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There’s a reason the History Channel has produced hundreds of documentaries about Hitler but only a few about Dwight D. Eisenhower. Bad guys (and gals) are eternally fascinating. Behind the Bastards dives in past the Cliffs Notes of the worst humans in history and exposes the bizarre realities of their lives. Listeners will learn about the young adult novels that helped Hitler form his monstrous ideology, the founder of Blackwater’s insane quest to build his own Air Force, the bizarre lives of the sons and daughters of dictators and Saddam Hussein’s side career as a trashy romance novelist.

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There’s a reason the History Channel has produced hundreds of documentaries about Hitler but only a few about Dwight D. Eisenhower. Bad guys (and gals) are eternally fascinating. Behind the Bastards dives in past the Cliffs Notes of the worst humans in history and exposes the bizarre realities of their lives. Listeners will learn about the young adult novels that helped Hitler form his monstrous ideology, the founder of Blackwater’s insane quest to build his own Air Force, the bizarre lives of the sons and daughters of dictators and Saddam Hussein’s side career as a trashy romance novelist.

    Part Two: John of God: Oprah's Favorite Ghost-Channeling Rapist Surgeon

    Part Two: John of God: Oprah's Favorite Ghost-Channeling Rapist Surgeon

    Robert is joined again by Andrew Ti to continue discussing John of God.
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    • 58 min
    Part One: John of God: Oprah's Favorite Ghost-Channeling Rapist Surgeon

    Part One: John of God: Oprah's Favorite Ghost-Channeling Rapist Surgeon

    Robert is joined by Andrew Ti to discuss Brazilian 'healer' John of God.
    FOOTNOTES:

    Impression on Observing Psychic Surgery and Healing in Brazil Which Appear to Incorporate (+) Qi Gong Energy & the Use of Acupuncture Points

    Spiritual Surgery: An Investigation

    SPIRITS WITH SCALPELS: THE CULTURAL BIOLOGY OF RELIGIOUS HEALING IN BRAZIL

    Brazil 'spiritual healer' known as John of God jailed for 19 years for raping four women

    An Oprah Winfrey Scandal Timeline: It's Not The First Time She's Weathered A Storm Like This

    Slaves to religion: Brazil raids expose dark side of cults

    Notorious celebrity faith healer John of God 'sold babies' to Australians

    Faith healer with millions of followers ran a "sex slave farm and sold babies to highest bidder"

    ‘John of God’ cult leader allegedly ran child sex slave farm

    Brazilian activist’s alleged suicide sparks coverage controversy

    Leap of Faith: Meet John of God

    John of God: my encounter with Brazil’s accused faith healer

    I Found Healing With A Famed Spiritualist. Then He Was Arrested As A Sexual Predator.

    Celebrity Brazilian healer ‘John of God,’ once featured by Oprah, surrenders on sexual abuse charges

    John of God – the Brazilian psychic surgeon

    He is Brazil's favourite faith healer, but did he spirit away £1million?

    The Science of Faith Healing

    John of God: Miracle worker or charlatan?

    The Right Chemistry: Brazilian 'healer' John of God leads cancer patients by the nose


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    • 1 hr 19 min
    Behind the Police: How The Police Declared War On All Of Us

    Behind the Police: How The Police Declared War On All Of Us

    For the last episode of Behind the Police, we discuss the history of police militarization in the United States, and where it's led us to today. 
    FOOTNOTES:

    I'm From Philly. 30 Years Later, I'm Still Trying To Make Sense Of The MOVE Bombing

    The History of Policing in the United States

    A New History Tears Down the Myth of the Texas Rangers

    American Police Training and Political Violence: From the Philippines Conquest to the Killing Fields of Afghanistan and Iraq

    THE MILITARIZATION OF THE PHILADELPHIA POLICE

    Militarized policing doesn’t reduce crime and disproportionately hits black communities

    Multi-Method Study Of Special Weapons and Tactics Teams 

    The Growing Epidemic of Cops Shooting Family Dogs

    U.S. spends twice as much on law and order as it does on cash welfare, data show

    Militarization fails to enhance police safety or reduce crime but may harm police reputation

    Police officers in the US were charged with more than 400 rapes over a 9-year period

    'Who will protect you from rape without police?'

    More cops. Is it the answer to fighting crime?

    How shows like ‘Cops’ and ‘Law & Order’ affect our views of the police

    The Militarization of America's Police: A Brief History


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    • 2 hrs 30 min
    Behind the Police: How Police Unions Made Cops Even Deadlier

    Behind the Police: How Police Unions Made Cops Even Deadlier

    If you thought police were deadly up till this point, wait until you hear about what unionization did to the U.S. police (hint: it got a hell of a lot of the rest of us killed.)
    FOOTNOTES:

    The History of Policing in the United States

    Study finds misconduct spreads among police officers like contagion

    The End of Policing 

    How Police Unions Became Such Powerful Opponents to Reform Efforts

    The unjust power of police unions

    How Police Unions Enable and Conceal Abuses of Power

    Minneapolis Police Union President Allegedly Wore a “White Power Patch” and Made Racist Remarks

    Police chiefs are often forced to put officers fired for misconduct back on the streets

    How a 50-year-old study was misconstrued to create destructive broken-windows policing

    In New York, major crime complaints fell when cops took a break from ‘proactive policing’


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    • 1 hr 41 min
    Behind the Police: How The Police Defeated Lynching Via Torture

    Behind the Police: How The Police Defeated Lynching Via Torture

    Lynching was the sharpest blade in the arsenal of white supremacy for decades, until American police replaced it with the death penalty. In this episode, Prop and Robert trace the evolution of police torture, and how the legacy of 'the third degree' persists in law enforcement to this day. 
    FOOTNOTES:

    History of the KKK in Oklahoma

    Tulsa, Oklahoma, Race Riot

    Tulsa Timeline

    The Color of the Third Degree: Racism, Police Torture, and Civil Rights in the American South, 1930–1955

    ACCUSED TORTURER JON BURGE DIED LAST WEEK, BUT HIS LEGACY OF BRUTAL, RACIST POLICING LIVES ON IN CHICAGO

    CHICAGO POLICE TORTURE: EXPLAINED


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    • 1 hr 34 min
    Behind the Police: The History of American Police and the Ku Klux Klan

    Behind the Police: The History of American Police and the Ku Klux Klan

    For years protesters have chanted that the 'cops and klan go hand in hand'. Today, we discuss the very real history behind that, and how it influenced the birth of American policing.
    FOOTNOTES:

    KKK in the PD

    The Red Summer of 1919, Explained

    At least 2,000 more black people were lynched by white mobs than previously reported, new research finds

    Extremist cops: how US law enforcement is failing to police itself

    Yesterday’s Ku Klux Klan members are today’s police officers, councilwoman says

    The FBI’s Secret Rules

    Ku-Klux: The Birth of the Klan during Reconstruction

    The US government destroyed the Ku Klux Klan once. It could do so again

    Constituting whiteness: The National Horse Thief Detective Association and racial mores in Indiana, 1850–1930

    When Watchmen were Klansmen

    The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow


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    • 1 hr 33 min

Customer Reviews

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694 Ratings

694 Ratings

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Great podcast, very well researched, interesting topics. Don’t listen if you’re a sensitive conservative who cries when people take the piss

babochina ,

Great podcast

I ll be brief: if you like history and smart comment, give it a go.

It’s the podcast i most look forward to

PseudoScientific ,

Effective situation description, tarred with sweeping political drivel

Started well, drawing on effective sources to describe QS’s background, Iran/Iraq war and his current dealings.
Descended into mindless/naïve ‘Trump is bad’, ‘violence is bad’ tosh.
A shame.

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