Police Use Of Force, The Geometry Of Everyday Life

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A police car sits outside Green Bay East High School Friday, Sept. 15, 2006, in Green Bay, Wis. Morry Gash/AP Photo

Geometry may not seem like the most exciting subject, but it can help us understand everything from trees to democracy. A math professor joins us to talk about the geometry of the world around us. We also talk with a researcher about what rules govern the use of force by police.

Featured in this Show

  • What Determines The Use Of Force By Police?

    Many police departments don’t have published rules on when officers are permitted to use deadly force. However, our guest says police training instills unwritten rules in officers, and the public should know more about what they’re taught. He joins us to talk about his research.

  • The Geometry Of The World Around Us

    Math may seem as though it only exists in an abstract part of our lives, but a new book shines a light on the geometry of everything around us. University of Wisconsin-Madison math professor Jordan Ellenberg joins us to talk about his latest book Shape: The Hidden Geometry of Information, Biology, Strategy, Democracy, and Everything Else.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Tyler Ditter Technical Director
  • Dean Knetter Producer
  • J. Carlisle Larsen Producer
  • Ion Meyn Guest
  • Jordan Ellenberg Guest

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