Full episode 499: Taking Names Prologue ByNancy Updike Ira talks with Producer Nancy Updike about when she first met Kirk Johnson in 2007. At the time he was mulling a crazy plan that involved Iraqi refugees, the Coast Guard and a boat. (5 minutes) More by Nancy UpdikeView all 660: Hoaxing Yourself Nov. 2, 2018 Act Two: Conning The Con Men 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. 653: Crime Scene Aug. 3, 2018 Act One: Grime Scene Reporter Nancy Updike spends two days with Neal Smither, who cleans up crime scenes for a living, and comes away wanting to open his Los Angeles franchise, despite the gore — or maybe because of it. 609: It’s Working Out Very Nicely Feb. 3, 2017 Act Three: Statement of Purpose There is one line in the executive order that justifies its existence.