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Bugs, Bones, and Botany [electronic resource]: The Science of Crime

In an empty warehouse, a dispute between two shady characters leads to murder. The only witnesses: a half-dozen houseflies, a few blades of grass tracked in from outside, and a nearly invisible coating of dust. With the expertise of Dr. Jennifer Gardy, a molecular epidemiologist at British Columbia's Centre for Disease Control, this program sifts through the science, sleuthing, and strangeness that make up the world of forensic investigation. Dr. Gardy shows how the latest technologies can partner with nature's own detection devices to help law enforcement track down the truth. But the film also emphasizes another secret of crime solving that must be implemented alongside high-tech laboratory work: careful, patient observation.

Painting Forensics [electronic resource]

After a private collector noticed a mysterious face appearing in the middle of a classic Australian painting, art restorers realized it was going to take all the tools of modern science to figure out what to do about it. Follow art historians and restoration specialists in this video clip as they work out what to do with the ghostly plumed lady hidden by layers of paint before it's again fit for public exhibition. Did the artist, Charles Conder, paint over an old canvas? Did he change his mind half way through painting this impressionist landscape? Or, did an art restorer conceal the figure for nefarious reasons?

Drug Forensics [electronic resource]

Tons of illicit drugs are seized on Australian shores annually. In this video clip, see how the Australian Measurement Institute and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration are working with the Australian Federal Police to implement a newly developed plan to determine where cocaine and heroin are coming from by tracing their chemical fingerprints. Hear how scientists can now analyze a number of chemical signatures and find out in what country a particular type of cocaine originated and on what valley in South America it was actually grown.

The Real CSI

An episode of "Frontline," examining the tools and techniques used in forensic science to solve criminal cases, discussing inconsistencies and how forensic evidence is presented in the court room, and describing such specific cases as the murder trial of Casey Anthony, the FBI's investigation into the Madrid terrorist bombing, and capital cases in rural Mississippi.
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Big Noise Dispatches No. 7

Dispatches No. 7 reports on the Middle East, increased military recruitment of Latinos, and the FBI's abuse of power.
2017; 2011

How DNA Changed the World of Forensics

Before DNA testing, prosecutors relied on less-sophisticated forensic techniques, including microscopic hair analysis, to put criminals behind bars. But how reliable was hair analysis?
2017; 2014

Flawed Forensics

The fates of two men are still entangled in the FBI's faulty hair analysis from 20 years ago. Both men were found guilty of multiple murders and now one is on the outside, recently released and waiting for a retrial, while the other, after coming within hours of actual execution, is hoping that long-awaited DNA testing will finally prove his innocence. The uncovering of faulty forensic analysis by the FBI 20 years ago means that two men have a second chance at proving their innocence.
2017; 2015

Stacey Dooley Investigates: Canada's Lost Girls

This emotional, hard-hitting film takes Stacey Dooley to a remote part of Canada to investigate why the regular disappearance or murder of hundreds of young women from indigenous communities has largely been ignored. She discovers that in the last 30 years, an estimated 4,000 women from these First Nation communities have gone missing or been killed. And the vast majority were aged under 30. Why were so many of their killers never brought to justice—and why have incidents like the brutal murders of two 15-year-old girls failed to make the headlines? Stacey uncovers a tale of shocking racism and sexism by police, as well as prejudice from government services.

What It's Like to Go Through a Police Interrogation

In this video, former FBI agent and ABC News consultant Brad Garrettundergoes the various tactics police use when interviewing suspects.
2018; 2017

The Search for Alfred the Great [electronic resource]

Inside the churchyard of St. Bartholomew's in Winchester there is a mysterious unmarked grave, a grave that has long been thought to contain the remains of King Alfred and his family. Now a team of archaeologists are exhuming these bones and, using the latest scientific techniques and DNA sampling, combined with an informed history of the site, seek to find out if this really is the last resting place of King Alfred the Great. Just who was this King? What did he look like? How did he live? And how did he die? This remarkable film uncovers the story of one of England's greatest kings through the investigation of his 1000 year old remains and so pieces together, in more detail than ever before, the story of the extraordinary world in which he lived.
2015; 2014

Soaked in Bleach

The events behind Kurt Cobain's death as seen through the eyes of Tom Grant, the private investigator hired by Courtney Love to track down her missing husband only days before his deceased body was found. The film develops as a narrative mystery with cinematic re-creations, interviews with key experts and witnesses, and the examination of official artifacts from the 1994 case.
2019; 2015

Wired Philly

In the City of Brotherly Love, Lisa Ling embeds with the Philadelphia Police Department to explore how new technology is changing what it means to be a 21st century cop in America.
2019; 2016