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Perception Gaps

I'm Samantha Laine Perfas, and I'm the host of the “Perception Gaps” podcast. This 10-part series explores different topics in which people's perception, or what they think is true, doesn't actually line up with reality. We call that a perception gap, and our goal is to help highlight areas where this happens so we can better understand the world around us. I hope that you get a lot of value from “Perception Gaps” and share it with your friends! Subscribe to our newsletter and have the podcast delivered directly to your inbox (if you don’t see the signup box, feel free to email podcast@csmonitor.com to sign up). Thanks for joining me on this adventure.

Episode 6: Poverty Progress

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After surveying a global segment of the population, the Gapminder organization in Sweden found that only 10 percent of people knew the state of extreme poverty. Why is it that our perceptions are so… wrong? Join host Samantha Laine Perfas, along with “Factfulness” author Anna Rosling Ronnlund, academic Bobby Duffy, Gates Foundation chief strategist Mark Suzman, and the Monitor’s Peter Ford.

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Episode 6: Poverty Progress

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After surveying a global segment of the population, the Gapminder organization in Sweden found that only 10 percent of people knew the state of extreme poverty. Why is it that our perceptions are so… wrong? Join host Samantha Laine Perfas, along with “Factfulness” author Anna Rosling Ronnlund, academic Bobby Duffy, Gates Foundation chief strategist Mark Suzman, and the Monitor’s Peter Ford.

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Episode 5: A Closer Look at the Gender Pay Gap

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Women take low paying jobs. Women don’t advocate for themselves. The gender pay gap isn’t real. These are some of the myths that persist about gender pay gap. But why does the gap really exist? It’s complicated. Join host Samantha Laine Perfas, along with guests economist Claudia Goldin, Women 2.0 CEO Kate Brodock, and professor Patricia Deyton.

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Episode 4: The Real Gun Tragedy

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Due to multiple high profile mass shootings, many parents and students fear that a school shooting will happen at their school. But school shootings - and even mass shootings - are statistically rare. This episode, we want to spend some time looking at the biggest culprit of gun deaths in the US: suicide. Join host Samantha Laine Perfas, along with criminologist James Fox, behavioral scientist Andrew Morral, faculty director Jennifer Stuber, and retired gun shop owner Ralph Demicco.

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