155: Hoaxing Yourself

155: Hoaxing Yourself

Mar 17, 2000
Stories of people who tell a lie and then believe the lie more than anyone else does. In other words: Stories about people pulling hoaxes...on themselves.
  • Sean Cole explains why he decided that he would speak with a British accent—morning, noon and night—from the age of sixteen until he was eighteen...and how he believed the lie that he was British must be true. (3 minutes) ChildhoodTelevision

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  • The story of two young people who, in their search to figure out who they were, pretended to be people they weren't. Both were from small towns; both took on false identities. For two years in high school, Sean Cole spoke with a British accent. As a freshman in college, Joel Lovell told lies about his own diet and about his parents. (15 minutes)ChildhoodFamilyFood/Drinks/Cooking
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  • The story of a con man, one of the most successful salesmen in a long-running multimillion-dollar telemarketing scam, who finally got caught when he was conned himself. Nancy Updike talks about the case with Dale Sekovich, Federal Trade Commission investigator. (16 minutes) BusinessCrimeLegal System

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  • A story about the Broadway show Rent, the thrill of sitting close to the stage...and the evil it can lead to. (20 minutes)CityFriendshipTeenagersTheater

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