“After the Fact” Podcast Seasons

Tune in to listen to past seasons of “After the Fact” that explore expansive topics that shape our world.

Race and Research
Race and Research

Race and Research

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In a new season of Pew’s “After the Fact” podcast, we explore diversity in America and how race intersects with research in a range of fields—from public opinion polling to medicine to economics.

States of Innovation From 'After the Fact'
States of Innovation From 'After the Fact'

States of Innovation From 'After the Fact'

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The latest season of Pew’s “After the Fact” podcast looks at the innovative solutions some states are developing to meet long-standing problems. From making small loans more affordable for consumers, to improving community flood preparedness, to designing corridors for wildlife to migrate safely across high-traffic roads—protecting animals and drivers—state leaders are working together to tackle big challenges.

Conversations on Science
Conversations on Science

Conversations on Science

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In a new season of Pew’s “After the Fact” podcast, we talk about science—what it is, how it’s conducted and explained to the public, and how it affects our lives.

The Loss of Local News

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The Loss of Local News

In this three-part series, we explore the decline in local news coverage across America.

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The Future of Learning

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The Future of Learning

In a four-part series, Pew’s “After the Fact” podcast asks a question at the heart of the human experience—how do we learn? And as we continue to live longer than previous generations, what are we discovering to help increase lifelong learning and prepare the workforce of the future?

American Family Series
American Family Series

The American Family

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In a special series, Pew’s “After the Fact” podcast explores the changing nature of the American family—from marriage trends to retirement finances—blending individual and family voices with expert perspectives on trends and their implications.

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Person with mask

Conversations on COVID-19

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Since the start of the pandemic, Pew’s “After the Fact” podcast has explored COVID-19 and its impact. Listen to episodes that answer questions about the virus with public health experts and discussions with special guests about its effects on aspects of life and society—from facts about vaccines to the pandemic’s impact on state budgets.

Magellanic penguins
Magellanic penguins

Scientists at Work

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In this series, “After the Fact” explores the world through the eyes of those on the frontiers of discovery. “Scientists at Work” takes listeners on a journey of exploration, from a South American beach where penguin colonies are studied to a Maryland lab where robots are learning how to think.

Crisis and Change: Conversations With Leaders

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Political polarization. Climate change. Racial reckoning. Income inequality. A global pandemic. Since 2020, all five of these immense challenges emerged or deepened, commanding our attention and prompting major societal and cultural shifts. How has the social sector responded and what’s coming next?

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