A show about numbers and us.
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Season 1 Trailer: Welcome to Digits!
Digits is a podcast about numbers and us hosted by James Simenc. We tell documentary stories about ourselves, our world, our universe—always guided by a curiosity for math and numbers.
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#6 Cake Envy
July 4, 2017
Welcome to the world of fair division, a world where your slice of birthday cake is always better than everyone else's.
#5 About Schmidt
May 16, 2017
Entomologist Dr. Justin Schmidt is known as "The King of Sting" for good reason. After decades spent subjecting himself to ant, wasp, and bee stings, the Schmidt Sting Pain Index is the bible of insect stings. Or perhaps it's a connoisseur's guide.
#4 The Dozenalist Manifesto, or Twelve is the New Ten
April 25, 2017
All of Western civilization counts by tens. But what if there was a better way? A way to make basic arithmetic simpler, and multiplication tables easier to memorize? Enter the dozen.
#3 - The Impossible Marathon, Part 2
April 4, 2017
The marathon world record stands at 2 hours 2 minutes and 57 seconds. Is it possible for a human to run the race in less than 2 hours flat? Part 2--the Kalenjin, Kenya's super-runners.
#2 - The Impossible Marathon, Part 1
March 21, 2017
The marathon world record stands at 2 hours 2 minutes and 57 seconds. Is it possible for a human to run the race in less than 2 hours flat? Part 1--the marathon's surprising history, and how to build the perfect distance runner.
#1 - The Vote
March 7, 2017
Maine hasn't elected a new governor with majority support in over 50 years. A 2016 citizen referendum proposes a solution, and a new website brings the power of social choice theory to the people.
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