Criminal

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The Sailor’s Teeth

Episode #191

2022-06-24 13:20:39

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In 1982, forensic dentists examined the teeth of thousands of sailors stationed on an aircraft carrier called the USS Carl Vinson in Newport News, Virginia. It’s been called “the largest dental dragnet likely in U.S. history.” 
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Day In, Day Out

Episode #190

2022-06-10 13:03:27

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When Laura Coates decided to become a prosecutor in Washington, D.C., she was told that the job would be “human misery.” She says she remembers thinking, “If there's one person in the justice system who could do something about human misery, surely, it's the powerful prosecutor.” After four years, she quit.
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The Doctors

Episode #189

2022-05-27 13:40:50

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In 2018, we talked with three of America’s most experienced trauma surgeons about what happens when someone is shot.
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John & Trooper

Episode #188

2022-05-13 12:17:02

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For 10 years, Detective John Reilly and his horse Trooper were the only mounted team assigned to Central Park. They rode the same route every day. John says Trooper didn’t like change. “If you changed the route, he got mad.” And then in 2019, they both retired at the same time.
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427 Emails

Episode #187

2022-04-22 12:15:40

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There is a guard at Pontiac Correctional Center who some staff praise for being tough and having their backs. But other staff and people in the prison say she is known for abuse. The Department of Corrections and State Police obtained 427 of the guard’s emails, revealing the conversations she’d had with other staff when it seemed like no one was looking.
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The Magpie

Episode #186

2022-04-08 12:01:43

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When Shigeru Yabu was 9 years old, he and his family were incarcerated at Heart Mountain Internment Camp, along with thousands of other Japanese and Japanese American families. One day, Shigeru discovered a baby magpie that had fallen out of its nest. He named her Maggie. “That bird walked up my arm all the way to my shoulder, and we looked at each other, eye to eye.”
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The Princess

Episode #185

2022-03-25 12:01:48

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One night in 1817, a woman appeared in the village of Almondsbury, in England. No one could figure out who she was. But everyone wanted to solve the mystery.
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Ransom

Episode #184

2022-03-11 11:45:13

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Miles Hargrove was in his sophomore year of college when he got a phone call that his father had been kidnapped.

Breaking into the FBI

Episode #183

2022-02-25 12:56:40

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In 1971, a woman visited an F.B.I. office in Pennsylvania. She identified herself as a college student interested in learning about opportunities for women in the F.B.I. None of that was true. She was there “to see whether there were security alarms before we could decide if we could break in.”
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The Midnight Slider

Episode #182

2022-02-11 12:49:52

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In 2013, a small boat called The Midnight Slider was found floating empty in the waters off of Isle Madame in Nova Scotia. “Murder is not something that occurs in this neck of the woods very often,” says Jake Boudrot, editor of the The Reporter, “There’s always been a tradition of taking care of families, watching out, looking out for one another.” 
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Pappy, Another Round

Episode #181

2022-01-28 13:29:26

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When it comes to Kentucky bourbon, Pappy Van Winkle is among the most exclusive. You can’t get it unless you’re exceptionally lucky, exceptionally wealthy, or willing to break the law. The Pappy frenzy has the police, bartenders, and even the Van Winkle family themselves wringing their hands. According to the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, sales of the most expensive American whiskeys have basically doubled since 2016, when we first looked into Pappy Van Winkle. We decided to find out what's happening now. 
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The Boycott

Episode #180

2022-01-14 13:10:41

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15 years after the Supreme Court ruled that school segregation was unconstitutional in Brown v. Board of Education, many schools across the South were still segregated. Some school districts actively blocked desegregation. North Carolina passed legislation authorizing tuition grants to white private schools, sometimes called "segregation academies." Members of the KKK held rallies in North Carolina, describing desegregation as "anti-Christian" and "communistic." When the Federal government pressured school boards to comply or lose their funding, many responded by shuttering Black schools and assigning Black students to formerly all-white schools. It was called "one-way desegregation." In a very rural part of North Carolina, Black students and their families decided to fight back.
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A Splendid Newfoundland, Cursing Birds, and the Fashion Fox

Episode #179

2021-12-17 12:57:57

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Stories of animals really going for it.
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“The experiment requires that you continue.”

Episode #178

2021-12-03 12:50:45

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1. Please continue.  2. The experiment requires that you continue.  3. It is absolutely essential that you continue.  4. You have no other choice, you must go on.
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Palace of Justice

Episode #177

2021-11-19 13:06:50

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When Benjamin Ferencz was 27 years old, he prosecuted his very first trial. There were 22 defendants, each of them high-ranking members of Nazi Germany’s death squad. The entire world was watching. Today, we take a look at the Nuremberg trials and their role in defining international law after World War II. This episode originally aired in 2018—this version includes an update with Benjamin Ferencz, who celebrated his 101st birthday earlier this year.
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The Red Flag

Episode #176

2021-11-05 12:25:30

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In 2006, a man named William Ramsey went to the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida for a life-saving liver transplant. It was a success, and so when his health started to decline after the procedure, doctors couldn't figure out why.