Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
Join as a sustainer and support independent local news for your community.

7.02.14: Amateur Sleuths, A Pet Owl and Oculus Rift

user ZaCky via Flickr Creative Commons

The National Institute of Justice estimates that up to 40,000 unidentified human remains have been collected and stored in evidence rooms across the country. Today, we talk to Deborah Halber about the growing number of internet sleuths trying to solve America’s coldest cases. Then, we look into the growing digital house key market. Plus, a heartwarming tale of a man and his owl. 

Listen to the full show and click Read more for individual segments.

The Skeleton Crew

A conversation with science writer Deborah Halber about her book The Skeleton Crew which discusses the amateur internet sleuths who are taking on mysteries previously though unsolvable.

An interview with the author of The Skeleton Crew

Evolution of the Digital House Key

Can you imagine never having to worry about losing your keys again? This reality may not be far away. We talk to New York Times writer Steven Kurutz about his recent exploration into the expanding digital house key market.

Evolution of the Digital House Key

Martin Windrow's Owl

Martin Windrow is a world renowned historian and author of hundreds of titles. His most recent tells a slightly different story... that of his fifteen year relationship with his pet Tawny owl, Mumbles. Martin was with us to talk about this very special bond.

Martin Windrow's Owl

Pet Cemetery

When their pet dies, city dwellers frequently don't have the option of burying them close to their home. Just north of Paris, France, there is an animal cemetery where Parisians can go to mourn their lost companions. Sarah Elzas gives us a window into this unique place.

Pet Cemetery

Oculus Rift

We talk to writer Neal Ungerleider about the introduction of virtual reality technology into the movie business.

A discussion about Oculus Rift and the movie industry.

You make NHPR possible.

NHPR is nonprofit and independent. We rely on readers like you to support the local, national, and international coverage on this website. Your support makes this news available to everyone.

Give today. A monthly donation of $5 makes a real difference.