I’ve been getting a lot more into podcasts lately, and one of my favorites (other than Not So Standard Deviations, of course), is Bombshell. Hosted by Radha Iyengar Plumb, Loren DeJonge Schulman, and Erin Simpson, it’s a whip-smart, approachable and entertaining look at current events in foreign policy, national security and military affairs. Now, those aren’t topics I typically immerse myself in, but between the in-depth knowledge of the hosts and their choice of guests, I’m finding a different perspective that makes it a fascinating subject area. (Interesting side note: the podcast recently entered its second year, and it wasn’t until the 1-year anniversary episode that the first male guests appeared on the show.)
Also, as a statistician, I love that the standard questions asked of guests include: “What’s your favorite statistical distribution”, and “What’s your favorite use of statistics or data?”.
If you haven’t listened before, the December 19, 2017 episode is a great place to start (other than going all the way back to the first episode). It introduces the three hosts, and is an interesting and educational review of the events of 2017. It’s also a live episode, with questions from the audience at the Maxwell Air Force Base.