The Failings of Forensic Science, Part I

What if bad science put you in prison for a crime you didn't commit? How many guilty offenders are still out there because of pseudoscience, fraud or disorganized laboratories? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Joe and Christian review the use of forensic science in law enforcement. Scientific evidence is prevalent in both courtrooms and popular culture. But why are we only recently questioning its validity?

The Failings of Forensic Science, Part I

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Topics in this Podcast: scientific method, criminal investigation, justice system, blood spatter, chromatography, fingerprint analysis, csi effect, methodology, national academy of science, the innocence project, national research council, the frye test, the daubert standard, ballistics matching, fire analysis, hair analysis, christian sager, bite mark analysis, dna testing, pseudoscience, forensic science, forensics