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Swindled

Author: A Concerned Citizen

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Utilizes narrative storytelling, archival audio, and immersive soundscapes to explore true stories of white-collar criminals, con artists, and corporate evil. From corruption and fraud to Ponzi schemes and environmental disasters, these financially motivated crimes have shaped our world in unimaginable ways. All in the name of greed.
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A soda company's botched promotional game leads to unrest in the Philippines. PATREON: Patreon.com/Swindled DONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/Support CONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop MUSIC: Deformr INSTAGRAM | TWITTER | FACEBOOK Thanks for listening. :-) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
An explosion on a deep water drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico leads to the largest oil spill in United States history. Prelude: More than 3.4 million barrels of crude oil leak into the ocean after an accident at the Ixtoc I well. PATREON: Patreon.com/Swindled DONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/Support CONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop MUSIC: Deformr INSTAGRAM | TWITTER | FACEBOOK Thanks for listening. :-) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The president and chief executive of an Indianapolis wealth management company takes drastic measures to avoid prosecution. Prelude: A Long Island man's plan to escape his debts backfires. PATREON: Patreon.com/Swindled DONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/Support CONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop MUSIC: Deformr INSTAGRAM | TWITTER | FACEBOOK Thanks for listening. :-) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The Pitchman (Don Lapre)

The Pitchman (Don Lapre)

2020-10-2550:547

A multi-level marketing salesman advertises his get-rich-quick schemes on television and becomes the "King of Infomercials." Prelude: The founder of a nutrition company is suspected in the mysterious death of his wife. PATREON: Patreon.com/Swindled DONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/Support CONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop MUSIC: Deformr INSTAGRAM | TWITTER | FACEBOOK Buy/Listen to The Lungs - Psychic Tombs Thanks for listening. :-) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The Saint (Mother Teresa)

The Saint (Mother Teresa)

2020-10-1153:1520

Critics and former volunteers reveal the disturbing details of a Catholic nun's international mission to help the "poorest of the poor." Prelude: A six-year-old boy's journey to Heaven becomes a best-selling book. PATREON: Patreon.com/Swindled DONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/Support CONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop MUSIC: Deformr INSTAGRAM | TWITTER | FACEBOOK Thanks for listening. :-) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The organizational culture of the United States space program leads to one of the deadliest disasters in aeronautics history. Prelude: Soviet cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov embarks on a doomed mission to space. PATREON: Patreon.com/Swindled DONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/Support CONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop MUSIC: Deformr INSTAGRAM | TWITTER | FACEBOOK Thanks for listening. :-) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
An Australian con artist is arrested on multiple continents while indulging in "millions, models, and mayhem". Prelude: Novy Chardon disappears amid a divorce dispute with her millionaire husband. PATREON: Patreon.com/Swindled DONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/Support CONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop MUSIC: Deformr (deformr.com) INSTAGRAM: Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast TWITTER: Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/SwindledPodcast Thanks for listening. :-) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
A teenager from the Pacific Northwest embarks on an international burglary spree. Prelude: Joshua Paul Calhoun becomes the East Texas "Superthief". PATREON: Patreon.com/Swindled DONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/Support CONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop MUSIC: Deformr (deformr.com) INSTAGRAM: Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast TWITTER: Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/SwindledPodcast Thanks for listening. :-) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The Treatment (Bayer AG)

The Treatment (Bayer AG)

2020-08-1654:3323

A multinational pharmaceutical company with a dark past becomes the central figure of a contaminated blood product crisis. Prelude: Ryan White is banned from school after contracting HIV. PATREON: Patreon.com/Swindled. DONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/Support. CONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. MUSIC: Deformr (deformr.com) INSTAGRAM: Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast. TWITTER: Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast. FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/SwindledPodcast. Thanks for listening. :-) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
A professional basketball referee uses his knowledge of the inner workings of the league to place bets on the games. Prelude: Joe Gagliano recruits Arizona State University's star basketball player to participate in a point-shaving scandal. SUPPORT: Patreon.com/Swindled. DONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/Support. CONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. MUSIC: Deformr (deformr.com) INSTAGRAM: Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast. TWITTER: Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast. FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/SwindledPodcast. Thanks for listening. :-) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
A towing industry watchdog patrols the streets of Austin, Texas in search of a serial rock thrower. Prelude: Joe Stack exacts revenge against the Internal Revenue Service. SUPPORT: Patreon.com/Swindled. DONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/Support. CONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. MUSIC: Deformr (deformr.com) INSTAGRAM: Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast. TWITTER: Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast. FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/SwindledPodcast. Thanks for listening. :-) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
One of the largest and most recognizable banana companies in the world has an exploitative and bloody history in Central America. Prelude: An American banana company continues to use a pesticide in Central America after it is banned in the United States. SUPPORT: Patreon.com/Swindled. DONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/Support. CONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. MUSIC: Deformr (deformr.com) INSTAGRAM: Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast. TWITTER: Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast. FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/SwindledPodcast. Thanks for listening. :-) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The Genius (Martin Frankel)

The Genius (Martin Frankel)

2020-06-2101:00:4215

A sex-obsessed stockbroker uses astrology when conducting a series of investment frauds. Prelude: Tommy Quinn's life of crime. SUPPORT: Patreon.com/Swindled. DONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/Support. CONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. MUSIC: Deformr (deformr.com) INSTAGRAM: Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast. TWITTER: Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast. FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/SwindledPodcast. Thanks for listening. :-) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The Grant (Scott Westerhuis)

The Grant (Scott Westerhuis)

2020-06-0701:06:1622

The suspect administration of an education grant in South Dakota leads to tragedy. Prelude: Steven Sueppel discovers an easy way out after being charged for embezzlement. SUPPORT: Patreon.com/Swindled. DONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/Support. CONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. MUSIC: Deformr (deformr.com) INSTAGRAM: Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast. TWITTER: Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast. FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/SwindledPodcast. Thanks for listening. :-) WHERE TO DONATE FOR BLM: https://nymag.com/strategist/article/where-to-donate-for-black-lives-matter.html Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The Pope (Dan Johnson)

The Pope (Dan Johnson)

2020-05-2401:19:1324

The lies and crimes of a Kentucky pastor turned politician are revealed in an investigative report. Prelude: A Louisville city councilman's career in politics ends following multiple accusations of sexual misconduct. SUPPORT: Patreon.com/Swindled. DONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/Support. CONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. MUSIC: Deformr (deformr.com) INSTAGRAM: Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast. TWITTER: Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast. FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/SwindledPodcast. Thanks for listening. :-) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The Gamechanger (Belle Gibson)

The Gamechanger (Belle Gibson)

2020-05-1001:17:0325

A young Australian woman becomes a health and wellness guru after defeating terminal brain cancer through diet, exercise, and alternative therapies. Prelude: Jess Ainscough transforms into 'The Wellness Warrior' following a rare cancer diagnosis. SUPPORT: Patreon.com/Swindled. DONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/Support. CONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. MUSIC: Deformr (deformr.com) INSTAGRAM: Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast. TWITTER: Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast. FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/SwindledPodcast. Thanks for listening. :-) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Led by an effective advertising campaign (Smilin' Bob), an herbal supplement company's popular male enhancement pill is revealed to be a $500 million fraud. Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at Patreon.com/Swindled. Or donate directly at SwindledPodcast.com/Support. Or buy something at SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. Original music for Swindled is written and performed by Trevor Howard (The Lungs).  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
A cost-cutting decision to switch municipal water sources leads to a public health crisis in Flint, Michigan. Prelude: The discovery and response to the lead contamination of Washington, D.C. drinking water. Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at Patreon.com/Swindled Or donate directly at SwindledPodcast.com/Support Or buy something at SwindledPodcast.com/Shop Original music for Swindled is written and performed by Trevor Howard (The Lungs) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The Raid (Agriprocessors)

The Raid (Agriprocessors)

2020-01-1253:1635

An immigration raid at a kosher slaughterhouse in Postville, Iowa uncovers financial crimes committed by the company's CEO, Sholom Rubashkin. Prelude: Thirteen hundred undocumented workers are arrested during a coordinated raid of six Swift & Co. meatpacking facilities. Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at Patreon.com/Swindled. Or donate directly at SwindledPodcast.com/Support. Or buy something at SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. Original music for Swindled is written and performed by Trevor Howard (The Lungs).  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
In a scheme that lasted over a decade, Jerome "Uncle Jerry" Jacobson defrauded fast food giant McDonald's for over $20 million by rigging the promotional Monopoly game. Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at Patreon.com/Swindled. Or donate directly at SwindledPodcast.com/Support. Or buy something at SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. Original music for Swindled is written and performed by Trevor Howard (The Lungs).  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Nellie Fly

she is a no count echobunny

Jan 12th
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Janice Jackson

Meet the new boss... same as the old boss 😂 your delivery is gold, A Concerned Citizen. Love The Who reference

Jan 3rd
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King Flippy Nips

At first I liked the tone with which the narrator drones on, but after listening to what felt like 5 minutes of detailed, compassionless description of the horrific horse murders, in what was a over-long and unnecessary introduction to this episode, I am wondering if this guy is a psychopath or just a poor decision maker.

Jan 2nd
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Madvillain

Sounds like a podcast for pussies

Dec 31st
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Tasia

Thsat poor lady! I remember when this happened and I too remember all the horrible things being said about her.

Nov 23rd
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Bill Yyy

Wow, making jabs at Toby Keith? Unsubscribed

Nov 23rd
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Mooney Faugh

I love Swindled! Keep it up! To the folks complaining about politics being discussed, please consider that a Podcast about grifters and conmen needs to have political and ideological context. It should be obvious that politics is involved with crime and punishment and many politicians are themselves conman, or assist them. Defending victims of unfair systems or policies and practices is my motive for wanting to understand these stories and likely why they are produced. One should really question why so many people who share, or claim to share your beliefs, also commonly turn out to be to be liars and thieves, or to cause suffering for profit or power. ✌❤🍕 CS You're the best, can't wait for more!

Nov 19th
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amanda mcguffin-noll

you are the BEST podcaster out there and I love your dry humor!!

Nov 14th
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Nyambura Mbugua

I learn so much from this podcast. Thank you for your genuine sharing.

Nov 12th
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Rocky Mountain

excellent job. thanks for your time and effort. well written with interesting sound layers.

Nov 11th
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Lynn Flynn

SWINDLED itself is "genius".

Oct 27th
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J.

You can despise scandals, but why do you have to despise God?! Your podcast has so much potential if you could just get off your high horse and take off your very political colored lens for once!

Oct 16th
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Jamie L.

It is honestly baffling to me how many mindless creatures follow human garbage like this. It is absolutely disgraceful. Thank you for telling this story. I applaud you sir. 👏🏻

Oct 14th
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Ivan Terrero

Human garbage can Laura Ingrham? Very subtle

Oct 11th
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Andy Edwards

I heard a little bit of this about Mother Theresa before, but not the idea that she was just being exploited by the church, or opinions from Indian politicians. Great episode!

Oct 11th
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Andy Edwards

I'm really enjoying your deadpan humor on this so far 🤣

Oct 11th
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Andrea Polando

wow way to shirk off being a shit mom my neighbor was like that acted Iike she didn't hafta *actually * parent.

Oct 6th
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Amanda Alford

I lived in Anacortes during all this....he was literally a folk hero. Anacortes is on an island of extremely well off retired hippies. I was so excited when you pronounced Anacortes correctly! I lived there for 12 years and my parents still can't pronounce it.

Sep 28th
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Megan Burk

favorite podcast, hands down. This podcast finally pushed me over the edge to get. Patreon.

Sep 28th
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Andy Edwards

Fantastic episode, I learned many things I didn't know about the challenger mission and especially the PR issues! The episodes about business and political corruption are my favorites.

Sep 28th
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