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Feb. 27, 2009

Evaluating Forensic Science

This month, the National Academy of Sciences published a report that found 'serious deficiencies' in the nation's forensic science system.

forensics, crime lab, police, csi

Sep. 24, 2010

Forensic Art

How can forensic anthropologists and artists build a sculpture of a person's head based on just the skull? We'll talk about the science behind forensic art.

art, forensics, composite sketch, crime scene, witness, police

Apr. 02, 2010

Deborah Blum and The Poisoner's Handbook

Before CSI or Law and Order, how did chemical crimes come to light? Ira talks with author Deborah Blum about her new book about the dawn of medical forensics.

poison, blum, forensics, crime, history

May. 01, 2009

Wildlife CSI

Ira talks with the author of a new book about animal forensic investigators, and with experts in wildlife crime investigation from the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

forensics, wildlife, poaching, smuggling

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Michael Pollan Talks Plants and Food

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Tar Noir: Paleoforensics at the La Brea Tar Pits

\tThe La Brea Tar Pits are  world-renowned fossil sites for good reason—they're the mass graves of thousands of Ice Age creatures, each with a story to tell. Researchers at the nearby Page Museum clean the asphalt from the fossil remains, and using paleoforensics, recount the grim details of their deaths. In the process, clues emerge about what life was like in prehistoric Los Angeles.

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