In June 2013, documents leaked by Edward Snowden sparked widespread debate about secret government surveillance of Americans. Just over a year later, the shooting of Michael Brown, a black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, set off protests and triggered concern about militarization and discriminatory policing. In Unwarranted, Barry Friedman argues that these two seemingly disparate events are connected - and that the problem is not so much the policing agencies as it is the rest of us.
What has happened to the thousands of Bosnians, Croatians and Serbians swallowed up in the Balkan war of the 1990s, never to be seen again? Matt O'Brien, ex-United States Senator and former Vietnam POW is a member of an international commission charged with sifting for clues. Outraged by the commission's inaction, O'Brien teams up with radar engineer Hank Wilson. Together, they embark on a high tech probe of Bosnian killing fields.
When seven-year-old Angela Harris is rushed to a hospital emergency room in an unexplained coma, Dr. Ben Allen, the young pediatrician assigned to her case, welcomes the diagnostic challenge. His enthusiasm turns to frustration when confronted with the child's overbearing father, her phlegmatic mother, her senile great-aunt, a knife-happy surgeon, and a hospital administrator who values fund-raising above patient care. Consumed by his efforts to save Angela, Allen must do so in the face of a series of events that threaten to end his budding career.
They found Henry Gibson shot dead in his abandoned car on a dirt road. Then George Horner and Noah Hamberger. Random murders or a sicko with an agenda? That was the problem facing homicide detective Al Maharos. He ran out of ideas until he teamed up Sheriff Karen Vandergrift. Attractive, brilliant Vandergrift. Together, they uncovered other bodies, and a pattern unique in the annals of crime. They knew their path would converge with that of the killer. They knew when. But where?
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Barry Friedman gets an answer he didn't expect when asking one of his audience members about her divorce. Performed live at Rivercenter Comedy Club on March 28, 2015.