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Cheat!

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?

A Somethin' Else production.
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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

2021-09-0731:264

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

2021-08-3134:454

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
The Marion Jones Effect

The Marion Jones Effect

2021-07-2735:488

At the Sydney Olympics, 2000, one woman became a global superstar. She brought home five medals and cemented herself in American sporting history. Her name? Marion Jones. This is the story of her rise to the top, the lasting legacy of her spectacular fall and the punishment dealt out to her by society. A Somethin' Else production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Hipster Grifter

The Hipster Grifter

2021-07-2029:303

In the late noughties a woman appeared in New York. She was edgy and cool and she had a tattoo on her chest that read I Love Beards. But she was hiding a secret. A secret that – when it came out – would turn her from just an ordinary hipster into a con woman who helped define a generation. A Somethin' Else production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
All At Sea

All At Sea

2021-07-1338:314

In 1968 nine men set out to sail around the world solo. One of those nine didn’t come back. This is the tragic story of a man who – when faced with a choice between failure and certain death – decided to cheat. And the consequences of that decision for him and the people around him. A Somethin' Else production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In the early 2000s a former attorney from Canada was online one day when he had an idea. There are a tonne of dating sites around for single people but what about people in relationships who wanted to cheat? And so Ashley Madison was born. – a website for men and women looking to have an affair. It was a huge success. And then one day employees at the company sit down at their computers and find a message popping up on their screens. If you don’t take down this website we will release the names and email addresses of all of your users. 40 million people – all cheats – about to have their deepest, darkest secrets exposed for the world to see. A Somethin' Else production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Coughing Major

The Coughing Major

2021-06-2936:433

A man walks into a tv studio and on live television tries to steal a million pounds. It’s the story of one of the most audacious and ridiculous heists in British history. The swindling of the UK’s most beloved quiz show: Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? A Somethin' Else production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Con Artist

Con Artist

2021-06-2236:244

A woman walks into an art gallery on the Upper East Side of New York City carrying a collection of lost masterpieces by some of the world’s most famous artists. So begins a tale of money, greed and an 80 million dollar con where what you see is not necessarily what you should believe. A Somethin' Else production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Hook, Wine and Sinker

Hook, Wine and Sinker

2021-06-1531:333

In the mid-2000s a young guy from Indonesia single handedly changed the world of fine wine. He bought and sold hundred thousand dollar bottles without a second thought.  He was a hero to a new generation of fine wine connoisseurs who had cash to flash in the boom years before the recession. But what a lot of those connoisseurs didn’t know was that this one guy, this guy that they idolised and adored, was actually carrying out one of the biggest frauds the wine world – or any world for that matter – had ever seen. A Somethin' Else production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Anarchy In The Ring

Anarchy In The Ring

2021-06-0833:466

On June 16th, 1983 two boxers stepped into the ring at Madison Square Garden. What happened next was so brutal, that the fight would forever be remembered as the most shameful night in boxing history. In the lead up to the fight Billy Collins Jr was training hard and looking after his pregnant wife. He had no idea that somewhere across the country, two people were coming together to plan a violent takedown. In this episode, we see exactly how far people are willing to go to win. A Somethin' Else production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Trillion Dollar Crash

Trillion Dollar Crash

2021-06-0143:446

On May 6th, 2010 something happened that rocked the world of high-finance to its core. One trillion dollars wiped off the US stock markets in a matter of minutes. Thousands of miles away in the suburbs of London, a young guy called Navinder Sarao was placing trades from a tiny bedroom in his parents house. Little did he know that he was now at the centre of a huge international investigation by the FBI, would face extradition to the US and potentially years in a federal prison thousand of miles away from home. This is the story of what happens when the little guy finds a way to cheat the establishment. A Somethin' Else production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In 2015, Atlanta Judge Jerry Baxter sentenced ten people to almost 100 years in prison for racketeering. It ended one of the longest trials ever seen in the state of Georgia. Except this was no normal racketeering trial. This is a tale of race and class with a central question at its heart. What causes a group of upstanding citizens, revered in society, to cheat? In the second of two episodes, we discover what really happened in the Atlanta Public School district.  And meet one of its employees who says what the media reported at the time isn’t what was going on at all. A Somethin' Else production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In 2015, Atlanta Judge Jerry Baxter sentenced ten people to almost 100 years in prison for racketeering. It ended one of the longest trials ever seen in the state of Georgia. Except this was no normal racketeering trial. This is a tale of race and class with a central question at its heart. What causes a group of upstanding citizens, revered in society, to cheat? In this first of two episodes we start to unravel the story of one of the most shocking cheating scandals in American history. A Somethin' Else production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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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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