After the Fact

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“After the Fact” is a podcast from The Pew Charitable Trusts that brings you data and analysis on the issues that matter to you—from our environment and the sciences, to larger economic trends and public health. Experts from Pew and other special guests discuss the numbers and trends shaping some of society’s biggest challenges, then go behind the facts with nonpartisan analysis and stories.

In each episode, host Dan LeDuc discusses pressing policy issues with featured experts and relevant voices to the conversation. If you like what you hear, we hope you will subscribe to “After the Fact” and share it with others.

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Pew Research Center reports that 65% of Americans say they always or often feel exhausted when thinking about politics because of the country’s deep partisan divisions. As polarization increases and trust in democratic institutions declines, how can we move forward and maintain a functioning democracy?

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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.

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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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The percentage of Americans experiencing symptoms of depression has tripled during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the long-term effects on the nation’s mental health are still unclear.

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There is only one ocean, essential to the life of everyone on Earth—and it faces perils like never before.

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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.

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The effects of the pandemic, including increased levels of distrust in each other and in the government, continue to reverberate for Americans. But amid the challenges, there’s also a growing sense of civic renewal. According to data from the Pew Research Center, 86% of U.S. adults believe that it is possible to improve people’s confidence in one another.

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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.

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In this season of “After the Fact,” we explore how The Pew Charitable Trusts is using data to make a difference and helping communities thrive. We also highlight the state of democracy and its underlying principles through interviews with experts and leaders of organizations working to rebuild trust and create a better future.

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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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A majority of Americans say partisan fighting gets too much attention while important issues facing the country get too little. In the final episod...

  • Added: Dec 15, 2023
  • Length: 18:40
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Social media plays a significant role in society, but data shows that most Americans believe it negatively affects our democracy and contributes to...

  • Added: Dec 04, 2023
  • Length: 20:19
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Political polarization has become overwhelming for the majority of Americans, with most agreeing that more attention is being paid to partisan figh...

  • Added: Nov 17, 2023
  • Length: 21:52
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During times of increased polarization and increasing stresses on democracy, researchers are studying how to break down partisan divides and addres...

  • Added: Nov 03, 2023
  • Length: 20:14
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Philadelphia is Pew’s hometown and in this episode, Donna Frisby-Greenwood, who directs the organization’s work in the city, talks about Pew’s lega...

  • Added: Aug 25, 2023
  • Length: 14:10
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A vibrant democracy requires a government responsive to the people it serves. And although polls show strong dissatisfaction with American democrac...

  • Added: Aug 11, 2023
  • Length: 20:03
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Increased political polarization, shifting societal values, and growing distrust in institutions threatens the public’s confidence in our democrati...

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  • Added: Jul 28, 2023
  • Length: 20:13
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In this episode, Pew’s president and CEO, Susan K. Urahn, talks about Pew’s history and the organization’s efforts to make government more effectiv...

  • Added: Jul 19, 2023
  • Length: 22:18
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In this final episode of “Restoring Community,” we travel to Bowie, Maryland, to speak with Tameeka Washington and Stephen Weisman, leaders of the ...

  • Added: May 12, 2023
  • Length: 15:28
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In this episode of “Restoring Community,” we speak with Eboo Patel and Jeff Pinzino from Interfaith America, as well as Bahá’í leader Syda Segovia...

  • Added: Apr 14, 2023
  • Length: 17:30