May 6, 2019

In 2007, Ecuador decided to recognize some of its street gangs as cultural and social organizations. Since then its murder rate has fallen sharply. Can inclusion policies turn gang membership into a force for good? Click here to listen.

Featuring expert witness Sam Anderson.


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June 6, 2019 by Sam Anderson


Jan 7, 2019 by Sam Anderson

As marijuana legalization inches forward in New Jersey, a coalition of mayors, law enforcement, and town councils are working to ensure that dispensaries never open up shop in their towns. Read more…


Jan 12, 2018

The Latin Kings have often been called one of the most violent street gangs in America. But what many people don’t know is that for a period of time in the late 1990’s, one man transformed this gang into something else: a non-violent street organization. That man was Antonio Fernandez.


January 19, 2017

What makes a person a hunter? Sam Anderson lives in New York City, and for most of his life, it never occurred to him to go hunting. But last year, at his father's request, he decided to give it a try.  Sam had no idea whether he'd actually be able to bring himself to pull the trigger. And he wondered: if he did manage to take the life of an animal, what would that say about him? How would it change him. On this episode, he shares his story.


This World of Humans is a science podcast focusing on life and social science. Each episode features a new finding with relevance to our shared human experience and explores that discovery with the principal scientist behind it, illuminating and probing the actual process of research and how science works in practice. Hosted by Nathan Lents and produced by Sam Anderson.