RB 193: Facts Are Boring

March 6th, 2012

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This week we tear apart the difference between Truth, Fact, and Evidence, and the quiet, but irreplaceable, role of the humble factchecker in our media:

  • Author/factchecker Jim Fingal on the Lifespan of a Fact
  • Former GQ intern and factchecker Gillian Brassil on how factcheckers get paid to watch True Blood
  • Veteran Atlantic Monthly factchecking department head Yvonne Rolzhausen on the underinvestment of media resources for factchecking
  • David Weinberger, author of the recent book Too Big To Know on what a fact is¬†and why they don’t make for good storytelling

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This week’s episode produced and edited by Daniel Dennis Jones with Frances Harlow, with special thanks to our the Radio Berkman Company players James Foley and Neal Leaheey, as well as Kate Krontiris and Ryan Hartigan
Creative Commons licensed photo courtesy Flickr user sarcasmo

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  • 1. Sildith San Ju  |  March 6th, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Time and Memory are Enemies to Truth, while Factfinding.

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