23 episodes

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.

Cheat‪!‬ Somethin' Else

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 599 Ratings

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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.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    The Grandmaster Grift

    The Grandmaster Grift

    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.

    • 29 min
    The Private War In Afghanistan

    The Private War In Afghanistan

    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.

    • 33 min
    The Medical Fraud that Fueled an Anti-Vax Movement

    The Medical Fraud that Fueled an Anti-Vax Movement

    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.

    • 38 min
    Introducing The Fault Line: Dying for a Fight

    Introducing The Fault Line: Dying for a Fight

    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! 


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    • 7 min
    Introducing The Fault Line: Dying for a Fight

    Introducing The Fault Line: Dying for a Fight

    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!

    Climategate

    Climategate

    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.

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
599 Ratings

599 Ratings

annie_9641 ,

Love!!!

But your description of balloon boy doesn’t make sense “In 2009, a little town in Denver called Fort Collins made international headlines.”

Ali281 ,

Best voice, best topics

Presentation style and narration writing is awesome, very fun and engaging!
The one star reviews seem to all cluster around the Small Time Cheat episode probably because it features a certain someone who cheats at golf despite being actually pretty decent at it. Why this pushes buttons so hard for some people, I’ll never understand. Especially because the point of the episode is that: all humans have flaws.

So, yeah. If your feathers aren’t ruffled by that idea, this is def a podcast for you.
If your feathers are ruffled, y’all, introspect a little and ask if this is really worth being upset by. You deserve better.

melmmc ,

The Best!

Love, love, love! I listen to podcasts 6 hours a day at work M-F & this is the best ! Thank you!

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