CIA Professor on NPR

The producers of NPR’s most popular radio program, Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me, also host a weekly podcast called How to do Everything, which answers listeners’ questions in a humorous way.

Michael NothnagelFor an early September episode, they called upon the mathematical expertise of CIA Associate Professor Michael Nothnagel. Noticing that Christmas decorations seem to be displayed earlier and earlier every year, they were looking for a statistical model to predict if there will come a time when the following year’s decorations go up even before the current year’s holiday. Nothnagel, who teaches Culinary Math, crunched the numbers. Listen to the podcast for the answer.

More than half a million people download How to Do Everything each week.

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