In the era of fake news and disbelief in science, Methods asks the crucial question: how do we know what we know? Join your host Brooke Borel for a live taping with guests data reporter Lam Thuy Vo and Cathy O'Neil, author of Weapons of Math Destruction.
Doors 7:00pm, show 7:30pm. 21+
Lam Thuy Vo is a data reporter at BuzzFeed News where she tells stories about the effects of technology on society, about economics, and about social issues. She has analyzed thousands of tweets directed at the subject of a conservative conspiracy theory to simulate what it feels like to be trolled; traced the spread of viral false information through the web; and has compiled and examined the engagement around millions of Facebook posts to better understand the new partisan news ecosystem that sprung up around the contentious 2016 elections. She has taught data journalism at workshops and universities around the world and is currently writing an instructional book on social data mining. Find her work and other information via Twitter: @lamthuyvo
Cathy O’Neil earned a Ph.D. in math from Harvard, was a postdoc at the MIT math department, and a professor at Barnard College where she published a number of research papers in arithmetic algebraic geometry. She then switched over to the private sector, working as a quant for the hedge fund D.E. Shaw in the middle of the credit crisis, and then for RiskMetrics, a risk software company that assesses risk for the holdings of hedge funds and banks. She left finance in 2011 and started working as a data scientist in the New York start-up scene, building models that predicted people’s purchases and clicks. She wrote Doing Data Science in 2013 and launched the Lede Program in Data Journalism at Columbia in 2014. She is a regular contributor to Bloomberg View and wrote the book Weapons of Math Destruction: how big data increases inequality and threatens democracy. She recently founded ORCAA, an algorithmic auditing company.
In an era where fake news and questionable logic abound, Methods is a new podcast that uncovers how we know what we know and why the way we got there matters. Each week, Brooke Borel, author of The Chicago Guide to Fact-Checking, sits down with an expert researcher and finds out how they find facts.
Using one of the guest’s projects - an investigative article, a book, a scientific discovery - we’ll explore how and why our guest separated fact from fiction to understand the world around us. What was their process? How did they investigate the evidence? And what stories, pitfalls, and dead ends didn’t make it into the published work?
Join Brooke and a rotating cast of journalists, scientists, historians, judges, translators, and more for beer and in-depth discussion about how they found the evidence to call something a fact. Who knows, you might just get to be a part of a fact-finding mission along the way!
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.