The State We're In, 13 October 2012. A former London banker spills the beans, and bile, on investment banks. An ex-ballerina in Italy on starving herself to get roles. A former security guard in California recounts the threats he got from colleagues. And a former neo-Nazi on joining, and then leaving, the far right in Germany.
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We first spoke with Geraint Anderson in 2009 about corruption in London’s financial world.
Geraint has since become a novelist. And his books feature high finance... and criminals.
Geraint tells host Jonathan Groubert what he’s up to now that he’s left the world of “gangsters in Armani suits”.
More: Geraint’s website - Cityboy.biz - Fear and loathing in the city.
Mariafrancesca Garritano grew up wanting to be a ballerina.
At 16, she joined La Scala and was starting to realize her dream.
But success meant enduring insults about her body, and virtually starving herself.
She tells Jonathan what her childhood dream means to her now.
Abas Idris liked his job as a security guard in California.
Until he started getting harassed, then threatened, by colleagues and supervisors.
His complaints went unanswered for two years.
So he quit, then took his employer to court.
And he won... about $250,000 in damages.
Manuel Bauer was once a neo-Nazi thug from the former East Germany.
He regularly attacked immigrants - including children - and led paramilitary organizations.
He tells Jonathan about why he left the neo-Nazis and how dangerous life is for him even now.
More: 'I Was an Asshole': A Look at Neo-Nazi Germany from the Inside - Spiegel Online.