21 episodes

Look closely at almost anything and you’ll find data—lots of it. But when you push past the calculations, what are all those numbers really saying about who we are and what we believe? CNN’s Harry Enten is on a mission to find out. This season on Margins of Error, Harry teases out big ideas like what accents say about where we live, how much money it takes to be happy, and whether the U.S. should finally switch to the metric system.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.5 • 326 Ratings

Look closely at almost anything and you’ll find data—lots of it. But when you push past the calculations, what are all those numbers really saying about who we are and what we believe? CNN’s Harry Enten is on a mission to find out. This season on Margins of Error, Harry teases out big ideas like what accents say about where we live, how much money it takes to be happy, and whether the U.S. should finally switch to the metric system.

    Pains, Trains and Automobiles

    Pains, Trains and Automobiles

    Who doesn’t love a good vacation? But the likelihood of stress goes through the roof as soon as you factor in the act of traveling. Annoyances like cramped leg room, high gas prices and mysterious service fees can make getting from point A to point B, a real pain. Is there a more efficient way to drive, board a plane or even fuel your vehicle? Harry turns to some very smart people who are doing their best to optimize the way we travel. You'll hear about how AI can create the most efficient road trip and the science behind boarding an airplane faster. And will kelp power the transportation of the future?

    For information on Randy Olson's optimal road trip: http://www.randalolson.com/2015/03/08/computing-the-optimal-road-trip-across-the-u-s/

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    • 33 min
    Why are Losers the Favorites?

    Why are Losers the Favorites?

    Studies show that, when picking between underdogs and the favorite, more people will side with the underdog. So, why are we so drawn to them? And it’s not just about sports and politics. It’s the human experience. Harry talks to his dear friend Neil Paine of FiveThirtyEight, underdog expert Nadav Goldschmied, and CNN's very own Coy Wire. As a former Buffalo Bills player, Coy knows a thing or two about being underestimated. We also do some serious analysis of who really deserves the title "America's Team." Spoiler: It's not the Cowboys or the Yankees.

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    • 36 min
    Forecasting the Future of Weather

    Forecasting the Future of Weather

    Let’s face it: We cannot live without our weather forecasts. It’s the first thing we check most mornings — and when they’re wrong, we get pretty frustrated. But forecasting is actually the best it’s ever been! Harry learns the secrets to predicting the weather accurately and investigates how climate change could make those predictions a little cloudier.

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    • 31 min
    The Mysterious Disappearance of Love, Sex and Romance

    The Mysterious Disappearance of Love, Sex and Romance

    In spite of the rise in romance reality shows, it is possible romance is actually disappearing in real life. The statistics certainly paint a picture that love is on the decline, whether it’s less sex, more singles or fewer romantic gestures. So, WHO or WHAT is the culprit? Sherlock Harry is on the case and he even attends a Bridgerton Ball to investigate.

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    • 33 min
    Why Americans Won’t Give an Inch on Metric

    Why Americans Won’t Give an Inch on Metric

    Harry goes the extra “yard” to find out why the United States is one of the few countries that hasn’t gone metric. Americans seem more than content in a hybrid world of liters AND gallons. Why can’t we choose one form of measurement? It turns out there’s a lot of national pride and history wrapped up in our inches and pounds — not to mention money and politics.

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    • 36 min
    When Did 'Diet' Become a Dirty Word?

    When Did 'Diet' Become a Dirty Word?

    Diet soda is one of the few things in life that makes Harry very happy. And it turns out, it might be disappearing as “zero sugar” infiltrates the carbonated industry. Why is this happening all of a sudden and is there a difference between the two labels? Or is this just a war of words?

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    • 31 min

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326 Ratings

326 Ratings

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