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Why Can’t Anyone Agree On The Crime Rate?

Shirin Ghaffary looks into why the crime rate in America can be such a confusing, and often misleading, topic to read and write about.

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ABOVE THE NOISE is a show that cuts through the hype and takes a deeper look at the science behind controversial and trending topics in the news. Hosted by Myles Bess and Shirin Ghaffary.


The news media is chock-full of contradictory stories about crime in the United States. Are murders on the rise, or at remarkable lows? A skim of the headlines might not give you a clear answer. So why is there room for disagreement about what should be a very basic statistic?

The answer isn’t really about the data itself, but how we slice and dice that data. It’s about how we determine trends, what we’re comparing, and sometimes, what answer we want to find.

In this video, Shirin figures out how to get beyond the headlines and understand what’s really happening to the crime rate in America. And she looks at why all this data wrangling has given the American public some serious misunderstandings about crime.



How politicians claim opposite things about crime:

Dueling Claims on Crime Trend

What most Americans *think* about the crime rate:

Why just reading about something makes you believe it:

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