Episode 01: Welcome to Data Remediations

In this episode, hosts Patricia Kim and Bethany Wiggin introduce Data Remediations, a podcast connecting data with people and places through stories and art. Interviews with Eric Holthaus, Michael Halpern, Denice Ross, Margaret Janz, Tad Schurr, and the Environmental Performance Agency further contextualize the origins of Data Refuge and its storytelling project.

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Image: Environmental Performance Agency.

Eric Holthaus is a meteorologist and climate writer at Grist.

Michael Halpern is deputy director of the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists

Denice W. Ross is the data strategy lead for New America’s Phase Zero Project. She specializes in data transparency and civic engagement, with a focus on action at the local level.

Margaret Janz is the Scholarly Communications and Data Curation Librarian at Penn Libraries. She coordinates support for research data management and planning and was a key member of the Data Refuge project's first phase.

Tad Schurr is Professor in the Department of Anthropology, and a Consulting Curator in the Physical Anthropology and American Sections of the Penn Museum.  He directs the North American Regional Center of the Genographic Project, and Head of the Laboratory of Molecular Anthropology at Penn.

Environmental Performance Agency is an artist collective founded in 2017 and named in response to the proposed defunding of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Current EPA agents include Catherine Grau, andrea haenggi, Ellie Irons, Christopher Kennedy, and the spontaneous urban plants of 1067 Pacific Street, Brooklyn.

This episode was produced by Aaron Shapiro.


“Dreamy” by J Dilla (intro)

“Weight off” by Kaytranada

“Intro (It’s Album Time)” by Todd Terje 

“Stargazer” by Thievery Corporation

“Nar Djenetbouba” by Tinariwen

“Nespole” by Floating Points

“Moma” by Fourtet

“El Camino Negro” by Tommy Guerrero

“Heat in the Streets” by Tommy Guerrero (outtro) 


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