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Guest blog by Dave Sweet at Southern Methodist University.

A true data scientist can never stop learning. Whether it’s statistical modeling, machine learning, data visualization or anything else, data scientists are constantly updating themselves and breaking new ground in the field.


Keeping up with that evolution is easier said than done. Maybe you’ve read one or a few of the well-known data science books of the last 15 years-Freakonomics, Supercrunchers and the like-but what do you do when you’ve finished? Do you want to keep learning? Likely.


That is why the team over at [email protected], Southern Methodist University’s online masters in data science, created a list of podcast suggestions for data scientists based on their reading taste. Our goal is to connect readers with new avenues of learning about data and machine learning even after they’ve turned the last page of their favorite book.


Here are a few of the suggestions:


If you liked…


Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything


Listen to…


Freakonomics Radio




Brought to you by the same team that brought you the best-selling Freakonomics, SuperFreakonomics and Think Like a Freak trilogy, “Freakonomics Radio” takes a look at the data-driven “hidden side of everything.” Stephen J. Dubner and Steven D. Levitt’s podcast series uses the data behind real-life stories to shed light on everything from the ROI of undergrad to the correlation between cost and taste for expensive wines.


If you liked…


The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail But Some Don’t


Listen to…


FiveThirtyEight Podcasts




Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight is home to multiple types of podcasts, including the perennial favorite “Hot Takedown,” which focuses on the data of sports. FiveThirtyEight’s other podcasts, however, focus on using data to solve everything from transportation problems to genealogy, topics that will be familiar to readers of Nate Silver’s classic book, The Signal and the Noise.


Check out the rest of the list here.


Dave Sweet is the community relations manager for the online masters of data science degree ([email protected]) offered through Southern Methodist University.


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