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Beyond Data

For the past decade Beyond Data Podcast host Ret Talbot has been a freelance journalist and science writer reporting on fisheries at the intersection of science and sustainability. He frequently uses the hashtag #datamatter because, well, they do. But what happens when the data simply don’t exist, are insufficient or unavailable? What happens when so-called alternative facts are considered just facts and people operate under the impression that the plural of anecdote is indeed data? How do we reach consensus when everyone espouses his or her own data—his or her own facts? In the Beyond Data Podcast, Talbot and his guests go where he's often been unwilling to go in his reporting--beyond data.

Oct 28, 2017

Follow-Up Friday for Episode 1 - Toadfish

Follow-Up Friday episodes follow the monthly deep dive episodes by about 10 days and provide an opportunity to address listener comments and questions. This week I'm joined by scientific illustrator Karen Talbot, as we discuss your comments and questions about the oyster...


Oct 19, 2017

Episode 1 - Toadfish: A Cautionary Tale

In the 1990s, commercial landings of a data deficient, unregulated fish in New York waters increased by more than 300 percent in a single year without fisheries managers taking note and assessing the sustainability of the fishery or its effects on other fisheries. How did this...


Oct 1, 2017

The first episode of the Beyond Data Podcast airing later this month takes a deep dive into New York's oyster toadfish fishery. The data may be few, but the two-decades old cautionary tale told by those who experienced it is perhaps more relevant now than ever. 

Music by Andy G. Cohen 

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