Things You Thought You Already Knew

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Monday, August 11, 2014

You might think you already know the correct way to sharpen a pencil or swat a fly, but the host of National Geographic’s show “Going Deep” begs to differ. David Rees teaches us how to fold a better paper airplane – among other things – on the air. Plus: digging into how each City Council member spends discretionary money in their districts; a look at why we don't know how much money businesses make on food stamps; and all the (many) ways data can be manipulated. 

Return to Iraq

Bobby Ghosh, managing editor of Quartz, talks about the latest from Iraq and the debate over renewed U.S. military intervention there in support of American personnel in Erbil and the Yazidi refugees.

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Remember Member Items?

The discretionary funds process was overhauled this year by Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. We dig into the data to see how different council members spent their (your) money with Jeff Mays, DNAinfo political reporter. Nigel Chiwaya, DNAinfo visual journalist, dug into (and visualized) the data set of every discretionary fund to identify patterns and will help listeners do the same in the open data set on our site.

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What You Don't Know You Don't Know About Food Stamps

There's a lot of data about who uses food stamps, but the information about how some businesses profit off the SNAP program is not available. That could soon change. Krissy Clark, correspondent for the wealth and poverty desk at Marketplace, explains what we might learn (and why we should care) about how companies do business with food stamps.

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Statistics Tricks

Gary Smith, economics professor at Pomona College in Claremont, CA, looks at all the ways data, big and small, can be manipulated and offers a guide to gleaning the truth behind the trickery. He's the author of Standard Deviations: Flawed Assumptions, Tortured Data, and Other Ways to Lie with Statistics.

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David Rees Teaches Brian Lehrer to Make the Perfect Paper Airplane

In his new TV series "Going Deep," one man investigates the science and process behind very basic tasks, like tying a shoelace or ice melting.

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