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 2021-07-30 10:00 

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How To Watch Olympic Sport Climbing...

Sport climbing is making its debut at the Olympic Games this year. To win a medal, 20 men and 20 women will each compete in three separate events: lead, speed and boulder. To explain what differentiates the three events, what all the climbing lingo means ...

 2021-07-30 10:00 

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Partisanship Isn't The Only Reason Why So Many Americans Remain Unvaccinated...

Welcome to Pollapalooza, our weekly polling roundup. It's easy to blame partisanship for everything these days. Including the speed with which COVID-19 is raging through the U.S., causing cases to spike and CDC guidance to shift. The delta variant is ...

 2021-07-29 21:35 

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Politics Podcast: What Americans Think About Vaccines, Masks And Shutdowns As Covid Cases Spike...

The number of covid cases in the U.S. is surging, largely due to the Delta variant. Earlier this summer there were 10-15,000 reported cases per day, but that number is now up to 60,000 and rising. The federal government and some states have started taking...

 2021-07-29 10:00 

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How An Olympic Climber Manages Her Anxiety To Get In The Zone...

Sport climbers have a lot to worry about during competition: the difficulty of the climb, the risk of falling, the distractions from spectators and the speed of their opponent. But Olympic climber Alannah Yip has found a way to work through her anxiety us...

 2021-07-29 10:00 

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Gavin Newsom Has Reason To Worry...

It's official: For only the fourth time in U.S. history, a state will hold an election on whether to recall its governor midterm. The long-expected gubernatorial recall election in California is set for Sept. 14, and 46 candidates (not including the g...

 2021-07-29 10:00 

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No One Can Catch Katie Ledecky In The Mile...

The women's 1,500-meter swim made its Olympic debut Wednesday in Tokyo, which meant NBC's camera operators experienced a struggle previously known to only a few others: They had to film gold medalist Katie Ledecky's race and make it look close...

 2021-07-28 21:32 

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NBA Teams Love Young Lottery Picks. These 3 'Old' Players Might Change Their Minds....

A typical NBA draft prospect's scouting report is likely to include a few common attributes listed as strengths: "athletic," "long wingspan," "playmaker." One characteristic that rarely appears as a strength? "Old." It&...

 2021-07-28 15:26 

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Where Marjorie Taylor Greene's False Claim About COVID-19 And Obesity Came From...

This is the latest edition of our column that excavates the origins of public figures' factually dubious comments. We explain what their claims are referring to, the evidence (or lack thereof) behind them and where they sprang from in the first place....

 2021-07-28 10:30 

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The Mysterious Case Of 2020's Polling Error...

In this installment of the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast, the crew looks back at the record number of Democrats who ran for president in 2020 and assesses where they are now. They also review a new report from the American Association for Public Opinio...

 2021-07-28 10:00 

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The U.S. Women's Soccer Team Has A World Cup Hangover...

History says the U.S. women's soccer team tends to perform best with its back against the wall. Each of the four times they failed to win a World Cup, the Americans followed by winning the Olympic gold medal the following year. And after their worst f...

 2021-07-28 10:00 

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Will A Pro-Vaccination Push By GOP Leaders Change The Minds Of Unvaccinated Americans?...

Welcome to FiveThirtyEight's politics chat. The transcript below has been lightly edited. sarah (Sarah Frostenson, politics editor): With the delta variant of the coronavirus surging in the U.S. and COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations once again on th...

 2021-07-27 22:04 

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One Conference To Rule Them All...

First, in honor/horror of Oklahoma and Texas breaking ties with the Big 12, we talk about what's to become of college football. The short answer is that more changes are probably on the horizon, as the money is too good to ignore for the sake of tradi...

 2021-07-27 10:00 

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Time For The End Of The Teen Gymnast...

Before discovering gymnastics, Kathy Johnson ran track and was quite good at it. She was so good, in fact, that for a time she thought she might become a track and field Olympian. It's not unusual for athletes to explore other hobbies and interests be...

 2021-07-27 10:00 

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How A Special Election In Texas's 6th District Will Test Trump's Influence On The GOP...

Ideologically, Susan Wright and Jake Ellzey have a lot in common. For starters, the first three priorities on their respective campaign websites are identical: defending the Second Amendment, opposing abortion rights and strengthening the U.S.-Mexico bord...

 2021-07-26 23:46 

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Politics Podcast: Does Running For President Always Help Your Career?...

Almost a year after the 2020 Democratic National Convention, the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast crew looks back at the record number of Democrats who ran for president in 2020 and assesses where they are now. The team asks whether all the candidates are...

 2021-07-26 20:06 

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What If Chasing Rivals Keeps Aaron Rodgers In Green Bay? We Made A Metric For That....

Aaron Rodgers is one of the best quarterbacks of the past 20 years, he's a future Hall of Famer ... and it looked for a while like he might not play in 2021. Although recent reports indicate he'll be suiting up for the Green Bay Packers this seaso...

 2021-07-26 14:00 

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Hideo Nomo Paved The Way For A Generation Of Damn Good Japanese Ballplayers...

Welcome to a very special installment of our Hall of Pretty Damn Good Players, a series in which we recognize the athletes who won't make their sports' Hall of Fame but still deserve accolades for their talent and influence. And with the 2020 Olym...

 2021-07-26 10:00 

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Police Arresting Fewer People For Minor Offenses Can Help Reduce Police Shootings...

In response to nationwide protests last summer over the murder of George Floyd by police, many cities and states have tried to change their approach to policing. One such strategy is to make fewer arrests for low-level offenses in an effort to reduce the ...

 2021-07-26 10:00 

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The Black Women Who Forged New Paths And Set Records At The Olympics...

Formiga competed in the first Olympic women's soccer tournament in 1996. Last week began her record-setting seventh Games. The Brazilian footballer is one of many Black sportswomen who have made Olympic history — whether they are the firsts, the...

 2021-07-24 10:00 

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Are Americans' Concerns Over Inflation Inflated?...

According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, consumer prices rose 5.4 percent between June 2020 and June 2021, exceeding the 2 percent target rate of inflation set by the Federal Reserve. It is the largest 12-month increase since August 200...

 2021-07-23 18:55 

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Are You A Gen-Z Republican? A Democrat In A Rural State? If So, You Might Be A Political Anomaly, And We Want To Hear From You....

Do you see yourself as a political anomaly? In today's politics, certain voting groups are often portrayed as monolithic, or only voting one way, even though that's never the full story. We want to interrogate that narrative and talk to people who...

 2021-07-23 14:00 

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Caeleb Dressel Isn't Just The Next Michael Phelps. He Might Be Even Better....

Caeleb Dressel has been dubbed the "next American Aquaman" and "heir to Michael Phelps." With the former king of the pool retired and Olympic swimming set to start Saturday, the 24-year-old Floridian is ready to take on those mantles. In a...

 2021-07-23 12:00 

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Can You Hop Across The Chessboard?...

Welcome to The Riddler. Every week, I offer up problems related to the things we hold dear around here: math, logic and probability. Two puzzles are presented each week: the Riddler Express for those of you who want something bite-size and the Riddler Cla...

 2021-07-23 10:00 

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How The World Feels About Holding The Tokyo Olympics Amid COVID-19...

Welcome to Pollapalooza, our weekly polling roundup. Today is the opening ceremony for the 2020 Olympic Games, which were delayed for almost a year due to the coronavirus pandemic. But not everyone is happy that the Games are finally going ahead. Japan, t...

 2021-07-23 10:00 

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How We're Projecting Each Country's Medal Count In Tokyo...

The 2021 2020 Olympics are already underway in Tokyo, and that means it's nearly time to start counting up all the hardware won by each country's athletes. Of course, there are plenty of ways to track the gold, silver and bronze medals hauled in b...

 2021-07-22 20:27 

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We're Looking For A Data Visualization Intern...

FiveThirtyEight is seeking an intern to join our interactives and graphics team during the fall of 2021. We're looking for a current student journalist or recent graduate who is excited about using data visualization to create powerful journalism. Thi...

 2021-07-22 20:22 

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We're Looking For A Politics Intern...

FiveThirtyEight is seeking an intern to join our politics team during the fall of 2021. We're looking for a current student or recent graduate who has experience using data to tell stories about politics — ranging from how Americans feel about a...

 2021-07-22 20:11 

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Politics Podcast: The Great Inflation Debate...

According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, consumer prices rose 5.4 percent between June 2020 and June 2021, exceeding the 2 percent target rate of inflation set by the Federal Reserve. It is the largest 12-month increase since August 200...

 2021-07-22 16:40 

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Giannis Antetokounmpo Didn't Have Anything To Prove. He Proved It Anyway....

It's hard to imagine a multitime MVP, 7-foot ball-handler who has barriers to overcome. But Giannis Antetokounmpo did. He entered the 2020-21 playoffs with questions about his postseason performance after series losses to the Toronto Raptors in 2019 a...

 2021-07-22 12:00 

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How To Watch Olympic Surfing...

Before watching professional surfers catch their first waves at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, take a minute to brush up on your surfing lingo and learn how to judge the competition. Here, Luli Pereira and Erik Krammer show us what they watch for when...

 2021-07-22 10:00 

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Why Biden's Approval Rating Has Barely Budged In His First 6 Months...

The first six months in the White House are often frenzied for presidents as they push for big policy changes to try to live up to their campaign promises. President Biden is no exception. In his first 100 days in office, he signed dozens of executive act...

 2021-07-22 10:00 

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Every Olympic 'Sport,' In One Chart...

The Olympics are an international celebration of sport, but not all sports are invited to the cool kids' table. The first modern Olympics in 1896 had only a handful of sports represented — all of which remain on the schedule to this day. Over th...

 2021-07-21 18:08 

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What If America Had A Lot More Political Parties?...

In this installment of the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast, the crew discuss a new survey that categorizes voters into at least four ideological quadrants and tries to imagine how voters would align if America were a multi-party democracy. They also disc...

 2021-07-21 17:18 

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Lisa Fernandez Was The Shohei Ohtani Of Softball...

When softball helped kick off the Olympics on Wednesday in Tokyo, it was a triumphant return, if only a temporary one. After a 13-year absence, the sport is making its first appearance at the Summer Games since Beijing in 2008. Softball and baseball were ...

 2021-07-21 15:18 

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The Bucks Exorcised Their Playoff Demons And Won A Title...

For the first time in 50 years, the Milwaukee Bucks are NBA champions. In capturing the franchise's first title since the days of Oscar Robertson, Bob Dandridge and Lew Alcindor, the Bucks came back from a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Phoenix Suns in fou...

 2021-07-21 10:00 

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Meet The WNBA Stars Aiming To Bring The U.S. A New Basketball Gold...

A quartet of WNBA players wants to change the way Americans think about basketball — and bring home Olympic gold in the proces. The inaugural U.S. women's Olympic 3-on-3 basketball team will hit the spotlight in Tokyo this weekend with dreams of...

 2021-07-21 10:00 

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The Governor And House Primary Races We're Watching So Far...

Welcome to FiveThirtyEight's politics chat. The transcript below has been lightly edited. sarah (Sarah Frostenson, politics editor): We're back this week with the other 2022 primaries that are already on our radar — specifically, the big gub...

 2021-07-20 21:56 

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New Sports And Old Problems At The Olympics...

First, we check in with the Tokyo Olympics, which are still set to officially begin on Friday — although games will have already begun in softball and soccer, and the Tokyo organizing committee chief has stated the Olympics could still be canceled a...

 2021-07-20 10:00 

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How To Watch Skateboarding Like An Olympic Judge...

Do you think you could tell a good skateboarding trick from a great one? The difference between a perfect ollie and a poor one? Do you even know what an ollie is? With skateboarding coming to the Olympics for the first time, it's about time to learn (...

 2021-07-20 10:00 

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Where Trump's Conspiracy Theory About Who Shot Ashli Babbitt Came From...

This article marks the debut of a new column excavating the origins of public figures' factually dubious comments. We explain what their claims are referring to, the evidence (or lack thereof) behind them and where they sprang from in the first place....

 2021-07-19 22:40 

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Politics Podcast: Are There Really Five Political Parties In America?...

Americans' political views often don't align neatly with a single party but instead draw on both conservative and liberal positions. In this installment of the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast, pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson joins to discuss a n...

 2021-07-19 17:19 

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Jrue Holiday's Defense May Have Saved The Bucks' Title Dreams...

In Game 5 of the NBA Finals, Milwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Holiday finally got himself a splashy stat line and signature moment to match those of his co-stars. On Saturday night, as the Bucks took a 3-2 series lead after clawing their way out of a 2-0 hole, ...

 2021-07-19 15:32 

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Do You Buy That ... President Biden's Current Approval Rating Should Comfort Democrats?...

Watch: https://abcnews.go.com/fivethirtyeight/video/latest-debate-voting-rights-means-american-democracy-78888707 Watch: https://abcnews.go.com/fivethirtyeight/video/wait-midterms-pay-attention-2022-fivethirtyeight-politics-podcast-78809787...

 2021-07-19 10:00 

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How An Armless Archer Trains His Brain To Win Olympic Medals...

Paralympian Matt Stutzman, born without arms, has become a world-class archer by shooting with his feet. He trains in remote Iowa, where his only competition is in his mind. So he imagines matches in extreme detail, from the feel of the wind to the sound ...

 2021-07-19 10:00 

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Changing How Primaries Work Probably Won't Make Politics Less Divisive...

Republican candidates around the country are trying to win over former President Donald Trump's supporters before the 2022 midterm elections, so it's no surprise that many are choosing to go all in on the false claim that the 2020 election was sto...

 2021-07-17 10:00 

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What The Latest Debate Over Voting Rights Means For American Democracy...

In this installment of the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast, we assess the state of American democracy with the help of a new survey from Bright Line Watch, a group of political scientists who monitor threats to our democratic systems. Former President Do...

 2021-07-16 17:02 

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This Trade Deadline Could Break Up The Cubs' Almost-Dynasty...

Back on June 13, around when I wrote about the MLB contenders that should consider adding players for the stretch run and playoffs, the Chicago Cubs appeared to be positioned very well within that category. They were 38-27 on the year, tied for the third-...

 2021-07-16 14:21 

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We're Hiring A Data Editor...

FiveThirtyEight is seeking an organized, process-savvy and detail-oriented Data Editor to empower some of our newsroom's most ambitious work. This full-time role is an opportunity to apply your analytical and creative powers to all stages of a story&#...

 2021-07-16 14:21 

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We're Hiring A Senior Politics Reporter...

FiveThirtyEight is seeking a senior reporter to write in-depth pieces on U.S. politics and elections with a particular focus on the intersection of politics and culture — how culture increasingly influences political identity and what that means for...

 2021-07-16 12:00 

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Can You Win The Penalty Shootout?...

Welcome to The Riddler. Every week, I offer up problems related to the things we hold dear around here: math, logic and probability. Two puzzles are presented each week: the Riddler Express for those of you who want something bite-size and the Riddler Cla...

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