34 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?

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Cheat‪!‬ Somethin' Else

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 680 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.

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    Fleet Cheat

    Fleet Cheat

    In the aftermath of the Cold War, the US was considered the naval superpower of the world. The country continued to look to its navy as a tool to maintain its influence, finding new ports across the globe. 

    And there was one man who facilitated the movements of US ships throughout Asia: Leonard Francis Glenn…AKA Fat Leonard. He worked as a husbanding agent through his firm Glenn Defense Marine Asia. He handled the logistics—or the dirty work—that was part of docking and servicing these ships. 

    And Fat Leonard did more. He personally made sure that US officers aboard had everything and anything they wanted. There were just a few things he wanted in exchange for his services…starting with confidential naval ship schedules. In 2013, Fat Leonard was arrested in a sting operation orchestrated by US authorities for his central role in of one of the US military’s largest scandals to date. 



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    • 36 min
    No Thanks(giving)

    No Thanks(giving)

    One of America’s earliest cheats has evolved into the sugar-coated story of Thanksgiving that many of us know today. In this episode, we revisit the story of how English colonists cheated Native Americans out of their land. Alzo speaks to author David J Silverman and Wampanoag member Kisha James to find out what really happened when the English arrived in America, and the result of their cheat today.

    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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    • 42 min
    Plagiarism At The New York Times

    Plagiarism At The New York Times

    At the beginning of spring 2003 a young journalist by the name of Jayson Blair seemingly had it all. In five years, he had gone from summer intern to staff reporter at one of the world's most respected news organisations, The New York Times. He had the keys to the kingdom. Until something happened that led us to discover the truth about Jayson and his reporting. As Jayson himself says in an exclusive interview with Alzo - 'I had the world's best feedback session'.

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    • 41 min
    Concussions, Race, and the NFL

    Concussions, Race, and the NFL

    The NFL’s 2013 class-action settlement with retired players over claims that the League concealed a connection between game-related hits to the head and long-term cognitive damage was the first of its kind in sports history. 



    Players experiencing head trauma would finally have some recourse and support. 



    However, the process for evaluating players’ claims incorporated a controversial scoring system called race-norming. 

    And it turns out these race norms made it harder for Black players to qualify for awards. 



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    • 41 min
    Orchid Fever

    Orchid Fever

    In 1995, a sting operation was put into action that resulted in the arrest of a smuggler less than 24 hours after he’d set foot on American soil. The sting had taken over a year to devise. The target had been Indonesian national, Harto Kolopaking and his smuggled loot: wild orchids flowers. Harto became the first person to ever face prison time in the U.S. for smuggling Orchids but his prosecution isn’t all that it seems. 

    This is a story of the fight for survival, the critical world of conservation and begs the question, is there ever a right time to partner with the ones breaking the rules? 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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    • 30 min
    Introducing Power: Hugh Hefner

    Introducing Power: Hugh Hefner

    Who was Hugh Hefner? Centerfold models, Playboy Bunnies, and other women from the Playboy founder’s inner circle, like TV personality and author Holly Madison, tell journalist Amy Rose Spiegel their side of his story. We hear how Playboy changed their lives, for better and for worse. Beyond the bunny tails are darker questions: What actually went on at the notorious Playboy Mansion? How can we square Hefner's progressive legacy with his abuse of vulnerable people? What can the Playboy saga tell us about sex and power—then and now?

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    • 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
680 Ratings

680 Ratings

AnjyAllDay ,

Super interesting and easy to listen to

Love the topic, I’m gripped every week. And Alzo has a great voice and personality. Keep ‘‘em coming!!

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.

Whittier Wanderer ,

It went woke

I loved this podcast up until the Thanksgiving giving episode. Just can’t swallow any more societal pessimistic/critical evaluation of anything and everything.

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