A podcast of fascinating facts! What do extraterrestrial radio signals and a mushroom from Texas have in common? What is a “number station“ and why is it so spine-tinglingly creepy? Join comedians Shane Rogers and Duncan MacEwan for an entertaining and hilarious deep-dive into obscure facts from science, history and pop culture. A new topic each week!

September 17, 2020

Organized Crime, Volume 1: The Yakuza

For many of us, the word “Yakuza” conjures images of full-body tattoos and severed pinkies, but the actual legacy of organized crime in Japan is much more nuanced. Are members of the Yakuza modern-day Samurai, protectors of the common people, or just a bunch of stone-cold killers? Join Shane and Duncan for an exploration of Japan's most famous criminal organization. 


In this episode: 

  • Yakuza: Good Samaritans?
  • Nomenclature: Boryokudan vs Ninkyo Dantai
  • Origins: Bakuto and Tekiya
  • Hierarchy: Oyabun and Kobun
  • Yubitsume (ritual amputation)
  • Irezumi (ritual tattooing) 
  • The largest Yakuza clan: the Yamaguchi Gumi
  • The infamous "Concrete-Encased High School Girl Murder Case"
  • The Anti-Boryokudan acts
  • ...and more


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