Detective Work

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

We'll discuss the background of the BP oil spill. Then Pamela Meyer describes proven techniques to detect deception and lies. Mike Capuzzo and detective William Fleisher talk about the heirs of Sherlock Holmes, and their efforts to solve the world’s most perplexing cold cases. Rosanne Cash looks back on her life and development as an artist.

Background of the BP Oil Spill

Kieran Suckling, executive director of the Center for Biological Diversity, and Tad Patzek, Professor and Chair of the Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering at the University of Texas Austin, discuss the technical background of the BP oil spill: what lead to the blowout, and how that well compares to the many others in the Gulf of Mexico. We’ll also look at ways the accident could have been avoided and possibilities why the blow out has been so hard to stop.

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Friends, family members, work colleagues, and salespeople lie to us all the time. Pamela Meyer reveals how to recognize lies by using techniques used in the intelligence community and police, and new research. Her book Liespotting: Proven Techniques to Detect Deception, explains facial recognition and interrogation training, and discusses research in the field to help business leaders, and others, detect deception.

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The Murder Room

Bestselling author Mike Capuzzo and detective Willian Fleisher discuss the Vidocq Society—founded by three of the greatest detectives in the world: William Fleisher, Frank Bender, and Richard Walter, in order to bring together forensic investigators to solve cold cases. Capuzzo describes how the group was created and how they work in The Murder Room: The Heirs of Sherlock Holmes Gather to Solve the World’s Most Perplexing Cold Cases.

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Rosanne Cash: Composed

Rosanne Cash talks about growing up as the child of country legend Johnny Cash, and of her relationships with her mother and her famous stepmother: June Carter Cash. Her memoir Composed is her account of her artistic development, recording her first album, and working her way to success. She talks about her marriages, the country music establishment, taking a new direction in her music, leaving Nashville to move to New York, and her process of songwriting.

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Tony Judt

Tony Judt died recently at the age of 62. He could be described as a historian and an intellectual – and he took these titles very seriously. He told an interviewer recently that he thought “intellectuals have a primary duty to dissent not from the conventional wisdom of the age (though that too) but, and above all, from the consensus of their own community."


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