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.
Guest Host: Tom Sherwood
It’s deja vu all over again. Virginia’s top lawyer wades into divisive national politics, by launching a probe into climate change research. Another high-profile murder brings the spotlight back onto juvenile justice agencies in D.C. And Maryland’s gubernatorial rematch returns to the nasty tenor of the 2006 race.
- Tom Sherwood Resident Analyst; NBC 4 reporter; and Columnist for the Current Newspapers
- Tommy Wells Member, D.C. Council (D-Ward 6); Chairman, Committee on Human Services
- Ken Cuccinelli Attorney General, Commonwealth of Virginia (R)
- Paul West Reporter, The Baltimore Sun
Politics Hour Extra
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) discusses possible legislative responses to the recent murder of University of Virginia student Yeardley Love. Cuccinelli discusses information-sharing to keep track of students with criminal records or histories of mental illness:
Cuccinelli explains his office’s recent probe of former University of Virginia professor Michael Mann, a prominent climate scientist. Cuccinelli says his office is investigating whether state funds were misused; critics are calling it an attack on academic freedom.
D.C. Councilman Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) discusses the recent spotlight on District’s juvenile justice system. Three teenagers charged in the murder of a city school principal, Brian Betts, were under the supervision of the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS). Wells states that going forward the city will have a “zero tolerance” policy for youths who abscond from DYRS:
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