The CSI Effect

CSI: The Reality. ‘Forensics has never been more popular or popularized: eight crime dramas, including CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and its sibling programs, made it into the top 20 shows last October. On one Thursday that month, 27 percent of all American televisions that were turned on were tuned to CSI. On cable, CourtTV’s Forensic Files, a documentary-style series featuring real crimes and real scientists, airs four days a week. Such programs give the impression that forensic laboratories are fully staffed with highly trained personnel, stocked with a full complement of state-of-the-art instrumentation and rolling in the resources to close every case in a timely fashion…’

Scientific American Podcast: July 12, 2006. ‘In this episode, Max Houck, director of the Forensic Science Initiative at West Virginia University and author of the July Scientific American article “CSI: Reality,” talks about the effect the CSI shows have had in the real world and about real crime scene investigation versus what’s portrayed on TV. And John Sicher, editor and publisher of Beverage Digest, talks about the recent Coke/Pepsi espionage case and the realities of secret soda formulas in the age of high-tech chemistry labs. Plus we’ll test your knowledge about some recent science in the news.’

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