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Cheat!

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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The Marion Jones Effect

At the Sydney Olympics, 2000, one woman became a global superstar. She brought home five medals and cemented herself in American sporting history. Her name? Marion Jones. This is the story of her rise to the top, the lasting legacy of her spectacular fall and the punishment dealt out to her by society. A Somethin' Else production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

37mins

27 Jul 2021

Rank #1

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The Hipster Grifter

In the late noughties a woman appeared in New York. She was edgy and cool and she had a tattoo on her chest that read I Love Beards. But she was hiding a secret. A secret that – when it came out – would turn her from just an ordinary hipster into a con woman who helped define a generation. A Somethin' Else production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

31mins

20 Jul 2021

Rank #2

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All At Sea

In 1968 nine men set out to sail around the world solo. One of those nine didn’t come back. This is the tragic story of a man who – when faced with a choice between failure and certain death – decided to cheat. And the consequences of that decision for him and the people around him. A Somethin' Else production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

40mins

13 Jul 2021

Rank #3

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The Ashley Madison Affair

In the early 2000s a former attorney from Canada was online one day when he had an idea. There are a tonne of dating sites around for single people but what about people in relationships who wanted to cheat? And so Ashley Madison was born. – a website for men and women looking to have an affair. It was a huge success. And then one day employees at the company sit down at their computers and find a message popping up on their screens. If you don’t take down this website we will release the names and email addresses of all of your users. 40 million people – all cheats – about to have their deepest, darkest secrets exposed for the world to see. A Somethin' Else production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

31mins

6 Jul 2021

Rank #4

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The Coughing Major

A man walks into a tv studio and on live television tries to steal a million pounds. It’s the story of one of the most audacious and ridiculous heists in British history. The swindling of the UK’s most beloved quiz show: Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? A Somethin' Else production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

39mins

29 Jun 2021

Rank #5

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Con Artist

A woman walks into an art gallery on the Upper East Side of New York City carrying a collection of lost masterpieces by some of the world’s most famous artists. So begins a tale of money, greed and an 80 million dollar con where what you see is not necessarily what you should believe. A Somethin' Else production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

38mins

22 Jun 2021

Rank #6

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Hook, Wine and Sinker

In the mid-2000s a young guy from Indonesia single handedly changed the world of fine wine. He bought and sold hundred thousand dollar bottles without a second thought.  He was a hero to a new generation of fine wine connoisseurs who had cash to flash in the boom years before the recession. But what a lot of those connoisseurs didn’t know was that this one guy, this guy that they idolised and adored, was actually carrying out one of the biggest frauds the wine world – or any world for that matter – had ever seen. A Somethin' Else production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

35mins

15 Jun 2021

Rank #7

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Anarchy In The Ring

On June 16th, 1983 two boxers stepped into the ring at Madison Square Garden. What happened next was so brutal, that the fight would forever be remembered as the most shameful night in boxing history. In the lead up to the fight Billy Collins Jr was training hard and looking after his pregnant wife. He had no idea that somewhere across the country, two people were coming together to plan a violent takedown. In this episode, we see exactly how far people are willing to go to win. A Somethin' Else production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

36mins

8 Jun 2021

Rank #8

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Trillion Dollar Crash

On May 6th, 2010 something happened that rocked the world of high-finance to its core. One trillion dollars wiped off the US stock markets in a matter of minutes. Thousands of miles away in the suburbs of London, a young guy called Navinder Sarao was placing trades from a tiny bedroom in his parents house. Little did he know that he was now at the centre of a huge international investigation by the FBI, would face extradition to the US and potentially years in a federal prison thousand of miles away from home. This is the story of what happens when the little guy finds a way to cheat the establishment. A Somethin' Else production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

46mins

1 Jun 2021

Rank #9

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Public School Mafia: Part 2

In 2015, Atlanta Judge Jerry Baxter sentenced ten people to almost 100 years in prison for racketeering. It ended one of the longest trials ever seen in the state of Georgia. Except this was no normal racketeering trial. This is a tale of race and class with a central question at its heart. What causes a group of upstanding citizens, revered in society, to cheat? In the second of two episodes, we discover what really happened in the Atlanta Public School district.  And meet one of its employees who says what the media reported at the time isn’t what was going on at all. A Somethin' Else production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

47mins

25 May 2021

Rank #10