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The Interrupters

Friday, July 29, 2011

Producer-director Steve James and author-turned-producer Alex Kotlowitz talk about their creative partnership and the documentary “The Interrupters,” inspired by Kotlowitz’s New York Times Magazine article. The film focuses on former gang members who disrupt violent situations as they happen. “The Interrupters” opens at the IFC Center on July 29.

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The Pot Republic

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Michael Montgomery talks about “The Pot Republic,” the Frontline and Center for Investigative Reporting investigation of the country’s oldest, largest and most wide-open marijuana market in California. The bulk of the marijuana consumed in the United States used to come across the border from Mexico, Canada and elsewhere, but now more than half of it is believed to be grown in California, where an enormous black market has emerged under the cover of the state’s medical marijuana law. Several California counties are attempting to openly regulate pot production. Frontline’s “The Pot Republic” airs July 26, at 9pm ET on PBS.

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A Cultural History of Shoplifting

Monday, July 25, 2011

Rachel Shteir talks about the history of shoplifting, an ancient and largely misunderstood crime. The Steal: A Cultural History of Shoplifting discusses the real-life costs for retailers and consumers—shoplifting cost American retailers $11.7 billion in 2009.

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Alphaville

Monday, July 18, 2011

Retired NYPD detective sergeant Michael Codella and Bruce Bennett describe how the heroin trade threatened the lower-Manhattan neighborhood known as Alphabet City in the 1980s. In their book Alphaville: 1988, Crime, Punishment, and the Battle for New York City's Lower East Side, Codella describes growing up in Brooklyn's Canarsie neighborhood, where old-time mob capos and cops lived side-by-side, and he gives a historical snapshot of the Lower East Side—once one of Gotham's most dangerous neighborhoods—and the men who brought order to its mayhem.

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Friendship, Murder, and the Search for Truth in the Arab World

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Joseph Braude discusses his time embedded with a hardened unit of detectives in Casablanca who handle everything from busting al-Qaeda cells to solving homicides. The Honored Dead: A Story of Friendship, Murder, and the Search for Truth in the Arab World tells the story of a seemingly commonplace murder of a young guard at a warehouse. Braude’s pursuit of the truth behind the murder takes him from cosmopolitan Marrakesh to the Berber heartland, from the homes of the wealthiest and most powerful people in the country to the backstreets of Casablanca.

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Bringing Adam Home: The Abduction that Changed America

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Les Standiford and Detective Joe Matthews describe the 1981 abduction and murder of six-year-old Adam Walsh—unsolved for over 25 years—and how it changed America. Before Adam Walsh there were no faces on milk cartons, no Amber Alerts, no National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, no federal databases of crimes against children, and no pedophile registry. Bringing Adam Home: The Abduction that Changed America reveals how this crime captured public attention and how its aftermath altered America and our ideas about childhood.

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Whitey Bulger’s Arrest

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Michael Patrick MacDonald talks about legendary Boston gangster Whitey Bulger and the repercussions of his recent capture. MacDonald is the author of All Souls: A Family story from Southie, about growing up in the tough neighborhood of Boston. He talks about why he thinks the FBI was paying Bulger as an informant although they knew he was the neighborhood kingpin.

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Bringing Down the Cali Cartel

Friday, June 24, 2011

Investigative reporter William C. Rempel tells the story of former Cali cartel insider Jorge Salcedo, an ordinary man forced to risk everything to escape the powerful and treacherous Cali crime syndicate. Rempel’s book At the Devil's Table: The Untold Story of the Insider Who Brought Down the Cali Cartel tells how Jorge Salcedo, a part-time soldier, engineer, respected businessman, and family man, joined the Cali cartel and became the head of security for its principal godfather. After receiving an order that he can’t obey—but can’t refuse—Jorge realizes that his only way out is to bring down the biggest, richest crime syndicate of all time.

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The Search for the Anthrax Killer

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist David Willman tells the gripping story of the hunt for the anthrax killer who terrorized the country in the days that followed the 9/11 attacks. The Mirage Man: Bruce Ivins, the Anthrax Attacks, and America's Rush to War reveals how a seemingly harmless, if eccentric, scientist hid a secret life from his closest associates and family, and how the trail of evidence led to him. Willman also exposes the faulty investigation that led to the public smearing of the wrong man, Steven Hatfill, a scientist whose life was upended by the false allegations against him.

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The Central Park Five

Monday, May 23, 2011

Sarah Burns gives an in-depth account of one of New York City’s most notorious crimes—the brutal assault on a woman who became known as the Central Park jogger, which took place April 1989. The Central Park Five: A Chronicle of a City Wilding intertwines the stories of the five black and Latino teenagers who were arrested and confessed to the crime, despite the fact that they quickly recanted and that no DNA tests or eyewitness accounts existed, with the stories of the police officers, the district attorneys, the victim, and Matias Reyes—the man actually guilty of the attack.

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The Jersey Sting

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Investigative reporters Ted Sherman and Josh Margolin give an inside account of a federal sting operation that moves from the streets of Brooklyn to the diners of Jersey City, and all the way to Israel. Their book The Jersey Sting: A True Story of Crooked Pols, Money-Laundering Rabbis, Black Market Kidneys, and the Informant Who Brought It All Down details the bizarre crime: Among the 44 people arrested in July 2009 were three mayors, five Orthodox rabbis, two state legislators, and the deputy mayor of Jersey City. At the center of the story was Solomon Dwek, who perpetrated a $50 million Ponzi scheme before copping a plea and wearing a wire as a secret FBI undercover informant.

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Features

Lichtenstein and Torres García Paintings Head Back to Brazil

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Somehow, illegally traded art often finds its way to the Big Apple. But this week, the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York began to move some smuggled art works out of New York City.

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Staten Island Hate Crime Victim Speaks Out

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

In Staten Island, police have made one arrest and are expected to make another shortly for last weekend's assault on an 18-year-old high schooler who was heading home from his job busing tables early last Saturday morning.

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Staten Island Hate Crime Victim Speaks Out

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

In Staten Island, police have made one arrest and are expected to make another shortly for last weekend's assault on an 18-year-old high schooler who was heading home from his job busing tables early last Saturday morning.

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Paterson Changes the NYPD's Stop-and-Frisk Policy

Friday, July 16, 2010

Gov. David Paterson signed a bill that changes New York City's "Stop-and-Frisk" policy on Friday. The new law does not put an end to the stop-and-frisk practice, but it does prevent the New York City Police Department from keeping data about people who have not committed any crime.

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Paterson Changes Stop-and-Frisk Policy

Friday, July 16, 2010

New York Gov. David Paterson signed a bill that changes New York City's "Stop-and-Frisk" policy on Friday. The new law does not put an end to the stop-and-frisk practice, but it does prevent the New York City Police Department from keeping data about people who have not committed any crime.

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More than 30 Arrested in Identity Theft Ring

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

More than 30 people have been arrested for stealing millions of dollars through an identity theft scheme that stretched from Staten Island to Fort Hood, Texas.

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Blood Secrets

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Blood-spatter analyst Rod Englert talks about his methods of finding evidence at crime scenes. In Blood Secrets: Chronicles of a Crime Scene Reconstructionist, he tells the case histories of famous bloody murders and explains how criminal investigation works.

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Jamaica Death Count Rises to 73

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Parts of Jamaica's capital are under a state of emergency, as police continue their search for Christopher "Dudus" Coke.

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Paintings Worth More Than $112 Million Stolen

Thursday, May 20, 2010

A Picasso was among the works stolen from the Paris Museum of Modern Art.

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