Using game theory to study torture with John Schiemann, and explaining jokes.

Is Torture Ever Worthwhile?

Is Torture Ever Worthwhile?

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
March 7 2016 6:52 PM

Is Torture Ever Worthwhile?

Without data about the efficacy of torture during an interrogation, our guest applied game theory to the range of possibilities.

The entrance to Camp 1 in Guantanamo Bay’s Camp Delta.

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Listen to Episode 449 of Slate’s The Gist:


On The Gist, can we use game theory to make the case for or against the use of torture during an investigation? We explore various models compiled in Does Torture Work?  with our guest John Schiemann from Fairleigh Dickinson University. For the Spiel, how the New York Times explains humor.

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.