When Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme collapsed, we saw a portrait of a high-tech Wall Street genius duping the financial world. In this episode, what we didn't see. Reporter Steve Fishman introduces us to the unlikely, almost unbelievable perpetrators of history's biggest fraud.
Reporter Steve Fishman finally reaches Bernie Madoff in North Carolina, where the famous Ponzi schemer is serving a 150 year prison sentence. In never before heard jailhouse interviews, Fishman asks Bernie the big questions: how did he do it? And why? The answers lead further and deeper than we ever imagined.
Bernie Madoff, the man behind a $65 billion Ponzi scheme, confessed. He was never caught. In this episode, reporter Steve Fishman sets out to discover how a ragtag team, with 30 year-old technology, managed to fool private auditors and the United States government for decades.
In this episode, the most familiar faces of Madoff's collapse - the victims - in a new light. Reporter Steve Fishman goes behind the scenes of a surprisingly effective and complicated recovery effort that blurs the lines between fair and cruel, guilty and innocent.
In the series finale, reporter Steve Fishman finally reaches the core of Madoff's collapsed star: the forces that pulled $65 billion down a dark hole. With Bernie as our guide, we learn about unseen financial forces that continue to tug on us all, and why they might be impossible to control.
Brian Cox and Robin Ince present a witty, irreverent look at the world according to science. The Infinite Monkey Cage has become one of BBC Radio 4's most popular science-based programmes. In each episode physicist Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince delve into a particular field of science, with the help of guests from the worlds of science, academia, and entertainment.
"Fabulously witty yet intelligent."
Physicist Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince return for the third series of the Sony Radio Academy Gold Award-winning BBC Radio 4 show in which they take a witty, irreverent and unashamedly rational look at the world according to science.
It celebrates the American achievement and evokes the sound and colour of daily life; it also explores the paradoxes of American history. through three themes - empire, liberty and faith - that together this vivid saga. PART ONE - from the beginnings to the start of the Civil War in 1861 The series is written and presented by David Reynolds - a prize-winning Cambridge historian whose previous work for the BBC includes the 2008 TV series Summits.
"Key to understanding U.S."
James Purefoy stars in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Robert M. Pirsig's multi-million best-selling philosophical novel. One of the most important and influential books of the past half-century, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance tells the iconic story of a father and son's motorcycle trip across America in the 1960s. Yet it also describes a personal and philosophical journey. Now dramatised for the first time by Peter Flannery and starring James Purefoy, this full-cast drama adds a new and original dimension to a true modern classic.
New World Order: The Conspiracy to Rule Your Mind chronicles how the ruling elite have established global domination and the ability to effect the thoughts, decisions, and world view of human beings across the globe by systematically infiltrating the media, academia, industry, military, and political factions under the guise of upholding democracy.
Over a decade has passed since the World Trade Center attacks of September 11, 2001, and yet there are still many unanswered questions surrounding that fateful day, which changed a nation forever. Conspiracy theories attribute the planning and execution of the attacks to two parties other than Al-Qaeda and claim there was advance knowledge of the attacks amongst high-level government and military officials.
It's 1921, and Hollywood's fascination with sex is seemingly unstoppable. But a new force is about to arrive. One that will attempt to bring order to a disorderly industry....
The advent of sound brings incredible financial windfalls to Hollywood in the 1930s, making it the world's most powerful industry.
Stephen Fry explores the highways and byways of the English language in these four programmes, as heard on BBC Radio 4.
This 30-part Radio 4 series explores how our interactions with sound have shaped us over 100,000 years. These specially extended episodes, recorded on location around the world and in collaboration with curators of the British Library Sound Archive, take us from prehistory to the present, encompassing the shamanistic music of our cave-dwelling ancestors, the massacre of noisy cats in pre-revolutionary Paris, the nerve-destroying din of trench warfare, right through to the cacophony of the modern metropolis.
In 1998, the small town of Jasper, Texas, was the site of a hate crime that shocked the nation. Now, almost two decades later, reporter Matt Wolfe investigates how Jasper has sought to live down its infamy.
Randall Bell is a real estate appraiser who specializes in stigmatized properties - places that have become synonymous with violence. In this episode of Damned Spot, we examine some of Randall's most notorious assignments: the condo where Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman were murdered, the mansion where 39 members of the Heaven's Gate cult committed suicide, and the home of Sandy Hook mass shooter Adam Lanza.
In July of 1984, an armed man walked into a McDonald's in San Ysidro and murdered 21 people. At the time, it was the deadliest mass shooting in US history. The massacre created a strange dilemma for McDonald's: what happened wasn't their fault, but the event was becoming synonymous with their brand. The corporation decided to replace the branch's windows, clean up the blood, and reopen their doors to the public. But the survivors had a different plan.
The complete second BBC Radio 4 series written and presented by Sir David Attenborough, featuring all 20 episodes about some of the strangest insects and creatures from around the world. One of the nation's most popular presenters examines 20 marvels of the natural world from his extraordinary and pioneering experiences. How did Sir David track down a giant earthworm? Why does he respect rats? What was the first bribe in nature? Why do well known foods often have two names?
"The best by miles"
Documentary about the role of psychoanalysis, marketing, and public relations in the United States. From the same director as The Power of Nightmares.
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