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Is it ever ok to break the rules? Alzo Slade dives into the stories behind the biggest cheats and scandals out there, the frauds, con artists, and crooks, and questions what their motivations really were.

With stories from the worlds of pop culture, business, science, sport, the arts, and politics, we ask - what makes these Cheats, who we love to hate, actually do the bad things they do?

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Cheat‪!‬ Cheat!

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 428 Ratings

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Is it ever ok to break the rules? Alzo Slade dives into the stories behind the biggest cheats and scandals out there, the frauds, con artists, and crooks, and questions what their motivations really were.

With stories from the worlds of pop culture, business, science, sport, the arts, and politics, we ask - what makes these Cheats, who we love to hate, actually do the bad things they do?

A Somethin' Else production with Sony Music Entertainment

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    The Great Tax Prep Swindle

    The Great Tax Prep Swindle

    Last year, Intuit—the company that owns the tax prep software TurboTax—reached a settlement with 50 state attorneys general, requiring the company to issue $141 million in refunds to users.



    The problem? For years, TurboTax has been advertising free filing services but only 2% of 70% eligible tax payers actually filed at no cost.



    And it turns out…that might have been Intuit’s plan the whole time.



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    • 39 min
    The Boy in the Balloon (Update)

    The Boy in the Balloon (Update)

    At the end of this episode, last aired in August 2021, Alzo speaks to someone who knew the Heene family—behind the scenes.  

    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.

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    • 51 min
    Under Foals Pretenses

    Under Foals Pretenses

    For a long time, if you were in America and looking to gamble, you'd head to the racetrack to bet on horses. Maybe sip on some cocktails while you're there too. But that all changed in the mid-'90s--when gambling laws got lax. Suddenly there were more ways for folks to play it fast and loose with their hard-earned cash and racetracks had to find a way to stay afloat.



    The story of how one private industry managed to rope in billions of dollars in public subsidies.



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    • 32 min
    The Bad Batsman

    The Bad Batsman

    In the early 1990’s Nelson Mandela was elected president of South Africa. He began a process of shedding the sins of apartheid and show the rest of the world that his country wasn’t a rogue state. His foreign policy stretched from international aid missions to international sport.



    In this time, a new sporting hero came to fame: Hansie Cronje - the captain of South Africa’s cricket team. Over a six year period, Hansie won over the love of all South Africans. Little did they know, he was harbouring a dark secret, one that would break the hearts of all his supporters.



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    • 38 min
    Targeted by the State

    Targeted by the State

    The day after Dr. Feng “Franklin” Tao returned from his trip to China in 2019, FBI agents were at the door of his home in Lawrence, Kansas. He was being arrested.

    Someone had called in a tip claiming that this University of Kansas chemistry professor might be involved in…espionage.

    An investigation began, under the mantle of a questionable national security program, which turned Dr. Tao’s life upside down. There was just one problem: was there ever actually any evidence to justify these suspicions?

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    • 30 min
    The (Rare) Book Thief

    The (Rare) Book Thief

    Greg Priore was thrilled to be named the head archivist and manager of the special collections room at the Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He’d been trained in archives management and had an appreciation for the rare books he was now expected to protect.

    25 years after Priore’s appointment to the role, the library decided to do an inventory of their special collection. That’s when they discovered that over three hundred rare and valuable items were missing.

    And there had only been one person who’d had constant access to the collection for all those years: Greg Priore.

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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
428 Ratings

428 Ratings

Thurgory_14 ,

Superb podcast and a truly gifted presenter.

I love this podcast. Alzo Slade is one of my favourite podcast presenters and I love the concept of the show. Well researched and presented in a personable and easy going manner that makes every episode a joy to listen to. Thank you Alzo.

Trell70 ,

Excellent storytelling

Love this podcast. Brilliantly researched, informative and fantastically narrated. I have a bit of a crush on the voice and narrative style of Alzo Slade.

Giles_77 ,

Gripping

Listened to 5 episodes back to back. Can’t get enough. Great narration, production and soundscape

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