Taller Than the Trees, Mrs. Sherlock Holmes
Top of Mind with Julie Rose - Radio Archive, Episode 482
- Feb 4, 2017
- 1:43:39 mins
Taller Than the Trees Guest: Megan Mylan, Academy Awards winning director of the new short documentary “Taller Than the Trees” Developed countries all over the world are facing a “crisis of care.” Aging populations and declining birthrates are creating a generation of people squeezed on both ends: Their parents need care and so do their own young children. This is true in most European countries. It’s true in the US as the Baby Boomers age. And it’s especially true in Japan, where the birth rate is as low as it’s ever been and society is what demographers call “hyper-aging.” Academy Award winning director Megan Mylan’s latest short documentary profiles one middle-aged Japanese man stuck in this crisis of care. You can watch "Taller Than the Trees" here. Mrs. Sherlock Holmes Guest: Brad Ricca, author of “Mrs. Sherlock Holmes,” SAGES fellow, Case Western Reserve University A true story of American crime and the pioneering efforts of a woman detective ahead of her time has now been put into print form. Her name was Grace Humiston, but the press took to calling her “Mrs. Sherlock Holmes” because of her knack for cracking cases the New York police had given up on. Her most famous case was the disappearance of a young woman in 1917, sensationalized in the press with headlines such as “Pretty Skater Girl Strangely Missing.” The case captured public attention and stumped the police, but not Mrs. Sherlock Holmes. In his new book of that title, historian Brad Ricca at Case Western Reserve University tells the story of Grace Humiston in gripping detail. She wasn’t just a great detective. She was the first female U.S. district attorney and an advocate for immigrant and women’s rights at a time when women didn’t even have the right to vote. She also died in obscurity, which Ricca argues is a tragedy.