WAMU 88.5 : The Kojo Nnamdi Show

Rethinking Broken Windows

The "broken windows" theory became something of a mantra in policy and policing in U.S. cities over the past two decades. New York City served as the poster child for the idea that beefed-up enforcement of minor quality of life issues would lead to big drops in more serious crime. But recent studies point to the fact that crime had peaked and was already on a steady downward trajectory well before those tactics were adopted, and that the decline did not speed up as a result of the approach. We explore how these findings might shake long-held beliefs about police tactics and urban crime.

WAMU 88.5

Kate Mulgrew: "Born With Teeth" (Rebroadcast)

Kate Mulgrew, who stars as "Red" in the Netflix TV series "Orange Is The New Black", opens up in a new memoir about her complicated family and the baby she gave away for adoption as a young woman.


Swapping The Street For The Orchard, City Dwellers Take Their Pick Of Fruit

Urban foragers don't just pick their meals from the trash; many eat only the finest, freshest produce — picked from city trees. The League of Urban Canners harvests fruit from trees to make jam.

Reconsidering The Pilgrims, Piety And America's Founding Principles

Conservatives who want to emphasize America's Christian roots embrace the story of the Pilgrims and the Mayflower Compact. But some historians say their role in the country's founding is overstated.

From Takeout To Breakups: Apps Can Deliver Anything, For A Price

Convenience is at an all-time premium — and a lot of smartphone apps promise to make many of the things we do every day easier. In a time-crunch or sheer laziness, how far will the apps take us?

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