Check Your Facts #393

October 28, 2016

This week we're sitting down with three experienced fact-checkers to better understand what the process of fact-checking looks like from the inside, and what the challenges are when news and politics collide. We speak with Brooke Borel, a contributing editor to Popular Science and author of the book "The Chicago Guide to Fact-Checking"; Michelle Ciarrocca, a researcher, reporter, and writer; and Dave Levitan, a science journalist and author of the upcoming new book "Not a Scientist: How Politicians Mistake, Misrepresent, and Utterly Mangle Science".

This episode is hosted by Bethany Brookshire, science writer from Science News.


  • Brooke Borel
  • Michelle Ciarrocca
  • Dave Levitan

Guest Bios

Brooke Borel

Brooke Borel is a contributing editor at Popular Science and a 2016 Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellow. She has written for the Guardian, the Atlantic, BuzzFeed News, PBS’s NOVA Next, and Undark, among others, and her books include "Infested" and "The Chicago Guide to Fact-Checking".

Michelle Ciarrocca

Michelle Ciarrocca is a researcher, reporter, and writer with more than 15 years of experience. She has worked for a number of award winning publications including Vanity Fair, the Atlantic, and the Retro Report covering a wide variety of topics including climate change, the global financial crisis, defense issues, war, and politics.

Dave Levitan

Dave Levitan is a science journalist, based near Philadelphia. He has written for a wide variety of outlets, from Scientific American and Discover to Slate,, and LiveScience. His book "Not A Scientist: How Politicians Mistake, Misrepresent, and Utterly Mangle Science" will be released in 2017 by WW Norton.

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