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Is Polling Good or Bad for Democracy?
Terry Gross talks with historian and journalist Jill Lepore who explores that question in her New Yorker article "Politics and the New Machine". And well talk with Nate Silver, founder of the blog FiveThirtyEight, which reports on and analyzes polling data, aggregates polls, and predicts outcomes.

Thu, Feb 11, 2016 -- 1:00pm


Recently on Fresh Air:

Feb 11, 2016
'FiveThirtyEight' Statistician Nate Silver Reports On The 2016 Election

Silver analyzes polls and predicts election outcomes on his website, FiveThirtyEight. This year's is "maybe the most fascinating nomination race that we've ever seen," he says.

Feb 11, 2016
Polling Is Ubiquitous, But Is It Bad For Democracy?

New Yorker writer Jill Lepore examines the history of polling in America. She tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross that today's polls may be less reliable — and more influential — than ever before.

Feb 10, 2016
'Baskets' Takes Zach Galifianakis From French Clown School To The Rodeo Ring

The comic, who plays a rodeo clown in his new FX comedy series, says he is "not creeped out by clowns." Galifianakis is also the creator of the Emmy Award-winning web comedy series Between Two Ferns.

Feb 10, 2016
Duplass Brothers On Filmmaking, Siblings And Parenting's 'Fugue State'

The brothers' latest project, Togetherness, is about four people in their late 30s who live in Los Angeles. Mark Duplass describes it as a "deeply personal television show."

Feb 09, 2016
New Box Set Shows Off The Twisted Rhythms Of Jazz Pianist James P. Johnson

Johnson was one of the greatest pianists of his time. Critic Kevin Whitehead says the Classic James P. Johnson Sessions (1921-1943) "paints a portrait of a working virtuoso."

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