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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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Episodes

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