Jan 24, 2018

Freelance reporter and former WNYC producer Sam Anderson talks about his recent reporting for Latino USA, “The Rise and Fall of a Latin King.” The half hour piece looks at the history of the Latin Kings and its transformation from a street gang to a social organization. Antonio Fernandez, who came to be known as King Tone, rose up through the ranks of the gang and wanted to radically change the Latin Kings from within. Sam Anderson looks at the challenges Fernandez faced in enacting this vision and how the police, FBI, and Fernandez’s own actions ultimately got in the way of its realization.

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.


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.

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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. January 19, 2017.

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The city of Rutland, Vermont plans to accept 100 Syrian and Iraqi refugees later this month. But the issue has sharply divided the residents of this small city, which is struggling with America's opioid epidemic and the crime that has come with it. Jan 9, 2017

The Takeaway came to you live Monday through Thursday this week from the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia! July 28, 2016

The Takeaway is coming to you LIVE Monday through Thursday this week from the Republican National Convention in Cleveland! July 21, 2016

WNYC urban affairs reporter Cindy Rodriguez, the Data News Team's Jenny Ye, and freelance investigative reporter Lisa Riordan-Seville take an in-depth look at the most popular and successful low-income housing program in the country - Section 8 - and discover how it’s working and how it’s not in New York City. May 16, 2016

Rebecca Solnit, author and contributing editor at Harper's magazine, talks about her new article, "The Habits of Highly Cynical People," and how naïve cynicism among Americans has led to complacency in lieu of activism. May 2, 2016

A public poll in the UK didn't go as planned. The British government has pushed back against the internet's choice to name an expensive research vessel "Boaty McBoatface."  Uri Friedman, staff writer for The Atlantic covering global affairs, says this is representative of a fairly common dynamic in which the people express their opinions, but the government ultimately interprets the public good. April 27, 2016

Following the decision not to indict two Cleveland police officers involved in the death of Tamir Rice, New York Times reporter Shaila Dewan examines the legal obstacles to officer conviction and how law enforcement is addressing police shootings. January 4, 2016

Did you bring your kids to see “Star Wars: The Force Awakens"? Will they carry it with them for the rest of their lives like you did? Kevin Maher, Emmy-nominated comedy writer and host of Kevin Geeks Out, joins listeners to reflect on the role of Star Wars in our lives then and now. December 28, 2015

Borrowing a page from satirist Ambrose Bierce's classic, Jason Zweig, personal finance columnist for The Wall Street Journal and the author of The Devil's Financial Dictionary, uses humor to break down Wall Street mumbo jumbo into usable information for investors. Nov 30, 2015

Slate has a new "Dear Prudence" columnist: Mallory Ortberg, co-founder of the website The Toast. She talks about her new role and gives listeners advice on everything from stressful Thanksgiving situations to general life woes. Nov 25, 2015

The filmmaker, writer and journalist Sebastian Junger explores the reasons that despite fewer soldiers seeing combat, PTSD rates are on the rise. May 29, 2015

Fifty years ago in San Francisco, the Grateful Dead was formed. Bill Kreutzmann, a founding member of the Grateful Dead and the co-author (with manager Benjy Eisen) of Deal: My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams, and Drugs with the Grateful Dead, looks back and shares stories of the band. May 7, 2015

Eugene Rumer and Rajan Menon, co-authors of Conflict in Ukraine: The Unwinding of the Post--Cold War Order, offer historical context on the Russian/Ukraine conflict and talk about what's at stake for both countries and the West. April 16, 2015

Peter Singer, professor of bioethics at Princeton University and author of The Most Good You Can Do: How Effective Altruism Is Changing Ideas About Living Ethically, argues for "effective altruism" where donors give only where their time and money do the most good for the most people. April 14, 2015

David Graeber, an American anthropologist at London School of Economics and author ofDebt and The Utopia of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity, and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy, shares how bureaucracies got that way. April 7, 2015

Zoe Cormier, a journalist and the author of Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'n' Roll: The Science of Hedonism and the Hedonism of Science, explains how we evolved as pleasure-seekers. May 24, 2015

Stuart Eve, a partner at L - P: Archaeology (a UK-based commercial archaeology firm) and an honorary research associate at University College London, explains his augmented-reality device which takes you into the past by surrounding you in its senses. May 16, 2015