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A Matter of Facts Season 1

With so many sources of information, what is reliable and true can be hard at times to determine. The Delaware Humanities’ award winning podcast, A Matter of Facts, addresses this issue by selecting a topic, supplying reliable information and, more importantly, giving listeners the tools to discern the value of information on their own. The ten-part series was completed on April 19, 2019.

This podcast is brought to you in partnership with Delaware Public Media. We thank the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their generous support of this initiative and the Pulitzer Prizes for their Partnership.

You can listen to the current season here.

Episode 10 (April 19, 2019): Michele Anstine, Get to Know the Humanities
Michele Anstine discusses the origins of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” initiative behind the “A Matter of Facts” podcast, and the misconceptions about the value of the humanities in everyday life.



Episode 9 (March 22, 2019): Dr. Susan Schneider, Knowing Artificial Intelligence
Dr. Susan Schneider discusses misconceptions about Artificial Intelligence, questions about and concerns for the future, and how these issues are intricately tied to philosophy.

Episode 8 (January 25, 2019): Dr. Caroline Janney, Monumental Knowledge
Dr. Janney discusses the history of Civil War monuments, the past and present debates surrounding them, and the importance of community engagement with history.

Episode 7 (October 18, 2018): Christine Alois and Shana Payne, Because Knowledge is Power
Shana Payne and Christine Alois discuss education in Delaware, its challenges and triumphs, and the best ways to learn more about the system as well as how students and parents can make the most out of their K-12 education.

Episode 6 (September 21, 2018): Steve Coll, Know Your News
Steve Coll discusses if professional, evidence-led, fair-minded journalism can survive in this era of political polarization and active international propaganda campaigns on social media.

Episode 5 (July 27, 2018): Dr. John Logsdon, To Boldly Know
Dr. Logsdon discusses the politics of Apollo 11, the future of space exploration and NASA, and the concept of a “Space Force”.

Episode 4 (June 22, 2018): Jim Graham, Is Seeing, Knowing?
Mr. Graham discusses his Pulitzer nomination, the current state of photojournalism, and the ethics of photojournalism.

Episode 3 (May 18, 2018): McKay Jenkins, The “Known” Environment
Mr. Jenkins studies our environment, our food sources, and how we can truly know if the labels on our food accurately describe the contents.

Episode 2 (April 13, 2018): Dr. Danielle Ofri, What Doctors Say, What Patients Know
Dr. Ofri analyzes doctor-patient interacts and gives advice for seeking medical treatment and healthcare information.

Episode 1 (March 16, 2018 ): Dr. Joan DelFattore, How (and Why) We “Know” What We Know
Dr. DelFattore discusses what happens in our brains when we encounter new information and what this means for how we approach the news.