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Author: Somethin' Else

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Have you ever wondered about those people in life who don’t play by the rules? Maybe it was the person who looked over your shoulder in that exam. The person who got the job instead of you because they lied on their application or the nice fella on the phone who said he was from the bank and ended up taking all your money.

We have a name for these people. We call them cheats. People who cheat the system, largescale cheats, social media cheats. We are fascinated by them. We read about them in paper. Or watch news stories about them on TV. We marvel at their rise and take a weird pleasure in their fall. But do we ever ask what makes these cheats actually do the bad things they do? What makes them cheat?

From Somethin’ Else, makers of ‘Power: The Maxwells’ and ‘The Fault Line: Bush, Blair and Iraq’, hosted by storyteller Alzo Slade, ‘Cheat!’ tells the inside stories behind some of the biggest scandals in contemporary history and the flawed protagonists at their heart: controversial and contentious figures from the world of pop culture, business, sport, music, politics. Why do people cheat? Is it ever justifiable? And most importantly are cheats – these people we think of as the dregs of our society – actually not so different from ourselves?

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Fleet Cheat

Fleet Cheat

2021-11-3034:05

In the aftermath of the Cold War, the US was considered the naval superpower of the world. The country continued to look to its navy as a tool to maintain its influence, finding new ports across the globe.  And there was one man who facilitated the movements of US ships throughout Asia: Leonard Francis Glenn…AKA Fat Leonard. He worked as a husbanding agent through his firm Glenn Defense Marine Asia. He handled the logistics—or the dirty work—that was part of docking and servicing these ships.  And Fat Leonard did more. He personally made sure that US officers aboard had everything and anything they wanted. There were just a few things he wanted in exchange for his services…starting with confidential naval ship schedules. In 2013, Fat Leonard was arrested in a sting operation orchestrated by US authorities for his central role in of one of the US military’s largest scandals to date.  A Somethin’ Else production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
No Thanks(giving)

No Thanks(giving)

2021-11-2340:391

One of America’s earliest cheats has evolved into the sugar-coated story of Thanksgiving that many of us know today. In this episode, we revisit the story of how English colonists cheated Native Americans out of their land. Alzo speaks to author David J Silverman and Wampanoag member Kisha James to find out what really happened when the English arrived in America, and the result of their cheat today. Go to cheatpodcast.com to fill out our listener survey and tell us what you want to hear on the show! A Somethin’ Else production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
At the beginning of spring 2003 a young journalist by the name of Jayson Blair seemingly had it all. In five years, he had gone from summer intern to staff reporter at one of the world's most respected news organisations, The New York Times. He had the keys to the kingdom. Until something happened that led us to discover the truth about Jayson and his reporting. As Jayson himself says in an exclusive interview with Alzo - 'I had the world's best feedback session'. A Somethin' Else production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The NFL’s 2013 class-action settlement with retired players over claims that the League concealed a connection between game-related hits to the head and long-term cognitive damage was the first of its kind in sports history.  Players experiencing head trauma would finally have some recourse and support.  However, the process for evaluating players’ claims incorporated a controversial scoring system called race-norming.  And it turns out these race norms made it harder for Black players to qualify for awards.  A Somethin’ Else Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Orchid Fever

Orchid Fever

2021-11-0228:136

In 1995, a sting operation was put into action that resulted in the arrest of a smuggler less than 24 hours after he’d set foot on American soil. The sting had taken over a year to devise. The target had been Indonesian national, Harto Kolopaking and his smuggled loot: wild orchids flowers. Harto became the first person to ever face prison time in the U.S. for smuggling Orchids but his prosecution isn’t all that it seems.  This is a story of the fight for survival, the critical world of conservation and begs the question, is there ever a right time to partner with the ones breaking the rules? Go to cheatpodcast.com to fill out our listener survey and tell us what you want to hear on the show! A Somethin Else production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Who was Hugh Hefner? Centerfold models, Playboy Bunnies, and other women from the Playboy founder’s inner circle, like TV personality and author Holly Madison, tell journalist Amy Rose Spiegel their side of his story. We hear how Playboy changed their lives, for better and for worse. Beyond the bunny tails are darker questions: What actually went on at the notorious Playboy Mansion? How can we square Hefner's progressive legacy with his abuse of vulnerable people? What can the Playboy saga tell us about sex and power—then and now? A Somethin' Else production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Lying Dutchman

The Lying Dutchman

2021-10-2632:403

In 2011, after years of analysing other people’s actions, world famous social psychologist Diederik Stapel was suddenly confronted by his own.  Actions that cast a shadow on the world of academia. What is it they say? Don’t let the truth get in the way of a good study? A Somethin’ Else Production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Tax Trick

The Tax Trick

2021-10-1934:114

While planning for her wedding on the island of Jersey, Tanya Dick-Stock made a startling discovery: a room full of boxes that contained hundreds of thousands of documents. Turns out these documents would shed an entirely new light on the financial business that once had operated out of her family home. A Somethin' Else Production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Stolen Art, Stolen Back

Stolen Art, Stolen Back

2021-10-1234:235

In 2010, the first of a series of international heists took place at a royal residence in Sweden. The thieves set fire to cars to distract the police, ignored the more valuable items on display, and stole a very specific set of Chinese artefacts. Then, they fled by speedboat. It was almost too dramatic to be true.  Then after one stolen item was located, a shocking theory arose about who may be masterminding the heists.  Go to cheatpodcast.com to fill out our listener survey and tell us what you want to hear on the show! A Somethin’ Else Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Send Us Your Cheats!

Send Us Your Cheats!

2021-10-0500:591

We're taking a week off. We'll be back next Tuesday with another episode for you. But we want to hear from you. Tell us what cheats you want to hear about?  It could be a specific cheat, or just a type of cheating. Email cheat@somethinelse.com or DM Alzo on Instagram @alzoslade A Somethin’ Else production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Grandmaster Grift

The Grandmaster Grift

2021-09-2826:534

You might think chess is a sport for the older generation, but in the 80s everything changed. Young players started to rise to the top and within just a few years they were given the highest title in the sport - Grandmaster. It was unheard of. Then, when one pre-teen broke the world record for youngest Grandmaster in history, suspicions started to arise about how these kids were getting so successful. And all the evidence pointed to one thing - their parents were bending the rules.  A Somethin' Else production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
On April 14th 2021, President Biden announced plans to withdraw troops from Afghanistan. Effectively ending America’s 20 year occupation. After two decades and countless lives lost this episode asks who were the real winners of the Forever War?   A Somethin’ Else Production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In 1998, a medical journal published an early report that looked into the relationship between inflammatory bowel disease, the MMR vaccine, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. The paper itself found nothing conclusive and no link has ever been proven. And yet this belief still spread rapidly…thanks to one man. A Somethin’ Else production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Portland-based anti-fascist Sean Kealiher was killed in 2019, months before the uprising that would bring Portland international attention.  Nearly two years later, his homicide remains unsolved. His mother, Laura, believes she hasn't received justice because of police hatred for her son and his politics.  Dying For A Fight, the second instalment in Somethin’ Else’s Fault Line series, goes in search of answers: What happened the night Sean was killed? Why have no arrests been made? Who are the Americans living at the political extremes? And how did things escalate from Portland to the Capitol?  This is a Somethin' Else and Oregon Public Broadcast production. Listen now to new episodes of The Fault Line: Dying for a Fight every Monday wherever you get your podcasts!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Climategate

Climategate

2021-09-0730:515

In 2009, hackers leaked thousands of private emails between climate scientists. There was a media frenzy. Was climate change real or had these scientists been fudging the data? Rather than defending themselves, the scientists involved went silent.  This is the story of how an email leak led the world to question if global warming was fiction, and how climate change became a matter of identity and politics rather than science. A Somethin’ Else production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Small Time Cheats

Small Time Cheats

2021-08-3134:455

We're doing something a little different this week. Because when we looked into one particular golf player's tendency to cheat in a friendly and fun game, we found that it revealed something about the cheater in all of us. A Somethin' Else production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Flint Switch

The Flint Switch

2021-08-2437:493

On April 25th, 2014 a change was made that would cheat a whole community out of a basic human right. The right to drink clean, safe water. This is the story of what happens when the people in charge, go from minding the bottom line. To becoming obsessed with it.  A Somethin' Else production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Cheat Day

Cheat Day

2021-08-1739:595

For decades, people religiously followed low-fat diets. New food products and beverages flooded the market promising no fat or low fat, but also contained high amounts of sugar. Turns out that wasn’t very good for us either.  This is the troubling story of how an industry capitalized on some complicated science to push a narrative that would change the course of public health permanently.  A Somethin’ Else production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Boy in the Balloon

The Boy in the Balloon

2021-08-1038:425

In 2009, a little town in Denver called Fort Collins made international headlines. The Heene family were doing an experiment with a huge homemade balloon in their back garden when the balloon escaped its tethers and flew off. But it’s what they told the police that caused a media frenzy. They reported that their 6 year old son had climbed inside the flyaway balloon. A Somethin’ Else production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dr Henry Heimlich became a household name after he created the Heimlich maneuver. He had saved American lives, and the public loved him. He was their hero. But then, everything came crashing down. Heimlich was accused of abandoning his ethics in his mission to cure AIDS. As quickly as he had risen to fame, America’s most beloved doctor fell from glory. A Somethin’ Else production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Katheryn Rowell

The farmer lost thousands in crop damaged. There were victims.

Nov 16th
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Teresa Wilkinson

to be honest anyone with half a clue knew exactly what was going on, Heffner's 'business' was pornography which always means the abuse of vulnerable, naive women or just plain old exploitation, all of his activities pretty much come down to lipstick on a pig, that there were plenty of male celebrities willing to pretend that that was not the case only shored up a hollow fantasy of sophisticated men & women supposedly on an equal basis enjoying sexual freedom, when they knew damn well all the control was in the hands of those with the money, those being men of course, the sex industry dressed up in high heels and a fur coat is still is still exploitation, hookers, abuse and sleeze, Heffner never fooled me and still revolts and disgusts me

Nov 11th
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mohamed alhashmi

I liked this episode ... listened twice to it ..

Oct 15th
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J Coker

luckily much was looted as it was preserved

Oct 15th
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David Connolly

Why is this not in the news the world over? Why are govts not being held to account for this monumental case of incompetence and greed? Thank you for shedding light on this. "Oh, we had no idea Afghanistan would fall so quickly." Because you weren't paying attention and letting every privateer and politician make money out of the whole mess whilst it destroyed, and is still destroying, lives. Binges, Bentleys and jobs for the boys.

Oct 4th
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CY Perez

Sad story. Lies and Deceit never bring happiness. Really like this Pod and the narrator's no nonsense straight to the point voice.👍

Sep 30th
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N Me

Great episode!

Sep 8th
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Brandy C.

Every episode is good. The narrator is excellent, the stories are amazing and I look forward to each show. Thanks for the good the shit!

Aug 25th
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Suzanne Hubbard Gerken

So interesting. I was captivated through the entire episode. Thank you.

Aug 4th
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Melissa

I love it!!

Jul 20th
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Kristen High

Love this show

Jul 20th
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Teresa Wilkinson

"Cheat" is pure dellight, extrordinary, outlandish, unexpected true stories that leave the listener wide eyed and gasping at the sheer chutzpah of the men and women who "Cheat".

Jul 5th
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Melissa

wow. lol

Jul 2nd
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Melissa

This one was so sad. Everyone lost.

Jul 2nd
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Melissa

3 minutes into this podcast and I am hooked! so good!!

Jul 1st
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mohamed alhashmi

I really liked this episode...

Jun 1st
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