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Ep42: CIA Drug Trade

CIA Crack Epidemic

A complicated network of stakeholders with wildly varying agendas — from fighting communists in Latin America to getting a record deal in Marcy Projects Brooklyn — resulted in the surprising and mythologized explosion of crack in America. Join Brian, Gene and Lee as they investigate the CIA Drug Trade.

For more info on this topic, check out Gary Webb’s Dark Alliance series (preserved online) or watch Planet Rock on YouTube.

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Ep41: The Knights Templar

Templarseal

The emblem of the Knights Templar shows two knights on one horse, supposedly signifying the poverty of the mysterious order.

The speed with which the Knights Templar gained unrivaled financial and military power in the Medieval world is matched only by the suddenness of their downfall. However, many claim this religious order of knight-monks lived on, preserving secret and terrifying knowledge protected by a special brand of heresy. Join Brian, Gene and Lee as they investigate the Knights Templar on this episode of Inside Jobs.

Note: There are a few date errors in this episode! The Second Temple was destroyed by Roman Legions in A.D. 70, though the rebellion did start in 66. Constantine converted the Roman Empire to Christianity in 312 and his mother found the relic of the True Cross in the Holy Land in 326-328. Pope Urban II preached the first Crusade in 1095 and Crusaders ventured to the Levant the following year.

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Ep40: The Bay of Pigs Invasion

Cuban Exile Prisoners

Cuban exile soldiers captured during the Bay of Pigs invasion line up to be, uh, processed.

After defeating the Spanish in the Spanish-American War, the United States — including well connected corporations and Mafia-linked business concerns — enjoyed massive profits at the expense of Cuban locals. Once Fidel Castro took power in 1959, the CIA coerced Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy into supporting a disastrous military operation. Join Brian, Gene and Lee as they investigate the Bay of Pigs Invasion on Inside Jobs.

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Ep39: The CIA Coup in Iran

Mosaddegh

Ousted Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh is lead away by security forces.

It’s good to be back!”

In 1953, the prime minister of Iran was ousted from power in a purely domestic coup that the CIA had nothing to do with, wink wink. Join Brian, Gene and Lee as they investigate the CIA Coup in Iran on this episode of Inside Jobs!

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Ep38: The Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand

Franz Ferdinand and Sophie

The heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, marches to his fate with wife Sophie.

He introduced her by saying ‘Czech out my bride!’

On June 28, 1914, Orthodox Serb terrorist Gavrilo Princip assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand, tipping the first in a series of dominoes that resulted in World War I. But was a greater conspiracy at work? Join Brian, Gene and special guest Mark Thomas as they investigate the Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand on Inside Jobs.

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Ep37: The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre

VDay Massacre

Extra, extra! Seven killed on Valentine’s Day in Chicago!

For an absolutely horrifying, NSFW image of the massacre, click here.

I want his podcast DEAD!

On February 14, 1929, Chicago saw one of the worst incidents in organized crime violence in U.S. history when seven North Side Gang members were gunned down in cold blood. Join Brian, Gene and Lee as they investigate the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre on Inside Jobs.

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Ep36: Shakespeare Authorship Controversy w/ Jordan Morris

First Folio image

Is this woodcut from the First Folio the image of a genius or a fraud?

Two theatre managers, both alike in dignity.”

38 plays, 154 sonnets and a handful of longer poems: these comprise the complete oeuvre of William Shakespeare, generally regarded as the greatest poet and dramatist in the English language. And yet, many have trouble squaring the life of the Stratford man — the uneducated son of an illiterate glover — with the erudite genius behind Hamlet, King Lear, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and the rest. Join Brian, Gene, Lee and special guest Jordan Morris as they investigate the Shakespeare Authorship Controversy on Inside Jobs!

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