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Seven Conversations About Preventing Gun Deaths

When editor Simone Landon first described FiveThirtyEight’s ambitious reporting project on gun deaths to me, she mentioned that there were seven main articles tackling seven types of gun deaths in America. As these things tend to go, that’s not exactly how the project ended up being structured, but we did have seven main writers who contributed. And over the past week on our podcast What’s The Point, I had seven mini-conversations with them in seven days. You can subscribe to What’s The Point on iTunes or your favorite podcast app to download the full series to your phone, and we’ve compiled all seven episodes below as well. And if you haven’t yet, be sure to visit the Gun Deaths In America project and click on the menu for the full run of articles, interactives, data and more.


Part one: Introduction

with editor Simone Landon


Part two: Stopping gun deaths in New Orleans

with Ben Casselman


Part three: Men, suicide and guns

with Anna Maria Barry-Jester


Part four: Guns and domestic violence

with Hayley Mungia


Part five: Mass shootings

with Leah Libresco


Part six: A guns program the NRA actually likes

with Carl Bialik


Part seven: Accidents, guns and stats

with Maggie Koerth-Baker


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Jody Avirgan hosts and produces podcasts for FiveThirtyEight.

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