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July 18, 2003

Enemy Camp

Living behind enemy lines among the enemy, it's sometimes hard to remember why you're fighting in the first place.

Prologue

Host Ira Glass tells the enemy camp story the way we like it to be told. (2 minutes)

Confession

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)

Song:

“Hunu” by Deerhoof

Blood Agent

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)

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