86: How to Take Money from Strangers

86: How to Take Money from Strangers

Dec 12, 1997
Two stories of how to get money from strangers. In both stories, the money is made by people who make the strangers feel good about themselves and about their nation.

NOTE: This episode originally included a story by reporter Stephen Glass, which we have removed because of questions about its truthfulness. This story is included in the transcript only for reference.
  • A con man named Nick Ward who's so good he's thanked. (24 minutes)CityCrime

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  • Sarah Vowell, on selling the secrets of art dealer Graham Arader. (14 minutes)ArtBusinessJobs/Employment

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  • Act Three. Futures Market. [Retracted]

    This episode originally included a story by reporter Stephen Glass (no relation to Ira) about working as a telephone psychic. We have removed the story because of questions about its truthfulness. It is included in the transcript for reference.

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