The Perfect Crime

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Season 5, Episode 25

This week on Freakonomics Radio, what’s “the perfect crime?” It turns out that if you are driving your car and run over a pedestrian, there’s a good chance — especially if you live in New York — that you’ll barely be punished. Why?

Also, where have all the hitchhikers gone? Thumbing a ride used to be commonplace. Now you’re more likely to see it happen in the opening scene of a slasher movie. Maybe that explains it.

To learn more, check out the podcasts from which this hour was drawn: “The Perfect Crime” and “Where Have All the Hitchhikers Gone?

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