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The Philosophy of Crime

James Renner

Are killers born or are they made? Does everyone have the capacity to commit murder? Why is true crime so popular today? The Philosophy of Crime tackles the biggest questions about unsolved mysteries by looking to classical philosophy for answers.
6: 206: The Ethics of Familial DNA

55:28 | Apr 15th

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

32:24 | Apr 15th

On the record, police rarely admit to using psychics to solve crimes. But a surprising number of detectives often consult with soothsayers to discover new leads.
4: 204: Why Do We Still Have the Death Penalty?

39:48 | Apr 15th

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 punishment so popular, here?
3: 203: Does Psychological Profiling Really Work?

35:20 | Apr 15th

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

37:14 | Apr 15th

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?

32:56 | Apr 15th

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

20:39 | 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?

24:24 | 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?

34:15 | May 1st, 2018

A brief history of crime reporting and how we screwed it up in America.
3: 103: What is Occam's Razor?

23:54 | 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 people.
2: 102: Are Killers Born Bad or Are They Made That Way?

30:29 | May 1st, 2018

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?
1: 101: Why Is True Crime So Popular?

25:14 | Apr 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."