Super Freakonomics Full Podcast - Ava Olsen and Michelle Friedman

We have compiled all of our podcasts into one large audio file; link located below. (The audio file may be too big to simply play in Google Drive - The file must be downloaded.)

Our first installment of our Superfreakonomics podcast series was intended to get more in depth into the extremely interesting topics that this book has to offer. The introduction segment summarizes and discusses the introduction of the book. This prologue chapter (introduction to the book) highlighted a plethora of issues involving statistics and a necessity for a deep understanding of math and how these situations relate to it. Each subject/category that was introduced is pretty much completely unrelated, but each is tied together with statistical comparisons and economics that make the topics alluring and hard to believe. We examined many of the key stories that we think were important to take apart and really understand. Our intended audience should be interested in math and how it relates to things happening over time and what they mean for the populations that are involved.

In the second installment of our podcast series about Superfreakonomics we discussed the first chapter, How Is a Street Prostitute Like a Department-Store Santa?, and the second chapter, Why Should Suicide Bombers Buy Life Insurance?. Though the two chapters covered a plethora of questions, studies, and data, we chose to discuss only a few of the topics that were the most interesting to us. We talked about the significant wage gap between equally qualified, professional men and women. Then, we investigated the critical emergency room procedures that make for the best and worst patient outcomes. Chapter two also showed us that doctor review criteria can be extremely flawed and ought to be taken with a grain of sand when choosing your doctor. Overall, these two chapters showed us a lot of new numbers on interesting subjects and we’ve learned to always investigate the nuances that can affect data results.

The third podcast in the Superfreakonomics series highlights some questions from our teacher, Mr. Miles. He had a few specific questions about prostitution law enforcement and terrorism prediction and prevention. Then we moved on to the third chapter and discussed crime rates and altruism. We challenged the legitimacy of the correlation between TV viewing and increased crime rates. We also debated the idea of true altruism and how incentives and fear play into all of our decisions. Next week we will most likely finish off the book with chapters four and five and answer more listener questions if there are any.

In the fourth and final segment of our Superfreakonomics series, we responded to a listener question about organ donor compensation, discussed the outcomes of cheap and simple fixes in chapter four, The Fix Is In, and it's Cheap and Simple, and debated the clarity and significance of topics and arguments from chapter five What do Al Gore and Mount Pinatubo Have in Common? We agreed that though there were many contradictions and confusing lines of evidence throughout the entire book, the lesson to be learned is that we ought to take all new data with a bit of healthy skepticism and always deeply examine our data to understand the underlying misconceptions or misrepresentations.


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Super Freakonomics Podcast Part 4 (FINAL) - Ava Olsen and Michelle Friedman

In the fourth and final segment of our Superfreakonomics series, we responded to a listener question about organ donor compensation, discussed the outcomes of cheap and simple fixes in chapter four, The Fix Is In, and it's Cheap and Simple, and debated the clarity and significance of topics and arguments from chapter five What do Al Gore and Mount Pinatubo Have in Common? We agreed that though there were many contradictions and confusing lines of evidence throughout the entire book, the lesson to be learned is that we ought to take all new data with a bit of healthy skepticism and always deeply examine our data to understand the underlying misconceptions or misrepresentations.


*(The audio file may be too big to simply play in Google Drive - The file must be downloaded.)

HAIR

Hair is a strand of protein that grows from the follicles in the skin. It is composed of the tough protein called keratin. Each strand of hair is held into the skin by a follicle which is inside of the skin. At the base of the stand is a bulb that lives inside of the follicle. In the bulb of the hair strand, cells divide and grow to build the hair shaft inside of the hair. Blood vessels also bring nourishment to the cells in the bulb and they bring hormones that determine growth and the structure of the hair.
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Hair grows in 3 distinct stages: Anagen, Catagen, and Telogen.  Anagen is known as the growing phase when hair is growing. It usually lasts 2-7 years & determines the length of your hair. Catagen is known as the regression phase. It’s when the hair shrinks and detaches from the hair follicle. It usually lasts for about 10 days. The last stage is telogen, which is the resting phase. This is when the hair is released and falls out, then the follicle remains inactive for 3 months. This stage usually lasts for about 3 months.
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When hair is pushed up through the hair follicle and towards the surface of your scalp, the cells fill with fibrous proteins and lose their nucleus. When it reaches the surface, it’s a complex system of protein-rich fibers. This is known as Keratinization.

Society classifies hair into different categories. It’s called the hair typing system. People with Type 1 hair have straight, fine hair, that tends to be oily, and is hard to damage. People with Type 2 hair have wavy hair in a ‘S’ pattern. People with Type 3 hair have curly hair that can range from being in a ‘S’ pattern to kink or tight curls with a lot of strands of hair densely packed together. People with Type 4 hair have very tightly coiled hair that is very fragile and has less defined curls. There are certainly trends in different hair styles.


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Many people wear trending styles in their hair like weave, they use heat to straighten it, and they even use chemicals like perms. All of these things can cause damage to the hair. As a result, people who suffer from hair damage have split ends, baldness, Alopecia Areata, and even permanent scalp damage. As a result to counter hair damage, many people are joining the natural hair movement. This is a movement that trending especially in the black community, where people are opting out of chemicals, heat, and anything damaging to their hair and choosing to wear their hair naturally and use natural hair products. 

I personally spend a lot of time maintaining my hair. Growing up, I had very thick hair that was difficult to manage. So when I was in 3rd grade, my mom decided to give me my first perm. This was the worse decision ever. When it was applied to my hair, it burnt my scalp so badly. Also a few weeks later, my hair started to fall out. The perm chemically altered the texture of my hair and severely damaged it. As the years went on, my hair eventually grew and I used a lot of heat styling. From 4th grade until 8th grade, my hair rapidly grew and I could see the difference in length each year. However past 8th grade, I wasn’t seeing much growth. My hair was shedding all over the place and it was very thin. I was very frustrated so I began to research how to make my hair grow and be healthy. The best option that I found was wearing my hair in its natural state. In January of 2014, I decided to go natural. It has been 2 ½ years since then and this was one of the best decisions that I have ever made. My hair is very healthy and has grown so much.
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*My hair in heat styling in eight grade (2011).
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​*My natural hair this year (2016).



Bibliography:
  • Sherrow, Victoria (2006). Encyclopedia of Hair: A Cultural History. 88 Post Road West, Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. p. iv.ISBN 0-313-33145-6.

  • Krause, K; Foitzik, K (2006). "Biology of the Hair Follicle: The Basics". Seminars in Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery 25: 2–10.doi:10.1016/j.sder.2006.01.002

  • "Common Causes of Damaged Hair That You Can Avoid." About.com Style. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 May 2016. <http://blackhair.about.com/od/blackhairproblems/a/damagedhair.htm>.

  • "The Hair Growth Cycle." Philip Kingsley. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 May 2016. <http://www.philipkingsley.com/hair-guide/hair-science/hair-growth-cycle/>.

  • "What Is Hair Made Of?" GrowHairGuru. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 May 2016. <http://growhairguru.com/what-is-hair-made-of/>.

Imani and Amirah 1st Podcast

Stats 1st podcast - 5:1:16, 1.14 PM
Our first podcast was based on the Introduction and chapters 1-2. We talked about our observation in what we learned in class and how it relates to the book. We talked about how there were confusion in regards to what the book was talking about and how we asked around to gain a clarification. We asked questions and made other observations 

Podcast #2 by Huzaifah & Katia

For our second podcast, we started off by summarizing and discussing Chapter #4 to Chapter #6. On top of that, we answered a couple of questions that Mr. Miles gave us in the last podcast. We also discussed about the article called "How to lie with data visualization" in this podcast. We hope that you enjoy this and stay tuned for the last podcast!!
Podcast 2

How To Lie With Statistics Pt. 2

This is podcast 2 of a 3-podcast series that dissects the novel, "How To Lie With Statistics" by Darrell Huff. The book itself explores the various ways that statistics are altered and used outright incorrectly to project a certain image, convey a certain feeling, or produce a certain outcome within the masses. 
In this series, Stephanie Dyson, Dillon Hersey, Maggie Clampet-Lundquist and Sean Morris look into the various themes that comprise the book and dissect what this means, not only for their high school stats class, but for the world around them.


In this podcast: 
We looked at Chapters 3 through 7 for this episode, but used the quotes in the beginning of the book to guide our conversation.Then, we took a look at how Huff explained that graphs can be misconstrued in various ways in The Gee Whiz Graph. From there, we took a look at the farce that is modern media, exploring the ways that news organizations use those various methods all the time to show “statistics” when they’re really not showing anything at all (the graphs we referenced are all pictured below). Lastly, we spoke briefly on the background information you need when thinking about averages so that you can most accurately convey your information. We also brainstormed some new titles for the book by accident, but they're not too shabby. I hope you enjoy this episode. Stay tuned for our final podcast, which will dive into chapters 8 through 10 to finish out the book. 

Music is provided for free by Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment's debut album, "Surf", which dropped May 2015.
The Graph Dillon mentioned concerning abortions and cancer screenings. Read the full article here: http://www.stats.org/the-graph-that-launched-a-thousand-news-stories/
The graph Maggie mentioned concerning car crashes across different age groups. Read the full article here:http://www.econoclass.com/misleadingstats.html
The graph Stephanie mentioned concerning Stand Your Ground laws in Florida. Read the full article here: http://usvsth3m.com/post/82779802419/creator-defends-graph-that-appears-to-erroneously-show

Shark Attacks by Sergei Mass

From a young age, I have had such an interest in sharks, matter of fact; I am a shark. I was struggling to figure out what I would be interested in doing for my 5 minutes of science. I wanted to do something Kanye related, but there is not much science behind that and so I directly went to sharks. 

Science:
Most shark attacks believe it or not are mistakes. Many people believe that sharks go after humans, but they just happen to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. Many humans tend to be not very smart and swim during their feeding time. Studies have shown that some sharks in Mexico have grown a taste for humans. Drug cartel leaders have been dumping dead bodies into shark infested waters and over time sharks have grown to like the taste of human flesh. Now it might be just a coincidence, but don't quote me because it is still unknown. To be attacked by a shark is very unlikely, you are actually more likely to die on your way to the shore than by being eaten by a shark.

Society:
There is a 1 in 3,748,067 chance to be eaten by a shark and it is highly unlikely to happen to you. If you see a shark stay calm!

Self: 
I am a shark and I love sharks. 

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1xd8vc6Isx3WtY9gu4JQWZZEZZajlhq3_aMHqSvpQ8FE/edit#slide=id.p


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Computer Vision Syndrome

Computer Vision Syndrome results from long term technology and can damage your eyes as well as induce headaches. Devices such as computers, tablets, and eReaders can cause computer vision syndrome. Pretty much everyone has experienced computer vision syndrome in their life. The symptoms include dry eyes, headaches, sore eyes, and blurred vision. 
There are many things that contribute to computer vision syndrome other than the screen itself, such as the lighting and distance at which you're viewing the screen. This happens because your eyes are essentially working harder when viewing heavily lit objects that are not contrasted to the background, which is why almost all emails and papers are written as black words on a white background. Muscles in your eyes tighten, namely the ciliary muscle, which controls the viewing of objects at various distances. The average worker spends about seven hours a day working off of a screen, and we spend more seeing as we're a technology driven school, which makes this a big issue in today's society.

How Drugs Affect The Brain

Science

How weed affects the brain:

THC the chemical in weed mimic anandamide, a natural chemical produced in the body, and blocks inhibition and allows dopamine to flow freely. This gives the feeling of euphoria that most people feel while weed is in their system. 


How cocaine affects the brain:

Cocaine is a strong central nervous system stimulant that increases levels of the dopamine in the brain. It prevents the dopamine from being recycled, causing the user to feel the high that is associated with cocaine. 

Society:

The social issues about drugs that has gotten the most publicity recently is the legalization of weed. Many people think this is a good thing because weed is one of the least harmful of recreation drugs out there, and it is used as a way to relive pain for those who suffer from chronic conditions. But the legalization is still getting a lot of push back because many believe that it is a gateway drug and will encourage youth to take part in the conniption of other drugs. 


Self:

Like the many seniors graduating from high school I will be going on to college. College, as many of you may know, is well known for being a place where drugs like weed or cocaine are accessible. So I thought it would be a good idea to get a better understanding of how they effect the people who take them, since I will no doubt be going to school with some of them. 

Spanish Q4 - Tyreek, Leila, Ahlik, Amelia

A young lady, Amelia, is expecting to meet up with her boyfriend at the Amada Restaurant and when he finally shows up, he shows strange signs that raise some questions. Little does Amelia know she's in for an unexpected surprise not only from her so called boyfriend but from the restaurant itself... watch to find out what happens! 

E1 U8 Q4 Proyecto James Adams, Antonio DeRock, Afi Koffi

Carmen(Afi) and Speedy(Antonio) go to school, however they are really hungry. They ditch school and go to a venezuelan restaurant, by calling a taxi. They meet Tyrone(James) the taxi driver, then they arrive at the restaurant and meet Paco(James) the waiter. Carmen(Afi) and Speedy(Antonio) then order their food, they receive their food and the worst thing happens Paco(James) is a undercover cop named Steve(James). Watch to find out how the tale unfolds!

Podcast #2

This is our second podcast reflecting on chapters 3-6. 

Speakers: Jada Terrell, Kadija Koita, and Isabella Blackwell

This podcast covered topics such as advertisement, coin flips, and how we interpreted different illustrations in the chapters. We recalled doing coin flips during the first quarter of the year, and how we thought it'd be 50/50 but it's not, actually far from it. We also talked about IQ tests and how we feel about their relevance. 
Podcast 2

Podcast #2 - Ilker, Jamie & Brian

In Jamie, Brian and my second Podcast we started of by answering Mr. Miles prompts given to us to talk about in the second podcast.  Jamie was not here for this intro allowing Brian an opportunity to speak more which was also asked for by Mr. Miles.  After about 13 minutes of introduction we finally started talking about the 4, 5 and 6 chapters.  As usual we did a lot of connecting and using in book examples to back up what we were saying.  We went over many of the graphs.  This week was a solid week.  We have officially hit the 30 minute minimum for the project.  Next time our podcast will be for the remaining 4 chapters.  Stay tuned!!