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Stats + Stories

Is it possible to understand what is going on behind the scenes in the new? Does it matter how studies are conducted? What numbers can we trust? Stats+Stories explores quantitative ideas in our daily lives and in journalism.

Stats and Stories is a partnership between Miami University's Departments of Statistics and Media, Journalism and Film and the American Statistical Association. You can follow us on Twitter or iTunes. If you'd like to share your thoughts on our program, send your e-mail to statsandstories@miamioh.edu and be sure to listen for future editions of Stats and Stories where we discuss the statistics behind the stories and the stories behind the statistics.

 

Stats + Stories: Growing Surveys - Building An Agricultural Census

Nov 6, 2017

  WYSO is partnering with Stats and Stories, a podcast produced at Miami University.

Linda J. Young is Chief Mathematical Statistician and Director of Research and Development of USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.  She oversees efforts to continually improve the methodology underpinning the Agency's collection and dissemination of data on every facet of U.S. agriculture. In this Stats + Stories short, Linda J. Young joins John Bailer, chair of the department of statistics at Miami University and Rosemary Pennington, professor in the department of media, journalism and film, to talk about surveys designed to characterize agricultural activity in the US. 

Stats + Stories: Why Don't People Like My Graphs?

Oct 19, 2017

WYSO is partnering with Stats and Stories, a podcast produced at Miami University.

Journalists are swimming in data coming from governments, nonprofits, think tanks and other agencies. There's data available to help contextualize almost any story a reporter might want to tell. How to present that information to audiences in a compelling and understandable way is something many newsrooms are struggling to figure out. In this episode of Stats + Stories, host Rosemary Pennington and panelists John Bailer chair of Miami's Statistics department and Richard Campbell chair of Media, Journalism and Film are joined by Alberto Cairo, the Knight chair in visual journalism at the University of Miami Florida, where he teaches courses on info graphics and data visualization. He's also the director of the visualization program at UM center for computational science and the author of 2016's, The Truthful Art: Data Charts and Maps for Communication.

Stats + Stories: Visualization And Reporting Goals

Oct 3, 2017

WYSO is partnering with Stats and Stories, a podcast produced at Miami University.

Alberto Cairo writes in his book The Truthful Art, that "an outstanding visual presentation will have five qualities: it is truthful, functional, beautiful, insightful and enlightening." Cairo, the Knight Chair in visual journalism in the School of Communication and the director of the visualization program at the Center for computational science at University of Miami in Florida, joins John Bailer, chair of the department of statistics at Miami University, and Richard Campbell, chair of the department of media journalism and film, for a Stats + Stories short on data visualization. 

Stats + Stories: Stats of Cool Cats: Emotions, Mood Management and Cat Videos

Sep 15, 2017

WYSO is partnering with Stats and Stories, a podcast produced at Miami University.

The internet is full of cats. There are blogs devoted to them. Twitter users sharing nothing but cat pictures and if you've been on Facebook recently, you've probably seen a cat video in your feed. Maybe it has annoyed you, maybe you thought the cat was cute, but those videos are more than just a distraction. They might actually be good for your emotional health. The connection between media and emotion is the focus of this episode of Stats and Stories.  Rosemary Pennington is joined by regular panelists, Statistics Department Chair, John Bailer and Media, Journalism and Film Department Chair, Richard Campbell, and guest Jessica Gall Myrick, an associate professor at Pennsylvania State University who researches the connection between media and emotion. In 2015, she published a research article exploring the effect of cat videos on our well being and like those videos, her study went viral. 

Stats + Stories: A Journalist Checks His Numbers

Sep 4, 2017

WYSO is partnering with Stats and Stories, a podcast produced at Miami University.

Data journalism is topic for this Stats + Stories short.  John Bailer from Miami University's Department of Statistics, and Media, Journalism and Film Department Chair, Richard Campbell, are joined by Alan Schwarz, a Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist best known for his reportage of public health issues for The New York Times.

Stats + Stories: Gridiron...Touchdown...Field Goal...Traumatic Brain Injury

Aug 21, 2017

WYSO is partnering with Stats and Stories, a podcast produced at Miami University.

Touchdowns, first downs, blocking, tackles, these are words that everyone familiar with football in the United States will recognize. Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), dementia, memory loss, depression, these are words that recently have been connected to playing football. The emergence of the story connecting football with brain injury is the focus of this episode of Stats and Stories.  John Bailer from Miami University's Department of Statistics, and Media, Journalism and Film Department Chair, Richard Campbell, are joined by Alan Schwarz. While working as a journalist for the New York Times, Alan wrote a series of articles on concussions and football and this was credited with helping to revolutionize the treatment of head injuries and exposing the seriousness in them for the athletes. 

Stats + Stories: Describing And Measuring An $18 Trillion Economy

Jul 29, 2017

 WYSO is partnering with Stats and Stories, a podcast produced at Miami University.

In news stories about the health of the American economy or sometimes on Sunday morning talk shows, you might hear experts talking about the GDP or Gross Domestic Product. The GDP is a measure of the value of all goods and services produced during a particular time period and as you might imagine it's quite the undertaking to keep track of all that information. The organization that does that among other things is the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Stats + Stories: Epidemic Trials and Tribulations

Jul 16, 2017

WYSO is partnering with Stats and Stories, a podcast produced at Miami University.

It started with the death of one infant in late 2013. It was followed by the deaths of family members and health care workers and healers in 2014 and exploded into the awareness of the world as thousands were affected in 2014 and 2015. Almost 30-thousand people contracted the disease and more than ten thousand died in the recent Ebola virus outbreak that struck in Africa. How do we respond to such a crisis? How quickly can drugs and vaccines be developed, tested and distributed in the time of an emerging epidemic? Conducting clinical research studies in the context of emerging and potential epidemics is the focus of this episode of Stats and Stories.

WYSO is partnering with Stats and Stories, a podcast produced at Miami University.

The International Prize in Statistics was established to bring recognition to the leading lights of the profession and also to bring recognition to the profession as a whole. In this Stats and Stories short, John Bailer, Chair of the Department of Statistics at Miami University, and Steve Siff, Professor in the Department of Media, Journalism and Film speak with Professor Susan Ellenberg from the University of Pennsylvania. She was the Chair of the International Prize in Statistics Foundation, that will be awarded at the next World Statistics Congress in Marrakech, Morocco in July, 2017.

Stats + Stories: Counting Crime

Jun 16, 2017

WYSO is partnering with Stats and Stories, a podcast produced at Miami University.

The data is often used to understand crime, punishment, and the justice system. There is one federal agency that addresses data from courts, victimization, crime types, law enforcement and efforts to improve the criminal justice system. Jeri Mulrow, Acting Director of the Bureau of Justice Statistics, joins Stats + Stories' John Bailer from the Department of Statistics at Miami University and Richard Campbell, Chair of Miami's Department of Media, Journalism and Film, to talk about statistics and justice. 

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