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March 8, 2021 34 min
Are we living through a "crisis of facts"? Poppy MacDonald, President of USA Facts.org, a non-profit, non-partisan civic initiative aimed at making verified government numbers more available, and understandable, joins Bill Curtis and Jane Albrecht to discuss “Nothing but the facts!” and how data might be the one thing that brings our divisive country together. Poppy is leading an effort to help Americans ground their democratic debate in real, backed up facts. Episode Timestamps: 2:22 How did Poppy meet Steve Ballmer, and begin working with USA-Facts.org? 4:26 Is this a long-term plan? 6:25 Diving into USAFacts.org and living through a crisis of facts. 8:00 Talk about Steve Ballmer and the conflicting views of facts 9:40 Meeting with government in DC and even schools about facts. 10:30 Being committed to data and how it will bring us together 12:21 Data and Covid 14:04 Who are the sources for data and covid 16:08 How many people are on your USA Facts Team and on Partisanship? 17:00 Are reports reviewed by the team?  19:45 Stats and facts on Covid 20:26 Pandemic Job loss stats and facts 21:44 How do you choose what to report? 22:56 Covid death stats and age demo 24:30 Stats and data that is out of date 26:48 Diving into the 2020 report 31:17 Believing in misinformation ---------------------- Learn More: Politics: https://www.curtco.com/meetmeinthemiddle Follow Us on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/politicsMMITM Hosted by: Bill Curtis, Ed Larson and Jane Albrecht Produced by: AJ Moseley Edited and Sound Engineering by: Joey Salvia Theme Music by: Celleste and Eric Dick A CurtCo Media Production https://www.curtco.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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