Meet the Hosts:
D. P. Lyle is the Macavity and Benjamin Franklin Silver Award winning and Edgar, Agatha, Anthony, Scribe, and USA Best Book Award nominated author of many non-fiction books
(MURDER & MAYHEM; FORENSICS FOR DUMMIES; FORENSICS & FICTION; MORE FORENSICS & FICTION; HOWDUNNIT: FORENSICS; and ABA FUNDAMENTALS:
UNDERSTANDING FORENSIC SCIENCE) as well as numerous works of fiction, including the Samantha Cody thriller series (DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND and DOUBLE BLIND); the Dub
Walker Thriller series (STRESS FRACTURE; HOT LIGHTS, COLD STEEL, and RUN TO GROUND); and the Royal Pains media tie-in novels (ROYAL PAINS: FIRST, DO NO HARM
and ROYAL PAINS: SICK RICH). His essay on Jules Verne’s THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND appears in THRILLERS: 100 MUST READS and his short story “Even Steven” in ITW’s
anthology THRILLER 3: LOVE IS MURDER.
He has worked with many novelists and with the writers of popular television shows such as Law & Order, CSI: Miami, Diagnosis Murder, Monk, Judging Amy, Peacemakers, Cold Case,
House, Medium, Women’s Murder Club, 1-800-Missing, The Glades, and Pretty Little Liars.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jan Burke has won critical acclaim for her fourteen books—twelve of crime fiction, a supernatural thriller, and a collection of short stories.
She won the Edgar Award for Best Novel for BONES. She has also won the Agatha, the Macavity, and other awards and honors. Her books are published internationally and have been
optioned for television and film.
She is a past president of the Southern California Chapter of Mystery Writers of America, and served on MWA’s national board. She is a lifetime member of Sisters in Crime. She is a member of
International Thriller Writers, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and the Baker Street Irregulars.
She is currently at work on a standalone thriller and a series of short stories.
Concerned about the widening gap between public perceptions and the realities faced by under-funded crime labs, she founded the nonprofit Crime Lab Project, Inc.. She has been a speaker at
the NIJ annual conference, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the American Society of Crime Lab Directors, the California Association of Criminalists, and other conferences. She
served on the honorary board of the California Forensic Science Institute, which honored her for Outstanding Contributions to Graduate Research.
To learn more about Jan and her books and stories, visit http://www.janburke.com
Or follow her on Twitter @jan_burke
To learn more about the Crime Lab Project, visit http://www.crimelabproject.com
Or follow the CLP on Twitter @crimelabproject—where you can also get forensic science news updates each weekday.
November 15, 2014: An Interview with Kevin Lothridge of the NFSTC:
Jan Burke and DP Lyle interview Kevin Lothridge about a fantastic resource for those who want to better understand forensic science: the National
Forensic Science Technology Center. Learn more about the role the center plays in building tools for forensic science providers and training them in the U.
S. and internationally. Discover the role it played in establishing NamUs. Find out how you can benefit from the educational efforts of the NFSTC.
To learn more about the topics discussed on Episode 30, go to http://crimeandscienceradio.com.
November 1, 2014: What Bones Can Tell Us: An Interview with Forensic Anthropologist Marilyn London:
Join DP Lyle and Jan Burke for an entertaining and informative interview with forensic anthropologist Marilyn London. She'll tell us what we can learn
from skeletal remains, what forensic anthropologists do at the scene where remains are found, and more!
To learn more about the topics discussed on Episode 29, go to http://crimeandscienceradio.com.
October 18, 2014: Inside the Creative Mind: An Interview with Psychotherapist, Screenwriter, and Novelist Dennis
We talk to Dennis Palumbo about psychological trauma, the psychological effects of violence, writers’ block, and more. Formerly a Hollywood
screenwriter (My Favorite Year; Welcome Back, Kotter, etc.), Dennis Palumbo is now a licensed psychotherapist and author of Writing From the Inside
Out (John Wiley). His work helping writers has been profiled in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, GQ and other publications, as well as on
CNN, NPR and PBS. He also blogs regularly for The Huffington Post and Psychology Today. His mystery fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery
Magazine, The Strand and elsewhere, and is collected in From Crime to Crime (Tallfellow Press). His acclaimed series of crime novels (Mirror Image,
Fever Dream, Night Terrors and Phantom Limb) feature psychologist Daniel Rinaldi, a trauma expert who consults with the Pittsburgh Police. All are from
Poisoned Pen Press.
To learn more about the topics discussed on Episode 28, go to http://crimeandscienceradio.com.
October 4, 2014: Going Undercover with NYPD Detective and Fiction Writer Marco Conelli
Jan Burke and DP Lyle spend a lively hour with NYPD detective Marco Conelli and dig into his undercover work as well as his fiction writing. A twenty
year veteran detective of the NYPD, his diverse career is highlighted by his work as an undercover where he was plugged into many investigations for the
Organized Crime Control Bureau. Specializing in narcotic and gun seizures, Marco was successful in removing both from New York City’s mean streets,
while gathering important intelligence that led to voluminous criminal arrests. His adaptation of disguises and the study of deduction are featured
prominently in the Sherlock Holmes International Exhibition as well as Crime Writing Conferences nationwide. He has shared his insight with many best-
selling novelists and is a member of Lee Lofland’s Writer’s Police Academy team. Marco has published three novels in his Matthew Livingston Young
Adult series. He is the recipient of the 2011 Silver Falchion Award for best crime novel. The Matthew Livingston series has revitalized the hard boiled
battle between good and evil seen through the abilities of three remarkable teenagers. Marco has also contributed articles to publications on the subjects
of crime solving as well as literacy in America.
To learn more about the topics discussed on Episode 27, go to http://crimeandscienceradio.com.
September 20, 2014: From Firefights to Fiction: An Interview with Military Surgeon and Author Dr. Jeffrey Wilson
Join Jan Burke and DP Lyle in a discussion of combat surgery and fiction writing with Vascular and Trauma surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Wilson.
To learn more about the topics discussed on Episode 26, go to http://crimeandscienceradio.com.
August 23, 2014: The Changing World of Forensic Science: An Interview with Barry A.J. Fisher
Join DP Lyle and Jan Burke for a discussion with Barry A.J. Fisher, who spent two decades as the director of the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department’
s crime labs. He is the past president of both the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the International Association of Forensic Sciences; an
internationally recognized expert on forensic science and forensic science policy; recipient of the highest honors in his profession; and the author of some
of the most widely used textbooks in the field. We’ll talk about his career, the present and future state of forensic science, new legislation and how the
public can help to ensure the betterment of forensic science services.
To learn more about the topics discussed on Episode 25, go to http://crimeandscienceradio.com.
August 9, 2014: Alafair Burke: The Criminal Justice System, Real and Imagined:
Author Alafair Burke is a former prosecutor and is currently a criminal law professor. She’ll talk to us about her experiences and some of the differences
in legal realities and the perceptions we have of the U.S. criminal justice system. Alafair is a bestselling author, with her latest book “If You Were Here,”
being released in 2013. Some of her other titles include: “Never Tell,” “Long Gone,” and “212.”
To learn more about the topics discussed on Episode 24, go to http://crimeandscienceradio.com.
July 26, 2014: Taking a Bite Out Of Crime: An Interview with Forensic Dentist Dr. Michael Tabor:
Join Jan Burke and DP Lyle as they explore the world of forensic dentistry with Dr. Mike Tabor, Chief Forensic Dentist of the State of Tennessee Office
for the Medical Examiner. Learn exactly how forensic dentistry aids in corpse identification and dig into some of Dr. Tabor’s most famous cases.
To learn more about the topics discussed on Episode 23, go to http://crimeandscienceradio.com.
July 19, 2014: The Skeleton Crew: A Conversation with Deborah Halber on the Amateurs Who Are Finding the Missing
and Solving Cold Cases.
For decades, all across the United States, tens of thousands of missing persons cases have grown cold. At the same time, a mounting number of
unidentified remains have been discovered and have been stored in coroner’s offices or buried in potter’s fields. But the Internet has been changing all of
that. We talk to Deborah Halber, author of “The Skeleton Crew: How Amateur Sleuths are Solving America’s Coldest Cases,” about some of the
challenges and changes in the world of the unidentified dead and those who try to name them.
To learn more about the topics discussed on Episode 22, go to http://crimeandscienceradio.com.
June 28, 2014: You’ll Tell Me No Lies: An Interview with Paul Bishop—Interrogation Expert, Author, and Retired LAPD
Join DP Lyle and Jan Burke as they learn about the art and science of interrogation from renowned expert Paul Bishop, who will also tell us about his long
and successful career as a detective with the Los Angeles Police Department, where he worked in the Anti-Terrorist Division and in the investigation of
To learn more about the topics discussed on Episode 21, go to http://crimeandscienceradio.com.
June 14, 2014: The Art and Science of Law Enforcement: An Interview with Robin Burcell:
Join D.P. Lyle and Jan Burke for an interview with author Robin Burcell. Hostage negotiation, forensic art, and police work are just some of the topics
they’ll cover. Robin Burcell is an FBI-trained forensic artist who has also worked as a police officer, detective, hostage negotiator and criminal
investigator for nearly three decades. “The Kill Order” is her latest international thriller about an FBI forensic artist. “Face of a Killer” was the first in
the series and received a starred review from Library Journal. It was followed by “The Bone Chamber,” “The Dark Hour,” and “The Black List.”
To learn more about the topics discussed on Episode 20, go to http://crimeandscienceradio.com.
May 31, 2014: Deadly Doctors, Killer Nurses, and other Medical Miscreants: A Conversation With Bea Yorker:
Crime and Science Radio is proud to present Bea Yorker, Dean of the College of Health and Human Services at California State University, Los Angeles.
This is the college that includes CSULA’s forensic science program. Bea is also known for her own research into Munchausen by Proxy, her landmark
study of medical serial killers, and her publications on other topics that bring law, psychology, medicine, and ethics together.
To learn more about the topics discussed on Episode 19, go to http://crimeandscienceradio.com.
May 17, 2014: Dealing With the Dead: A Life in the Morgue in Conversation With Dr. Cyril Wecht:
Join DP Lyle as he welcomes Dr. Cyril Wecht, internationally renowned forensics pathologist.
To learn more about the topics discussed on Episode 18, go to http://crimeandscienceradio.com.
May 3, 2014: A New Lab, a New Approach to Forensic Science: An Interview with Dr. Max M. Houck, Director of the
Washington D.C. Department of Forensic Sciences:
In this episode, Jan Burke and Dr. DP Lyle talk to him about his work, about forensic science education, and his directorship of the new lab in
Washington, D.C. — and the new approaches this lab represents.
To learn more about the topics discussed on Episode 17, go to http://crimeandscienceradio.com.
April 19, 2014: When Disaster Hits: Naming the Dead—An interview with Paul Sledzik, Director of the NTSB
Transportation Disaster Assistance Division:
How does forensic science help us in the aftermath of disasters such as plane crashes, floods, hurricanes, and other events that result in mass fatalities?
We find some answers in this episode, when D.P. Lyle and Jan Burke interview Paul Sledzik.
To learn more about the topics discussed on Episode 16, go to http://crimeandscienceradio.com.
March 29, 2014: An interview with Sex Crimes Expert and Best-selling Author Linda Farstein:
Linda Fairstein is a legal expert on crimes of sexual assault and domestic violence. She led the Sex Crimes Unit of the District Attorney’s Office in
Manhattan for twenty-five years. A Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, she is a graduate of Vassar College and the University of Virginia
School of Law. Her first novel, “Final Jeopardy,” introduced the critically acclaimed character of Alexandra Cooper and was made into an ABC Movie of
the Week starring Dana Delaney. The latest in the series is “Death Angel,” with “Terminal City” due out on June 17, 2014. Her nonfiction book, “Sexual
Violence,” was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. She continues to work on behalf of those who are sexually assaulted and to aid abused
To learn more about the topics discussed on Episode 15, go to http://crimeandscienceradio.com.
March 15, 2014: Burning Down the House: John Lentini talks to D.P. Lyle and Jan Burke about fire science:
Fire both frightens and fascinates us. Gaining the ability to use it in a controlled way changed the course of human existence, but its destructive powers
when uncontrolled—or used criminally—came with the Promethean gift. Myths put aside—and our guest works hard to put aside myths about fire—fire is
created by chemical reactions. In this episode of Crime and Science Radio, we talk to John Lentini, noted expert on the science of fire, and a man who has
worked for many years to promote better, scientific approaches to the investigation of fires.
To learn more about the topics discussed on Episode 14, go to http://crimeandscienceradio.com.
March 1, 2014: Working the Crime Scene: An Interview with Forensic Specialist Lisa Black:
Join DP Lyle and Jan Burke as they discuss working the crime scene with forensic specialist and crime fiction author Lisa Black. Lisa Black is a forensic
specialist who is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Scientists, the International Association for Identification, the International Association
of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts, and is certified by the American Board of Criminalistics. She has testified in court over 50 times. And, oh yeah, an
excellent fiction writer.
To learn more about the topics discussed on Episode 13, go to http://crimeandscienceradio.com.
February 15, 2014: FBI Special Agents: What do these guys do?: An Interview with George Fong, retired FBI Special
Join Jan Burke and DP Lyle as they welcome retired FBI Special Agent George Fong for a lively discussion of exactly what FBI agents do. George Fong
spent 27 years with the FBI where he was involved in investigating such things as white-collar crime, foreign counterintelligence, bank robberies, drug
trafficking, and violent crimes. He then retired and is currently the Director of Security for ESPN, as well as the author of a newly released novel,
To learn more about the topics discussed on Episode 12, go to http://crimeandscienceradio.com.
February 1, 2014: Inside the Los Angeles Regional Crime Lab: DP Lyle and Jan Burke Interview Dean Gialamas,
Director of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Crime Lab
Dean Gialamas is the former director of the Orange County Crime Lab, the current director of the LASD crime lab, and was recently appointed to the first-
ever National Commission on Forensic Science. He is a past president of the American Society of Crime Lab Directors, and the president-elect of the
California Association of Crime Lab Directors.
To learn more about the topics discussed on Episode 11, go to http://crimeandscienceradio.com.
January 18, 2014: The Body Tells the Tale: DP Lyle and Jan Burke Interview Dr. Bill Bass and Jon Jefferson
Join DP Lyle and Jan Burke as they explore the world of death, corpses, and decay with Dr. Bill Bass and Jon Jefferson. Dr. Bass is the founder of the
University of Tennessee Anthropological Research Facility, the so called Body Farm. Jon Jefferson is a journalist, writer, and documentary film maker.
Together they write fiction as Jefferson Bass. This will be a lively, or is it deadly, interview.
To learn more about the topics discussed on Episode 10, go to http://crimeandscienceradio.com.
January 4, 2014: What Makes the Bad Guys Tick?
Join DP Lyle and Dr. Katherine Ramsland for a discussion of bad guys, who they are, what they do, and why they do what they do. Several cases in her
excellent book “The Devil’s Dozen” will be discussed.
To learn more about the topics discussed on Episode 9, go to http://crimeandscienceradio.com.
December 14, 2013: Money is the Root
Andrea Jacobson is an investigator with the Financial Crimes Unit of the Alaska Bureau of Investigations, which is part of the Alaska State Troopers. She
talks with Jan Burke about types of financial crimes, how they are linked to violence, who is affected by them, and the damage done by financial criminals.
She also talks about what we can do to protect ourselves and our communities from financial crime.
To learn more about the topics discussed on Episode 8, go to http://crimeandscienceradio.com.
November 30, 2013: Private Investigators: Who Are These Guys?
Join DP Lyle and former PI and gifted writer and teacher David Corbett for a lively trip through the worlds of private investigation and fictional character
development. With the irrepressible Corbett this will be a wild ride.
To learn more about the topics discussed on Episode 7, go to http://crimeandscienceradio.com.
November 16, 2013: What the Dog Knows: an Interview with Cat Warren About the Science of Wonder of Working Dogs
Cadaver dog handler Cat Warren is the author of What the Dog Knows: The Science and Wonder of Working Dogs, a terrific book on dogs who work in
the military, in police departments, and by searching for both contemporary and historical missing remains. She talks with Jan Burke about how cadaver
dogs and their handlers are trained, the environments and conditions they work in, and what we do and don't yet know about how dogs find the missing
To learn more about the topics discussed on Episode 6, go to http://crimeandscienceradio.com.
November 2, 2013: The Infancy of Toxicology: Interview with Deborah Blum, Author of The Poisoner's Handbook
DP Lyle and Deborah Blum, author of the critically acclaimed book THE POISONER’S HANDBOOK, discuss poisons, old and new, and the origins of
forensic toxicology. Meet Charles Norris, New York City’s first ME, and Alexander Gettler, The Father of Forensic Toxicology, and walk with them
through Jazz Age New York and the birth of forensic toxicology. Learn about poisons such as carbon monoxide, chloroform, arsenic, thallium, and many
To learn more about the topics discussed on Episode 5, go to http://crimeandscienceradio.com.
October 19, 2013: Judging Science: Evidence and Courts
Join Jan Burke and former prosecutor Marcia Clark, author of KILLER AMBITION for a discussion on rules of evidence and how new scientific
technologies become accepted by courts, what can go wrong to keep evidence out of a trial, and some of the ways forensic science is used in the plots of
her legal thrillers.
To learn more about the topics discussed on Episode 4, go to http://crimeandscienceradio.com.
October 5, 2013: Drugs, Poisons, Toxins, and Death with DP Lyle, MD
Join DP Lyle, MD as he discusses several famous cases that involve the use of drugs and poisons and reveals the toxicological principles behind each
case. Kristen Rossum and the American Beauty Murder, Stella Nickell’s product tampering, and the complex issues surrounding Kurt Cobain’s death are
some of the topics to be discussed.
To learn more about the topics discussed on Episode 3, go to http://crimeandscienceradio.com.
September 21, 2013: The Science of Sherlock Holmes: Jan Burke and Leslie Klinger
Leslie Klinger is a Holmes expert of the first order. His THE NEW ANNOTATED SHERLOCK HOLMES is one of the most highly regarded studies of
Holmes and his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. What influenced Holmes's scientific and investigative methods? And what influence has Holmes had on
forensic science and criminal investigation?
To learn more about the topics discussed on Episode 2, go to http://crimeandscienceradio.com.
September 7, 2013: Hollywood Storytelling: Science Fact or Make Believe?
What’s the good, the bad, and the ugly when Hollywood tackles crime and science? Do they sacrifice science for story? What do they mostly get wrong?
Join Jan Burke and DP Lyle, MD and find out.
To learn more about the topics discussed on Episode 1, go to http://crimeandscienceradio.com.