ParentData with Emily Oster

Understanding Gun Violence with Megan Ranney

July 11, 2022

After the horrifying events in Uvalde, many people wrote to ask about guns, about their child’s safety, about what they could do. I didn’t think I had the expertise to talk about this, but I thought immediately of Megan Ranney. She’s a practicing emergency physician, Academic Dean of the School of Public Health at Brown University, and a longtime researcher on sticky social problems, including violence, mental health, and technology. She’s also a friend, and I was very grateful she agreed to come talk with me about the data behind guns and gun violence. 

ParentData relaunched in September 2023. Please enjoy this episode of the earlier version of the podcast from our archives. You can read transcripts and listen to all of our episodes at

Want more on data, pregnancy, and parenting? Subscribe to the ParentData newsletter for free at neither hosts nor alters podcast files. All content © its respective owners.