemics.  

    • 25 min
    Crisis and Change: Conversations With Leaders—Economic Opportunity in America

    Crisis and Change: Conversations With Leaders—Economic Opportunity in America

    Story: “Crisis and Change: Conversations With Leaders” is produced in partnership by The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Stanford Social Innovation Review. In the series, leaders from across the social sector share insights about how they are innovating during challenging times.
    The increasing wealth gap is a symptom of larger inequities facing Americans today. And 61% of Americans say there’s too much economic inequality in the U.S., according to a 2020 Pew Research Center survey. In this episode, Larry Kramer, president of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and La June Montgomery Tabron, president and CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, discuss the origins of wealth inequality and its impact on American democracy. They also share how their institutions are creating new pathways for all communities to access secure and vibrant futures.

    • 20 min
    Crisis and Change: Conversations With Leaders—Climate Solutions

    Crisis and Change: Conversations With Leaders—Climate Solutions

    Story: “Crisis and Change: Conversations With Leaders” is produced in partnership by The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Stanford Social Innovation Review. In the series, leaders from across the social sector share insights about how they are innovating during challenging times.
    In this episode, Tonya Allen, president of the McKnight Foundation, and John Palfrey, president of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, address the growing threat of a changing climate. They discuss how they’re answering the global call for solutions that promote equity and protect vulnerable communities, and encourage others in the philanthropic sector to act at this critical time.   

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
120 Ratings

120 Ratings

Craig2372 ,

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.

ok tr ,

Excellent

Good content and concise presentation.

LogeNonDorma ,

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.

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