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A Matter of Facts Podcast

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 in season two examining closely popular sources of news and information.

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 check out season 1 here.

Episode 1 (April 17, 2020):  Dr. Thomas Leitch – Wikipedia
Dr. Thomas Leitch discusses the origins of, the questions of bias and authority within, and how to approach using Wikipedia.  These questions and their answers can be applied to other sources of information to help us reflect on how and why we use and rely on them.

Episode 2 (June 26, 2020): Dr. Lindsay Hoffman – Facebook
Dr. Lindsay Hoffman discusses the growth of Facebook as a source of information, how it differs from other social media platforms, and its responsibility regarding larger trends of political polarization in the U.S.

Episode 3 (July 17, 2020): Charlie Ornstein – Local News
Charlie Ornstein discusses the role of local journalism as a source of accountability for local governments, how local newspapers cultivate community and trust, and how these publications are responding to ongoing financial struggles.

Episode 4 (September 25, 2020): Dr. David Wilson – Polls
Dr. David Wilson discusses the history of polling, how polling has changed, the best practices in gathering data, and how the public should approach information in a poll.

Episode 5 (October 27, 2020): Dr. Deb Roy – Twitter
Dr. Deb Roy discusses how people use Twitter, how it both reflects and drives public opinion, and the role of social media platforms as well as users in regulating conversations and content.

Episode 6 (December 18, 2020): Dr. Dannagal Young – Fact Checking
Dr. Dannagal Young discusses the history of fact checking in US politics, the unique challenges of fact checking in the age of social and digital media, and the best ways to approach correcting misinformation from friends and family on social media. Transcript available here.

Episode 7 (January 29, 2021): Dr. Pablo Boczkowski – Newspapers
Dr. Pablo Boczkowski discusses the issues traditional print media are facing today, the importance of “brand” for media outlets, how news is filtered through social media, and the potential implications of sponsored content. Transcript available here.

Episode 8 (February 19, 2021): Dr. Alexander Halavais – Google
Dr. Alexander Halavais discusses the distinction between search engines as tools versus sources of information, how Google algorithms impact search results seen by users, and the potential future of Google.  Transcript available here.

Episode 9 (April 30, 2021): Dr. Amanda Sturgill – TV News
Dr. Amanda Sturgill discusses TV news versus other news mediums, local versus national TV news, and the future of TV news.  Transcript available here.

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Episode 10 (May 21, 2021): Dr. Marcus Funk – Podcasts [Listener’s Choice Episode]
Dr. Marcus Funk discusses diversity in podcasts and podcast listeners, some of the differences between podcasts and more traditional news media, and how podcasts can build community. Transcript available here.