“People are just wired to believe that if you confess to a crime then you must’ve committed it. All sorts of alibis and evidence will bend or disappear once you’ve confessed, it’s that convincing. Part of what we have to do in this discussion is move that off the table. People confess, and it may or may not be true. In terms of the efficacy of Reid technique, it gets people to confess, but there’s a certain amount of collateral damage. Probably the vast majority of people who confess to this technique confess correctly, but there is collateral damage, and that is a frightening thing.”—Science journalist Douglas Starr speaks to Fresh Air about interrogation techniques and why false confessions are a problem in our justice system
Read the latest story from New York Times reporter Elisabeth Rosenthal in her series on healthcare, “Paying Till It Hurts.”
Rosenthal was on Fresh Air to talk about her first two pieces where she covered joint replacement and birth costs in the U.S. compared to abroad.
Here, she talks about the E.R. visit:
SAN FRANCISCO — With blood oozing from deep lacerations, the two patients arrived at California Pacific Medical Center’s tidy emergency room. Deepika Singh, 26, had gashed her knee at a backyard barbecue. Orla Roche, a rambunctious toddler on vacation with her family, had tumbled from a couch, splitting open her forehead on a table.
On a quiet Saturday in May, nurses in blue scrubs quickly ushered the two patients into treatment rooms. The wounds were cleaned, numbed and mended in under an hour. “It was great — they had good DVDs, the staff couldn’t have been nicer,” said Emer Duffy, Orla’s mother.
Then the bills arrived. Ms. Singh’s three stitches cost $2,229.11. Orla’s forehead was sealed with a dab of skin glue for $1,696. “When I first saw the charge, I said, ‘What could possibly have cost that much?’ ” recalled Ms. Singh. “They billed for everything, every pill.”
Singer-songwriter Mark Mulcahy is our guest tomorrow. He joins the studio not only for an interview, but also to also play a few of his songs.
The novelist Rick Moody describes Mulcahy as “A remarkable songwriter” and called his new album “Among the very best records of 2013.” In an article in Salon, Moody wrote: “The recording bristles with wordplay, with remarkably inventive lyrical turns, contains some of the best singing by a musician known as a singer’s singer, is full of despair and provocation, and rocks harder than almost anything that has come out this year. Considering the context, the result is explicably full of loss, from the first song to the last.”
The context Moody is referring to, is the death of Mulcahy’s wife in 2008. His most recent album, “Dear Mark J. Mulcahy, I Love You,” is the first since she passed away.
"She Makes The World Turn Backwards" is one of the songs from his latest album.
“I’ve observed that actors and directors envy each other. I think a director envies an actor’s ready access to emotion and how beautiful that is, and I think actors can envy directors’ dealing more clinically with emotions, ordering them about dispassionately.”—Alexander Payne, Oscar-winning director talks to Fresh Air about the technical and emotional aspects of filmmaking