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In Data We Trust

‘We want citizens to see the data and then make up their own minds.’

Why does one of the world’s wealthiest men want to fund a database full of U.S. facts and figures? Steve Ballmer, former Microsoft executive and founder of, joins Jamie at Dispatch HQ to discuss his philanthropic efforts.

The Agenda:
—Saying no to Mitt Romney (back in the day)
—Figures on immigration, healthcare, and debt
—Data-based decision-making
—The aftermath of Hamas’ October 7 attack
—The impact of AI
—Funding Harvard

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Jamie Weinstein is the host of Monday’s episode of The Dispatch Podcast, based in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining The Dispatch, he was the host of The Jamie Weinstein Show. He has previously written for Rolling Stone, The Daily Beast, and National Review, among other publications, and has appeared as a commentator on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and HBO’s “Real Time w/ Bill Maher.” When Jamie is not hosting, he is spending time with his wife and three rambunctious boys or working on his many entrepreneurial pursuits.