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At some level, Greed drives us to improve our lot in life, but when it comes at the cost of our spiritual needs, Greed is a sin which we cannot afford.

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"Mr and Mrs North: Runaway From Murder"



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Most people have everything they need. A serviceable car to drive to school or work, enough food to be healthy, a safe, dry place to sleep, and the companionship of people they love and care about, these basic needs are actually not so hard to come by in the modern world. This is indeed fortunate because if a person's basic needs are not met, things become difficult, even unhealthy, sooner than later.

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There is nothing inherently wrong with wanting to improve your lot in life beyond your basic needs. Sure, a serviceable used car will get you where you need to go, but if you can afford a faster, more luxurious ride, what is wrong with that? A nicer, bigger house? Tastier, fresher groceries? Striving for something better than what you have is not only healthy, it drives what is the greatest economy in the world, so if you can afford to chase better things, then do.

Problems begin to arise when we want more than we can afford but greed tells us we should still have them. Greed is the desire for material wealth or gains, often at the cost of spiritual needs. By spiritual needs, we are talking about more than simply the lessons taught in church, spiritual needs include the companionship of friends and the love and nurturing of the family unit. These are things which are criminally easy to take for granted, but if they are neglected or ignored, they slip through our fingers.

Mahatma Gandhi pointed out that "Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs, but not every man's greed." In the prosperity of the Eighties, it was common to teach that "greed is good", and we have discussed here that desiring and striving toward better things and a better life is healthy and even admirable. The problem occurs when our greed blinds us to the real cost of that "better life". If advancement comes at the cost of our basic needs, especially our spiritual needs for companionship and love of family and friends, if we even consider risking the welfare of others, then the cost of our greed is too high.

  • The Lone Ranger, June 30, 1944, Mutual Network, "Ricky Meadows/The Phantom Rider". Ricky is doing well with his job at the general store, he gets a raise to $12 a week and puts some money on a ring for his girl but his greedy Ma has other plans.  The Ranger and Tonto are in the Territory trying to find information about the Phantom Rider but have a run-in with a bounty hunter. 
  • The FalconThe Adventures of the Falcon, February 20, 1949, Mutual, "Murder is a Knockout". Kay took it on the lam from Los Angeles with $75,000 of Peter Alexo's money. He tracked her to Chicago and then to New York where he tries to hire Mike Waring, the Falcon, to find her. Alexo also has one of his boys. Hagen, looking for Kay. The web of deceit and greed get deeper when Hagen turns up dead.
  • The Saint, August 14, 1949, Mutual, "Greed Causes Murder". Fancy Dan Turner wants to get his hands on the Old Timer's jalopy. Simon Templar is determined to figure out what a dude like Dan would want with such a dud set of wheels, but first, the old man turns up dead, and his won't be the last body involved.
  • The FBI in Peace and War, March 23, 1950, CBS, AFRS Rebroadcast, "The Criminal Proposition". The company where Walter Donner is keeping the books is in bigger trouble than it appears, so his bosses make a criminal proposition. Walter will make off with the books so that the bosses can hide the cash they have embezzled. Donner wants to do the right thing, but his wife is feeling greedy.
  • Mr. and Mrs. North, October 27, 1953, CBS. "Runaway From Murder". "Greedy, grasping, selfish relatives" are the bane of Mr. Gordon's existence. His wife spends lavishly, the kids are spoiled, her family expects to keep their jobs, and the bank is going to call their loan. In desperation, he has Mr. North sell his collection of antique books and he will liquidate a division of his company. Out of the blue, his secretary suggests that they run away together, which will lead to even more trouble.
  • Our Miss Brooks, January 30, 1955, CBS, AFRTS Rebroadcast. Connie's landlord, Mrs. Davis, cannot afford the installment on her mortgage and may lose the house. Meanwhile, Madison High has its own real estate troubles, the school wants to buy the vacant three acres next to the school but the greedy miser who owns it won't sell. Can they get him to sell if Connie fakes an injury?

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    total playtime 23 hours, 39 min
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      50 shows - total playtime 23 hours 39 minutes
      1. Adventures Of Frank Merriwell 490108 Gold Fever.mp3
      2. Adventures Of Philip Marlowe 500908 Fifth Mask.mp3
      3. Boston Blackie 490504 Joe Gates Murdered.mp3
      4. Casey Crime Photographer 470828 Hide Out.mp3
      5. Chase 520629 Stephan Monica And One Million Dollars.mp3
      6. Columbia Workshop 390605 141 Highboy.mp3
      7. Crime Doctor 450520 Case Of Bigamy.mp3
      8. Danger Dr Danfield 460908 Norman Miles.mp3
      9. Destination Freedom 510311 Dick Draper Story.mp3
      10. Diary Of Fate 480223 Peter Drake.mp3
      11. Escape 491227 Seeds Of Greed.mp3
      12. Escape 500310 Port Royal.mp3
      13. Falcon 490220 Murder Is Knock Out.mp3
      14. Falcon 501217 Case Of Baby Brother.mp3
      15. Falcon 510520 Case Of Curious Cop.mp3
      16. Fbi In Peace And War 500323 Criminal Proposition.mp3
      17. Ft 490309 108 Hollywood Story.mp3
      18. Gang Busters 481127 0557 Case Of Greedy Gunman.mp3
      19. Guiding Light Episode 0879.mp3
      20. Gunsmoke 520920 Drop Dead.mp3
      21. Horatio Hornblower 530717 52 Promoted Cpt Of Retribution.mp3
      22. Let George Do It 520428 Operation Europa.mp3
      23. Lets Pretend 531212 Snow Queen.mp3
      24. Lone Ranger 381114 0905 Deputy To Be.mp3
      25. Lone Ranger 440630 1786 Phantom Rider.mp3
      26. Lone Ranger 460222 2042 Tainted Grubstake.mp3
      27. Lone Ranger 460816 2117 Too Much Law Aka J. Dexter Rumsey.mp3
      28. Lone Ranger 500109 2649 Bud Titus Resigns.mp3
      29. Lux Radio Theater 490418 654 Treasure Of Sierra Madre.mp3
      30. Man Called X 510504 30 Monte Carlo.mp3
      31. Mr And Mrs North 531027 Runaway From Murder.mp3
      32. Obsession 06 Cousin Charley Bonita Granville.mp3
      33. Our Miss Brooks 550130 274 Mr Travis Three Acre Lot.mp3
      34. Saint 490814 085greed Causes Murder.mp3
      35. Screen Guild 471215 366 Sweethearts.mp3
      36. Strange Dr Weird 441128 Death In Everglades.mp3
      37. Studio One 470513 An Enemy Of People.mp3
      38. Studio One 471209 To Mary With Love.mp3
      39. Suspense 461003 Three Times Murder.mp3
      40. Suspense 470410 Community Property.mp3
      41. Theater Five 650413 Lion Who Wasnt There.mp3
      42. This Is Your Fbi 501020 290 Dark Journey.mp3
      43. Whistler 420905 017 House Of Greed.mp3
      44. Whistler 450611 159 Death Pays Visit.mp3
      45. Whistler 450917 173 Sing Song Of Murder.mp3
      46. Whistler 451217 186 Lucky Night.mp3
      47. Wild Bill Hickok 511223 039 Sir Tommy Silver Knight.mp3
      48. Yiddish Radio Project Round Family Table.mp3
      49. Yours Truly Johnny Dollar 571110 Alkali Mike Matter.mp3
      50. Yours Truly Johnny Dollar 611231 One Too Many Matter.mp3
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    total playtime 23 hours, 39 min
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      50 shows - total playtime 23 hours 39 minutes
      1. Adventures Of Frank Merriwell 490108 Gold Fever.mp3
      2. Adventures Of Philip Marlowe 500908 Fifth Mask.mp3
      3. Boston Blackie 490504 Joe Gates Murdered.mp3
      4. Casey Crime Photographer 470828 Hide Out.mp3
      5. Chase 520629 Stephan Monica And One Million Dollars.mp3
      6. Columbia Workshop 390605 141 Highboy.mp3
      7. Crime Doctor 450520 Case Of Bigamy.mp3
      8. Danger Dr Danfield 460908 Norman Miles.mp3
      9. Destination Freedom 510311 Dick Draper Story.mp3
      10. Diary Of Fate 480223 Peter Drake.mp3
      11. Escape 491227 Seeds Of Greed.mp3
      12. Escape 500310 Port Royal.mp3
      13. Falcon 490220 Murder Is Knock Out.mp3
      14. Falcon 501217 Case Of Baby Brother.mp3
      15. Falcon 510520 Case Of Curious Cop.mp3
      16. Fbi In Peace And War 500323 Criminal Proposition.mp3
      17. Ft 490309 108 Hollywood Story.mp3
      18. Gang Busters 481127 0557 Case Of Greedy Gunman.mp3
      19. Guiding Light Episode 0879.mp3
      20. Gunsmoke 520920 Drop Dead.mp3
      21. Horatio Hornblower 530717 52 Promoted Cpt Of Retribution.mp3
      22. Let George Do It 520428 Operation Europa.mp3
      23. Lets Pretend 531212 Snow Queen.mp3
      24. Lone Ranger 381114 0905 Deputy To Be.mp3
      25. Lone Ranger 440630 1786 Phantom Rider.mp3
      26. Lone Ranger 460222 2042 Tainted Grubstake.mp3
      27. Lone Ranger 460816 2117 Too Much Law Aka J. Dexter Rumsey.mp3
      28. Lone Ranger 500109 2649 Bud Titus Resigns.mp3
      29. Lux Radio Theater 490418 654 Treasure Of Sierra Madre.mp3
      30. Man Called X 510504 30 Monte Carlo.mp3
      31. Mr And Mrs North 531027 Runaway From Murder.mp3
      32. Obsession 06 Cousin Charley Bonita Granville.mp3
      33. Our Miss Brooks 550130 274 Mr Travis Three Acre Lot.mp3
      34. Saint 490814 085greed Causes Murder.mp3
      35. Screen Guild 471215 366 Sweethearts.mp3
      36. Strange Dr Weird 441128 Death In Everglades.mp3
      37. Studio One 470513 An Enemy Of People.mp3
      38. Studio One 471209 To Mary With Love.mp3
      39. Suspense 461003 Three Times Murder.mp3
      40. Suspense 470410 Community Property.mp3
      41. Theater Five 650413 Lion Who Wasnt There.mp3
      42. This Is Your Fbi 501020 290 Dark Journey.mp3
      43. Whistler 420905 017 House Of Greed.mp3
      44. Whistler 450611 159 Death Pays Visit.mp3
      45. Whistler 450917 173 Sing Song Of Murder.mp3
      46. Whistler 451217 186 Lucky Night.mp3
      47. Wild Bill Hickok 511223 039 Sir Tommy Silver Knight.mp3
      48. Yiddish Radio Project Round Family Table.mp3
      49. Yours Truly Johnny Dollar 571110 Alkali Mike Matter.mp3
      50. Yours Truly Johnny Dollar 611231 One Too Many Matter.mp3
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    50 recordings on 26 Audio CDs
    total playtime 23 hours, 39 min

    Greed Disc A001

    1. Guiding Light Episode 0879
    2. Obsession 06 Cousin Charley Bonita Granville
    3. Yiddish Radio Project Round Family Table

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    Greed Disc A002

    1. Lone Ranger 381114 0905 Deputy To Be
    2. Columbia Workshop 390605 141 Highboy

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    Greed Disc A003

    1. Whistler 420905 017 House Of Greed
    2. Lone Ranger 440630 1786 Phantom Rider

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    Greed Disc A004

    1. Strange Dr Weird 441128 Death In Everglades
    2. Crime Doctor 450520 Case Of Bigamy
    3. Whistler 450611 159 Death Pays Visit

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    Greed Disc A005

    1. Whistler 450917 173 Sing Song Of Murder
    2. Whistler 451217 186 Lucky Night

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    Greed Disc A006

    1. Lone Ranger 460222 2042 Tainted Grubstake
    2. Lone Ranger 460816 2117 Too Much Law Aka J. Dexter Rumsey

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    Greed Disc A007

    1. Danger Dr Danfield 460908 Norman Miles
    2. Suspense 461003 Three Times Murder

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    Greed Disc A008

    1. Suspense 470410 Community Property

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    Greed Disc A009

    1. Studio One 470513 An Enemy Of People

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    Greed Disc A010

    1. Casey Crime Photographer 470828 Hide Out

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    Greed Disc A011

    1. Studio One 471209 To Mary With Love

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    Greed Disc A012

    1. Screen Guild 471215 366 Sweethearts
    2. Diary Of Fate 480223 Peter Drake

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    Greed Disc A013

    1. Gang Busters 481127 0557 Case Of Greedy Gunman
    2. Adventures Of Frank Merriwell 490108 Gold Fever

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    Greed Disc A014

    1. Falcon 490220 Murder Is Knock Out
    2. Ft 490309 108 Hollywood Story

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    Greed Disc A015

    1. Lux Radio Theater 490418 654 Treasure Of Sierra Madre

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    Greed Disc A016

    1. Boston Blackie 490504 Joe Gates Murdered
    2. Saint 490814 085greed Causes Murder

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    Greed Disc A017

    1. Escape 491227 Seeds Of Greed
    2. Lone Ranger 500109 2649 Bud Titus Resigns

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    Greed Disc A018

    1. Escape 500310 Port Royal
    2. Fbi In Peace And War 500323 Criminal Proposition

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    Greed Disc A019

    1. Adventures Of Philip Marlowe 500908 Fifth Mask
    2. This Is Your Fbi 501020 290 Dark Journey

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    Greed Disc A020

    1. Falcon 501217 Case Of Baby Brother
    2. Destination Freedom 510311 Dick Draper Story

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    Greed Disc A021

    1. Man Called X 510504 30 Monte Carlo
    2. Falcon 510520 Case Of Curious Cop

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    Greed Disc A022

    1. Wild Bill Hickok 511223 039 Sir Tommy Silver Knight
    2. Let George Do It 520428 Operation Europa

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    Greed Disc A023

    1. Chase 520629 Stephan Monica And One Million Dollars
    2. Gunsmoke 520920 Drop Dead

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    Greed Disc A024

    1. Horatio Hornblower 530717 52 Promoted Cpt Of Retribution
    2. Mr And Mrs North 531027 Runaway From Murder

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    Greed Disc A025

    1. Lets Pretend 531212 Snow Queen
    2. Our Miss Brooks 550130 274 Mr Travis Three Acre Lot
    3. Yours Truly Johnny Dollar 571110 Alkali Mike Matter

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    Greed Disc A026

    1. Yours Truly Johnny Dollar 611231 One Too Many Matter
    2. Theater Five 650413 Lion Who Wasnt There

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