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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.

Mar 13, 2018

Chefs on Seafood, Changing Menus & Trust - A Special Report from Seafood Expo North America 2018

This is a special episode of Beyond Data reporting on the 2018 Seafood Expo North America. In this episode, we focus on chefs as change agents in the seafood industry. Forward-thinking chefs who are thought leaders in the seafood space, are always trying to figure out how to create demand for lesser-known species that are both delicious and seasonably abundant. Can these chefs drive industry change, and if so, how? Chef Evan Mallett moderates a panel on this topic with top New England chefs and a supplier. 

Panal Participants

Evan Mallett, Black Trumpet and Ondine Oyster & Wine Bar

Jeremy Sewall, Island Creek Oyster Bar and Row 34

Derek Wagner, Nicks on Broadway

Jared Auerbach, Red's Best

Justin Boevers, Fish Choice

Part I [00:00] Intro

Seafood Expo North America

Part II [02:15] The Discussion

Top Seafood Species

FishPeople Seafood

"What about the 'S' Word?" by Ret Talbot

This was a 75-minute panel discussion, so today's 20-minute episode is just a small slice of what was discussed. Stay tuned for more from this session in future episodes.


Thanks to the Seafood Expo North America and everyone who attended the event this year. Music this episode by Andy Cohen and sound effects by lonemonk at Cheers as always to Clay Gloves at the Fish Nerds Podcast for doing all you do.

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