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After the Fact

Welcome to “After the Fact,” a new podcast from The Pew Charitable Trusts that brings you data and analysis on the issues that matter to you. 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.

In each episode, you will hear from various experts on a range of topics and pressing policy issues with our host, Dan LeDuc.

Feb 15, 2019

Stat: 1919—the year President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill establishing the Grand Canyon as a national park.

Story: The Grand Canyon was dedicated as a national park 100 years ago. This anniversary commemorates the canyon’s legacy, but it has been around longer than that—at least 6 million years. Our host explores...


Feb 1, 2019

Stat: 100. More than half of children born in developed countries today will reach the age of 100.

Story: If you knew you would live to 100, what would you do differently? Increasing longevity will expand and shift the traditional phases of life, according to London Business School professor Andrew Scott. In his...


Jan 18, 2019

Stat: 57 percent of social media news consumers expect what they see there to be largely inaccurate.

Story: The rise of deepfakes—realistic fake videos made with artificial intelligence software—is beginning to make sorting fact from fiction even harder. In an interview with Dartmouth Professor Hany Farid, a digital...


Jan 4, 2019

Stat: 50. The percentage of American children today who will grow up to earn more than their parents did.

Story: That’s down from over 90 percent for children born in the 1940s and its says a lot about the current state of the American Dream. John Friedman, who’s a leader of Opportunity Insights which is working to...


Dec 21, 2018

Stat: Four in 10 Americans say technology has improved their lives most in the past 50 years.

Story: To end 2018, we look ahead at the promise of new technologies, which also bring challenges for societies. To understand the issues, we speak to Arati Prabhakar, former director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects...