Gina Neff on Smart Devices

March 1, 2019

In this Social Science Bites podcast, Gina Neff tells interview David Edmonds that such information—your information collected on tracking application—is widely available to the device or software maker. Now combine that with social network data—and many apps essentially require you connect those dots—and what results is an unintentionally rich portrait of the user. 

James Robinson on Why Nations Fail

December 3, 2018

In this Social Science Bites podcast, interviewer David Edmonds posits — and Robinson rebuts — several traditional explanations for the inequality of nations.

Nick Adams on Textual Analysis

November 1, 2018

Fake news, whether truly phony or merely unpalatable, has become an inescapable trope for modern media consumers. Sociologist Nick Adams, in this Social Science Bites podcast, offers hope that a tool he’s developed can improve the media literacy of the populace.

David Spiegelhalter on Communicating Statistics

April 2, 2018

David Spiegelhalter, professor of the public understanding of risk in the Statistical Laboratory in the Centre for Mathematical Sciences at the University of Cambridge and current president of the Royal Statistical Society on communicating statistics.

Melinda Mills on Sociogenomics

February 1, 2018

Combining sociology and genetics, Melinda Mills and her collaborators abandon the nature v. nurture controversy for empirical research on family formation, inequality, child-rearing, etc., leading them into ‘sociogenomics.’

Bev Skeggs on Social Media Siloing

December 1, 2017

In this Social Science Bites podcast Bev Skeggs explains to interviewer David Edmonds of the accidental lesson she learned during research on how social networks were structuring, or restructuring, friendships

Tom Chatfield on Critical Thinking and Bias

October 2, 2017

Podcast with author Tom Chatfield highlights his new book and the way critical thinking is lacking in today's generation, which author Tom Chatfield believes is the number one skill that everyone needs to have in order to compete in today's society.

Al Roth on Matching Markets

August 1, 2017

In this Social Science Bites podcast, Roth explains to interviewer David Edmonds some of the ins and outs of market matching, starting with a quick and surprisingly simple definition.

Gary King on Big Data Analysis

March 1, 2017

It’s not the ‘big’ or the ‘data’ that really turns the screw; it’s the analysis. In this Social Science Bite, Professor Gary King, uses text analysis as an example of this big data analysis.

Sandy Pentland on Social Physics

January 3, 2017

In this Social Science Bites podcast, Pentland tells interviewer Dave Edmonds about the origins of social physics in the barren days before the advent of widespread good data and solid statistical methods and how it blossomed as both a field and for his own research.