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.
The Beyond Data Podcast blends investigative journalism and scientific inquiry to tell unresolved stories where anecdote may overwhelm data and the answers are far from clear. Whether those data don’t exist or have been all but obfuscated by “alternative facts,” in each episode, award-winning journalist and science writer Ret Talbot takes a deep dive beyond the data into a complex and often controversial story. By bringing together myriad voices, the Beyond Data Podcast encourages listeners to look at the world in new and often surprising ways with an eye to promoting dialog and informing the choices we make in our daily lives.