Blogs and Podcasts

Just a list of education related blogs and podcasts (mainly focused on math)



    More or Less: Behind the Stats
    • Are there more stars than grains of beach sand? by BBC Radio 4 Jul 6, 2018
      The astronomer, Carl Sagan, famously said that there were more stars in our Universe than grains of sand on the Earth’s beaches. But was it actually true? More or Less tries to count the nearly uncountable. Content warning: This episode incl...
    • Running at the World Cup by BBC Radio 4 Jun 29, 2018
      This week we take a look at some of the statistics which have caught our attention at the World Cup. There has been much debate in both the press and social media about the large distances which Russian football players have run in their first two...
    • How many words do you need to speak a language? by BBC Radio 4 Jun 22, 2018
      Ein Bier bitte? Loyal listener David made a new year's resolution to learn German. Three years later, that's about as far as he's got. Keen to have something to aim for, he asked More or Less how many words you really need to know in order to spea...
    • FIFA World Cup Extravaganza by BBC Radio 4 Jun 15, 2018
      The World Cup starts this week and the More or Less team is marking the event by looking at the data behind all the World Cups since 1966 (our data shows that this was the best world cup because England won). We’ll answer all football fa...
    • WS More or Less: How Many Animals are Born Every Day? by BBC Radio 4 Jun 10, 2018
      From penguins to nematodes, is it possible to count how many animals are born around the world every day? That’s the question one 10-year-old listener wants answered, and so reporter Kate Lamble sets off for the zoo to find out. Along the...

    Freakonomics
    • Should We Really Behave Like Economists Say We Do? (Rebroadcast) by Freakonomics Nov 23, 2017
      Season 7, Episode 12  You have perhaps come across the phrase homo economicus, which describes a model for human behavior as seen through the lens of economics. In this hour, you’ll hear Freakonomics Radio producer Greg Rosalsky embark ...
    • Is America Ready for a “No-Lose Lottery”? (Update) by Stephen J. Dubner Nov 22, 2017
      Most people don’t enjoy the simple, boring act of putting money in a savings account. But we do love to play the lottery. So what if you combine the two, creating a new kind of savings account with a lottery payout? The post Is America Read...
    • An Astronaut, a Catalan, and Two Linguists Walk Into a Bar…: TMSIDK Episode 36 by Stephen J. Dubner Nov 19, 2017
      Why New York has skinny skyscrapers, how to weaponize water, and what astronauts talk about in space. John McWhorter is co-host; Bari Weiss is live fact-checker. The post An Astronaut, a Catalan, and Two Linguists Walk Into a Bar…: TMSIDK E...
    • Why Doesn’t Everyone Get the Flu Vaccine? by Freakonomics Nov 16, 2017
      Season 7, Episode 11 This week on Freakonomics Radio: what if there were a small step you could take that would prevent you from getting sick, stop you from missing work, and help ensure you won’t play a part in killing babies, the sick...
    • Nurses to the Rescue! by Stephen J. Dubner Nov 15, 2017
      They are the most-trusted profession in America (and with good reason). They are critical to patient outcomes (especially in primary care). Could the growing army of nurse practitioners be an answer to the doctor shortage? The data say yes but &md...

    The Math Dude Quick and Dirty Tips to Make Math Easier
    • 300 TMD Math Is a Playground…So Play! by QuickAndDirtyTips.com Feb 24, 2017
      What’s the point of learning math? Why is it so important that kids are exposed to mathematical thinking? And what do parents and teachers need to know about learning real math? Keep on listening to find out! Read the full transcript here: h...
    • 077 TMD How Are Distances and Absolute Values Related? by QuickAndDirtyTips.com Feb 18, 2017
      Learn how to use absolute values to find distances between numbers and places. Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/2lPuJQ7
    • 299 TMD How to Use Math to Fly Rockets to Space by QuickAndDirtyTips.com Feb 10, 2017
      What does it really mean for a satellite to orbit the Earth? What’s the math behind it? And what’s the math behind the rockets that get those satellites into orbit? Keep on listening to find out! Read the full transcript here: http://b...
    • 227 TMD Polygon Puzzle: How Many Degrees Are In a Polygon? by QuickAndDirtyTips.com Feb 2, 2017
      How many degrees are in the interior angles of a pentagon? Or a hexagon? An octagon? Or any polygon? Keep on listening to The Math Dude to learn how to solve this polygon puzzle! Visit the website: http://bit.ly/1IF5Uu1
    • 298 TMD The Simple Math Behind Crunching the Sizes of Crowds by QuickAndDirtyTips.com Jan 27, 2017
      How large was the crowd at the recent U.S. presidential inauguration? Or the inauguration 8 years ago? Or at last Saturday’s Women’s March in Washington D.C.? Keep on listening to find out how crowd sizes are estimated. Read the full t...


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