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Chain of Title
Investigative journalist and author David Dayen (Vice; The New Republic; The Intercept) talks about his book, “Chain of Title: How Three Ordinary Americans Uncovered Wall Street’s Greatest Foreclosure Fraud.” Michael Redman, Lisa Epstein and Lynn Szymoniak were served with foreclosure papers during the height of the recession. Instead of silently surrendering to the banks, they started a movement that exposed one of the biggest consumer fraud cases in American history.
Joe Belfiore talks about becoming a cop at 33 years old and the 13 years he spent with the Washington, DC Metro Police.
Greg Kading - Murder Rap
Retired LAPD Detective Greg Kading talks about the federal task force he headed to investigate the cold case murders of Christopher Wallace AKA Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur. In 2011 Greg wrote Murder Rap: The Untold Story of the Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur Murder Investigations. Murder Rap, the documentary based on the book is on Amazon Prime Video. In February 2018 Greg’s book was dramatized in a 10-part series on the USA channel. Intro/outro music by Kevin Macleod (Incompetech.com)
A Terrible Mistake
H.P. “Hank” Albarelli Jr. talks about his riveting book, A Terrible Mistake: The Murder of Frank Olson and the CIA’s Secret Cold War Experiments. On November 28, 1953, Dr. Olson, a U.S. Army scientist was woken up by two strangers and dropped from the window of his 13th floor hotel room in New York City. Hank solved the puzzle of this cold case with a decade of meticulous research and numerous interviews with intelligence figures.