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The Week In Data: Marriage, Music Festivals And The Confederacy

This is the Week in Data, our data journalism roundup. Here you’ll find the most-read FiveThirtyEight articles of the past week, as well as gems we spotted elsewhere on the Internet.


  1. Will D’Angelo Russell Help The Lakers Call On The Hall Again?
  2. Ode To The Underrated: Andrei Kirilenko Edition
  3. We Tried — And Failed — To Identify The Most Banned Book In America
  4. Projecting The Top 50 Players In The 2015 NBA Draft Class
  5. Can Jordan Spieth Complete The Grand Slam?
  6. How A-Rod’s 3,000 Hits Stack Up
  7. The Receding Of Sarah Palin, In One Chart
  8. Change Doesn’t Usually Come This Fast
  9. Lindsey Graham May Have Already Won
  10. The USWNT Better Fix Its Midfield Against China, Because Tougher Sledding Awaits


History of slavery: Up until the end of the 19th century, the transatlantic slave trade wasn’t concentrated in North America — the vast majority of enslaved Africans were brought to the Caribbean and Brazil. This interactive shows the paths of the 12.5 million Africans who were enslaved and transported by Europeans over 315 years. [Slate]

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A whole nation: On Friday, the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples had a constitutional right to marry, a decision that overturned bans on gay marriage in 13 states. These charts show how legislation on the issue has evolved in the U.S. since 1922. [The New York Times]

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Who wants to get married?: To coincide with the Supreme Court’s decision on Friday, Pew looked at how many U.S. adults who identify as LGBT would like to get married someday. Fifty-two percent said they would like to get married. Like the general public, most respondents cited companionship and commitment as “very important” reasons to wed. [Pew Research Center]


Graying Glastonbury: As the Glastonbury music festival kicked off this week in the U.K., the Economist looked at headline acts at major music festivals and found that the average age of lead singers and solo artists has crept up by 10 years since 1996. [The Economist]


Call me “Diamond”: You know we at FiveThirtyEight love anything to do with names. This interactive from Time allows you to put in your name, look at its popularity and see which names had the same ranking over time. For example, Mona was the 668th most popular girl’s name the year I was born, so in terms of comparable rarity I’d be a Margo if I was born in 1910 and a Diamond in 2015. [Time]

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Confederate monuments: The journalists that made this map are the first to admit that it’s “by no means scientific or comprehensive” but with a little help from readers, they hope to crowdsource the locations of the remaining monuments to the Confederacy. [Fusion]

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Mona Chalabi is data editor at the Guardian US, and a columnist at New York Magazine. She was previously a lead news writer for FiveThirtyEight.