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Anybody who's watched crime dramas knows that crime statistics can be deceiving — and politicized. The LAPD's "Compstat" system may not be as good as advertised. The latest numbers show an increase in violent crime last year. Is that because crimes in previous years were under-reported — by mistake or on purpose?

Also, the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show has a new focus this year: self- driving cars.  We talk to a man who let an automatic chauffer take him to Vegas from Silicon Valley.

Photo: Yumi Kimura

Producers:
Evan George
Gideon Brower

Violent Crime Is Rising in Los Angeles — at Least on Paper 15 MIN, 55 SEC

In Los Angeles, for the first time in 12 years, violent crime increased in 2014.  Aggravated assaults were up 24%. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck says better record keeping could be part of the reason. The Department uses the Compstat system introduced by former Chief Bill Bratton — and the LA Times recently discovered that the number of serious violent crimes had been under-reported.  Is the city more dangerous…or is there a math problem?

Guests:
Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times (@joelrubin)
Eli Silverman, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
George Tita, UC Irvine

The Crime Numbers Game

Eli B. Silverman and John A. Eterno

Why This Year's CES Is All about Cars 10 MIN, 45 SEC

The Consumer Electronics Show is under way in Las Vegas—with 2.2 million square feet of exhibition space for the latest gadgets.


Audi A7 Sportback piloted driving concept arrives
at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas

Guests:
Dieter Bohn, TheVerge.com (@backlon)
Alex Davies, Wired magazine (@adavies47)

More:
Bohn on the Advanced Driver Assist System
Davies on riding in the self-driving car

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