242: Enemy Camp

242: Enemy Camp

Jul 18, 2003
Living behind enemy lines among the enemy, it's sometimes hard to remember why you're fighting in the first place.
  • Host Ira Glass tells the enemy camp story the way we like it to be told. (2 minutes) MilitaryPolitics

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  • Patrick Wall was a special kind of monk. He was a fixer. The Catholic Church sent him to problem parishes where priests had been removed because of scandal. His job was to come in, keep events from going public and smooth things over until a permanent replacement priest was found. But after four different churches in four years, after covering up for pedophiles and adulterers and liars and embezzlers he decided to make a change. Carl Marziali tells his story. You can read the statement from St. John's Monastery on sex abuse by their monks, and see the website of the Survivor's Network of Those Abused by Priests. (21 minutes)ReligionSexuality
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  • You can divide all living creatures into two camps. We humans are in one camp, along with lots of other things like dogs and birds and trees and caterpillars. In the other camp are the things that live inside of us, the bacterias and viruses, the worms and protozoans, in short, parasites. Scientists estimate that the parasites outnumber us and our free-living allies by 3 to 1. Carl Zimmer, author of the book Parasite Rex, talks with Ira about how parasites manage the trick of living inside of us, behind enemy lines, without us finding out. (11 minutes)AnimalsScience

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  • A short story, "Fatso," by Etgar Keret. A woman reveals to her boyfriend that she's not always what she seems. Keret is the author of the collection The Bus Driver Who Wanted to Be God. Matt Malloy reads. (6 minutes) FictionRomance

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  • Two women in a small town find themselves on opposite sides of a protest. One is for the war in Iraq, one is against it, but despite this, they cross enemy lines and become friends. For a while anyway. Blue Chevigny tells the story. (14 minutes) ActivismIraqWar

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