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February 10 2014


Reading Envy: Reading Envy Podcast 002: Return of the Euthanized Book

January 05 2014


The Tenderloins Comedy Troupe - New York

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December 25 2013


Herrenabend | Alles kann, nichts muss.

September 11 2013


August 19 2013


Why did black leaders support America's drug war for so long? | News from North Country Public Radio

This year, North Country Public Radio is looking in-depth at America's forty year long drug war. Tough-on-crime policies, sparked in part by New York's Rockefeller drug laws, changed the way we think about crime and justice and addiction. They also... http://www.northcountrypublicradio.org/news/story/22549/20130819/why-did-black-leaders-support-america-apos-s-drug-war-for-so-long

August 06 2013


NPR Interview with Jeff Gunn, author or new Charles Manson Biography

July 29 2013


Can Software That Predicts Crime Pass Constitutional Muster?

Typically, police arrive at the scene of a crime after it occurs. But rather than send cops to yesterday's crime, a new trend in law enforcement is using computers to predict where tomorrow's crimes will be — and then try to head them off. The software uses past statistics to project where crime is moving. Police in Los Angeles say it's worked well in predicting property crimes there. Now Seattle is about to expand it for use in predicting gun violence. It all started as a research project. Jeff Brantingham, an anthropologist at UCLA, wanted to see if computers could model future crime the same way they model earthquake aftershocks. Turns out they can. "It predicts sort of twice as much crime as any other existing system, even going head-to-head with a crime analyst," Brantingham says. Checking The Boxes Older systems, like the famous CompStat in New York, show where crime has been. This system looks forward. "The model will actually predict other locations, that effectively say, even though there was a crime somewhere else in your environment, the risk is still greatest in this location today for the next 10 hours or the next 12 hours," Brantingham explains. Enlarge image Seattle police officer Philip Monzon patrols an area where the department's predictive policing software has indicated car thefts are likely to occur. Martin Kaste/NPR Brantingham and his colleagues are now selling the predictive system to police departments with the name PredPol. At this point, you may be thinking about the sci-fi movie Minority Report. But this is different. No psychics sleeping in bathtubs, for one. More to the point, this doesn't predict who will commit a future crime, just where it is likely to happen. In Seattle, police Sgt. Christi Robbin zooms in on a map of the city. Earlier this year, Seattle started using PredPol to predict property crimes. It's now the first place to try predicting gun violence with the software. "These red boxes [on the map] are predictions of where the next crimes are likely to occur," Robbin explains. At the start of every shift, patrol cops are assigned to those red boxes. "So we're asking that they spent the time in that 500-by-500-square-foot box, doing whatever proactive work they can to prevent that crime," Robbin says. On a recent shift, officer Philip Monzon pulls up inside his box; today, it's a city block near the Seattle waterfront. "[The police] want visibility, they want contacts with businesses as are appropriate, and anyone who's wandering through the area," Monzon explains. This area has parking lots, and PredPol's forecast includes car thefts. As Monzon passes a green Honda, he pauses. The guy inside seems to be ducking under the dashboard. "[I] wanna make sure to see if he's got the key or if he's gonna pull out anytime soon," Monzon says. The car starts — the guy probably does have the key. But why didn't Monzon challenge him, just in case? "I don't really have enough — I'm not just going to single out one guy in a Honda," he explains. Computer Models And 'Reasonable Suspicion' And this is where this gets tricky. The courts say police need "reasonable suspicion" in order to stop somebody. That suspicion can come from a lot of things — even someone's "furtive movements," as police like to say. All Tech Considered Police May Know Exactly Where You Were Last Tuesday Around the Nation At LAPD, Predicting Crimes Before They Happen But can it come from the fact that someone is occupying an imaginary red box drawn by a computer? "Ah — no. No. I don't know. I wouldn't make a stop solely on that," Monzon says. That's probably the right answer, says Andrew Guthrie Ferguson, a law professor at the University of the District of Columbia who has taken a special interest in the constitutional implications of PredPol. He says the departments using it have told police not to use it as a basis for stops. But he also wonders how long that can last. "The idea that you wouldn't use something that is actually part of the officer's suspicion and not put that in — [that] may come to a head when that officer is testifying," Ferguson says. Either that officer will have to omit the fact that he or she was prompted by PredPol, he says, or that officer will admit it on the stand. "Then the issue will be raised for the court to address." And it may be that PredPol is a constitutional basis for stopping someone. Some might consider it more objective than an individual police officer's judgment — less prone to racism or other kinds of profiling, for example. Ferguson says that argument may have merit, but that police and society still need to be careful. "I think most people are gonna defer to the black box," he says. "Which means we need to focus on what's going into that black box, how accurate it is, and what transparency and accountability measures we have [for] it." In other words, even though computers aren't biased, the statistics feeding it might be. And if police are going to follow an algorithm, we should at least be willing to check the math.

September 02 2012


Ep. 25: Internet Jackassery with Davin Pavlas

Davin Pavlas (Potter and Pals) joins us to share stories about being jackasses on the internet. We also discuss gross breakfast, Legos, Dave's new nickname, and how Kasey ruined Davin's sex life. Davin plays Crack The Case and Law

Ep. 23: Pranks with Jen Bokoff

Jen Bokoff (Pre-Recorded Late Night) joins us to share stories about pranks. We also discuss horrible cat noises, scamming old people, the Penn State racquetball scandal, and inventing a dumb charity. Jen plays True Crime and Unbelievable Laws for LIFT.

Ep. 22: Embarrassment with Jessica Charlton

Jessica Charlton (If You're Feeling...) joins us to share stories about embarrassment. We also discuss ants fighting and committing crimes, how we pay our rent, "Shucky Darn!," and screwing up history. Jessica plays Crack The Case and Unbelievable Laws for March of Dimes.

Ep. 20: Band Camp with Jay Frosting

Jay Frosting (Pre-Recored Late Night) joins us to share stories from band camp. We also discuss pre-internet porn, bionic implants, albino bees, and finger-banging. Jay plays Crack The Case and the final version of Incomplete Crimes for Planned Parenthood.

August 23 2012


Robert Crais: L.A. Is 'Natural Canvas' For Nightmare | NPR

From murder in the Venice canals to human trafficking in the desert, Los Angeles serves as the perfect setting for Robert Crais' noir novels, starring Elvis Cole and Joe Pike, two PIs who are desperately seeking normal — both for their clients and themselves. http://www.npr.org/2012/08/20/158927466/robert-crais-la-is-a-natural-canvas-for-nightmare?ft=3&f=100876926&sc=nl&cc=bn-20120823

July 26 2012


Stuff You Should Know

How White-Collar Crime Works -- White-collar crime often involves fraud and other nonviolent acts. For most people, the term "white-collar crime" conjures up images of CEOs conniving their way to fortune. But what is it, really? Listen in as Josh and Chuck break down the facts.
Tags: laws crime

January 17 2012


Fresh Air Interview: Jonathan Eig - 'What You Didn't Know About Gangster Al Capone' | NPR

Jonathan Eig's new book Get Capone reveals new insights about the famous Chicago gangster,€” including how freely he spoke to reporters, the time he shot himself in the groin, and how venereal disease eventually robbed him of his health and sanity. http://www.npr.org/2010/08/09/128872365/what-you-didnt-know-about-gangster-al-capone?sc=nl&cc=bn-20100812

January 09 2011


Favelas, AfroReggae & Brazil

Brazil’s musical group AfroReggae was born of the streets of Rio de Janiero’s hard-life shanytowns, or favelas. Now, AfroReggae is trying to give back — to give inspiration, hope, pride and a path to youth surrounded by too much violence, drugs, and poverty. It’s culture versus violence in the tough streets of Rio. We hear AfroReggae and explore Rio’s favelas. http://www.onpointradio.org/2010/12/favelas-afroreggae-brazil

December 19 2010


BBC - Podcasts - Documentaries

How Crime Took on the World Fri, 16 May 08 Duration: 24 mins Cyber-crime is the fastest-growing sector of global-organised crime, worth about US$100 billion a year. Misha Glenny travels to Sao Paulo to find out why Brazil is the cyber-crime capital of the world.

December 17 2010


The Hiccup Flask by James Powell

Read by Julie D. 1 |MP3| – Approx. 1 Hour [UNABRIDGED] Podcaster: Forgotten Classics Podcast: August 22, 2009 A tale of wonder in which we encounter a caliph, a thief, an alchemist, and a hiccup … from the mind of James Powell.

Dark Possessions by James Powell

Read by Julie Davis 1 |MP3| File – Approx. 20 Minutes [UNABRIDGED] Podcaster: Forgotten Classics Podcast: April 26th 2009 A little something extra from the mind of James Powell, in which we have a deep experience of mystery and furniture. First published in the February 1992 issue of Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine.

October 07 2010


LSE - 'It's my body and I'll do what I Like with it' Bodies as possessions and objects

We commonly use the language of body ownership as a way of claiming personal rights, though we do not normally mean it literally. Most people feel uneasy about markets in sexual or reproductive services, and though there is a substantial global trade in body tissues, the illicit trade in live human organs is widely condemned. But what, if any, is the problem with treating bodies as resources and/or possessions? Is there something about the body that makes it particularly inappropriate to apply to it the language of property, commodities, and things? Or is thinking the body special a kind of sentimentalism that blocks clear thinking about matters such as prostitution, surrogate motherhood, or the sale of spare kidneys?

August 23 2010


Release Getters

Before TV programs can air images of people who have just been arrested or experienced some other embarrassing spectacle, they have to get a release from that person. Why would anyone agree to sign?
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