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Race and Crime

Sunday, February 01, 2015

At the heart of many Americans' fear of black men is an ugly stereotype -- the stereotype of the black criminal. Historian Khalil Gibran Muhammad traces some of our current attitudes about race and crime to the late 19th century, when sociologists first began looking at crime statistics.

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WNYC News

Woes at NYPD, But Plenty of New Officer Applicants

Thursday, January 29, 2015

With ongoing protests over the death of Eric Garner and discontent between police and city hall, the NYPD has had a rough start to the year. So who wants to be an officer these days?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

A True Tale of Urban Crime

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A new book shines a light on urban crime through the investigation of a young man's murder in South Los Angeles.

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The Takeaway

Architect of 'Broken Windows' Defends His Theory

Monday, January 26, 2015

George Kelling, one of the professors behind the "broken windows" theory of policing, says cops should operate on behalf of citizens, not in the name of racking up arrests.

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WNYC News

Cuomo's Criminal Justice Reforms Facing GOP Pushback

Thursday, January 22, 2015

In his State of the State speech, Gov. Cuomo proposed having an independent monitor review cases where a grand jury fails to indict after an officer kills an unarmed civilian. 

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WNYC News

Bratton Confirms NYPD Work Slowdown

Friday, January 09, 2015

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton is confirming a work slowdown, following reports that criminal summonses have declined by 90 percent.

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WNYC News

Two Arrested in Bronx Shooting of NYPD Officers

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Two arrests have been made in connection to Monday night's shooting of two plainclothes officers responding to a grocery store robbery in the Bronx.

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On The Media

Online Supersleuths

Friday, January 02, 2015

Brooke speaks to writer Deborah Halper about her book on the thriving community of internet sleuths who try to crack cold cases. 

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On The Media

A Cinematic Release

Friday, January 02, 2015

When a funeral director named Bernie Tiede shot and killed a wealthy widow in Carthage, Texas, townspeople were sympathetic toward Bernie and indifferent toward the murder victim. 

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On The Media

Gavel to Gavel

Friday, January 02, 2015

The 1991 trial of a young woman named Pamela Smart was the first to be covered on TV, gavel to gavel.

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On The Media

In Defense of True Crime

Friday, January 02, 2015

Salon senior writer Laura Miller says much True Crime rises above mere pulp. 

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On The Media

True Crime

Friday, January 02, 2015

A special hour on the enthralling genre of true crime. 

WNYC News

Police Arrest Rapper Bobby Shmurda, 14 Others on Murder, Assault

Thursday, December 18, 2014

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20-year-old Brooklyn-born rapper Bobby Shmurda was arrested for his alleged role in a series of gang-related shootings.

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Death, Sex & Money

I Killed Someone. Now I Have 3 Kids.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Lawrence Bartley has been in prison for 23 years on a murder charge. Now, he's wondering what he'll say to the parole board—and to his sons, who are still too young to know of his past.

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WNYC News

Man Fatally Shot After Synagogue Stabbing

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Police say a knife-wielding man charged cops after stabbing a 22-year-old man in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

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Schoolbook

NYC Students Debate 'The Talk' Parents Give Them About Police

Friday, December 05, 2014

A group of Harlem teens discuss "the talk" their parents give them about interacting with police: "You need to be safe, don't worry about your rights, just make sure you're alive."
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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Race and Criminal Justice, The Front Lines of the Ebola Crisis, and A New Gilded Age

Friday, December 05, 2014

The Takeaway explores racial justice in America, we have an update on the Ebola crisis in Liberia, and a look at economic recovery for average Americans.

WNYC News

Mayor Credits Crime Drop to Better Police and Community Relations

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Homicides are at historic lows and last August was the safest month in two decades. The mayor called the crime numbers "extraordinary" and "proof of real progress."

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WNYC News

City to Divert Thousands from Rikers and Into Treatment

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

The task force said that 400 individuals accounted for 10,000 jail admissions over five years. It said that 67 percent of those 400 were mentally ill and 99 percent use drugs or alcohol.

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WNYC News

Judge: Confession Can Be Used in Etan Patz Trial

Monday, November 24, 2014

A suspect with a low IQ understood his rights when he told investigators two years ago that he choked a 6-year-old boy to death in 1979, a judge ruled Monday.

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