The Takeaway

12/13/14: The Last Sequential Date of The Century

Friday, December 12, 2014

Saturday is 12/13/14 is the last sequential date of the century, but there are other dates on the calendar with sequential meaning.

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When Numbers Bleed, Freeze, Starve And Die On A Battlefield: The Dark Poetry Of Data

Friday, May 16, 2014

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I once read that when Napoleon invaded Russia, he lost most of his army not to the horrible Russian winter, horrible though it was. No, says this legend, Napoleon's army suffered from "button failure." The company that provided the army with ...

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For the Love of Numbers

Friday, May 02, 2014

It’s hard to think of anything more rational, more logical and impersonal than a number. But what if we’re all, universally, also deeply attuned to how numbers … feel? Why 2 is warm, 7 is strong and 11 is downright mystical.



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The Takeaway

2013: What's in a Number?

Friday, January 04, 2013

2013 marks the first time since 1987 that the numerical year contains four unique digits: no number repeats. Takeaway host John Hockenberry discusses the significance for a numbers man like himself.

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Krulwich Wonders: What's The World's Favorite Number?

Friday, July 22, 2011


A post from Robert's excellent blog Krulwich Wonders. Read all his Krulwich Wonders posts here.

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The Takeaway

Telling a Story Through Numbers

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Whether it’s the casualty count in Afghanistan, the national deficit or the size of an earthquake – numbers help us communicate. But are telling the numbers the best way to tell a news story?

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Monday, November 30, 2009

Love 'em or hate 'em, you rely on numbers every day. We ask how they confuse us, connect us, & even reveal secrets about us.

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212, 718, 646, 917, 347...When Will The Numbers End?

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

In Brooklyn, there's cachet being in 718. In Manhattan, 212 means you're olde skool New York. Soon, New Yorkers will have even more area codes to contend with, because we're running out of phone numbers. The State Public Service Commission says by 2011, the city won't have ...