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The PolicyViz Podcast at 55 Episodes

On Tuesday, I posted the 55th episode of The PolicyViz Podcast. I won’t publish a new episode until the fall, so this gives me a good chance to take a breath, take stock, and gear up for the next set of episodes. In terms of taking stock, I wanted to look back at the first…

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Episode #55: William Cleveland

Welcome back to The PolicyViz Podcast. Number 55 if you’re keeping count. This is the final episode for the summer; I’m going to take some time off from recording, editing, and setting up before coming back in the fall with a new slate of guests and shows. But before I go to the beach and…

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Strategies for Presenting Data and Graphs

Far too many presenters pack their slides with far too much information: text, bullet points, graphs, data markers, data labels, and collections of images. This information-dump encourages the audience to read the slides and spend less time listening to you speak. Graphs present a particular challenge for many presenters, especially those used to working with…

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Episode #54: Zan Armstrong

Welcome back to The PolicyViz Podcast. On this week’s show, I chat with Zan Armstrong (in person, no less!) about her work analyzing and visualizing data. I first met Zan in the spring at the OpenVisConf following her great talk on seasonality. We talk about data visualization and all sorts of data-related issues in this…

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Episode #53: Jen Christiansen

Welcome back to The PolicyViz Podcast. Episode #53, if you’re keeping count. On this week’s show, I’m happy to chat with Jen Christiansen, Senior Graphics Editor at Scientific American. We talk about a whole range of issues this week, folks: creative process, working with researchers, print vs web, the whole thing. So tune in and…

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Episode #52: Carmen Simon

Welcome back to the show! As you may know, I’m a big fan of data and research that shows how we do or don’t acquire information. But so much of that research–or purported research, I should say–sits on dubious methods or is often just made up! Sometimes numbers about how fast our brains process information,…

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Episode #51: Kennedy Elliott

I’m very excited to welcome Kennedy Elliott to this week’s episode of The PolicyViz Podcast. Kennedy is a member of the graphics department at the Washington Post and part of the team that recently won a Pulitzer Prize for their work on police shootings in the U.S. Kennedy also recently gave a talk at the…

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Episode #50: Max Galka

Welcome back to the show! This week, I’m pleased to have Max Galka join me on the show. Max is a data enthusiast and has created a lot of great visualizations, ranging from such topics as immigration, traffic, and climate change. On this episode, we talk about his various projects, what drives him to create…

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Episode #49: Brian Boyer

This week’s episode was recorded live at NPR in Northeast Washington, DC with Supervising Senior Editor of the NPR Visuals team, Brian Boyer. No, I didn’t get to sit in one of the fancy chairs, but I did get to hit the gift shop! Anyways, on this week’s episode, Brian and I discuss a variety…