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I'm Samantha Laine Perfas, and I'm the host of the “Perception Gaps” podcast. This 10-part series explores different topics in which people's perception, or what they think is true, doesn't actually line up with reality. We call that a perception gap, and our goal is to help highlight areas where this happens so we can better understand the world around us. I hope that you get a lot of value from “Perception Gaps” and share it with your friends! Subscribe to our newsletter and have the podcast delivered directly to your inbox (if you don’t see the signup box, feel free to email podcast@csmonitor.com to sign up). Thanks for joining me on this adventure.Editor's note: Since we have concluded Season 1 of Perception Gaps, you can sign up for the newsletter to stay informed of future seasons. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy these episodes! 

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I'm Samantha Laine Perfas, and I'm the host of the “Perception Gaps” podcast. This 10-part series explores different topics in which people's perception, or what they think is true, doesn't actually line up with reality. We call that a perception gap, and our goal is to help highlight areas where this happens so we can better understand the world around us. I hope that you get a lot of value from “Perception Gaps” and share it with your friends! Subscribe to our newsletter and have the podcast delivered directly to your inbox (if you don’t see the signup box, feel free to email podcast@csmonitor.com to sign up). Thanks for joining me on this adventure.Editor's note: Since we have concluded Season 1 of Perception Gaps, you can sign up for the newsletter to stay informed of future seasons. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy these episodes! 

    Episode 10: Solving Perception Gaps

    Episode 10: Solving Perception Gaps

    During the last episode of our 10-part series, we have to ask… how do you solve perception gaps? Is it even possible? We look at the science of perception gaps, as well as the media’s role in closing them. Join host Samantha Laine Perfas, NCSE director Ann Reid, the Monitor’s Eoin O’Carroll, sociotechnical researcher Danah Boyd, and the Monitor’s Mark Sappenfield.

    Episode 9: The Role of War

    Episode 9: The Role of War

    War… what is it good for? Turns out, perhaps peace. While we continue to fight long and expensive wars around the world, they are much less fatal than in the past. But with how much war has changed through the decades, do civilians really understand its role? Join host Samantha Laine Perfas, researcher Joshua Goldstein, retired soldier and academic Adrian Lewis, and ex-Marine turned novelist Elliot Ackerman.

    Episode 8: The Drug Epidemic

    Episode 8: The Drug Epidemic

    The opioid epidemic is a frequent headline contender, and was recently declared a national public health emergency. But did you know that there’s another substance that regularly kills twice as many people per year? Join host Samantha Laine Perfas, data scientist Scott Formica, former ‘drug czar’ Michael Botticelli, and prevention specialist Amanda Decker.

    Episode 7: The Generosity Game

    Episode 7: The Generosity Game

    Everything feels like a competition these days. Who is more generous: conservatives or liberals? There’s no easy answer, but data does show that both parties have become less generous in recent years. Join host Samantha Laine Perfas, along with guests assistant professor Michele Margolis, researcher Nathan Dietz, “Happy Money” co-author Michael Norton, and mother-of-the-host Dana Laine.

    Episode 6: Poverty Progress

    Episode 6: Poverty Progress

    After surveying a global segment of the population, the Gapminder organization in Sweden found that only 10 percent of people knew the state of extreme poverty. Why is it that our perceptions are so… wrong? Join host Samantha Laine Perfas, along with “Factfulness” author Anna Rosling Ronnlund, academic Bobby Duffy, Gates Foundation chief strategist Mark Suzman, and the Monitor’s Peter Ford.

    Episode 5: A Closer Look at the Gender Pay Gap

    Episode 5: A Closer Look at the Gender Pay Gap

    Women take low paying jobs. Women don’t advocate for themselves. The gender pay gap isn’t real. These are some of the myths that persist about gender pay gap. But why does the gap really exist? It’s complicated. Join host Samantha Laine Perfas, along with guests economist Claudia Goldin, Women 2.0 CEO Kate Brodock, and professor Patricia Deyton.

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
55 Ratings

55 Ratings

Celihac9 ,

So helpful and informative

I love this podcast. Samantha's hosting hits a perfect tone, always relating to the listener while teaching through the well thought-out interviews and interviewees, presenting a wide range of perspectives.

Tim1566 ,

Excellent podcast

I really like this podcast and hope they order more episodes. The first 10 episodes were chalk full of good information and facts. I learned a lot and feel more informed now. Keep up the good work!

MobroSkinner ,

Hooked!!

I started with Episode 4 and was instantly hooked. Great balanced approach to a wide variety of topics. Please continue!!!

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