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Cheat!
Cheat!
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Is it ever okay to break the rules? Cheat! is a weekly podcast hosted by award-winning journalist and comedian Alzo Slade that... more

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Episodes

Introducing...This is History Season 4

Power, greed, religion and sex: historian Dan Jones brings the drama of mediaeval history alive through compelling stories, larger-than-life characters... more

20 Feb 2024 · 1 minute
The Man Who (Almost) Got Away with a $20 Million Art Fraud

For years, Helge Achenbach has been among the world’s most successful art dealers. But with one treacherous move, he lands... more

11 Sep 2023 · 6 minutes
Whose Joke Is It Anyway?

Joke stealing. It's a cardinal sin in the comedy community, but it happens...a lot. Sometimes it's truly unintentional or a... more

11 Apr 2023 · 42 minutes
NFL’s Bountygate

After New Orleans was hit by the catastrophic national disaster of hurricane Katrina, the New Orleans Saints quickly became the... more

04 Apr 2023 · 34 minutes
The Dark Side of Conservatorships

A conservatorship or guardianship is a court appointed order which gives someone permission to act on behalf of an individual... more

28 Mar 2023 · 37 minutes
My Fake Restaurant

Oobah Butler is a professional prankster. In 2017, he managed to convince the London restaurant scene that he was the... more

21 Mar 2023 · 35 minutes
Jim and Tammy Faye

In the 1980s, The PTL or Praise The Lord Satellite Network founded by Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker broadcast into... more

14 Mar 2023 · 37 minutes
Fantasy Football School

In 2017, Roy Johnson, a former life insurance salesman turned entrepreneur, opened a new football high school in Ohio. The... more

07 Mar 2023 · 42 minutes
Scammed By The State

How did a trusted British institution manage to have over 600 people convicted for crimes they didn’t commit? In the... more

28 Feb 2023 · 39 minutes
The Toaster Hoaxster

Goofing around in class one day, Alex and Alan had no idea that they were about to create a decade-long... more

21 Feb 2023 · 31 minutes
The Dine and Dash Dater

Dating is hard. Just about anyone can relate to having trouble meeting new people and making connections. That's why in... more

14 Feb 2023 · 31 minutes
The Artifakes Exhibition

Collector Marty Martin spent years finding and sourcing incredible ancient artifacts, which he shared with the world in his touring... more

07 Feb 2023 · 40 minutes
The Cowgirl’s Con

Growing up in Dixon, Illinois, in the 90s, Li Arellano never understood why his town seemed to be crumbling, the... more

31 Jan 2023 · 38 minutes
Introducing… Shrink The Box

Ever wondered why Tony Soprano’s therapist stuck with him? Why Fleabag is obsessed with sex or why Walter White is... more

31 Jan 2023 · 1 minute
The Sturgeon General

Caviar, those little salty fish eggs – are prized by foodies all over the world. The fish that produces caviar,... more

24 Jan 2023 · 39 minutes
The World's Most Trafficked Mammal

It's likely you've never heard of a pangolin - they're scaly mammals that look kind of like a cross between... more

17 Jan 2023 · 31 minutes
The Rise Of Insta-Therapy

When it comes to social media, there's no shortage of mental health content. And there's a growing number of influencers... more

10 Jan 2023 · 37 minutes
Big Fish to Fry

Every spring, the best anglers in the Midwest converge on Lake Erie to try to catch the biggest Walleye and... more

03 Jan 2023 · 35 minutes
Unwrapping Hipster Chocolate (Rerun)

In 2007, two Iowa-born brothers launched an artisanal chocolate company, Mast Brothers, out of an apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn—the hipster... more

27 Dec 2022 · 37 minutes
Letters to Santa

In the 1910s, the New York City Post Office was having trouble delivering children's letters addressed to Santa Claus. So... more

20 Dec 2022 · 38 minutes
The Missing Link

In 1912, a British amateur archaeologist found fossils that would change the face of evolution. Charles Dawson claimed he had... more

13 Dec 2022 · 34 minutes
The Bad Doctor

In the early 2000’s, a man called Ian Paterson was considered one of the best breast surgeons in England. He... more

06 Dec 2022 · 35 minutes
Founding Fraudsters

During the 19th and 20th centuries, the people who helped build and shape American society were some of history’s most... more

29 Nov 2022 · 35 minutes
Introducing: Big Spender

Hi Cheat! listeners, here's a podcast we think you'll love...Some people do extraordinary things to get rich but few come... more

22 Nov 2022 · 2 minutes
Bitcoin Baddies

In 2016, over 100,000 Bitcoin were stolen from customers using the cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex. The theft rattled the crypto world.... more

22 Nov 2022 · 35 minutes
Gaming the Gamers

Cheating usually takes the fun out of games. But with the rise of competitive gaming in the past decade, more... more

15 Nov 2022 · 34 minutes
Operation Snow White

The Church of Scientology has been the subject of public fascination, government investigations, movies, and books for as long as... more

08 Nov 2022 · 42 minutes
Fixing to Win

Lotteries should be all about luck. But what if you could beat the odds? Would you do it? In 2010,... more

01 Nov 2022 · 33 minutes
The Talking Gorilla

Koko is perhaps the world's most famous gorilla. She was known for her ability to communicate using thousands of signs and... more

25 Oct 2022 · 37 minutes
Mystery Meat

In 2013, beef burgers—and other products advertised as beef—that were sold across Europe were found to contain traces, and in... more

18 Oct 2022 · 32 minutes
Phishy Business

When Indian journalist Nidhi Razdan was tapped for a job as an associate professor at Harvard, she was overjoyed. She... more

11 Oct 2022 · 38 minutes
Brokerage on the Brink

Toby Groves was running a mortgage brokerage when he discovered a small mistake that had been losing the company money,... more

04 Oct 2022 · 42 minutes
The Rise & Fall of Nigeria's SuperCop

Nigeria was struggling with a kidnapping crisis, that is until Abba Kyari took over as the head of an elite... more

27 Sep 2022 · 36 minutes
Introducing: Wolves Among Us, Season 1, The Larry Lavin Story

On the surface, there was nothing remarkable about Larry Lavin. He lived in a quiet neighborhood with his wife and... more

26 Sep 2022 · 4 minutes
Journey to the Omegaverse

When Zoey Ellis lands a contract with a publisher to write a novel, she is thrilled. It's a dream come... more

20 Sep 2022 · 36 minutes
When Pigs Can Fly

Pigs on planes? Snakes in stores? Alpacas in pharmacies? Most are emotional support animals (ESAs). And the demand for ESAs... more

13 Sep 2022 · 29 minutes
The truth about recycling

Anyone growing up in the US in the 90s probably remembers hearing about how important it was to recycle.  By... more

06 Sep 2022 · 36 minutes
Mysterious Mango Business

How far would you go to eat a food that reminds you of home? Would you be willing to smuggle... more

30 Aug 2022 · 36 minutes
The Gucci Billionaire Master

Instagram influencer Hushpuppi earned millions of followers by posting a window into the life of the ultra-rich, with his runway-ready... more

23 Aug 2022 · 36 minutes
Sister Swindler

For 30 years, Sister Mary Margaret Kreuper served as the principal of St. James Elementary—a Catholic school in Torrance, California.... more

16 Aug 2022 · 27 minutes
Cheat! is back. New episodes weekly!

Cheat! returns with new episodes weekly. Hosted by award-winning journalist and comedian Alzo Slade, Cheat! dives into the epic stories... more

11 Aug 2022 · 1 minute
The (Rare) Book Thief (Fan Pick)

New Cheat episodes weekly starting in August with a whole new season of Cheat! Greg Priore was thrilled to be named... more

09 Aug 2022 · 38 minutes
Hook, Wine and Sinker (Fan Pick)

New Cheat! episodes weekly starting in August with a whole new season of Cheat! Here’s the final installment of fan favorites. In the... more

02 Aug 2022 · 36 minutes
The Hipster Grifter (Fan Pick)

New Cheat! episodes weekly starting in August. While we’re away working on the new season, we’re highlighting some of our fan favorites, including this... more

26 Jul 2022 · 32 minutes
Plagiarism At The New York Times (Fan Pick)

Missing your Cheat! fix? We've got a brand new season on the way.  In the meantime, we’re highlighting some of our fan... more

19 Jul 2022 · 41 minutes
Stolen Art, Stolen Back (Fan Pick)

Missing your Cheat! fix? We've got a brand new season on the way, full of new stories of the people we love... more

12 Jul 2022 · 36 minutes
A Very Special Alien Autopsy

In 1995, FOX aired the one-hour special, Alien Autopsy: Fact or Fiction? Amid various expert testimonies and commentary, there was a piece... more

05 Jul 2022 · 31 minutes
Sidney Poitier's Imaginary Son

In the 1980s, well-heeled Manhattanites opened their homes to a young man they believed to be Sidney Poitier’s son. He’d... more

28 Jun 2022 · 38 minutes
The Great Tax Prep Swindle

Last year, Intuit—the company that owns the tax prep software TurboTax—reached a settlement with 50 state attorneys general, requiring the... more

21 Jun 2022 · 39 minutes
The Boy in the Balloon (Update)

At the end of this episode, last aired in August 2021, Alzo speaks to someone who knew the Heene family—behind... more

14 Jun 2022 · 51 minutes
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In the 1980s, well-heeled Manhattanites opened their homes to a young man they believed to be Sidney Poitier’s son. He’d promise them... more