Imaginary Worlds
Imaginary Worlds
Oct 14, 2020
Law & Order Superheroes
32 min

You know the scene. A pair of muggers are in an alleyway when a superhero leaps down and beats them to a pulp. It’s a classic scenario, but in a year when we’re reassessing the role of law enforcement in the real world, is it time to reimagine the role of super-cops in fantasy worlds? I talk with prosecutor Patrick O’Connor and police officer Henry Wong about how Batman or The Punisher could better reflect the times. Matthew Westfox, co-host of the podcast Superhero Ethics, discusses the moral quandaries of Daredevil. Peter Nowak, author of “The Rise of Real-Life Superheroes,” explains why costumed crime fighters are no longer just in fiction, and we hear from The Grim and Violet Valkyrie, who actually patrol the streets of San Diego as their superhero alter-egos.


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Flash Forward
Rose Eveleth
Home Sweet Home
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Select Works
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Science Diction
Science Friday and WNYC Studios
How Do You Name A Hurricane?
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Open World
Flash Forward Presents
I’ll Have You Know
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The Delta Flyers
The Delta Flyers
Threshold
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SciShow Tangents
Complexly
Vegetables
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