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: Zach and Kelly Weinersmith, authors of Soonish
Doors 7:30pm, show 8:00pm. 21+
Dr. Kelly Weinersmith is Adjunct Faculty in the BioSciences Department at Rice University, where she studies parasites that manipulate the behavior of their hosts. In addition to being a respected researcher, she cohosts Science... Sort Of, which is one of the top 20 natural science podcasts. Kelly spoke at Smithsonian Magazine's "The Future is Here 2015," and her work has been featured in The Atlantic, Science, Nature, National Geographic, BBC World, Gizmodo, and CBC's Quirks and Quarks.
Zach Weinersmith is the cartoonist behind the popular geek webcomic Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal. His work has been featured in The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, Forbes, Science Friday, Boingboing, the Freakonomics Blog, the RadioLab blog, Entertainment Weekly, Mother Jones, CNN, Discovery Magazine, and more.
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.
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