The Joy of Data: The Best Newsletters and Podcasts for Data Fans

All of us in communications measurement are data fans, intrigued by the process of quantifying the world and learning what those numbers have to say. Whether you are a full-fledged data scientist or still a Stats 101 student, you’ll find plenty of data news, stories, and inspiration in the newsletters and podcasts listed below. They all celebrate the joys of data, ranging from those that provide mostly general knowledge to those for you hardcore Python programmers:

Newsletters for Data Fans

Harvard Business Review: Mostly general interest, but with sections on data and analytics. Some recent articles:

 IPR Research Letter from the Institute for Public Relations. The academic end of public relations measurement.

The Full Monty: Mostly general interest, but with a section on Measurement/Analytics/Data. “Virtually everything you need to know from the week’s digital news.”

MIT Technology Review: A wide range of general science interest articles, with emphasis on AI, and emerging technologies. A recent issue included:

  • DDoS Attacks Are Getting Smarter and More Widespread
  • Facebook Is Finally Automating Its Fake News Fight (a Little)
  • YouTube’s Extremism-Spotting AI Is Working Hard, But Must Work Harder

Priceonomics: Specializes in repackaging fascinating data from its clients to investigate topics of interest to a wide audience. You’ll find:

AllAnalytics: The SAS-sponsored newsletter that covers data, AI, analytics, and visualization. (Read more about editor James Connolly in “15 Nuggets of Data Wisdom From Jim Connolly and All Analytics.”) Recent articles include:

Data Elixir: “…a [free] weekly newsletter for curated data science news and resources from around the web.” News, tools and techniques, jobs. Examples include:

KDNuggets: by Gregory Piatetsky-Shapiro and Matthew Mayo. Some seriously geeky data geeks hang out here.

Podcasts for Data Fans

After the Fact: from The Pew Charitable Trusts. “Experts from Pew and other special guests discuss the numbers and trends shaping some of society’s biggest challenges, then go beyond the facts with nonpartisan analysis and action.” Recent podcasts include:

FiveThirtyEight: The website has lots of great articles, videos, and infographics, too. Recent podcast topics include:

Freakonomics Radio: Host Stephen Dubner has “surprising conversations that explore the riddles of everyday life and the weird wrinkles of human nature.” (We wrote about one of these in “The Most Exciting Data Detective Story of All Time.”)

Recent podcasts include:

Live from the Poundstone Institute: Paula Poundstone is on a quest “to get less stupid, one topic at a time.” Recent episodes:

  • Why Is Fluffy Looking At Me Like That?
  • Do I Need A Bath?
  • Does Science Think You’re Pretty?

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About Author

Bill Paarlberg

Bill Paarlberg is the Editor of The Measurement Advisor. He has been editing and writing about measurement for over 20 years. He was the development and copy editor for "Measuring the Networked Nonprofit" by Beth Kanter and Katie Paine, winner of the 2013 Terry McAdam Book Award.