back arrowThe Philosophy of Crime

2: 102: Are Killers Born Bad or Are They Made That Way?

Episode description

Nature or nurture? What makes a man evil? Is it genetics or is it their environment? And is there even such a thing as free will?

episodes iconMore Episodes

6: 206: The Ethics of Familial DNA

April 15th, 2019


The world has changed. A new tool has been created to solve the coldest cases. And if we're not careful, it'll be taken away from us in a heartbeat.

5: 205: Psychics and Crime

April 15th, 2019


On the record, police rarely admit to using psychics to solve crimes. But a surprising number of detectives often consult with soothsayers to …

4: 204: Why Do We Still Have the Death Penalty?

April 15th, 2019


In the United States, we still execute prisoners for a variety of crimes. We are one of the last civilized societies to do so. Why is capital …

3: 203: Does Psychological Profiling Really Work?

April 15th, 2019


FBI profilers are the mystical heroes of law enforcement, with the ability to look at a crime and imagine the suspect. But is it science or just …

2: 202: How Do Psychopaths Convince Others to Kill?

April 15th, 2019


Charles Manson never killed anybody. He tricked his friends into doing it for him. But how? And could any one of us be tricked into doing evil deeds?

1: 201: Are Lie Detectors Reliable?

April 15th, 2019


We've all heard the saying, "Lie detectors can't be used in a court of law." But is that really true? And can a machine ever really know the mind of a man?

6: 106: Effect & Cause

May 1st, 2018


We want so desperately to go back in time and stop a crime from happening. But we can't change the past. Or can we?

5: 105: Does Everyone Have the Capacity to Kill?

May 1st, 2018


You're not a murderer, right? You wouldn't even hurt a fly, would you? Don't be so sure.

4: 104: How Should the Media Cover Crime?

May 1st, 2018


A brief history of crime reporting and how we screwed it up in America.

3: 103: What is Occam's Razor?

May 1st, 2018


One of the most important tools to detectives is a heuristic known as Occam's Razor. But you must wield it carefully or you end up hurting the wrong …

1: 101: Why Is True Crime So Popular?

April 26th, 2018


Where does our fascination with true crime come from? When did this obsession begin? Renner traces it all back to the "true crime singularity."

Loading ...

Download the RadioPublic app for
 FREE and never miss an episode.

Get it on Google PlayDownload on the App Store