Methods is an interview show with professional fact-finders that gives the backstory on how they separate fact from fiction to understand the world around them.
This month's guest: Nate Silver
Doors 7:30pm, show 8:00pm. 21+
Nate Silver is a leading statistician and best-selling author known for his unique brand of creativity, journalism and statistical analysis. He is the founder of the award-winning website FiveThirtyEight, which was acquired by ESPN in 2013. The site relaunched as an ESPN entity on March 17, 2014, and expanded its coverage to include topics such as sports, economics, culture, science and technology, among others. FiveThirtyEight continues to provide data-driven coverage of politics, including forecasts of upcoming elections.
Silver has established himself as today’s leading statistician through his innovative analyses of political polling. He first gained national attention during the 2008 presidential election, when he correctly predicted the results of the presidential election in 49 of 50 states, along with all 35 U.S. Senate races. In 2012, FiveThirtyEight predicted the election outcome in all 50 states. FiveThirtyEight has made Nate the public face of statistical analysis and political forecasting.
Methods is a new podcast about how we know what we know, and why the way we get there matters. Each week, Brooke Borel, author of The Chicago Guide to Fact-Checking, interviews someone who examines facts for a living, including journalists, scientists, historians, judges, translators, and more.
Picking one of the guest’s projects—an investigative article, a book, a scientific discovery—we’ll dig into how they did it. What was their process? How did they investigate the evidence? What stories, pitfalls, and dead ends didn’t make it into the published work? How sure are they? And what level of uncertainty should we all be comfortable with when it comes to calling something a fact?
Brooke Borel is a journalist, editor, and author based in Brooklyn, New York and the author of The Chicago Guide to Fact-Checking, which Library Journal named a best reference book of 2016, and Infested: How the Bed Bug Infiltrated Our Bedrooms and Took Over the World. She’s also written on everything from cannabis pesticides to the history of fake news, but she specializes in stories about how we use technology to shape our environment. Her work has appeared at Popular Science, the Guardian, the Atlantic, BuzzFeed News, FiveThirtyEight, Quanta, and Undark Magazine, among others. She teaches writing at New York University and the Brooklyn Brainery.