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About the Author

Matthew Berger
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Matthew Berger has degrees in political science from Yale (BA) and Harvard (AM), as well as a biostatistics MA and epidemiology PhD from Boston University School of Public Health. After two decades as a professional data analyst and research project manager, he launched the data-driven storytelling website Just Bear With Me in December 2016. There, Dr. Berger wrote long-form essays on everything from American politics to the best way to rank favorite art, from film noir to investigations into the lives of ancestors. From the latter emerged the idea of "interrogating memory," a combination of critical thinking, meticulous investigation and intellectual humility. His first book, Interrogating Memory: Film Noir Spurs a Deep Dive Into His Family History...and His Own, was published in 2022. Raised in the Philadelphia suburbs, Dr. Berger now lives in Brookline, MA with his wife Nell, two children and Casper the Friendly Golden.