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Nate Silver talks politics, baseball, and burritos

by Patt Morrison | Off-Ramp

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Nate Silver and Patt Morrison backstage at the Bovard Auditorium. Dave Coelho / KPCC

It’s not magic, it’s numbers. Nate Silver emerged from the world of sports nerd stats a half-dozen years ago to become the premiere political poll analyst in the country.

His data-driven forecasts on FiveThirtyEight.com were accurate down to the percentage point, and by 2009 he was one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world.

Nate Silver has returned to the world of sports stats at ESPN, but he’s not giving up the political game either.

He was at USC recently as part of the Bedrosian Center’s Holt Distinguished Lecture series, and KPCC’s Patt Morrison put the numbers guru to the test.

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