The one-hour program features Terry Gross' in-depth interviews with prominent cultural and entertainment figures, as well as distinguished experts on current affairs and news.
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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.
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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.
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.
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