#HumCitizen: A Matter of Facts Podcasts

Current Initiative: Democracy and the Informed Citizen National Partner: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Pulitzer Prizes Local Partner: Nonprofits, Public Radio Subject: Cross-Cultural Understanding, Digital Humanities, History, Journalism, Literacy, Other, Varies Audience: All

Delaware Humanities is conducting a ten-part podcast series, A Matter of Facts, that will feature scholars and journalists exploring a variety of issues facing Delaware, including fake news, politics, healthcare, education, and the environment. The podcasts will run on public radio and will be archived on the council’s website.

MARCH 2018

Joan Delfattore and How (and Why) We “Know” What We Know – Podcast – Joan Delfattore, professor emerita of English and Legal Studies, examines how we decide what we belief and what we don’t and how we react when our beliefs are challenged.

MAY 2018

Danielle Ofri and What Doctors Say, What Patients Know – Podcast – Dr. Danielle Ofri, physician at New York’s Bellevue Hospital and faculty member at the NYU School of Medicine, explains how to seek the best information about health and healthcare, including how to better communicate with doctors. Ofri is also the co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Bellevue Literary Review, the first literary journal developed in a medical setting and has written extensively on the doctor-patient relationship.


“Journalism in the Fake News Era” Wilmington, DE – From unearthing the facts that sparked the #MeToo movement and exposing the abuse scandal at USA Gymnastics, to investigative reporting that have forced free-spending cabinet officials to resign, professional reporters in diverse newsrooms have responded to the populist moment and the attacks on their credibility by demonstrating the enduring importance of a free press. Steve Coll, Dean of the Graduate School of Journalism and twice a Pulitzer Prize winner, will discuss the press’s sources of durability and strength as well as its failings and vulnerabilities.

“A Matter of Facts”Online, DE – On the latest episode of A Matter of Facts –  Delaware Humanities is featured in conversation with Delaware Dept. of Education’s Christine Alois and Shana Payne.


Fake News, Fraud, and Honest Error: The Psychology of Belief –  Wilmington, DE – How to we decide what we believe, and what we don’t believe? Drawing on philosophical, psychological, and legal resources – and avoiding partisan politics – this talk outlines a few of the unconscious factors that influence the way humans reach conclusions and make decisions.