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Sparks: Interview with Bob Holmes: 6/2/17
Anna Maria Barry-Jester talks to Bob Holmes, the author of "Flavor: The science of our most neglected sense."
Sparks: Flavor Science: 6/1/17
FiveThirtyEight's science team discusses "Flavor: The science of our most neglected sense," a book by Bob Holmes. They also go flavor tripping.
WTP Best Of: Bear Mapping: 5/18/17
Rae Wynn-Grant, a conservation researcher at the American Museum of Natural History, discusses her work tracking black bears in the American West.
Sparks: Interview with Thomas Levenson: 5/5/17
FiveThirtyEight's Christie Aschwanden interviews the author of "The Hunt for Vulcan."
Sparks: "The Hunt for Vulcan": 5/4/17
What does it take to revise a cold, hard science fact? This month’s Sparks podcast explores that question in the context of “The Hunt for Vulcan” by Thomas Levenson.
WTP Best Of: Baseball: 4/20/17
Jody interviews Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller, authors of "The Only Rule Is It Has To Work," a chronicle of their summer spent as general managers for the Sonoma Stompers.
Sparks: Interview with Elisabeth Rosenthal: 4/12/17
Anna Maria Barry-Jester interviews the author of "An American Sickness: How healthcare became big business and how you can take it back."
Sparks: "An American Sickness": 4/6/17
Our science podcast crew discusses the state of American health care, and what consumers can do about it. This month's book: "An American Sickness" by Elisabeth Rosenthal.
WTP Best Of: Internet Tracking: 3/23/17
Jody interviews Arvind Narayanan about the latest in online tracking, and what you can do to shield yourself.
WTP Best Of: Your Certainty Bubble: 3/9/17
Jody Avirgan and Carl Bialik discuss research into how we get information and what information we trust.
Sparks - Interview with Alondra Nelson: 3/3/17
FiveThirtyEight's Maggie Koerth-Baker discusses The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation After the Genome with author Alondra Nelson.
Sparks - The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation After the Genome: 3/2/17
This month, we're discussing Alondra Nelson's The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation After the Genome.
WTP Best Of: Life In Yemen: 2/17/17
What cell phone metadata can reveal about the patterns of daily live -- and the effect of drone strikes.
WTP Best Of: James Hamblin: 2/2/17
From the archives, Jody Avirgan and James Hamblin discuss modern medicine, personal health tracking, and why health journalism is broken.
Sparks: Interview with the author of "The Unpersuadables" : 1/26/17
FiveThirtyEight's Maggie Koerth-Baker talks with author Will Storr about his book "The Unpersuadables: Adventures with the enemies of science."
Sparks - The Unpersuadables: 1/19/17
FiveThirtyEight's science team discusses Will Storr's book, "The Unpersuadables: Adventures with the enemies of science."
The Amazing Postcards You Mailed Us: 12/22/16
Jody Avirgan and Kate Larue discuss the postcards we received for our "Dear Data" project, and then rerun our original conversation. Check it out: fivethirtyeight.com/deardata
Sparks (Part 2) Nate Silver and Michael Lewis: 12/16/16
This month we're discussing Michael Lewis's new book "The Undoing Project." Here he talks with Nate Silver about his work. Be sure to check out part 1!
Sparks - The Undoing Project: 12/15/16
Our science team discusses Michael Lewis's new book, which is about the rise of behavioral economics. Check out part 2, coming soon, in which Nate Silver talks with Lewis.
.72 That Was The Point: 12/8/16
What's The Point is coming to an end with Jody Avirgan as the host. We discuss what we've learned over the last year and a half. Stay tuned for our next big thing!
.71 How Adam Ruins Everything: 12/2/16
Adam Conover on the challenge of explaining tough topics - while being funny. Catch "Adam Ruins Everything" on TruTV.
.70 Sparks (Pt 2) Kenji Lopez-Alt: 11/23/16
In part two of our Thanksgiving special, Anna Maria Barry-Jester talks about the science of food with Kenji Lopez-Alt.
.69 Sparks: Let's Eat, With Science!: 11/17/16
A Thanksgiving cooking special from our science team as they discuss Kenji Lopez-Alt's "The Food Lab."
.68 Sparks (Pt 2) Risk: 11/5/16
Maggie Koerth-Baker talks with Kayt Sukel about how we define risk, and how to write about it responsibly.
.67 Sparks: Risk: 10/28/16
Our monthly science series looks at why humans make, or don't make, risky choices. Part 2 of this conversation - and interview with author Kayt Sukel - airs next week.
.66 When The Algorithm Decides: 10/23/16
Cathy O'Neil discusses her book "Weapons Of Math Destruction," about algorithms that are widespread, harmful, and secretive.
.65 Optimized Or Monetized?: 10/15/16
Julia Angwin of Pro Publica discusses their investigations into "black box" algorithms.
.64 Do You Feel Informed?: 10/7/16
Carl Bialik discusses a new study that shows how Americans get their information, how they make decisions, and how they change their minds.
.63 Sparks (Pt 2) Mental Health Stigma: 9/29/16
Maggie Koerth-Baker talks with Dr. Patrick Corrigan about the stigma of mental health and how it relates to public figures.
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