Music’s Moneyball; The Sound Of Museums; Blind Date With Isabel Leonard

Monday, April 08, 2013

In This Episode: If you’ve been keeping an eye on the art scene in New York, you may have noticed that there’s a lot of music in the city’s museums. We look at how institutions from The Whitney to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to the New Museum are filling their galleries with the sound of music.

Plus: Newfangled baseball statistics like “on-base plus slugging” or “ultimate zone rating” were the subject of the bestselling book and film Moneyball. Now, a number crunching company is putting stats to work in the music biz. We hear about how they might even predict the next big thing.  

And: We take you on a Blind Date with rising mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard.

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Slate: The Culture Gabfest, Great Granola Showdown Edition

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

In this week's Culture Gabfest, Slate’s June Thomas joins the discussion to parse the massive success of the Anglophile hit Downtown Abbey. Next, Gabfesters debate whether Moneyball hits a home run or strikes out. Finally, the wait is over: it’s the C


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Opinion: Can Santorum Beat Romney? The Answer is in Moneyball

Friday, February 10, 2012

In Michael Lewis' Moneyball, The Oakland A's spent the least money per victory of any team, just as Rick Santorum has spent far less per vote and per delegate than Mitt Romney. But the A's also lose in the end.

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The Takeaway

Movie Date: Moneyball

Sunday, September 25, 2011

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Kristen, Rafer, join a baseball-loving guest in discussing stats movie "Moneyball," starring Brad Pitt. Can a movie about baseball statistics be remotely interesting? Does Kristen's knowledge of the game run deeper than "Bad News Bears"? Does the movie, in the final judgment, satisfy people who aren't number crunchers? To get answers to these questions, you must listen!  

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The Far-Reaching Influence of 'Moneyball'

Friday, September 23, 2011

What if there was a systematic method to develop the best baseball team? Eight years ago, Michael Lewis's book "Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game" exposed how Billy Beane, general manager of the Oakland A’s, found a way to turn a team with poor attendance and no money into a rag-tag contender with one of the lowest payrolls in baseball. He did this by using readily available statistics. Since the book was published, the book's influence has not only extended to other baseball teams, but to other sectors. This weekend, a film adaptation is opening in theaters, with Brad Pitt as Billy Beane.