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Why Corruption Breeds Religious Violence, Death on a Buddhist Retreat, And More
April 16, 2015
Summary: Bribes in exchange for drivers licenses. Sex in exchange for fair trials. Why corruption--the misuse of public office for personal gain--rouses religious extremism. Plus, nirvana gone awry: the death of Ian Thorson.

Kaveh Sardari
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Former NPR reporter Sarah Chayes spent 10 years living in Afghanistan, and this week, she reports what she saw. It isn’t pretty. After years of putting up with government officials who demand bribes, sex and cash for routine business, she says many citizens of the Middle East have turned to the moralistic "God's law" offered by groups like ISIS.

Sarah Chayes, senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and author of Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security
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Nirvana Gone Awry: Death at a Buddhist Retreat April 16, 2015
In 1996, businessman Michael Roach opened a Buddhist meditation center in Manhattan that would become one of the trendiest places in America to seek enlightenment. His most dedicated student was a 38-year old man named Ian Thorson. Fast-forward 15 years and zoom in on Ian, dying of dehydration and dysentery in the remote mountains of Arizona. He had believed he was on the cusp of becoming divine. Scott Carney tells the tale to producer Mallory Daily.

Scott Carney, author of A Death on Diamond Mountain

Pictured: Ian Thorson and his girlfriend, Christie McNally.