Season 11, Episode 5

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The U.S. is an outlier when it comes to policing, as evidenced by more than 1,000 fatal shootings by police each year. But we’re an outlier in other ways too: a heavily-armed populace, a fragile mental-health system, and the fact that we spend so much time in our cars. Add in a history of racism and it’s no surprise that barely half of all Americans have a lot of confidence in the police. So what if we start to think about policing as … philanthropy?

And: It’s a cardinal rule — more expensive items are supposed to be qualitatively better than their cheaper versions. But is that true for wine?

To find out more, check out the podcasts from which this hour was drawn: “What Are the Police for, Anyway?” and “Do More Expensive Wines Taste Better?