112 episodes

A show about our data age. Each week, Jody Avirgan brings you stories and interviews on how data is changing lives.

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    • Society & Culture

A show about our data age. Each week, Jody Avirgan brings you stories and interviews on how data is changing lives.

    Sparks: Interview with David Baron

    Sparks: Interview with David Baron

    Christie Aschwanden interviews the author of "American Eclipse," by David Baron.

    • 42 min
    Sparks: The Eclipse Of 1878

    Sparks: The Eclipse Of 1878

    The Sparks gang discusses "American Eclipse" by David Baron, and the solar eclipse coming to the U.S. later this month.

    • 43 min
    WTP Best Of: DNA Evidence

    WTP Best Of: DNA Evidence

    Jody discusses the rise of forensic DNA with Erin Murphy, professor at New York University and author of the book "Inside the Cell."

    • 40 min
    WTP Best Of: Adam Ruins Everything

    WTP Best Of: Adam Ruins Everything

    Jody interviews Adam Conover of TruTV's Adam Ruins Everything on how his show covers stats heavy topics.

    • 30 min
    Sparks: Interview with Charles Ornstein

    Sparks: Interview with Charles Ornstein

    Christie Aschwanden talks to journalist Charles Ornstein about how he reports on how money can influence doctors.

    • 34 min
    Sparks: Conflicts of interest

    Sparks: Conflicts of interest

    The Sparks crew discusses how politicians and scientists wrestle with conflicts of interest, and what the science says about how conflict of interest can change our decisions.

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

philodygmn ,

insightful sociology by the numbers

I find this podcast a tonic amidst a media climate awash in toxic techno triumphalism, faith in process over people, hubristic trust in data and algorithm over human agency, scientific certainty misapplied to unknowable individual autonomy and libertine social subtlety, capitalism over creativity, etc. May it serve as a bulwark against such as well as fuction as a vigorous check against complacency not only in both our dealings and conjurings with technology but also with ourselves and one another.

Usability guy ,

The sparks broadcasts are awesome

Really great general discussion of science topics. I also really appreciate that the hosts are women scientists and that this isn't explicitly discussed.

Kauaichild ,

Love, love, love Sparks!

Ladies discussing science make this lady scientist very happy.

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