Earlier this year, law enforcement officials with the MU Police Department used a DNA sample to identify the person responsible for the highly publicized homicide of MU Professor Jeong Im. It was a rare moment when television-style crime-scene drama made its way into actual news headlines, instead of the other way around. Today we go behind the scenes -- and around the TV glamour -- to learn more about how crime scene investigations are actually carried out in the real world.
Mike Himmel, retired detective and adjunct instructor, Columbia College criminal justice program
Bill Marbaker, crime lab director, Missouri State Highway Patrol
Captain Tim Hull, director of public information and education, Missouri State Highway Patrol
Jeff Nichols, retired detective and adjunct instructor, University of Missouri Law Enforcement Training Institute (joining by phone)
in-depth report released by the Federal Communications Commission this summer. With newspaper resources in decline and online media struggling to to fill the void in accountability reporting, where can people turn to get quality coverage of civic affairs? And what could be done to make sure citizens are able to get the local news they need?Local journalism is in a state of crisis, according to an
Barbara Cochran, Curtis B. Hurley chair in public affairs journalism at the Missouri School of Journalism and former president of the Radio Television Digital News Association
Renee Graham, public communications officer for the City of Columbia
Amy McCombs, Lee Hills chair in free press studies at the Missouri School of Journalism
How much of what we do is by choice, what philosophers and theologians call “free will”? And how much can be attributed to the unconscious workings of our brains? Can brain scans, such as functional MRIs, show what is happening in the brain? Can they predict violent criminal behavior - and if so, should they be admissible in legal proceedings? In advance of a symposium on the topic next weekend at MU, we invited a few experts to help explain how advanced study of the brain intersects with our humanity.
Phil Robbins, University of Missouri associate professor of philosophy and co-chair of the Life Sciences and Society Symposium planning committee
Ines Segert, University of Missouri professor of psychology
Jim Fallon, professor of anatomy and neurobiology, University of California-Irvine (joining by phone)
Life Sciences and Society Symposium website
NPR story about Jim Fallon’s discovery of his own psychopathic potential
Overview brain imaging and purposes, as explained by the University of Pennsylvania
CNN article about research by Adrian Raine (mentioned multiple times during the Intersection conversation)
In collaboration with the Columbia Missourian, we follow up on the newspaper's three-month investigative report on the Columbia Regency Mobile Home Park with a public conversation about what can be done to ensure all levels of housing are safe, clean and up to code. Along with what panelists say, we also hear from several former residents of Columbia Regency who called in to share their experiences.
* Bill Cantin, neighborhood response coordinator, Columbia Office of Neighborhood Services
* Brad Racino, Columbia Missourian reporter
* Phil Steinhaus, CEO, Columbia Housing Authority
FIRST HALF HOUR: Nine months into Bob McDavid's term as mayor of Columbia, he shares his thoughts and ideas on the year ahead, including criteria for selecting a new city manager and his views on the role of the mayor in promoting economic development.
SECOND HALF HOUR: We discuss last-minute efforts to halt the execution of Richard Clay and how this case fits into the larger context of the death penalty in Missouri and in America.
UPDATE: Shortly after this program was recorded, Governor Jay Nixon announced that he had commuted Richard Clay's sentence to life in prison without possibility of parole.
Bob McDavid, mayor of Columbia (first half of program)
Jeff Stack, coordinator, Mid-Missouri Fellowship of Reconciliation
Kiefer Clay, son of Richard Clay (by phone)
Columbia residents are being asked to decide in voting next week whether the City of Columbia should prohibit the use of Tasers within city limits. This program presents views from panelists and callers on various sides of the Proposition 2 measure. The discussion covers the pros and cons of allowing use of Tasers and delves into questions of reliability and police procedures that guide Taser use in arrest situations.
Edward Berg, attorney, and one of the original members of Coalition to Control Tasers
Dwayne Carey, Boone County sheriff
Almost one year into the job, Chief Burton discusses what he has done so far and his plans for the future.
Ken Burton, Columbia Police Chief
We're taking a look at the criminal justice system and the complex task of ensuring innocent people don't end up in jail.