[Flash Forward] CRIME: CSI++


04/09/2019 by Rose Eveleth

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Today’s episode is about the future of forensics: what happens when just a few skin cells can make you suspect number one?
Guests: Raychelle Burks — professor of chemistry at St. Edward’s University Kelley Kulick — deputy public defender at the Santa Clara Public Defender’s Office Mitra Sharafi — professor of law at University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School Mary Graw Leary — professor of law at The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law
Actors: Evan Johnson as Mr. Morton Brent Rose as Dr. Karpou Helen Rosner as Dr. Duncan Dougal Tamara Krinsky as Dr. Susan Simmons → → → Further reading on today’s episode can be found here ← ← ←

Flash Forward is produced by me, Rose Eveleth.

The intro music is by Asura and the outtro music is by Hussalonia. The episode art is by Matt Lubchansky.

Special thanks to Veronica Simonetti and Erin Laetz at the Women’s Audio Mission, where all the intro scenes were recorded this season. Special thanks also to Evan Johnson who played Mr. Morton and also coordinated the actors of the Junior Acting Troupe who play the students in the intros this season.

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Listen date: early November 2019


  • I kept thinking of Amba and her criminal law career while listening to this; and of the Reason magazine blog’s beat on wrongful convictions.
  • Anand would probably love the Nadar-Naicker story mentioned in the bonus episode.
  • Marshall Project! The wrongful convictions in the USA NGO is the Marshall project. The massive conversions program is the Joshua Project and the anti-gay-bullying one is the Trevor Project. Man, Americans need some creativity in naming their NGOs.
  • I realised that the mini seasons have struggled to explore secondary themes beyond the titles. 4 out of 5 Earth episodes were about climate change, almost all the Bodies episodes kept circling around mind-body dualism; and in this mini season, the main lens the episodes look at the topics through is privacy. Nothing wrong with that, but I do find myself wishing for more.

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