Jun 27, 2008
Governments are always looking for ways to change behavior—stopping people from driving drunk, or encouraging them to recycle. This week, we have stories of social engineering on a smaller scale.
In one story, a man convinces his friend to try something new, turn his back on a good paying salary and an apartment...and become homeless.
- Tim White used to be a gang leader in Chicago, but now he's a "violence interrupter" for a program called CeaseFire. Host Ira Glass talks to Tim about his work, and why he thinks it can keep young gang members from killing each other. We learned about Tim from TAL contributor Alex Kotlowitz, who wrote about CeaseFire for The New York Times Magazine. (8 minutes)
Daniel Canada and Gregory Deloatch at their favorite NYC hangout, Smith's Restaurant & Bar.