**, then podcasts with specific topics that are**

__About Teaching Mathematics__**, then podcasts that are about**

__About Mathematics__**topics and then finally**

__Related to Mathematics__**that relate to math. I know that there are more that I haven't listed. That is because I will only list things here that I have actually listened to. If you have any that you have heard that I have missed, please contact me at davidpetro314@gmail.com.**

__Miscellaneous Episodes__

__About Teaching Mathematics__### OAME talks Podcast

One thing we are trying with the OAME (Ontario Association for Mathematics Education) is to do a podcast with brief interviews with some of our annual conference speakers. We have a short first season this year starting with @MrOrr_Geek & @MathletePearce, next up is @Marian_Small, then @FawnPNguyen and ending up with @MarkChubb3. We also have some preview episodes about sessions from the upcoming OAME conferences as well. Check out all the episodes as they are released (and the webinars if you are an OAME member) at this link

http://makemathmoments.com/podcast/

### Math Teacher Lounge

Though @lockhartedu & @ddmeyer have been at it for a while, Math Teacher Lounge officially came out as a podcast. And although I think they are done, you can watch the first two seasons on their website and also have them in your favourite podcast feed. Season 3 starts with @Howie_Hua and you can be sure to hear all kids of tips for teaching math regardless of the episode you listen to and listen all the way to the end of season 6.

https://amplify.com/math-teacher-lounge

https://amplify.com/math-teacher-lounge

### Think Thank Thunk

If you are at all interested in @pgliljedahl's Building Thinking Classrooms then you will like this podcast where @vendi55, @MaeganGiroux and @webbkyle go through each chapter of the book plus more (including talking with Peter directly) https://thinkthankthunk.kylewebb.ca/

**It's always interesting to hear about math education in different parts of the world (especially when it is from a fellow mathematics association). In this case it's the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT). They are only a few episodes in but you can already see similar ideas. I guess math is math. And I also like how they ask each guest about a lesson that went wrong (we have all been there). Check it out.**

### Math is Figure-out-able

**In this relatively new podcast from @PWHarris and @KimMontague, Pam and Kim go through strategies and ideas around moving away from algorithms. As the title says, they think that math is figure-out-able and that is the mantra that we should have with students. As for grade levels, I would say that the topics primarily deal with elementary and middle school. However, Pam is a High School teacher so she gives perspectives that make any of the topics relevant to all levels of teachers. These are nice and "bite sized" (20 min-ish) and are released just about every week. And don't forget to check out her main website for resources and participate in #MathStratChat every Wednesday for discussion on strategies around math problems.**

https://podcast.mathisfigureoutable.com/

This is a recently introduced podcast to me that's been around since the fall of 2018 and are now up over 20 episodes. The premiss of @mathb4breakfast is that two elementary teachers (@math6teacher and @tracyjoproffitt) go for runs together a few mornings a week and talk about their math teaching practice. So they started to record their conversations (thankfully, not while they are actually running). I wasn't sure what to expect when I started to listen but I really love the way that they talk through pedagogical ideas in order to plan out what they are doing in their classes. They share a lot of resources (like tonnes of links per episode) and even if you may have heard of some (or all) of those resources, that peak into their teaching and planning process is really useful.

https://estimation180.com/podcast/

https://www.numberphile.com/podcast/

https://statsandstories.net/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00srz5b/episodes/downloads

###

Originally this was a five part series (Pi, Phi, i, 0 and infinity) and then it was expanded to a 10 then a 15 part series. It's more than a decade old but each short episode is about 12-15 minutes long and is well produced with many great facts about all kinds of math.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00cl73s/episodes/player

This relatively new podcast has episodes that focus on numbers. Though some are more general, with stories around a particular number, there are also some that related directly to mathematics. Like this one on the first chord in The Beatles' A Hard Days Night (which would be good for any courses dealing with composition of functions), this one on rock & roll frontman who turn himself into a mathematician, this one on why the US may be resistant to switching to the metric system, or this one on the idea of indefinite hyperbolic numerals like 'zillion', 'squillion' and 'kajillion'. Season two http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/sum-of-all-parts/

should be starting soon.

https://web.stanford.edu/~kdevlin/MathGuy.html

@niveknosdunk and @evelynjlamb this relatively new podcast interviews other mathematicians & math teachers and ask what their favourite theorems are. Although some are well above high school levels, some of the discussion does hinge around theorems and mathematics that could be done in high school and elementary classes like the fundamental theorem of Calculus, Archimedes’ theorem that π is a constant, Fermat's Little Theorem, how this mathematician connects Pythagorean Theorem with his Navajo identity, and Varignon’s theorem for quadrilaterals (here is my 2D @desmos graph, 3D @geogebra graph and this short @desmos activity where students construct it). More recently there was a great episode featuring @stecks and the fold and cut theorem she showed on @numberphile and this episode on assigning a value to teamwork may not seem like it connects well to secondary school math but the bit at the end about how he applied his favourite theorem in game development will have the gamers in your classes thinking more about why math is important.

https://kpknudson.com/my-favorite-theorem/ For more info you can see a blog post for each podcast at https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/roots-of-unity/

## A Podcast of Unnecessary Detail

Along the same lines as Planet Money, Freakonomics Radio takes the ideas of the book and continually applies them to all sorts of things. Sometimes they get into the math too.

99% Invisible is a show about architecture and design but often it has tangential topics. It is very well produced and even the episodes about math are quite interesting.

###

I listen to the Cyber podcast regularly and they have a relatively new feature called My First Hack where they interview a cyber security professional and ask how they got started. On this episode Patrick Wardle's first hack was creating a program on his high school TI-84 calculator that would do calculus but only once he put the right code in (so the program looked benign if his teachers checked his calculator out). https://play.acast.com/s/cyber/howpatrickwardlehidabackdoorinhishighschoolcalculator

Adam Spencer has his Ph.D in math, has been a morning radio drive time DJ and has hosted many shows on math and science topics. His latest podcast is called Big Questions and on the first Episode of the 2nd season he interviews former Baltimore Ravens player @JohnCUrschel who is now doing his Ph.D in Math at MIT. Every interview I hear with John makes me like him even more.

https://www.podcastone.com/episode/Whats-it-like-to-be-the-biggest-maths-geek-to-ever-play-in-the-NFL-the-big-questions

On this episode of Note to Self they speak to @MonaChalabi who is the data editor for The Guardian who does some very cool stuff both in the publication and on her Instagram feed. She picks interesting data sets and creates interesting visualizations to represent them. Listening to a podcast doesn't do her work justice but listen at the link below and then and then check out her feed.

https://www.wnycstudios.org/story/data-mona-chalabi/

If you ever want to give students an example of the dangers of exponential growth, then this story of a hacker who's "worm" inadvertently shut down the most popular site on the Internet (at the time) and did so because it grew exponentially. Listen to his story (starting at 1:19:17 ) on how he shut down MySpace (this was clearly a while ago) and how it eventually got him banned from using computers. @SamyKamkar is a hacker and he is being interviewed by venture capitalist and self experimenter @tferriss. It's a great (and long) podcast but the story in question starts at 1:19:17. http://fourhourworkweek.com/2015/05/02/samy-kamkar/

### Debate Math

For years @CLuzniak has been asking his students to debate math topics in his class. Now he's taken that idea and put it in a book and a podcast. In the podcast he has teachers or groups of teachers take a topic (Stop making students memorize, Cut quadratics, should students have homework etc) and pick a side and then use the standard debate format to talk about it.

https://debatemath.com/

https://debatemath.com/

### Math Before Breakfast

### Math Therapy

**Some math teachers may not like this podcast because often the themes are critical of math teaching, past and present. But I think this is a really important listen because although there are some well known people like @MathGarden & @JohnMighton (from the math community) and @drimogencoe, @SamanthaZY & @OnlineKyne (from the science community), the majority of the guests are people who struggled with (or through) math. Now I will point out that I don't always agree with some of the comments (but I haven't figured everything out yet either) and there is some NSFW language (that may turn some people off), but there is a great theme that goes throughout the episodes - that there is no such thing as a "math person". These are important stories for any teacher to hear because not everyone we teach will "get it" (at all or right away) and having some first hand accounts of what that's like is potentially helpful in our regular classes. But these are also important stories for struggling students (and parents of struggling students) to hear so they know that a) they are not alone and b) there is hope for improvement. https://www.maththerapypodcast.com/**

### Estimation 180 Podcast

For years @Mr_Stadel has been advocating estimation (and other things) in math classes and now has started a podcast where he plans to share tips and tricks of using Estimation 180 (and other things) in the classroom. Season 2 has just started so check out the new episodes.https://estimation180.com/podcast/

### Mr. Barton Maths Podcast

I have found resources at the Mr. Barton Maths website for years and just recently found out that @MrBartonMaths had a podcast. On it he does a lot of long form (an hour plus) interviews with math educators and researchers. Certainly worth the listen check out all the episodes here but here are a few of my faves (so far)

- I can't seem to get enough of Hannah Fry and so this long form interview is just enough to give me a fix. One of my favourite quotes from this episode is "People think mathematicians are people who just find stuff really easy and know exactly what their doing. They’re the people who aren’t put off when they hit dead end after dead end after dead end." Listen here http://www.mrbartonmaths.com/blog/hannah-fry-algorithms-love-and-being-a-mathematician/
- Sept. 9, 2018 - Simon Singh: Fermat’s Last Theorem and stretching high-attainers - Here @SLSingh talks about his many books including Fermat's Last Theorem and the Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets. He also mentions some of his initiatives to support high end math in schools. And if you haven't listened to it yet, scroll up closer to the top of this page for info on Simon's great series 5 Numbers, Another 5 Numbers and A Further 5 Numbers. http://www.mrbartonmaths.com/blog/simon-singh-fermats-last-theorem-and-stretching-high-attainers/
- May 20, 2018 - Dylan Wiliam – the return! Creating the Schools our Children need - There are a lot of great nuggets that @DylanWiliam talks about in this over 2 hour interview. One of my favourite parts was when he suggested that the most important characteristic of a good teacher was not content knowledge or pedagogy execution but instead the willingness to continue learning and especially to not think that everything you do in the classroom is correct. But there is way more than that here. http://www.mrbartonmaths.com/blog/dylan-wiliam-the-return-creating-the-schools-our-children-need/

### 10-Minute Teacher

The 10-minute teacher podcast is a very practical podcast where teachers of all variety are interviewed and are giving tips of the trade in these small 10 minute nuggets. They are not all about math but I have highlighted some of the math related ones (though some of the others are pretty good too. They put out an episode every weekday (every day with a different theme) and @coolcatteacher does the interviewing. I only found out about it because I was suggested to them by someone as a potential guest. I'm glad I know about it now.- Apr 15th, 2021 - with @PoShenLoh about Using Math (and a Remarkable app) to Privately Combat Covid 19
- Jul 8th, 2020 - with the host @CoolCatTeacher talking about How I teach about Big Data and Lesson Plan
- Jun 22th, 2020 - with @ConradWolfram talking about Mathematical Modelling on Trial and the Math Fix
- May 14th, 2020 - with Lauren Harris talking about How PBL in Math Class can make Projects Unforgettable
- Jan 7th, 2020 - with @MathletePearce talking How to Make Math Moments that Matter
- Sept 19th, 2018 - with @MrsSasser talking about the fact that 14 Million People Read her Classroom Tweet about 1 Question she asks Students in her math class. http://www.coolcatteacher.com/14-million-people-read-classroom-tweet-1-question-asks-students/
- Aug. 30th, 2018 - Lesson Planning with the Classroom Chef Model - with @JStevens009 talking about the Classroom Chef Model he and @MrVaudrey have developed for teaching math. http://www.coolcatteacher.com/lesson-planning-classroom-chef-model/
- May 25th, 2018 - Five Principles fo the Modern Mathematics Classroom with @geraldaungst talking about these five topics in his book of the same name.
- May 3, 2018 - How to Make Math Visual with @mathletepearce. Here Kyle talks about his latest passion with math in the idea of visualizing as much as he can. Based in research and the idea of "concreteness fading" he takes math concepts and visualizes them on his site http://mathisvisual.com/. Here about that and more on this episode.
- May 2, 2018 - How Should we be Teaching Math in Classrooms Today with @MathDenisNJ. One of the biggest ideas that resonated with me here is the idea of engaging students in productive struggle. That is, when students are just struggling at the edge of their ability, they have the biggest gains.
- Apr 19, 2018 - The Best PD for Math Teachers (and How to Use it) with me. I got to sit in with Vicky for one of these sessions and gave my elevator pitch on why Twitter has been the best math PD I have had. It has to do with the community of math teachers that share using the hashtags #MTBoS #ITeachMath and #Mathchat (among others).
- Mar 2, 2018 - 5 Ideas to level up elementary math with technology with Kelly Gary and certainly some of these are not just good for elementary math but for all math. For example, I love the idea of using a document camera to show student work.
- Feb 8, 2018 - Computational thinking and math for the elementary grades with @stevenpfloyd. Using coding to move math forward is certainly popular now but in reality it shows some practical uses of math for students and as he points out, it can be used to (secretly) get kids to do math well above their grade level
- Jan 10, 2018 - iPads for Masterful Math: Randomizing Formative Math Assessment with @Sean_Nank. There is no doubt that formative assessment done right is some of the best way to improve student achievement. Here he talks about some of the tools he's developed and, I think, most importantly the idea that if a student does poorly on an assessment they shouldn't have live with that grade but instead have opportunities to do better.
- Jul 26, 2017 - Inspiring Math Excellence in the Classroom with @PoShenLoh. Here he talks about the idea of challenging students at just the right level for them. Something that is so important because if it's too easy, students will be bored and if it's too hard then they will give up too soon.
- Jun. 8, 2017 - An Australian Math Classroom with iPads with
@trdavo. I think some of the most interesting stuff can be done with tablets. Something about the interface that makes it so inviting for students. He talks about many things but two of my favs are Explain Everything and Aurasma. - May 4th, 2017 - Helping Kids Who Hate Math Learn It with @ddmeyer. It's not surprising that Dan has been on this podcast. Here he talks about the structure he has tweaked and developed called the 3Act math task.
- Apr. 5th, 2017 - Felicia Casto’s Exceptional Elementary Math Classroom with @jfcasto28. Sometimes people who used to hate math are some of the best people to teach it. Reaching those students who love math is easy but connecting with those who don't, that's where the money is.
- Mar. 14, 2017 - Epic Ways to Celebrate Pi Day with @aap03102. I love some of the things they have done to celebrate Pi Day. My favourite is the image where each pixel is a student holding a digit of Pi.

*About Mathematics*### Numberphile

Most of us (I hope) are familiar with the Numberphile Youtube channel but now they have a podcast. As I write this there are only three episodes but all of them are long form interviews that start to go into some of the basics of being a mathematician and doing mathematics in the wild. The first episode introduced me to a new (to me) Youtube channel 3Blue1Brown which has great math visuals. Then we hear from the current president of the American Mathematical Society and the latest (as I type this) is of Hannah Fry, who is a frequent contributor to the Numberphile Youtube channel. I absolutely loved the episode with Cliff Stoll. So many good stories (some sad, some inspiring) but Cliff's excitement about what he does just bleeds into the conversation. The next is an interview with story teller Simon Singh were we get insights into his books, his lawsuit and what he's doing now with what he calls "Top Top Maths" and the website http://parallel.org.uk . That's a great start and there has been more to follow, including interviews with James Grime talking about the origins of Numberphile and John Urschel talking about mixing math and pro sports among others.https://www.numberphile.com/podcast/

### Uncharted with Hannah Fry

**[New Added June 2024]**This is a relatively new podcast series (Fall of 2023) where @FrySquared tells the stories behind some important sets of data. This is perfect for any statistics or data management class.

### Stats and Stories

**From the American Statistical Association this podcast tries to tell about the statistics in the stories and the stories about the statistics. They do this on various topics (Economics, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Health, Media, Methods, Politics, Society, Sports) and bring in experts to make sense of the stats and to give the back story to the statistics.**

https://statsandstories.net/

### Carry the Two

**This is a curiosity-driven podcast that looks to find unique perspectives from the fields of mathematics and statistics. They use stories to convey how mathematical research drives the world around us, with each episode tackling a different topic. This can be anything from modeling how bees in a swarm make group decisions to how we can use textual analysis to reveal surprising changes in policy documents.**

### A Brief History of Mathematics

### A Brief History of Mathematics In this 10 episode BBC series, Professor of Mathematics Marcus du Sautoy reveals the personalities behind the calculations and argues that mathematics is the driving force behind modern science.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00srz5b/episodes/downloads

###

Simon Singh's Numbers

Originally this was a five part series (Pi, Phi, i, 0 and infinity) and then it was expanded to a 10 then a 15 part series. It's more than a decade old but each short episode is about 12-15 minutes long and is well produced with many great facts about all kinds of math.https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00cl73s/episodes/player

### The Sum of All Parts

This relatively new podcast has episodes that focus on numbers. Though some are more general, with stories around a particular number, there are also some that related directly to mathematics. Like this one on the first chord in The Beatles' A Hard Days Night (which would be good for any courses dealing with composition of functions), this one on rock & roll frontman who turn himself into a mathematician, this one on why the US may be resistant to switching to the metric system, or this one on the idea of indefinite hyperbolic numerals like 'zillion', 'squillion' and 'kajillion'. Season two http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/sum-of-all-parts/

should be starting soon.

### The Math Guy

Keith Devlin is a Stanford Mathematician, but for almost 20 years he's had a side gig talking about mathematics on NPR's Weekend Edition. He does these in no regular interval but you can listen to almost all of the complete archive here:https://web.stanford.edu/~kdevlin/MathGuy.html

### My Favourite Theorem

Hosted by mathematicians

**Related to Mathematics**

## A Podcast of Unnecessary Detail* *

My new favourite podcast doesn't always have a direct connection to math but there always seems to be math floating around. It's really a science podcast that sometimes has math. Hosted by @StandupMaths, @MouldS and Helen Arney, the trio take a common word and then each tell a sciency or mathy story about that word (mostly science). It's very clever and entertaining in a nerdy way. If you like math and science you won't be disappointed by this podcast.

https://festivalofthespokennerd.com/podcast/

### A Problem Squared

**It seems that @StandupMaths can't stop creating stuff. Another podcast he co hosts with comedian @BecHillComedian where people submit there problems and they two of them try to solve them. I most cases @StandUpMaths tries to use Math to do so (or Maths as he calls it).**

### The Joy of X Podcast

If you haven't read The Joy of X by @StevenStrogatz then you are missing out. And although this is not that, it is still pretty cool. In each episode Steven interviews a working scientist or mathematician and lets us get a glimpse of what they do. Some of the mathematicians you can hear include Tadashi Tokieda, @JohnCUrschel, Corina Tarnita and @AlexKontorovich. They are great conversations (listen to the scientist ones too) and totally worth a listen.

### More or Less

Tim Harford explains - and sometimes debunks - the numbers and statistics used in political debate, the news and everyday life. There is usually something on each episode that relates to math class, especially statistics (they are UK centric, however). I have highlighted a few particularly good ones for math class (though really all could be used).- A great estimation problem, how many swimming pools of vaccine would be needed to vaccinate the world https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p09dwvsh
- A few weeks ago @standupmaths posted a video about proving there was cheating happening on a record breaking speed run on MineCraft. Here's a shorter audio version. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p09ch7qv
- How much room would all the Covid-19 "particles" take if you gathered them together. Spoiler alert - not a lot. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p096v4k2
- Some interesting math to reverse engineer the Covid-19 numbers coming out of Iran to give something that may be more realistic. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p086krm0
- In this episode they talk to @standupmaths about his new book "Humble Pi: A Comedy of Maths Errors" where he talks about things like rounding mistakes and other errors with mathematics in history. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07113q3
- If you are doing any work with measurement and specifically units then this one may have some good info about how we are finally at a place when all of our standard measurements are now based on scientific data. That is, we just got rid of the standard kilogram (a physical kilogram) as the thing that defines mass. Hear more here https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06s0shc
- I liked this episode because there were some examples of problems with rating scales, the math of estimating how many wizards are in England in the Harry Potter books and picking apart the numbers in a study about the safety of home births. All of these, I thought, were really good at talking about how to analyze statistics critically. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p068w7c8
- Do you use "math" or "maths" it seems there is evidence why either can be acceptable. This segment starts at 17:43 and the jury may still be out, even after this. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p066x9fh
- I think when you are teaching statistics it is good to give students some strategies to help tell if a statistic is valid. On this episode, they do it on the back of a postcard. That is, there are five main points and they fit on the back of a postcard. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05yfqph
- If you are dealing with metric prefixes or imperial metric conversions then this episode might be useful. It starts with the story of losing a Mars probe due to mixing up imperial and metric measurements and then ends with discussion of some of the larger metric prefixes. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05jgh5y
- In this episode they look at the possible reason that albums are getting longer. The short answer is - more tracks means more potential clicks and higher chart placing. There is some interesting info about Spotify. I'm thinking you could have some conversations about rate using the information here about things like how many clicks is equated to one "purchase" - 1500 plays equates to one record sale. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05mpr59
- The idea of a 100 or 500 year storm often is misleading to humans. In this episode they look at what that probability actually means. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05f4qp9
- The Story of Average - Everything has to start somewhere. And even things that are so common have a beginning. In this case it's the story of where the idea of "average" came from. You can listen to this 10 min story on the origins of average by the BBC radio Show More or Less and wow your students with anecdotal info about mathematics. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03qprk7
- The Math(s) of Spies and Terrorists - a really nice example of how 99% success rate in terrorist detection would result in a large amount of false positives in a country like th US with 300 million people. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01snyk3
- Testing Public Opinion - Do you need to give real examples of how the way you ask questions on a survey can become biased by using Leading Questions then listen to this More or Less episode on how a poorly conducted survey in India likely gave unreliable results. This clip from the Yes Prime Minister that shows how by using leading questions you can get opposite results for the same question. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04jz6sr
- Using order of operations. Listen to the More or Less podcast (starting at about the 11min mark) to hear the story behind the story and watch these two videos to see examples from the gameshow https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfa3MHLLSWI & https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8-mx3RSvOQ

### RadioLab

This is a well produced show that is mostly about Science (though lately it can be just about anything) and sometimes math shows up. They do a great job of storytelling**[New Added Dec 2023]**ZeroWorld - featuring @karimkai and @stevenstrogatz talking philosophy and dividing by zero. https://radiolab.org/podcast/zeroworld- Breaking Benford
- Below you will see their story about Benford's Law and in this update, you'll see that some are trying to use it to prove their is election fraud. In this episode they explain why that's not the case. You can also see this @StandupMaths video about the same topic. https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/radiolab/articles/breaking-benford - Numbers - here are three stories dealing with numbers. the first is about how innate the idea of number is, the second about one of my favour math theorems: Benford's Law and the third about a friendship that comes from Calculus. http://www.radiolab.org/story/91697-numbers/
- Math, Kurt Weill, Danica McKellar - Not all of the stories are about math but there are connections everywhere beyond the obvious with Danica McKellar. http://www.radiolab.org/story/162161-math-kurt-weill-danica-mckellar/
- Numbers - Alex Belos and others talk about favourite numbers and the power that they have. http://www.radiolab.org/story/love-numbers/
- Speed - lot's of stuff here that you can do with rates of change http://www.radiolab.org/story/267124-speed/

### Whats the Point

This podcast was created by 538. That is Nate Silver's site about sports and politics (and entertainment) statistical analysis. On this show they do a great job of breaking apart stats and having experts explain what they mean. Most shows are good (though they are more like interview shows). but the ones below, I think, could be particularly useful when teaching stats. Although this Podcast is not in production anymore, you can still browse their archives.- Bad Incentives Are Blocking Better Science - Often one of the things that is glossed over is how much data analysis is used in science. Unfortunately students don't always get a rigorous treatment of data analysis. And in science classes it is kind of glossed over. That's too bad because it seems like there might be a crisis in the science world about misuse of data. http://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/podcast-bad-incentives-are-blocking-better-science/
- The Secret To Tracking And Mapping Bears - This one is on collection of data on bears in the wild. I thought it was interesting how the mechanics are all done and how the data is used. http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-secret-to-tracking-and-mapping-bears/
- In the new book "Weapons of Math Destructions" @mathbabedotorg looks at the good and the bad of how algorithms affect our lives (it seems the book is about mostly the bad). Listen to this interview with her where she talks about some of the examples. http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/whos-accountable-when-an-algorithm-makes-a-bad-decision/
- Can You Taste The Algorithm In This Arugula? - I love when you can show the power of data in places you might not expect. In this case it's farming. For the average person, the amount of data that is used in current farming practices would be surprising but when I ask my farmer friends about it they say that using data is old news. None the less this is a great snapshot on how data is used in modern farming. http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/can-you-taste-the-algorithm-in-this-arugula/
- Rating Subjective Experiences Is Hard, But Fandango Is Really Bad At It - I really like this investigation into the online movie site Fandango. They do a very good job of breaking down how Fandango's ratings come in consistently higher than every other movie rating site. I especially like the bit about how they constantly rounded up to the nearest half point (so 4.1 would round to 4.5). Read the article for all the details or listen to the What's the Point podcast for the interview with the writer. It's a really good example of using data to tell a story. http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/fandango-movies-ratings/ http://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/rating-subjective-experiences-is-hard-but-fandango-is-really-bad-at-it/

### Planet Money

Planet Money is an NPR segment that has longer form shows on the economics of everything. They are well produced and often have things you can use in your standard math classes.- If you are teaching students anything about compound interest (and more advanced annuities) then you might find a great example in this episode that connects to baseball. You could use it just to talk about the power of compound interest but for advanced math you can verify that Bobby Bonilla's deal of over a million dollars a year pay after retirement. https://www.npr.org/2021/06/25/1010404697/bobby-bonilla-day
- I don't normally watch Jeopardy but lately I have been interested since James Holzhauer started using Math to game the system and become the winningest player in Jeopardy History (with no signs of stoping - at the time of typing this). Here's Planet Money's take on the way he does it. https://www.npr.org/2019/05/10/722198188/episode-912-how-uncle-jamie-broke-jeopardy
- 10 11 51 52 62 18 - When ever I used to teach combinatorics I wouldn't miss talking about lotteries and specifically those like the 6/49 or the Powerball. Invariably we would talk about being able to buy all the possible combinations and what that would take. It was pretty quickly determined that you would need a huge effort or at least some sort of automation (much like Lazlo had if you have ever seen the movie Real Genius). Well, as it turns out, somebody has actually done this. They filled out and played every combination. http://www.npr.org/sections/money/2016/01/13/462982983/10-11-51-52-62-18
- The Experiment Experiment - This story from Planet Money is about the fact that many psychological studies are actually not repeatable. When talking about data management we often talk about bias and this episode talks about how bias could be why some of these studies are not repeatable. http://www.npr.org/sections/money/2016/01/15/463237871/episode-677-the-experiment-experiment
- Why A Pack Of Peanut Butter M&M's Weighs A Tiny Bit Less Than A Regular Pack - I like collecting real data in classes, and so I was thrilled with a reason to do so. That is, the mystery of why there are different weights of regular M&Ms vs Peanut Butter M&Ms per bag. The actual reason is a bit of a mystery. But collecting data about how many M&Ms are in each pack (or how much each pack weighs in reality) is a good way to talk about measures of central tendency, dot plots, and standard deviation. http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2014/06/05/319084976/why-a-pack-of-peanut-butter-m-ms-weighs-a-tiny-bit-less-than-a-regular-pack
- What's Your Major? - Many have long said that mathematics was the way to a high paying job. Well now I guess we have the data to prove it. The US Census has always asked about income and level of schooling but in their most recent surveys they have also asked what people's majors were. The Planet Money people have a great podcast on the results (long and short versions below). And the survey says: Applied math (engineering, computer science etc) seems top the list. What's at the bottom? Psychology. A couple of things that resonated with me about this were a) that, in general, it didn't matter where you got your degree and b) it really had more to do with supply and demand. http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2013/09/11/221417806/episode-485-whats-your-major
- At $17.5 Million A Year, LeBron James Is Underpaid - I am not completely sure how this could be used in a math class but I was fascinated by the connection of math and economics to show that LeBron James is actually severely underpaid at $17M per year. I am pretty sure you could tie this into statistics. http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2013/01/25/170176590/at-17-5-million-a-year-lebron-james-is-underpaid

### The Indicator

An offshoot podcast from Planet Money is called The Indicator which is a short look at a number in the news. They happen every weekday and all could be connected to some math course. But here are a few specific ones- Do you need an interesting rate of change problem. How about how the rate that they can produce vinyl records is so slow that it's causing a problem in the industry. Find out how 30s a record affects the business (specifically at 6:38). https://www.npr.org/2021/11/18/1057040150/rumor-has-it-adele-broke-the-vinyl-supply-chain
- It turns out that, much like baseball, stats are starting to take over. In this episode they explain why the 3-point shot is so important. https://www.npr.org/2019/06/10/731408726/hooponomics
- This episode was 1994 which is the year graphing calculators were allowed to be used on the SATs and one of the things the podcast talks about is why the price of the TI-84 has essentially stayed unchanged since it's inception. https://www.npr.org/sections/money/2018/03/12/592962844/hurricane-joseph-the-calculator-that-time-forgot

### Freakonomics Radio

Along the same lines as Planet Money, Freakonomics Radio takes the ideas of the book and continually applies them to all sorts of things. Sometimes they get into the math too.

- @MarcusduSautoy has a new book about shortcuts in mathematics. It's not about "math tricks" but more about the idea that by finding patterns we can be more efficient in how we use mathematics. Here is an interview with him on the topic. https://freakonomics.com/podcast/frbc-thinking-better/
- In this episode, Stephen Levitt is back and he takes on the curriculum of math and - spoiler alert - the data says that kids need to be more data literate and less calculus literate. Many things resonated with me but here are two: "The college teachers say, “Very few things matter and matter a lot.” The high school teachers say, “Everything matters.” " and "About 2 percent said that they use calculus on a daily basis, and almost 80 percent say they never use it." and if you want a similar take, here is Arthur Benjamin's short TED talk on the same topic. http://freakonomics.com/podcast/math-curriculum
- "John Urschel of the Baltimore Ravens was the only player in the N.F.L. simultaneously getting a Ph.D. in math at M.I.T. But after a new study came out linking football to brain damage, he abruptly retired" - this story is probably a nice general interest topic spanning sports to math. http://freakonomics.com/podcast/brain-damage/
- How Do We Know What Really Works in Healthcare? - In data management it seems reasonable to talk about random controlled trials and why they are so important for research (especially medical research). With that being said, this is about that very thing. Certainly worth a listen, if only to gain insight we can pass on to our students. Personally, it's the kind of thing I would have students listen to and then have the discussion afterwards. http://freakonomics.com/2015/04/02/how-do-we-know-what-really-works-in-healthcare-a-new-freakonomics-radio-podcast/

### People I Mostly Admire

**[New Added Sept 2024] -**This is an off shoot of the Freakonomics Radio podcast (and for some reason I'm just adding it). In this one Steven Levitt interviews people from different areas of speciality. Regardless of who it is you can usually find something interesting. That being said, there are over 100 episodes and there are a handful of them that relate directly from math. Ken Ono - The Language of the Universe (this is my personal favourite), Conrad Wolfram - Why do we still teach people to calculate?, Steven Strogatz Thinks You Don’t Know What Math Is, The Joy of Math With Sarah Hart, Talithia Williams - Bring data to life, Nate Silver Says We’re Bad at Making Predictions, Mathematician Sarah Hart on Why Numbers are Music to Our Ears, America’s Math Curriculum Doesn’t Add Up.

### Short Wave

This is a daily (short) science podcast that is quite good at summarizing scientific principles and ideas in a easy to listen way. So far only one of the episodes is math related but I am sure there will be more.

- How earthquakes relate to logarithms https://www.npr.org/2023/02/20/1158432074/after-another-earthquake-in-turkey-what-scientists-know-about-aftershocks
- @DrEugeniaCheng likes to talk about making math fun and she does that here https://www.npr.org/2023/03/13/1163083198/this-pi-day-how-to-bake-pi-e-and-have-mathematical-fun
- It's good to hear from people who are currently successful n the mathematical field but did not always have a great relationship with math. Here @RanthonyEdmonds talks about that an more. https://www.npr.org/2021/04/12/986580131/a-classroom-where-math-and-community-intersect
- @DrEugeniaCheng talks about her manifesto for rethinking gender in math class (and beyond). https://www.npr.org/2020/09/10/911691013/a-mathematicians-manifesto-for-rethinking-gender
- On this episode NASA engineer @dajae_monae talks about how she has mixed hip hop and math together to help kids learn. https://www.npr.org/2020/07/07/888382397/this-nasa-engineer-is-bringing-math-and-science-to-hip-hop
- Matt Parker talks about his new book Humble Pi about how mathematical mistakes have affected the world. https://www.npr.org/2020/03/05/812611776/humble-pi-when-math-goes-awry

### Science Friday

Science Friday is a weekly two hour radio show on all things science. That being said, they often have segments that relate to math.- In this segment @skdh talks about her book Lost in Math where she proposes that some of the reasons that some of the latest physics isn't advancing is that they are too focused on making the math too beautiful or elegant. https://www.sciencefriday.com/segments/in-physics-beauty-may-be-overrated/
- Do you want to know how much garland you need for your conical shaped Christmas tree? How about how to win that Christmas match of Monopoly with your family? Listen to @FryRsquared on @SciFri as she talks about her (and @Mathistopheles) new book "
*The Indisputable Existence of Santa Claus (The mathematics of Christmas)*".

https://www.sciencefriday.com/segments/how-can-math-make-your-holidays-merrier/ **A spinoff of the NPR show Science Friday is the podcast @ScienceDiction where each episode they take on a science word and talk about it's history. On this episode they talk about the word Algebra. And the thing I love the most about this is that it is that the main part of the story is about a high schooler, Gracie Cunningham, who posted a TikTok asking where algebra came from and it went viral and it seemed like she was made fun of by everyone but math professors. Including great stuff from @StevenStrogatz and @DrEugeniaCheng. https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/science-diction/articles/algebra-from-broken-bones-to-twitter-feuds**- Interview: Randal Munroe - creator of XKCD and the book What if? https://www.sciencefriday.com/segments/randall-munroe-asks-what-if/
- Why Machines Discriminate—and How to Fix Them - In data management, one of the topics is bias in collecting and analyzing data. Here is a nice @SciFri podcast that starts out talking about computers that do the work of sifting through resumes and branches out into many different examples of bias seen with big data. Some good information for your students. http://www.sciencefriday.com/segments/why-machines-discriminate-and-how-to-fix-them/
- The Surprisingly Predictable Patterns of Random Choice - I'm a sucker for a good story on randomness. It's one of the things that many people don't understand. http://sciencefriday.com/segment/07/11/2014/the-surprisingly-predictable-patterns-of-random-choice.html
- Interview: Ed Frenkel - Russian Mathematician tells us why it's patriotic to do math http://sciencefriday.com/segment/07/04/2014/do-your-patriotic-duty-learn-math.html
- The Simpsons’ Secret? It’s Written by Math Geeks - Simon Singh's book on the math found in the Simpsons. http://www.sciencefriday.com/segment/12/06/2013/the-simpsons-secret-it-s-written-by-math-geeks.html
- Interview: Eugenia Cheng - Here this mathematician tells us how to bake Pi. http://www.sciencefriday.com/segment/05/08/2015/eugenia-cheng-how-to-bake-pi.html
- Spotlight on Pi Day - you can't get enough of Pi Day, I say https://sciencefriday.com/spotlights/pi-day/
- A Broadway Hit, With an Autistic Math Whiz at Its Center - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime was first a book and now a broadway hit. But there is math all the way through it. http://www.sciencefriday.com/segment/01/09/2015/a-broadway-hit-with-an-autistic-math-whiz-at-its-center.html
- Interview: Danika McKellar - Actress and mathematician talks about her book "Girls Get Curves: Geometry Take Shape" https://www.sciencefriday.com/segments/actress-danica-mckellar-helps-girls-get-curves/

### NPR

There are often math related stories that appear elsewhere on NPR. Here are a few- The Teacher Who Believes Math Equals Love - here's an interview with teacher Sarah Hagen on the visual ways she uses in her math classes. It's part of this NPR story that is part of their series on the best 50 teachers in the US. She tweets at @mathequals love and her blog has all of her activities http://www.npr.org/blogs/ed/2015/03/09/376596585/the-teacher-who-believes-math-equals-love
- The Joy of X - here @stevenstrogatz talks about his book the Joy of X and how it came about from articles in The New York Times. http://www.npr.org/2013/08/02/207885870/steven-strogatz-the-joy-of-x
- Why Aren't More Girls Attracted To Physics? - though not directly related to math there is certainly a connection. http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2013/08/09/210251404/why-arent-more-girls-attracted-to-physics
- On Marketplace Weekend they often have a segment called "By the Numbers" that usually appears about 12 -14 min into the episode. Check out some of them here. https://www.marketplace.org/shows/marketplace-weekend

### The Story Collider

The Story Collider is a podcast that is about people telling true stories about science (and some math). They are all recorded live at story slams and science festivals and are often quite interesting. Here are a few dealing with math in some way.- Two math related stories in honour of Pi Day https://www.storycollider.org/stories/2022/3/1/pi-day-stories-about-a-very-specific-number
- a couple of stories related to math in honour of Pi Day. https://www.storycollider.org/stories/2020/3/11/math-class-stories-about-adventures-in-math-education
- In part two of this episode, I really loved this story from @CraigFayComedy on the about living with #dyscalculia (and he still became an engineer). Something every #math teacher should hear. https://www.storycollider.org/stories/2019/11/5/late-diagnosis-stories-about-being-diagnosed-as-an-adult
- In part two of this episode, Will Tran talks about cheating his way to a math award. https://www.storycollider.org/stories/2019/6/24/youthful-indiscretions-stories-about-being-young-and-dumb
- In part 2 of this episode, Math teacher @MrHonner talks about doubting his lifelong love of math while in grad school. https://www.storycollider.org/stories/2018/7/17/loneliness-stories-about-finding-friendsIn part 2 of this episode, Math teacher @Stoodle recounts his incredibly stressful first year as a teacher. https://www.storycollider.org/stories/2018/8/6/help-stories-about
- A couple of different stories related about math in honour of Pi Day. The first is a story of what inspired a reluctant mathematician Ken Ono (one of the producers of the movie "The Man Who Knew Infinity"). The second is a powerful story of racial and gender discrimination in the math community and elsewhere from @pwr2dppl. And if that is not enough, check out her thesis. It's written in a way that I have never seen a math/science thesis written. This quote from the prologue should pique your interest: "....try to read a math paper and think, “Oh my goodness what on earth does any of this mean why can’t they just say what they mean????”" https://www.storycollider.org/stories/2018/3/5/in-honor-of-pi-day-stories-about-math
- Find out about mathematician @lewlefton who is also a stand up comedian (with math jokes) and @TheMathGuru who talks about her first day as a student teacher. https://www.storycollider.org/stories/2018/1/5/math-problems-stories-about-math
- Adriana Salerno: A Different Kind of Problem - In these times of more awareness of mental illness comes a story of one mathematician's battle with depression http://storycollider.org/podcast/2015-09-25
- Alex Belos: Your Favourite Number - Alex is talking about how his quest to find the world's favourite number started (and how he himself blew off the idea of having a favourite number in the first place). I think that it is important for students to get these parts of mathematics so that they don't just see the drudgery of just doing problem after problem. Things like this bring out the humanity in math. http://storycollider.org/podcast/2015-01-26
- Ed Frenkel: The Test - Whether it was his book Love and Math, his Numberphile video Why People Hate Math, is LA Times OP Ed or his Science Friday interview and now with his Story Collider essay on math and bigotry and how love of math saved the day, Ed Frenkel has some good things to say. http://storycollider.org/podcast/2014-09-19
- Erika Engelhaupt: The Science of Speeding - Erika tells of how cognitive bias lead her boyfriend to jail. The story doesn't seem to be related to that at all as you are listening but it comes around at the end. Caution: there is one use of the f-word. http://storycollider.org/podcast/2014-08-22
- Jen Fitzgerald - Rocky the Mathlete - This one is a story from the perspective of a woman who, as a student, wrote math contests and was a "mathlete". Its kind of like The Karate Kid or Rocky but with math contests. Its kind of funny too (though there is some explicit language). http://storycollider.org/podcast/2012-08-26

### CBC

- Here @d_martin5 talks about assessing without percents (or grades at all). http://www.cbc.ca/radio/the180/promoting-failure-in-health-care-math-without-percentage-marks-and-should-alberta-join-the-u-s-1.2991087/math-without-marks-1.2991219
- The Math Wars continue to rage. And in light of the new "math focus" of the Ministry of Ed here in Ontario, here are @rachelinch & @alexoverwijk on the CBC talking about having a more problem solving approach to math is better than just drill and kill http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2686398574
- So what happens if a parent with math anxiety helps their kids with their homework. Apparently a new study shows that those students will achieve 1/3 less knowledge in that year compared to not getting any help at all. http://www.cbc.ca/radio/quirks/quirks-quarks-for-sep-12-2015-1.3224539/children-catch-math-anxiety-from-parents-1.3224577

### 99% Invisible

99% Invisible is a show about architecture and design but often it has tangential topics. It is very well produced and even the episodes about math are quite interesting.

- The Age of the Algorithm - another story about the book Weapons of Math Destruction from @mathbabedotorg http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/the-age-of-the-algorithm/
- A history of Average - and in this episode they use the history of calculating the average to tell the story about how we got to where we are today when it comes to customizing the size of things with stops along the way with fighter jet pilots and t-shirt sizes. http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/on-average/

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Here's a nice little story from @standupmaths about how easy it is to win on a gameshow when the randomness isn't really random.

I listen to the Cyber podcast regularly and they have a relatively new feature called My First Hack where they interview a cyber security professional and ask how they got started. On this episode Patrick Wardle's first hack was creating a program on his high school TI-84 calculator that would do calculus but only once he put the right code in (so the program looked benign if his teachers checked his calculator out). https://play.acast.com/s/cyber/howpatrickwardlehidabackdoorinhishighschoolcalculator

One of my new favourite podcasts is not about math at all. It's about language and it's called The Allusionist. I have been binge listening to it over the last few weeks. But, as it turns out, there was some math in an episode called Zillions where they talk about indefinite hyperbolic numerals like 'zillion', 'squillion' and 'kajillion'. And now with a mashup of math, drag queens and language, they are going in the other direction and talking about zero.

https://www.theallusionist.org/allusionist/zillions

https://www.theallusionist.org/allusionist/zero

This American Life: What's in a Number - This American Life is one of the big wigs of well produced radio shows and although there is very little math, this particular episode was all about one number and the good statistical methods that went into creating it. That number was the number of deaths caused by the Iraq War (as it was going on). It's longer but very well produced and, I think, is a must listen to for anyone teaching data management. https://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/320/whats-in-a-number-%E2%80%94-2006-edition

https://www.theallusionist.org/allusionist/zillions

https://www.theallusionist.org/allusionist/zero

This American Life: What's in a Number - This American Life is one of the big wigs of well produced radio shows and although there is very little math, this particular episode was all about one number and the good statistical methods that went into creating it. That number was the number of deaths caused by the Iraq War (as it was going on). It's longer but very well produced and, I think, is a must listen to for anyone teaching data management. https://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/320/whats-in-a-number-%E2%80%94-2006-edition

**@TimHarford has created many podcasts. One of his current shows, Cautionary Tales, he talks about what we can learn from historical events and how we can apply those learnings to current times. I this episode he talks about his upcoming book " The Data Detective" and the origins of the book "How to Lie with Statistics" https://timharford.com/2020/09/cautionary-tales-storks-smoking-and-the-power-of-doubt/ In one of the recent episodes he talks about Florence Nightingale and her famous graph that told the story of the infections happening and why increasing sanitary conditions would lower the death rate in the military hospitals.**Adam Spencer has his Ph.D in math, has been a morning radio drive time DJ and has hosted many shows on math and science topics. His latest podcast is called Big Questions and on the first Episode of the 2nd season he interviews former Baltimore Ravens player @JohnCUrschel who is now doing his Ph.D in Math at MIT. Every interview I hear with John makes me like him even more.

https://www.podcastone.com/episode/Whats-it-like-to-be-the-biggest-maths-geek-to-ever-play-in-the-NFL-the-big-questions

On this episode of Note to Self they speak to @MonaChalabi who is the data editor for The Guardian who does some very cool stuff both in the publication and on her Instagram feed. She picks interesting data sets and creates interesting visualizations to represent them. Listening to a podcast doesn't do her work justice but listen at the link below and then and then check out her feed.

https://www.wnycstudios.org/story/data-mona-chalabi/

If you ever want to give students an example of the dangers of exponential growth, then this story of a hacker who's "worm" inadvertently shut down the most popular site on the Internet (at the time) and did so because it grew exponentially. Listen to his story (starting at 1:19:17 ) on how he shut down MySpace (this was clearly a while ago) and how it eventually got him banned from using computers. @SamyKamkar is a hacker and he is being interviewed by venture capitalist and self experimenter @tferriss. It's a great (and long) podcast but the story in question starts at 1:19:17. http://fourhourworkweek.com/2015/05/02/samy-kamkar/

Have not heard of the Museum of Math (MoM)? Listen hear to find out why you should go to New York to visit it. http://www.wnyc.org/story/264330-down-and-dirty-at-the-museum-of-math/

Listen to JoBoaler on Math, gender, mindsets and controversy in this radio interview https://soundcloud.com/inflectionpointradio/jo-boaler-revolutionizing-math-education-at-stanford

Listen to JoBoaler on Math, gender, mindsets and controversy in this radio interview https://soundcloud.com/inflectionpointradio/jo-boaler-revolutionizing-math-education-at-stanford

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