Our latest Freakonomics broadcast episode is named “Making Sex Offenders Pay — and Pay and Pay and Pay.” (it is possible to sign up to the podcast at iTunes or somewhere else, obtain the rss, or pay attention through the news player above. You could see the transcript, including credits for the songs you’ll notice in the episode.)
The gist of the episode: Yes, intercourse crimes are horrific, and also the perpetrators deserve to be penalized harshly. But culture keeps exacting costs — out-of-pocket and otherwise — long after the jail phrase happens to be offered.
This episode had been influenced (as much of our most useful episodes are) by the e-mail from a podcast listener. Read more