A Conversation with Nate Silver: Baseball statistician turned political blogger talks about politics, statistics, and the media. Silver founded the FiveThirtyEight blog to predict political elections in 2008. His success in political forecasting led to his working with the New York Times, and in 2012 he correctly predicted the results in the U.S. presidential election for all fifty states and the District of Columbia. The talk, at the MIT Media Lab, was moderated by Seth Mnookin, a former baseball and political writer. Mnookin now co-directs MIT’s Graduate Program in Science Writing.