I usually turn my wife on to new podcasts. I listen to many podcasts a day, whereas she usually only has time for one. But lately in her compressed listening time, she has found more good podcasts than I have. The latest podcast she told me about was What’s The Point from FiveThirtyEight.
FiveThirtyEight started as a political polling group (538 electorial votes) and has branched out into many different areas. This isn’t the group’s first podcast so it’s pretty polished already. I’ve listened to the first two episodes and it reminds me of the Freakonomics Podcast, only with data instead of economics. The zeroeth episode they talked about what the podcast would be about and in their first podcast they interviewed Neil deGrasse Tyson.
I’m looking forward to the next episode where they interview a former NYC transportation commissioner about her data driven approach to her former job.