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Smart stories about the South. Subscribe to Reckon Radio's first narrative podcast, "Greek Gods," an examination of The Machine, a secret society that has been described as "the most powerful fraternity in America" with tentacles reaching to the State House, Washington and beyond. Hosted by Amy Yurkanin and John Archibald, winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize.

Smart stories about the South. Subscribe to Reckon Radio's first narrative podcast, "Greek Gods," an examination of The Machine, a secret society that has been described as "the most powerful fraternity in America" with tentacles reaching to the State House, Washington and beyond. Hosted by Amy Yurkanin and John Archibald, winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize.
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Smart stories about the South. Subscribe to Reckon Radio's first narrative podcast, "Greek Gods," an examination of The Machine, a secret society that has been described as "the most powerful fraternity in America" with tentacles reaching to the State House, Washington and beyond. Hosted by Amy Yurkanin and John Archibald, winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize.

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Subscribe to the Reckon Interview

7/9/2019
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In a follow up Reckon Radio’s acclaimed series “Greek Gods” and “Recused,” Reckon by AL.com is launching its newest podcast: The Reckon Interview. What is the South? A place? A people? A lifestyle? Each week, on the Reckon Interview, host John Hammontree explores that question and more, with some of the most interesting minds in the South – authors, entertainers, artists, activists, and thinkers. Join us as we learn how this place shaped them and how they’re reshaping this place. Think of...

Duration:00:00:49

S2E3 - Recused Episode 3

12/25/2018
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Episode Notes In the 1980s and 1990s, Jeff Sessions fought political corruption and drug traffickers as a U.S. Attorney and Alabama attorney general. He didn't mention immigration until his first term in the U.S. Senate. It started with questions about special agent staffing, and ended with one of the most controversial immigration policies in American history. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

Duration:00:26:11

S2E2 - Recused Episode 2

12/18/2018
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Episode Notes Years before he was the U.S. Attorney General, Jeff Sessions served as the Alabama Attorney General. And in that post, he faced a situation similar to the Russia investigation. It involved a Republican governor, cries of a "witch hunt" and a marble shower stall. Listen to this episode to see the similarities between Sessions'handling of that case and the way he dealt with the Russia investigation. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

Duration:00:27:24

S2E1 - Recused Episode 1

12/11/2018
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Episode Note In 2016, Jeff Sessions was announced as President Donald Trump's pick for attorney general. For nearly two years, he held his dream job -- but the experience turned into something of a nightmare due to ongoing investigations into allegations of Russian meddling in the election. Sessions recused himself, drawing the ire of the president. But did you know Sessions political career was almost over before it began? In episode one of Recused, we're going back to a 1986 judicial...

Duration:00:31:36

Doug Jones: The Reckon Interview

11/21/2018
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Episode Notes Reckon's John Hammontree spoke with U.S. Sen. Doug Jones about Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Jeff Sessions and President Donald Trump. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

Duration:00:48:00

Trailer: Recused

11/13/2018
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Episode Notes Reckon’s Amy Yurkanin dives into the untold story of Jeff Sessions, from the people who knew him best. • How did Jeff Sessions become President Trump’s most controversial cabinet member? And what led to his downfall? • Did you know President Trump wasn’t the first person to pressure Sessions to look the other way during an investigation into the executive branch? • What was the political fallout of Sessions’ failed judicial confirmation hearing in 1986? • How did he become...

Duration:00:00:59

Time Served

11/7/2018
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Episode Notes A 2017 law gave the right to vote back to tens of thousands of felons, but few of them know about the change. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

Duration:00:19:39

S1E4 - Greek Gods Episode 4

8/27/2018
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Episode Notes Episode Four: What does The Machine teach students about real world politics? John Archibald shares his reflections on how student politics has real world ramifications. His wife Alecia also describes how she was forced to choose between her sorority and her relationship in college, illustrating the difficult decisions young women face during their time on campus.

Duration:00:33:39

S1E3 - Greek Gods Episode 3

8/27/2018
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Episode Notes Episode Three: What role does race play on campus? In recent years, the University of Alabama Greek system has been scrutinized by national media for sorority women caught on video using racial slurs and for sorority alumni intent on preserving the school’s “tradition” of white sororities. Also includes the story of Elliot Spillers, the first black student government president in 40 years, and what his surprise election says about today’s campus climate.

Duration:00:31:09

S1E2 - Greek Gods Episode 2

8/27/2018
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Episode Notes Episode Two: The Machine strikes back. Is the organization nefarious, or just a voting block of friends? Former members of the Machine share their side of the story, including Lee Garrison a Tuscaloosa politician who allegedly used the secret society to be elected to an office beyond the University setting.

Duration:00:32:22

S1E1 - Greek Gods Episode 1

8/27/2018
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Episode Notes Episode One: What is “The Machine?” Hosts Amy and John trace the history of the secret society, with a focus on the events of 1970 – 1993, including allegations of arson, wiretapping, crossing burning and physical assault. Also shares the story of Fran Viselli, owner of Bama Bino’s a popular pizza joint that faced a boycott after his son dared run against the Machine.

Duration:00:35:13

Trailer: Greek Gods

7/31/2018
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Episode Notes Threats of violence, wire-tapping, boycotts, voter coercion, whatever it takes to win. That's the playbook of The Machine, a secret society that has controlled student government at the University of Alabama for more than a century. The Machine has been described as "the most powerful fraternity in America" and its tentacles reach to the State House, Washington and beyond. Reckon Radio presents, "Greek Gods," an examination of politics, privilege and race hosted by Amy...

Duration:00:02:21