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Shouldn’t NEWS deliver truth and inspire us to reach higher? America Out Loud is home to top bloggers, talented hosts, and expert commentators - Here we take on the challenges of our generation so that we can preserve future generations.

    🎧 Understanding and Tracking Animal Cruelty

    🎧 Understanding and Tracking Animal Cruelty

    While mental health professionals have known about the link between animal abuse and violence towards human for years, until recently there’s been no way to track how often it occurs or identify repeat offenders. Even more alarming is the fact that, while all 50 states had some animal protection laws, most of the offenses were classified as misdemeanors. It wasn’t until November of 2019 that a federal law was passed making animal cruelty a federal felony that is punishable by up to seven years in prison. 



    Dr. Mary Lou Randour



    On today’s show, Dr. Mary Lou Randour talks about the importance of tracking violent offenses against animals, updates us on what we know about the link between violence towards humans and violence towards animals, and talks about when animal mistreatment is a warning sign – in both children and adults – of worse things to come.



    Dr. Randour, a psychologist, is Senior Advisor, Animal Cruelty Programs and Training, Animal Welfare Institute, Washington, D. C. She is the author of handbooks such as A Common Bond: Child Maltreatment and Animals in the Family, as well as AniCare Child, a treatment approach for children who abuse animals. Dr. Randour has published articles in numerous professional journals, most recently in Trauma, Violence & Abuse, as well as written chapters for edited volumes, such as “The Psychology of Animal Abuse Offenders,” co-authored with Dr. Maya Gupta, which is in the newly released book Animal Cruelty: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Understanding.

    • 57 min
    🎧 Stalking Serial Killers

    🎧 Stalking Serial Killers

    When it comes to violent crime in the United States, there’s a lot of good news. On the one hand, the number of serial killers has plunged from their heyday in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. On the other hand, as the number of serial murderers has declined, so has the clearance rate; in comparison to the 91 percent solve rate of the 1960s, by 2017, it had fallen to 61.6%. Thomas Hargrove, believes that serial killers are responsible for a significant number of unsolved murders. Watching police officers struggle to link serial crimes, and witnessing some of the built-in barriers that hindered them, former crime reporter and current crime data analyst developed an algorithm that helps police spot crime clusters that signal serial crimes. On today’s show, Tom Hargrove explores how he is using math to help law enforcement solve the problem of murder.  



    Thomas K. Hargrove is a retired Washington, D.C., -based investigative journalist and former White House correspondent. He founded the nonprofit Murder Accountability Project in 2015 to track unsolved homicides nationwide. While working as a national correspondent for the Scripps Howard News Service, Hargrove developed an algorithm that uses FBI homicide data to identify clusters of murders with an elevated probability of containing serial killings. Working with fellow board member Prof. David J. Icove of the University of Tennessee, Hargrove developed another algorithm that can review the National Fire Incident Reporting System to identify undetected or unreported arsons.

    • 57 min
    🎧 A Forensic Psychologist’s Look at the Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell Case

    🎧 A Forensic Psychologist’s Look at the Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell Case

    Few cases have captured the interest and attention as much as the Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell case. In November 2019, a welfare check on two missing children led to a multiple state investigation and the eventual uncovering of three dead adults and a trial of lies, deception and extreme religious beliefs. Then, on June 9, 2019, the missing children were found – murdered. Two adults are currently in custody awaiting criminal charges of tampering with evidence and concealing bodies. Murder charges are anticipated. In this episode, Dr. Joni Johnston takes a look at this case from a forensic psychologist’s perspective, talking about what diagnoses a forensic expert would consider and whether or not an insanity plea is available or likely.



    Image: Rexburg Police Department; Madison County Sheriff's Office

    • 54 min
    🎧 How Jurors Think

    🎧 How Jurors Think

    We’ve all heard of trials where the jury voted in a way that seemed absolutely illogical or astonishing. How could they think the defendant was innocent? How could they convict on such flimsy evidence? While judges and attorneys try to figure this out, the rest of us are left shaking our heads.



    On this episode of The Forensic Psychologist, host Dr. Joni Johnston interviews Dr. Margaret Bull Kovera, one of the leading experts in jury research. Dr. Covera has spent hours talking to real and mock jurors to get inside their heads and see how they evaluate eye witnesses, experts, and other evidence that can make or break case.  



    Dr. Kovera received her Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Minnesota. A Presidential scholar and current professor of psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Dr. Kovera is a Past-President of APLS and has served as the Treasurer of APLS and the Secretary/Treasurer of SPSSI. She is also the current Editor-in-Chief of Law and Human Behavior, the first woman to ever hold this position. For over twenty years, she has conducted research on eye-witness identification, jury decision-making, and scientific evidence with the goal of improving accuracy and fairness in the courtroom.

    • 57 min
    🎧 Crisis Negotiation:  Negotiation with People’s Lives

    🎧 Crisis Negotiation:  Negotiation with People’s Lives

    We’ve all negotiated in situations that seemed like high stakes – asking for a job raise or bargaining with a rebellious teenager. But few of us have ever been thrown into a situation where our words could literally save or cost someone’s life. On today’s show, we’ll take a look at some of the most famous hostage crises in recent times and explore how negotiators get peaceful outcomes in tense situations and why sometimes things don’t go as planned.











    Gary Noesner retired from the FBI in 2003 following a 30 year career as an investigator, instructor, and negotiator. A significant focus of his career was directed toward investigating Middle East hijackings in which American citizens were victimized. In addition, he was an FBI hostage negotiator for 23 years of his career, retiring as the Chief of the FBI's Crisis Negotiation Unit, Critical Incident Response Group, the first person to hold that position. In that capacity he was heavily involved in numerous crisis incidents covering prison riots, right- wing militia standoffs, religious zealot sieges, terrorist embassy takeovers, airplane hijackings, and over 120 overseas kidnapping cases involving American citizens.



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    • 57 min
    🎧 The Psychology of Violence

    🎧 The Psychology of Violence

    What causes someone to be violent? Are they born that way or is it a response to childhood trauma or adverse life circumstances? And how likely is it that at some point in your lifetime you will be a victim of someone else’s brutality? These are the questions – and answers – on this episode of The Forensic Psychologist, the Psychology of Violence. Join Dr. Joni Johnston as she interviews forensic, police and clinical psychologist who has interviewed and evaluated some of the most dangerous people in the world. 



    Dr. Kris Mohandie is a clinical, police, and forensic psychologist with over thirty years of experience in the assessment and management of violent behavior. He is licensed as a psychologist in several states including California, Alaska, New York, Nevada, and Utah. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) in Police and Public Safety Psychology. 

    • 57 min

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