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The Sound of the Economy: Data Sonification and the Cheeseburger Index

April 3, 2016

For the most part, when people think of crunching numbers, they imagine charts and graphs. Today on the podcast, we’re exploring unusual ways to look at—or rather, listen to—data. Sound can perhaps present information with more urgency and clarity than a visualization. Since this is Foreign Affairs, and we’re nottracking u-boats underwater, we decided to apply the data sonification technique to some somewhat obscure data sets - including the Cheeseburger Index. Listen in as Matt Kenney describes the creation process and Nick Colas dissects the numbers.

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