What’s The Deal With Tear Gas? with Professor Anna Feigenbaum

What’s The Deal With Tear Gas? with Professor Anna Feigenbaum

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Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness

Wednesday, 17 November

You may have seen tear gas marketed as a “non-lethal” or “less lethal” weapon. The truth is more dangerous. This week, Professor Anna Feigenbaum breaks down what’s in tear gas, who manufactures it, and what its poisonous history reveals about profit motivation and modern policing.

Professor Anna Feigenbaum works at Bournemouth University in the South of England. She is the author of Tear Gas (Verso 2017). Her recent project The Data Storytelling Workbook (Routledge 2020) provides a guide to telling more effective, empathetic and evidence-based data stories.


You can follow Professor Feigenbaum on Twitter @drfigtree.


Want to learn more about tear gas? Here are some recommended resources:


Tear Gas: An Investigation — Amnesty International


RiotID (@RiotID on Twitter)


Welcome to Omega Research Foundation | Omega Research Foundation


Chemical Weapons Research Consortium




Physicians for Human Rights: Through evidence, change is possible.

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