We’ve all seen how our fiction portrays cybercrime, but what does it really look like? Jonathan Lusthaus, the director of the Human Cybercriminal Project at the University of Oxford, joins the show to talk about the real crimes committed online and what, if anything, we can do to protect ourselves.
Johnathan Lusthaus, Director of Human Cybercriminal Project and author, Industry of Anonymity: Inside the Business of Cybercrime
We know about the planets within the Milky Way Galaxy, but what about planets outside of our neighborhood? We talk to Dr. Donald Goldsmith about “exoplanets” and where science stands on the issue of life thriving somewhere else in the universe.
Dr. Donald Goldsmith, author of Exoplanets: Hidden Worlds and the Quest for Extraterrestrial Life
The recent shooting in Parkland, Florida has ignited a public debate over gun reform, but what are the real facts about gun violence in America? And, who is actually researching the phenomenon?
Adam Pah, Clinical Assistant Professor at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and gun violence researcher, has attempted to cut through the rhetoric and organize the essential data points, which he says should be used in policy decision-making. Pah explains the Federal Government not only does not but also cannot fund research on gun violence, due to the 1996 Dickey Amendment. The Amendment, which bars the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from funding any research on gun violence, lobbied for by the National Rifle Association (NRA) and, ultimately, passed by Congress. Due to these restrictions, Pah began researching gun violence independently, assisted by a research team at Northwestern University. What he found was the statistics on school shootings were scarce and had no consistent standard of what constituted an incident. Pah and his team decided the definition of school shooting should entail there was actual danger present to the people on a school campus, not just the discharge of a weapon, which was the standard for most of the previous research, or violence on the way to or from a school campus.
Pah and his team ultimately concluded there was a strong correlation between the shootings and indicators of economic security, such as unemployment and consumer confidence. He argues these indicators can and should be used to predict rises in mass shootings. Further research is desperately needed. Mainly, research into what types of intervention can be used once the violence is predicted. Without Federal funding, independent researchers like Pah are all that we have to uncover the facts associated with the devastating reality of gun violence in America.
Adam Pah, Clinical assistant professor at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University
Since the shooting in Parkland, Florida, gun reform debates have been happening all across the country, but researcher Adam Pah says one thing missing from the debate are the essential data points that he says can and should be informing future policy decisions.
Spring 2018’s Biggest Books
Springtime is almost here, and with it come an onslaught on books. We talk to three authors about some of the biggest books of the year.
Culture Crash: Adapting a Book into a Movie: Annihilation
The new sci-fi adventure movie, Annihilation, is based on a book but the adaptation is looser than what we typically expect. How director Alex Garland created something new.
When we think of scientists, most of us think of college graduates working in laboratories on very important projects for the government or large corporations. Not many of us think of the retired bricklayer next door who likes to garden, or the 10-year-old girl who is fascinated by birds. We talk to two “citizen scientist” advocates about the importance of having average citizens be the eyes and ears of large research projects, and how anyone can find a science project they can help advance in the world.