A con man named Nick Ward who's so good he's thanked.
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Ira reads an excerpt from James Ellroy's memoir My Dark Places.
Two people who've nearly died in gun battles describe what it's like, getting shot at. They draw opposite conclusions from their near death experiences.
Chicago writer Tori Marlan with a man who sold guns to criminals for two years, and what he makes of the experience. Most of the illegal guns on the street were actually purchased legally.
Host Ira Glass talks to three teenage boys who buy computer equipment using stolen credit card numbers.
First, an interview with Jim Nelson, then, an interview with Eli, a computer hacker who was thrown in prison by federal authorities for his crimes.
Jerry Capeci, dean of the New York reporters who cover organized crime, on the decline of the mob in recent years. And Alec Wilkinson of the New Yorker magazine, who discusses a photo his wife took of his old neighbors, the Gambino crime family.
Susan Berman, author of the memoir Easy Street, the True Story of a Gangster's Daugher, reads from her book about her father Davie Berman, a Jewish gangster and one of the men — with Meyer Lansky and Bugsy Siegel — who created modern Las Vegas. (7 minutes)Act Two continues after the break.
The first part of Josh Seftel and Rich Robinson's documentary about South Africa. Josh meets people who may be distant South African relatives.
There can be consequences for reading other people's mail.
Ira talks with a gang kid who turned to Jesus with the same ferocity and dedication with which he served his old street gang.
Why one teenager set fires and then stopped setting them. Paul Tough interview.
Ira with a girl gang member about the day she nearly died.
Claudia Perez talks about how her 21-year-old brother was shot and the family thought he'd die.
They can't pronounce the names, can't read the maps, don't know the history, and are on an idealistic quest for justice that so far has not flowered. Kitty Felde, on Americans at the War Crimes Trial for the former Yugoslavia.Interview with Michael Ignatieff about war crimes trials and truth commissions.
Scott Carrier visits a courtroom where teenagers are tried and convicted by their teenage peers in Tucson, Arizona.