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Stats + Stories

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.

Latest Episodes
  • Statistics is generally a field not known for its humor, at least to the broad public. Which is a shame because humor is a way to make complicated subjects – like statistics or big data – accessible to general audiences. The intersection of humor and stats is the focus of this episode of Stats and Stories with guest Timandra Harkness, coming to you from the annual meeting of the Royal Statistical Society with guest host Brian Tarran.
  • We live at a curious moment, when data and information from a variety of sources overwhelm our senses and when there are people who are working to manipulate some of that data, spreading disinformation and discord. This has led to a skepticism and distrust of data that can make it difficult to find common ground and which, when it comes to public health, may make us all less safe.
  • Data visualization is a skill that's becoming increasingly important. In feels as wide-ranging as Education, Medicine and Journalism. It's also something that can seem incredibly complicated and imitating. The Fear Factor around creating visualization can obscure the long history of their use. People like W.E.B. DuBois and Florence Nightingale created data visualizations that don't different from what we might see today. The arguments made by such visualisations is a focus of this episode of Stats and Stories where we explore the statistics behind the stories with guest Alison Hedley.
  • The work of health researchers is vitally important to the safety and well-being of people around the world, with the COVID-19 crisis making that all too clear. However, health researchers are facing a crisis of their own, a crisis of trust. It’s fueled partly by the proliferation of social media, the politicization of data, and the reluctance of some researchers to discuss their work. The issue of trust and health research is a focus of this episode of Stats and Stories with guest Sandra Alba
  • The use of statistics to improve processes and business industry government and academia is the focus of this episode of Stats and Stories with Deming Lecturer Award winner Nicholas Fisher
  • WYSO is partnering with Stats and Stories, a podcast produced at Miami University.The data official statistical offices collect and generate are of vital…
  • WYSO is partnering with Stats and Stories, a podcast produced at Miami University.Protestors have taken to streets across the U-S this summer in order to…
  • WYSO is partnering with Stats and Stories, a podcast produced at Miami University.What comes to mind at the start of summer? Backyard barbecues, quality…
  • WYSO is partnering with Stats and Stories, a podcast produced at Miami University.Social media is always awash in pet videos and images, but since the…