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The Debatable Podcast


Nov 5, 2012

Filmmakers Joe Bailey Jr. and Steve Mims join me on our 20th episode to talk about their movie "Incendiary: The Willingham Case." One of the best films of 2011, “Incendiary” deals with the capital punishment case of Cameron Todd Willingham, a man convicted of murdering his children in a house fire in 1991. After his lethal injection in 2004, evidence came to light through analysis of the flawed arson forensics used to convict him. As Willingham's family struggles to exonerate him, with the help of arson experts like Gerald Hurst and John Lentini, they have come into conflict with steadfast bureaucracy in the form of politicians like Gov. Rick Perry and Forensic Science Commission Chair John Bradley. it's a great film and an eye-opening conversation. enjoy!

Incendiary: The Willingham Case website - great for information on the film and resources/articles about the case
Incendiary trailer
Incendiary for rent and purchase on iTunes

FURTHER MATERIAL
"Trial by Fire" - the New Yorker article by David Grann that inspired the documentary
"The Willingham Fire" - David Grann and Blake Eskin talk on The New Yorker's podcast
"Flashover" - David Grann explains one of the flaws of arson investigation in this video
"Ask the Author Live" - a Q&A with Grann from August 31, 2009

Willingham's Family Seeks Posthumous Pardon
Texas Reviewing Old Arson Convictions for Suspect Evidence

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Artist: Fritz Monath - Song: SmokeOrgans, Togetherness