10.23.14: Using Social Media To Solve Crime & Nosferatu's Live Soundtrack

Oct 23, 2014

Credit West Midlands Police via flickr Creative Commons

Police officials in Keene have taken to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to track down the major players in last weekend’s riots, and want the public to help them track down additional perpetrators. On today’s show: how police departments across the nation are using social media to fight crime and bolster their image. 

Plus: the 1922 version of Nosferatu still tops lists as one of the greatest horror films of all time. We’ll find out what goes into scoring this silent classic for a live audience.

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Police Departments Are Using Social Media to Solve Crime

  • Police officials in Keene have taken to Facebook, twitter, and Instagram to track down the major players in last weekend’s riots, and want the public to help them track down additional perpetrators. Kurt Wagner, associate editor of social media for the site re/code joins us to talk about how police departments have embraced social media as a took in crime fighting.

The Grandparent Scam

  • Journalist and Grandmother, Shirley Streshinsky, was on a mission to figure out why grandparent scams work so well. She wrote about her findings for Pacific Standard: The Grandparent Scam.

The Case of the Nutty Dish

  • Each July some 70 new trainees join the epidemic intelligence service to become EIS officers. Part of their training involves reviewing and “investigating” old outbreak cases. This is the tale of how two rookies learn to become disease detectives by solving, “The Case of the Nutty Dish”.
  • This story was produced by Dr. Philip Graitcer, a former EIS Officer. This program is part of the PRX STEM Story Project, made possible by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. You can listen to it at prx.org.

Creating a Live Soundtrack for the Vampire Classic: Nosferatu

  • Nosferatu, as of this year, remains Rotten Tomatoes best horror movie of all time. And it is one of several scary silent films playing in the area this Halloween season with live musical accompaniment by Jeff Rapsis. Jeff is co-owner of The Hippo weekly newspaper and author of the Silent Film Music blog.

Jeff Rapsis live scoring his interview with Virginia.
Credit Logan Shannon / NHPR