Episode #311

Detectives, The Laramie Project, Sherlock Holmes

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Saturday, March 16, 2002

We look at gumshoes, art cops, and Sherlock. Kurt Andersen and author Ayelet Waldman talk about detectives, and our gut-level attraction to mysteries. We go on the prowl with the LAPD's art crimes unit and hear how a German scholar discovered secret messages encrypted in music by J.S. Bach. And, we look at the continued fascination with the Matthew Shepard story.

Guests:

Ayelet Waldman

Commentary: TV's Golden Age

Kurt Andersen wonders if we may be undergoing the greatest era of television.

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Author Ayelet Waldman on Mysteries

Kurt Andersen and author Ayelet Waldman talk about the magnetism of mysteries. 

Waldman is the author of the Mommy-track mysteries, Nursery Crimes and The Big Nap — thrillers that mix child-rearing with sleuthing. She is an adjunct professor at Boalt Hall School of Law at UC Berkeley and was a former ...

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Now Playing: The Laramie Project

Two new TV movies — on HBO and NBC — tell the story of the brutal beating and murder of a young gay man in Laramie, Wyoming. We take a look at why audience and media interest in Matthew Shepard endures.

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Laurie King: Mystery Girl

The mystery novelist Laurie King picks up the Sherlock Holmes story where Arthur Conan Doyle left off. In The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, King pairs the famed detective with a sharp young female partner and raises skepticism about Holmes' superhuman genius.

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Bach's Secret

Years of detective work by music scholar Helga Thoene revealed secret messages in the solo violin music of Johann Sebastian Bach. On the album, Morimur, violinist Christoph Poppen and the Hilliard Ensemble interweave the newly discovered melodies with the existing violin music — with controversial results.

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Art Cops

Usually federal agents chase down stolen art. But on the third floor of the Los Angeles Police Department, Detective Don Hrycyk heads up the country’s only municipal art theft detail.

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Pop Song Muses

Rock and roll has a long love affair with that one special girl. 

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