Over the past 40 years, the field of behavioral economics has emerged to explain why humans make irrational decisions. We talk with one of the pioneers of the field to find out what’s behind the choices we make, and how we can use this knowledge for good.
Prince George’s County is one of the most complex counties in the entire country — which makes the business of law enforcement there particularly tricky. The county’s murder rate has fallen recently, but it was only in 2005 that the county was averaging a homicide every other day. We talk with Roberto Hylton, the county’s police chief, about what’s behind recent progress on violent crime in Prince George’s, and the challenges that lie ahead.
- Roberto Hylton Chief of Police, Prince George's County (Md.)
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