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Storycorps

StoryCorps 391: A Grave Responsibility

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Dr. Lori Baker, a forensic scientist, tells her husband, Dr. Erich Baker, about identifying bodies of immigrants who died while attempting to cross into the United States.

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The Takeaway

How DNA Forever Changed Forensic Science

Monday, May 19, 2014

Before developing DNA analysis, hair analysis played a key role in identifying and convicting crime suspects. But now exonerations are forcing the criminal justice system to confront the limitations of hair analysis from days past.

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Life of the Law

Forensics in Flames

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Over the past 20 years, there’s been a revolution in the science of arson investigations. Many of the clues that had been used for decades to determine that a fire was not accidental, especially the analysis of burn patterns on walls and floors,

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The Takeaway

FBI Review: Exaggerated Evidence in 27 Death Penalty Cases

Friday, July 19, 2013

The FBI and Department of Justice have flagged 27 death penalty convictions for federal review. The review was triggered last year by a Washington Post report and asserts that FBI hair examiners had used faulty forensics that may have led to convictions of potentially innocent people. Peter Neufeld, co-founder and director of Innocence, joins us to discuss the findings and the potential problems with forensic science.

The Department of Justice and the FBI are raising questions about forensic evidence used to get convictions.
Twenty-seven death penalty convictions have been flagged so far as part of a federal review. The review was triggered last year by a Washington Post report and asserts that FBI hair examiners had used faulty forensics that may have led to convictions of potentially innocent people. The review is ongoing and the full results will be published later this ye

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Schoolbook

Crown Heights Charter Team Heads to National DebateTournament

Monday, June 17, 2013

The debate team at the KIPP AMP charter school in Crown Heights only started four years ago, but it's heading to the national tournament in Alabama this week for middle school debate teams.

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WNYC News

Information Forensic Evidence Can Yield After 30 Years

Friday, April 20, 2012

It’s been more than 30 years since Etan Patz disappeared. While law enforcement official dig up a Soho basement in search of clues, Dr. Lawrence Kobilinsky, a forensic scientist at John Jay College Criminal Justice, discusses  the likelihood of finding remains at the site and how the FBI — if they find something — will determine whether it belongs to Etan.

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Radiolab

REBROADCAST: Detective Stories

Monday, July 11, 2011

We're celebrating summer with a classic episode of Radiolab--full of mystery, intrigue...and a goat standing on a cow. We haven't actually tried listening to it around a campfire, but we're betting it would totally work. See you in two weeks with a new short!

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Birth of Modern Forensics

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Douglas Starr, codirector of the Center for Science and Medical Journalism, recounts the birth of the field of modern forensics in his book: The Killer of Little Shepherds: A True Crime Story and the Birth of Modern Forensics. It gives an account of serial murderer Joseph Vacher, known as the killer of "little shepherds," and the desperate search by police in France to stop his terrifying killing spree.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Post Mortem: Death Investigation in America

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Frontline correspondent Lowell Bergman discusses "Post Mortem," a collaborative investigation by Frontline, ProPublica, and NPR that discovered a dysfunctional autopsy system with few standards and little oversight. Errors by coroners and forensic pathologists have allowed potentially guilty perpetrators to go free and the innocent to be accused of crimes they didn’t commit. "Post Mortem" airs February 1, on PBS at 9 pm.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Murder Room

Monday, November 01, 2010

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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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Murder Room

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

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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The Leonard Lopate Show

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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On Being

Mercedes Doretti — Laying the Dead to Rest [remix]

Thursday, April 15, 2010

With an Argentinean scientist, we explore the human landscape of forensic sciences and its emergence as a tool for human rights. Doretti has unearthed bones and stories of the dead and "the disappeared" in more than 30 countries, including victims of Arge

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On Being

[Unedited] Mercedes Doretti with Krista Tippett

Thursday, April 15, 2010

With an Argentinean scientist, we explore the human landscape of forensic sciences and its emergence as a tool for human rights. Doretti has unearthed bones and stories of the dead and "the disappeared" in more than 30 countries, including victims of Arge

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The Takeaway

Inside the Mind of Killer

Thursday, August 06, 2009

On Tuesday night, George Sodini executed a terrible plan. He opened fire at an aerobics class in Bridgeville, Pennsylvania, and shot 12 women, 3 fatally, before turning the gun on himself. This was not a spontaneous attack: he had mapped out his plan in painstaking detail in notes kept in an online diary. Those notes now provide a stark look at the mind of a killer. Dr. Michael Welner, a forensic psychiatrist and adjunct law professor at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, who studies killers, joins us with a look at the psychological profile of a mass murderer.

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The Takeaway

In Britain, a Fight Over DNA and Civil Rights

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Criminal justice systems in a number of countries are expanding advanced DNA databases to keep track not only of convicted criminals, but also of people only accused of crimes. But Britain announced today that it plans to scale back its national DNA database. This move follows a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights last year criticizing Britain’s practice of keeping on file the DNA anyone who’d been arrested, even if they weren’t charged with a crime. For more we turn to Naomi Grimley, the BBC's political affairs correspondent.

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Studio 360

Police Sketch

Saturday, February 28, 2004

Stephen Mancusi has been a police forensic artist for 20 years. Mancusi has to conjure up the face of the suspect, often from the memories of a crime victim who is uncertain in what he or she saw. Produced by Jonathan Mitchell.

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Studio 360

Sketch Artist

Saturday, June 07, 2003

Stephen Mancusi has been a police forensic artist for 19 years. Mancusi has to conjure up the face of the suspect, often from the memories of a crime victim who is uncertain in what he or she saw. Produced by Jonathan Mitchell.

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