Episode 2: Funny Math

Can two plus two ever equal five? Math professor Mike Nothnagel helps Toby and Meg run the numbers and discuss why alternative facts are great for fiction and horrible for democracy.

THE FICTION: We started our conversation with Orwell’s 1984, then talked about other books, movies and TV shows that use competing realities as plot devices. On our list: The Parallax View, The X-Files, The Prisoner (original and reboot), The City & The City and this episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

IRL: We talk about the rise of alternative facts, especially Pizzagate. Also: fake news is everywhere, gang. Here’s a great primer on how to spot to it. And Mike talked about this study involving voters from different political parties and photos of President Trump’s inauguration crowds.

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