Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition. But not everybody really knows what it is, either. In a new book, the writer Cullen Murphy sets the record straight about the Catholic Church's 700-year persecution of its enemies, both real and imagined. And he says the "inquisitorial impulse" lives on - in America's massive surveillance and routine use of torture in the wake of 9/11, for example. Murphy joins Doug on Thursday to remind us the Inquisition isn't something safely relegated to the past.
Books and music from today's RadioWest:
- God's Jury: The Inquisition and the Making of the Modern World by Cullen Murphy
- "Paranoid Android (Album Version)" by Brad Mehldau
- "Weird Fishes/Arpeggi" by Radiohead
- "Videotape" by Radiohead