555: The Incredible Rarity of Changing Your Mind

555: The Incredible Rarity of Changing Your Mind

Apr 24, 2015
It’s rare for people to change what they believe, and if they do it, it’s usually a long process. This week, stories of those very infrequent instances where people’s opinions flip on fundamental things that they believe. Why does it happen in these particular and unusual circumstances? We explain. NOTE: One of the authors of a study covered in this episode has asked that the study be retracted.
NOTE: One of the authors of the study about people changing their minds about gay marriage - covered in the Prologue and Act One of this episode - has asked the journal Science to retract the study because of apparently falsified data. Our story was based on the facts that were available at the time. Now the facts have changed. Ira writes about the retraction at length on our blog.
  • Reporter Joe Richman visits a program in Richmond, CA that is trying a controversial method of reducing gun violence in their city: paying criminals to not commit crimes. Sounds crazy, but the even crazier part is…it works. To figure out how, Joe speaks to guys participating in the program, and to Sam Vaugn, a man whose job it is to monitor the criminals' progress and keep them on track. Joe runs the Radio Diaries podcast, where this week you can hear a companion story. (19 minutes)

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