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The Pros and Cons of the Snitch Society

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The Pros and Cons of the Snitch Society

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The Pros and Cons of the Snitch Society

The Pros and Cons of the Snitch Society

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In Iowa, anonymous tipsters can call a toll-free number to report fellow drivers for littering. In New York, passersby are asked to report on naughty nannies. Do these schemes encourage an unhealthy culture of snitching, or are they useful tools in making people more responsible?

Guests:

Jill Starishevsky, launched HowsMyNanny.com in October; former New York City prosecutor

Lior Strahilevitz, assistant professor of law at the University of Chicago Law School

Alexandra Natapoff, associate professor of law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles

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