Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

The Art Of Skepticism In A Data-Driven World With Jevin West On Wednesday's Access Utah

Penguin Random House

Misinformation, disinformation, and fake news abound and it’s increasingly difficult to know what’s true. Our media environment has become hyperpartisan. Science is conducted by press release. Jevin West is an Associate Professor at the University of Washington. He directs the Center for an Informed Public, whose mission is to resist strategic misinformation, promote an informed society, and strengthen democratic discourse. He is co-author with Carl Bergstrom of “Calling Bullshit,” a book on how to spot and refute misinformation.

Jevin West is an Associate Professor in the Information School at the University of Washington. He co-founded the DataLab and directs the Center for an Informed Public. He studies the Science of Science and worries about the spread of misinformation. His laboratory consists of millions of scholarly papers and the billions of links that connect these papers. He develops knowledge discovery tools to both study and facilitate science. In particular, he is interested in the origin of scholarly disciplines and how sociological and economic factors drive and slow the evolution of science.


Tom Williams worked as a part-time UPR announcer for a few years and joined Utah Public Radio full-time in 1996. He is a proud graduate of Uintah High School in Vernal and Utah State University (B. A. in Liberal Arts and Master of Business Administration.) He grew up in a family that regularly discussed everything from opera to religion to politics. He is interested in just about everything and loves to engage people in conversation, so you could say he has found the perfect job as host “Access Utah.” He and his wife Becky, live in Logan.