Podcasts for Social Scientists and Historians

We’re in the run up to travel season, so I thought I would assemble a list of some great podcasts.  Some of these you have heard, some you haven’t.

FiveThirtyEight: FiveThirtyEight is the brain child of stats wunderkid Nate Silver (yeah, THAT Nate Silver).  Their offerings run the gamut from podcasts about sports (How Many Times did the Mets Blow It?) to sciencey-science (Big Data is Saving this Little Bird) and modern work places (When Your Boss is Big Brother).  There is lots of good stuff here, definitely worth a visit for bookmarking on your mobile device, for when you are on that God awful stretch of I-65/I-57/I-55 between Chicago and ANYWHERE.

BackStory with the American History Guys: BackStory is a program of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.  I have heard their show on WBEZ.  But in the event that you are not able to access radio waves, maybe you ought to just subscribe to their podcast.  Their topics are mostly history oriented, with podcasts on A History of Farming in America to Rare History Well Done: Meat in America.  These are good for those early morning walks when you’re trying to maintain your sanity while staying in a too-full house with family that you adore, but also that drives you crazy.

Freakonomics: Freakonomics Radio is the podcasting branch of the Freakonomics Franchise (developed by Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt).  The podcasts offer also offer a wide variety of topics from How to Create Suspense to Whether Kids Should Pay Back Their Parents for Raising Them, the latter of which you might actually be interested in, depending on the degree to which your offspring are bugging the crap out of you on your second delayed flight coming back to Chicago after Thanksgiving. AmIRite?  CanIGetanAmen?


Author: Jessica Bishop-Royse

Jessica Bishop-Royse is the SSRC’s Senior Research Methodologist. Her areas of interest include: health disparities, demography, crime, methods, and statistics. She often finds herself navigating the fields of sociology, demography, epidemiology, medicine, public health, and policy. She was broadly trained in data collection, Stata, quantitative research methodology, as well as statistics. She has experience with multi-level analyses, survival analyses, and multivariate regression. Outside of the work context, Jessi is interested in writing, reading, travel, photography, and sport.

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