For this Extended Stay, "The Bike Incident," we continue the discussion of law and memory from episode #05 - "Court of Memory" - with another story of eyewitness misidentification that steered Caroline Sarnoff’s criminal justice career toward reforming the system.
In our daily lives, we often accept that our memories are poor. We move on if our memories don’t exactly match up with another person’s, agreeing to disagree. But that’s not an option in court. And yet memory is as fragile and poor there as it is when we’re struggling to remember where exactly we had that second date. In "Court of Memory," our host speaks with Nathan Brown, an exoneree, Karen Newirth, a Senior Staff Attorney from the Innocence Project, and Julia Shaw, author of the Memory Illusion, as he explores the high stakes of remembering in the criminal justice system.
When we choose who to remember with our obituaries, what cultural landscape do we create? In "Letters to the Dead," we explore the New York Times Obituary Desk, Iceland’s obsession with death, and a renegade obituarist who finds the extraordinary in the ordinary. Featuring: Vanessa Gould, director of Obit; Nanna Arnadottir, columnist for Reykjavik Grapevine; Karl Blöndal, Vice Editor of Morgunblaðið; Kay Powell, retired obit writer and editor for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and more.
Since objects hold our memories, both joyful and heartbreaking, how do we decide what to throw out and what to keep? To explore memory's relationship to objects, we consider The Museum of Broken Relationships, The Significant Object Project and the phenomenon of tidying up expert Marie Kondo.