01.11.16: Fewer Murders Are Being Solved, The Faces of the Drug Crisis, & Glen David Andrews

Jan 11, 2016

You might be surprised to learn that America’s murder rate has been steadily declining for more than two decades. Despite the drop, the number of murder cases being solved has remained flat.

On today’s show, technology, trust, and why cops aren't solving more murders. Plus, a grieving mother turns to art to remember her daughter, and other victims of New Hampshire’s heroin epidemic.

Listen to the full show. 

Why Are Fewer Murders Being Solved?

At a time when mistrust between police and citizens clashed in many of the nation's communities, Dara Lind looked into how those tensions may affect the rate of homicides being solved. She wrote about it for Vox: “Police Are Solving a Lot Fewer Murder Cases Than They Used To.”

The Faces of the Drug Crisis

Anne Marie Zanfagna is a New Hampshire based artist who has begun painting portraits of those who have died because of drug overdoses in the state.

Related: Portraits of Those Killed by Heroin Bring Healing and Awareness

Anne Marie with some of her paintings.
Credit Logan Shannon / NHPR
Glen David Andrews

We spoke with Glen David Andrews in 2014, when his latest album Redemption first came out. He's at The Music Hall in Portsmouth, this Saturday, January 17th.  

Names v. The Nothing

When you drive through most U.S. cities, a particular aspect of the landscape goes by largely unnoticed. They are the vacant lots, median strips, and tiny triangles of land in urban environments that are a side effect of the automobile age. In the city of Baltimore, these overlooked and nameless public spaces have become the passion project of one man who is giving these sites a name to call their own. Roman Mars and Sam Greenspan from the podcast 99% Invisible bring us the story.

You can listen to this story again at PRX.org.

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