Deceit, scandal, lies—it's Las Vegas. It's the FBI sting you have to hear to believe. Chameleon is back for a second season and this time there's even more scandal and deceit. From Campside Media comes the story of a two-year FBI undercover investigation that went bust.
Chapter 3: The Sting
Michel and Dennis are bringing piles of cash to Emile’s weight loss clinic. But the two aren’t the wealthy businessmen they appear to be.
S1 Bonus: Where is Gobind?
Last we all heard, the Con Queen suspect had been arrested. So what's happened since?
S1 Bonus: The Con Queen Tapes
A very close listen to our scammer in action.
Chapter 2: The Count
A Moroccan man named Michel and a wealthy man of the world named Dennis discuss business opportunities with Emile.
Chapter 1: What Happens in Vegas
Emile Bouari, owner of a diet clinic, is out there hustling, trying to win in the city of sin. But he’s no stranger to the FBI.
Introducing: The Vaping Fix
Wondery’s new Podcast Mini Series, The Vaping Fix is a story of Silicon Valley idealism, reckless capitalism, and how the now infamous e-cigarette company, Juul, managed to hook an entire generation of children on vaping. In 2016 the founders of Juul set out to disrupt the tobacco industry and use their less harmful e-cigarette to wean smokers off of traditional cigarettes. And within months of launching their flashy marketing, fruit flavored options and influencer endorsements they did disrupt big tobacco… but they also caused teen smoking rates to skyrocket to levels not seen in decades. With plooms of vape clouds surrounding schools across the nation, parents and politicians couldn’t help but wonder if this was Juul’s plan all along, or did their ambition just blind them from seeing the potential human cost of their invention?
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An absolutely must-listen
I rarely leave reviews but this podcast was a 10/10 for me. Extremely well written bizarre story that holds your attention until the very end.
5 stars for Season 1, but Season 2 blew it
I discovered this podcast through a fluke, and couldn’t get enough. I think I went through it all in two days. Not only were the story, research, and format all first-rate, but the HOST (Josh Dean) was a joy to listen to (as was the second, Vanessa Grigoriadis, who chimes in occasionally but did a lot of the writing and research).
As soon as I heard there would be a season 2, I started offering up silent prayers to the podcast gods: Please don’t let them screw it up. Please don’t let them screw it up please don’t let them screw it up. Guess what? They did. They handed the hosting of season two to a “seasoned journalist”—fine— who can’t speak a single sentence with normal human inflection.
Minute by minute, Trevor Aaronson’s delivery is stilted, awkward, and impossible to listen to. He invents pauses where the good lord never intended pauses to go, and is more uncertain about which word to emphasize in any given sentence than Punxsutawney Phil on January 30th. I’m sure there’s a great story here, and I’m sure the research has been clever and impeccable. If only someone—anyone—in the control booth had provided coaching (or called in a new host). Josh and Vanessa, you broke my heart into seventeen pieces.
I think the most interesting part of this story how gullible people are when they’re trying to make it. In a world of Skype and other advanced tech Its just outrageous how this is even possible!!!
Especially the guy who went to Jakarta 6!!!!!!!!!!!! Times 🙄I heard ONE phone call recording and it was extremely obvious to me that there was something very wrong with the pitch. It’s extremely CRAZY even after ONE day on the touristy island trip people were not like wait a minute...... blows my MIND