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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.

Cheat‪!‬ Somethin' Else

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 614 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

    Introducing Hemingway's Picasso

    Introducing Hemingway's Picasso

    Steve Kough lived many lives. He was an NFL journeyman, a male model, and one of the most well-connected smugglers in 1980’s Miami, the “Drug Capital of the World." Kough collected many souvenirs from his adventures, but his most treasured bounty – a beautiful ceramic, crafted by Pablo Picasso and gifted to Ernest Hemingway at the author’s Cuban home, the Finca Vigia... or so the story goes.



    Lost during the Cuban Revolution, the artwork resurfaced when Kough took it as a payment for drug run financed by the notorious Pablo Escobar.

    Kough passed away in 2018, passing the piece down to his son, Stevie, a skateboarding hippie growing weed in California. 



    Stevie feels he needs to complete his father’s mission – of selling this piece and telling Steve’s cinematic life story.



    So, is the Picasso authentic—or a fraud?

    Was Steve Kough a big talker or a real deal smuggler?

    Does any of that matter or is this a story of aspiration, legacy, and difficult love?



    Tune in on Monday’s starting on October 18th to find out! 



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    • 7 min
    Stolen Art, Stolen Back

    Stolen Art, Stolen Back

    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!



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    • 36 min
    Send Us Your Cheats!

    Send Us Your Cheats!

    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


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    • 59 sec
    Send Us Your Cheats!

    Send Us Your Cheats!

    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

    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.

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    • 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?

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    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
614 Ratings

614 Ratings

Pudelmom ,

Stolen art

Well done!!!! There has been much published lately about art & provenance. It does make one wonder if all the art from other countries (like the Elgin marbles) should be returned to the original country and let them put it in museums in their country. Especially the art “in holding” in Switzerland that came from WWII Jewish families.

Proffesor Kitty ,

So interesting!!

Lesser known scandal, shenanigans and hijinks.

Renoes ,

Awesome during workout

I love this show so much I only allow myself to listen to it during my workout! Well researched and brought with humor, but not with a forced humor. Simply well timed questioning of reality! Well done, keep up the good work!

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