9.9.14: Predictive Policing Becomes Scientific Reality & The N.H. Origins of 'TMNT'

Sep 9, 2014

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Minority Report is a science fiction story that was made into a film, which envisions a time when criminals are apprehended before they can do harm. On today’s show we’ll hear about American cities using predictive policing – mining data and social media to calculate where criminals will strike. Also today, what started as a sketch made in Dover, New Hampshire is now a multi-million dollar comic empire and has spawned another blockbuster movie: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

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Predictive Policing Is Becoming Scientific Reality

  • Henrick Karoliszyn, in an article for Aeon, reported on predictive policing tactics in various stages of development across the US. "Precognitive Police"

TMNT's New Hampshire Roots

  • The co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Kevin Eastman, now lives in California, but drew the very first ninja turtle in the Dover, New Hampshire home of his collaborator, Peter Laird.
  • You can read more about the New Hampshire origins of TMNT, right here.

Space Noise

  • Reporter Todd Bookman brings us this story of deep space’s newest noisemaker, fast radio bursts, and what astronomers could learn from the signals.

Selling the New Dungeons & Dragons

  • David Ewalt writes about games for Forbes and is the author of the book: “Of Dice And Men: The Story Of Dungeons And Dragons And The People Who Play It.” We spoke to him about the 40th Anniversary of Dungeons and Dragons and the release of the 5th edition of the game. His article from Forbes can be found here.
  • We also spoke to David last year when his book first came out. You can hear that interview at this link.
  • The celebration continues with a 40th Anniversary audio book of the Legend of Drizzt. A few unusual celebrities signed on to narrate. You can download the audio book for free at audible.com until September 20th.
  • Oh Freaks and Geeks, how we miss you!