Zeroing In on Why Violent Crime is Spiking

Part of the Zeroing In Series
Violent crime has been declining in the US, but it's on the rise again in some cities. Why?
Violent crime has been declining in the US, but it's on the rise again in some cities. Why?

Violent crime is spiking in major U.S. cities after several decades of significant decline. What's behind that spike? Heather Mac Donald and Philip Cook debate that question on this episode of Zeroing In, with host Aaron Chatterji.

Philip Cook is a professor at Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy. Journalist and commentator Heather Mac Donald is the author of "The War on Cops." Aaron Chatterji is an associate professor in Duke's Fuqua School of Business and Sanford School of Public Policy.

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