By Creative Babble
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Pretend Radio is a documentary-style podcast about real people pretending to be someone else. I interview con artists, snake oil salesmen, undercover FBI agents—pretty much anyone living a lie.
||ExplicitS311: The Prophet – Matthew Fenner vs. the Word of Faith Fellowship Part 2||What does being gay mean at the Word of Faith Fellowship?||12/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS310: The Prophet – Matthew Fenner vs. the Word of Faith Fellowship Part 1||Who will take over the Word of Faith Fellowship when Jane Whaley is gone?||11/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS309: The Prophet – Inside the Mind of Jane Whaley||In a secret recording, Jane Whaley admits withholding a child sexual abuse allegation because of penitent privilege.||11/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS308: The Prophet - Meet Jane Whaley Part 3||The world first learned about the Word of Faith Fellowship after an Inside Edition exposé in 1995. The investigation, led by the Trinity Foundation, revealed accusations of abuse within the church. Watch the Inside Edition story:...||11/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS307: The Prophet - Meet Jane Whaley Part 2||Previously on Pretend Radio, I came face-to-face with pastor Jane Whaley of the Word of Faith Fellowship. When I arrived, we met in her office for a few minutes before the church service began. I was surprised by everyone's friendliness. Suddenly, the..||11/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS306: The Prophet - Meet Jane Whaley Part 1||As far as I know, I'm the first journalist who has ever interviewed pastor Jane Whaley. Heck, I might be the only member of the media to have attended church service. How was I able to pull this off? The short answer is, I have no idea. In fact, when...||10/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS305: The Prophet - Brazil and the Word of Faith Fellowship||Did you know that the Word of Faith Fellowship has nearly 2,000 members internationally? They have affiliate churches all over the world including Brazil, Sweden, Scotland, and other countries. I don’t get it. Why would Jane Whaley want to branch...||10/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS304: The Prophet - Allegations of Abuse and Corruption||When Nancy Burnette was appointed by the courts to be a guardian ad litem, she knew her job wasn’t going to be easy. A guardian ad litem is someone who represents kids in the foster care system. It’s her job to place children in homes with the...||10/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS303: The Prophet - Former Cult Members Speak Out||On April 7th, 2018, more than a dozen former Word of Faith Fellowship members reunited at the Spindale House in Rutherford County, North Carolina. It was an opportunity for former members to answer lingering questions for the citizens in the...||10/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS302: The Prophet - Who is Jane Whaley?||Who is Jane Whaley? Jane Whaley is the pastor at the Word of Faith Fellowship—a conservative, charismatic Christian church. Those who have left the church describe her as a ruthless cult leader. But, we don't know much about her. Where did she come...||10/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS301: The Prophet - Word of Faith Fellowship Revisited||Season 3: The Prophet - Word of Faith Fellowship Revisited I’m back with a whole new season of Pretend Radio. But this time it’s going to be a little different. Instead of telling you a different story each episode, I decided to do a serialize...||9/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS213: The Hijacker, Part 2 - Martin McNally||Martin McNally needed some cash, so what did he do? He hijacked an American Airlines flight with 90 passengers on board. If you haven’t listened to part one, check that out first. Today’s episode, picks up where we last left off. It’s 1972, and...||7/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS212: The Hijacker, Part 1 - Martin McNally||Martin McNally is going to hijack this plane and nobody, not even the FBI, is going to stop him. In today’s episode, Martin McNally recounts his 1972 hijacking of an American Airlines flight heading to Tulsa, Oklahoma. His plan was...||7/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS211: The Jolly Roger Social Club||You may remember Sharon McConnell-Dickerson from episode 8 titled “The Sculptor.” You know, the blind artist who casts the faces of dying blues musicians. When we first recorded that episode, she told me a story that quite frankly was hard to...||7/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPretend Radio Anniversary Bonus Episode||Guess what? Pretend Radio turns one year old this month. So I thought it would be cool to replay some old guest interviews I've done on other shows. (01:00) Generation Why Podcast Interview - I talk about Vester Flanagan, the reporter who...||6/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS210: The Babalawo - Secrets of Santeria||Today's episode "The Babalawo" is about Santeria… the faith, not the song. Unlike the pop tune, not a lot of people know about this mysterious religion. Santería, also known as Regla de Ochá, La Regla de Ifá, or Lucumí, is an Afro-Cuban religion..||6/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS209: The Good Cop, Bad Cop||How does a good cop turn bad? For Ruben Palomares, a former corrupt LAPD Rampart division officer, the process was slow. He went from receiving LAPD’s highest honor to becoming one of the most corrupt cops in US history. Officer Palomares’...||5/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS208: The Stranger||A lie is only powerful if you choose to believe it. So why do we fall for it every time? In this episode, we’ll hear four different stories. Each describes a tall tale, so persistent, that it’s hard to imagine someone keeping all the lies straight..||5/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS207: The Gambler Part 2 - Art Schlichter||Previously on Pretend Radio, we learned how Art Schlichter’s gambling habits destroyed Anita Barney life. She went from being the wealthy widow of a Wendy’s CEO to becoming broke and struggling to pay her light bill. It started out with a...||3/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS206: The Gambler Part 1 - Art Schlichter||This is the story of disgraced Ohio State quarterback Art Schlichter. In order to understand Art Schlichter’s crimes, you first have to understand how his story ends. Anita Barney, heiress and widow of a former Wendy’s CEO, lost every single penny..||3/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS205: The Reporter - Vester Flanagan||Warning, this episode may be disturbing for some listeners. It describes a shooting that resulted in the death of two people. While this story is not technically about a mass shooting, it has every characteristic of one. I began working on this...||2/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS204: The Taker||Karl comes from a long line of con men. He says both his grandfather and father were swindlers. It's only natural that Karl slipped into the family business. In today's episode, Karl talks about bribing corrupt company building managers. He says he...||2/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS203: The Boy and the Girl||Candis Cox and her husband Adam live in Raleigh, North Carolina. This is their love story. How did I find them? I’m glad you asked. I told my friend Wendy I was looking for a couple profile. She said, “Hang tight. I have the perfect couple for...||2/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS202: The Snake Oil Salesman Part 2 - Curing Autism||Last time on Pretend Radio, I spoke with a group of women who drink a bleach-type chemical that they claim cures everything from cancer to depression. I soon found out that parents are forcefully giving bleach enemas to kids with autism. As a...||2/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS201: The Snake Oil Salesman Part 1 - Curing cancer & depression||I stumbled upon a group of people who self-medicate with chlorine dioxide, a bleach-like substance. They claim it cures everything from headaches, lyme disease, malaria, HIV, hepatitis, and cancer. When I first discovered this trend, I...||1/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS111: The Bigamist||Mary Turner Thomas says she married a bigamist.…||9/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS110. The Pretender Part 2 - Undercover FBI Agent Marc Ruskin||The Pretender - Marc Ruskin FBI undercover agent…||9/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS109: The Pretender Part 1 - Undercover FBI Agent Marc Ruskin||Before Marc Ruskin was an undercover FBI agent, h…||8/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS108: The Sculptor||Sharon McConnell-Dickerson is preserving the Miss…||8/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS107: The Real Estate Agent - Part 2 - Todd Kohlhepp||South Carolina serial killer Todd Kohlhepp confes…||8/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS106: The Real Estate Agent Part 1 - Todd Kohlhepp||This week’s story is about self-professed serial …||8/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS105: Birth of a Con Man Part 2 - Opioid epidemic||Previously on Pretend Radio we witnessed the birth of a con man. Erik Torres started his criminal career as a street thug and worked his way up to car insurance scam artist. Here’s how how it works. Erik stages car accidents then the driver...||7/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS104: Birth of a Con Man Part 1||Imagine, you’re driving on the road when suddenly…||6/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS103: The Prophet Part 3 - Word of Faith Fellowship||In the Prophet part 3, we’ll look at the Word of …||6/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS102: The Prophet Part 2 - Word of Faith Fellowship||John Cooper remembers one of the Word of Faith Fe…||6/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS101: The Prophet Part 1 - Word of Faith Fellowship||The Prophet part 1 explores The Word of Faith Fel…||6/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Excellent storytelling and compelling voice! Makes me want to jump out of my skin and into a secret identity. Love it. Please keep em coming!!!!
I just recently got into podcasts, and this has been my favorite one thus far. There is always variety and you never know what kind of story is coming next.
Great stories with even better storytelling. I'm hooked!
The real deal
Everyone has at least two stories... Pretend Radio tells the "public" story while tapping into the deeper, often hidden ones.
The docu-stories are well thought out and executed, excellent production quality and the host has an awesome voice..... really what's not to love.
Also love the variety in topics and people that have been looked at so far! There's something for everyone to get you hooked on this show!