SFR 320: God’s Bankers

–A self proclaimed “anti-theist” has been charged with the murder of three Muslim students in Chapel Hill. Was this an anti-Muslim hate crime? Something a little more mundane? Either way, why are some media outlets linking the “New Atheist” writings with acts of violence?
–An openly gay WWE wrestler publicly criticizes his employer for touring Abu Dhabi when the United Arab Emirates, of which it belongs, has such staunch anti-gay laws. We posnerweigh in on issues of corporate responsibility and hypocrisy involving the WWE.
–Charles Manson calls off his wedding once it is learned his fiancee’ wanted to put his corpse on public display. Sorry, Charlie! She didn’t want you for your mind, just your body.
–Recommendations: Jason, always eager to recommend something to his fellow true crime junkies, asks that people check out the first episode of HBO’s new miniseries, “The Jinx: the Life and Deaths of Robert Durst.”
–Rupert Sheldrake is collaborating on a children’s book about psychic dogs. We discuss the pseudoscientific nature of his past research, and echo Sharon Hill’s desire to see more skeptical books aimed at kids.

In hour 2, we spoke with Gerald Posner about his new book, “God’s Bankers,” and the documentation it provides about the Vatican bank and its shady dealings with Nazis, the Mafia, and a host of others of dubious character.  Religion.  Power.  Money.  What could be more intriguing than that?

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About Jason Korbus

Friend, family member, possible werewolf. I co-host Strange Frequencies Radio, blog at Confidential Korbus, and generally walk among the weird. When I'm not doing busywork, I can usually be found with my nose in a book, my eyes glued to a glowing screen, or my ears tuned to The Ramones.
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