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FBI experts have given bad testimony that helped convict hundreds of suspects in murder, rape, and other violent crime cases. It’s all about inaccurate hair analysis. And the LA County DA’s office is creating a wrongful-convictions unit. Today marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the Armenian genocide in 2015. We look at L.A.’s huge Armenian-American population and how it came to be. In our weekly film segment, The Age of Adeline, Adam Sandler’s new film, and a Kurt Cobain documentary are up for discussion. And finally, the booming business of “dabbing.”

Banner Image: Armenian community march during Armenian Genocide Commemorative March at Little Armenia, Hollywood on April 24, 2011; Credit: Hayk Shalunts

Producers:
Jolie Myers
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Christian Bordal

Forensic Testimony Called Into Question 16 MIN, 44 SEC

Crime lab scenes on television are full of forensic mumbo jumbo -- and now it seems that the real-life experts at the FBI have been making stuff up too. The FBI and the Justice Department have announced that agency experts’ bad testimony helped convict hundreds of suspects of murder, rape, and other violent crimes. In 32 of those cases, defendants received the death penalty. And 14 of those have been executed or died in prison. The main problem is hair analysis, which turns out to be not very accurate.

Guests:
Spencer Hsu, Washington Post
Justin Brooks, California Innocence Project (@CWSL_News)

Armenians in Los Angeles 8 MIN, 20 SEC

Today officially marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Armenian genocide. More than 1 million Armenians were killed by Ottoman Turks between April 1915 and 1918. Los Angeles has one of the world’s largest Armenian communities outside Armenia, and the largest in America. Thousands of people are marching in and around Hollywood today to mark the occasion, ending with a protest at the Turkish consulate. Today, we look at how and why L.A. has become home to so many Armenian-Americans.

Guests:
Peter Cowe, UCLA

More:
'To the Point' feature on an Armenian-American honoring and interpreting the genocide

Friday Movies: 'The Age of Adeline,' Adam Sandler, and More 14 MIN, 46 SEC

It’s Friday, so it’s time to talk movies. New releases this weekend include the dreamy love story The Age of Adeline starring Blake Lively, a comedy about an immature man, the latest Adam Sandler vehicle, and the Kurt Cobain documentary Montage of Heck.

Guests:
James Rocchi, The Lunch (@jamesrochhi)
Tim Grierson, Film Critic (@TimGrierson)

Dabbing 8 MIN, 17 SEC

A fire and explosion did serious damage to a home in Long Beach on Wednesday. It seems that someone there was using an explosive gas to make what’s known as “honey oil,” a potent pot extract. There have been an increasing number of hash-oil related explosions in the last few years, a disturbing testament to the oil’s popularity. And, as with increased popularity of any consumer product, there is increased specialization. Yes: artisanal hash oil extracts. We get a primer on this growing trend.

Guests:
Mike Sager, journalist (@therealsager)

More:
Dab Artists: The craftsmen at the front edge of the marijuana‑concentrate boom

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