The fictional forensic investigators in shows like CSI put old-time sleuths like Sherlock Holmes to shame. They can read a crime scene like it's a glossy magazine.
But Post Mortem, an investigation by NPR, PBS Frontline and ProPublica, has exposed how death investigation in America is nothing like what you see on TV. Many prosecutors complain that shows like CSI make their job harder, as jurors demand ultra-high-tech tests to convict suspects.
The pedigrees, track records and seeding would all seem to point to Pittsburgh. The Packers won two fewer regular season games than the Steelers. The Packers' six losses were to some mediocre teams, like the Redskins and the Lions, whereas the Steelers' four losses all came against playoff teams.
Plus, the Steelers were the second-seeded team in the AFC, while the Packers were the 6-seeded team in the NFC — which, by the way, was seen as the weaker conference all year.
Leaders of Egypt's ruling National Democratic Party resigned en masse Saturday, including President Hosni Mubarak's son, Gamal. Demonstrations in Tahrir Square continued, but the military's presence and control has grown. NPR's Eric Westervelt talks with guest host Linda Wertheimer about the latest news in Egypt.
Many underfunded and understaffed medical examiner and coroner offices have stopped doing autopsies in some categories of deaths. In some states suicides are not autopsied, in others people who die in car accidents, and many jurisdictions have stopped performing autopsies on people over the age of 60 unless it is an obvious violent death. In Oklahoma, for example, they lower the age limit to 40.
The Brooklyn band the Sway Machinery formed five years ago around a particular notion: Take traditional Jewish music and make it funky enough for a nightclub.
About a year ago, the Sway Machinery received an invitation to play for an audience its members probably never imagined at the Festival of the Desert in Timbuktu, Mali. That experience forever changed the worldview of bandleader Jeremiah Lockwood, and his new album, The House of Friendly Ghosts, Vol. I, reflects that change.
A few years ago, author Peggy Orenstein sent her daughter Daisy off to preschool — and within a week, she noticed a profound change.
"She came home having memorized, as if by osmosis, all the names and gown colors of the Disney princesses," Orenstein tells NPR's Linda Wertheimer. Suddenly, Orenstein began noticing princess references everywhere, surrounding her daughter.
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