Best Conartists podcasts we could find (Updated April 2019)
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Pretend Radio
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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.
 
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SFF Yeah!
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SFF Yeah! is a biweekly show dedicated to the latest happenings and our favorite recommendations from the worlds of science fiction and fantasy.
 
We Catch Thieves is a unique podcast providing a closer look at the men and women who make a living catching thieves. Each episode delivers an important "Tip Worth Stealing" and includes an inside perspective related to catching thieves in a variety of environments. This show will appeal to a variety of listeners including Loss Prevention personnel, Corporate Investigators, Private Investigators, and the general public!
 
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RNZ: Black Sheep
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The shady, controversial and sometimes downright villainous characters of New Zealand history, presented by William Ray.
 
Something Cheeky is a collection of podcasts where two sisters combine spoiler-free commentary on popular media with endless pop culture references. In this show, Rosanna and Nikki discuss Scott Lynch's book series The Gentlemen Bastards Sequence one chapter at a time. Book 1: The Lies of Locke Lamora | Book 2: Red Seas Under Red Skies |Book 3: The Republic of Thieves
 
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Sharifah and Jenn discuss Cowboy Bebop, an Octavia Butler adaptation, con-artists and thieves, and more. This episode is sponsored by Book Riot Insiders, The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling, and Voices by David Elliott. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, or via Apple Podcasts here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here. To get even ...…
 
Peter Pan syndrome is when someone refuses to grow up. It’s neither a disease nor a recognized mental disorder—it’s just a state of mind. Today, you're going to meet a man who became a fugitive in order to live in his very own Neverland. Larry Douglas Jones is not your typical fugitive. He had a wife and three kids. And to be honest, he's not a ...…
 
Jenn and special guest Ausma Zehanat Khan dig into Dune by Frank Herbert, including fancasting the upcoming movie adaptation! Books & Links: Ausma Zehanat Khan on Recommended The Bloodprint and The Black Khan by Ausma Zehanat Khan Dune by Frank Herbert Post: Dune and white savior narratives Post: Arab representation in casting Post: Latest cast ...…
 
Sharifah and Jenn discuss the Harry Potter AR game, the return of Bill & Ted, international SF/F, and more. This episode is sponsored by Book Riot Insiders, A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine, and Enchantée by Gita Trelease. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, or via Apple Podcasts here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here. To ...…
 
In this special episode of Black Sheep, William Ray looks at the history of white supremacy in NZ.
 
Jenn and special guest CB Lee discuss The Night Circus and Lord of the Rings adaptations, the Star Wars EU, and YA sci-fi and fantasy! This episode is sponsored by Libro.fm, The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson, and We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, or via Apple Podcasts here. The show can also be ...…
 
Sharifah and Jenn discuss (not) surviving in the Game of Thrones world, Nebula Award finalists, questionable LOTR-writing bots, and more. This episode is sponsored by Audible, An Affair of Poisons by Addie Thorley, and Epic Reads. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, or via Apple Podcasts here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here. To ...…
 
Arthur Shawcross is one of America's most notorious serial killers. This is the story about one of his closest friends. Who do you turn to when your deepest fantasies involve murder and cannibalism? It's an affliction most people can't relate to—unless you're a serial killer. For John Paul Fay, that confidant was a killer named Arthur Shawcross ...…
 
Sharifah and Jenn discuss the cover reveal for The Testaments, some new Merlin texts, fantasy and sci-fi set in space, and more. This episode is sponsored by the Read Harder Journal, Polaris Rising by Jessie Mihalik, and Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, or via Apple Podcasts here. The show can also be f ...…
 
The story of Horatio Robley continues... How did a man once dubbed a "predator of culture" for his collection of Maori heads become better known as a "friend of the Maori"?
 
Horatio Robley witnessed the most famous battle of the New Zealand Wars, he fathered a child with the daughter of a sworn enemy, his sketching helped end a war, his book helped save the art of Maori tattooing... But mostly he's famous for his grotesque collection of nearly 40 human heads.
 
The death penalty has started wars, won elections, outraged the population and ruined lives. Join William Ray for this live podcast recording at the Bread and Circus Festival in Christchurch with guests Dame Fiona Kidman, Vincent O'Malley and Mark Derby as they unpick the history of executions in New Zealand.…
 
Sharifah and Jenn discuss adaptation news for Tasha Suri and Leigh Bardugo, voting in the Hugos, favorite weird SF/F, and more. This episode is sponsored by the Read Harder Journal, the Unusual Suspects Giveaway, and Golden State by Ben Winters. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, or via Apple Podcasts here. The show can also be found on Sti ...…
 
Abby Ellin didn't know it yet, but the man she was about to marry was a compulsive liar living a double life. She was duped—hard. In this bonus episode, we talk about her story and why she's now obsessed with con artists. Abby Ellin is a New York Times contributor and author of Duped: Double Lives, False Identities and the Conman I Almost Marri ...…
 
Sharifah and Jenn discuss wizardly puppies, Bandersnatch, their most anticipated sequels of 2019, and more. This episode is sponsored by the Read Harder Journal, Slayer by Kiersten White, and Undying by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, or via Apple Podcasts here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here ...…
 
Sharifah and Jenn discuss Christmas dragons, exciting adaptation news, weird trends in pseudonyms, and their most anticipated reads of 2019. This episode is sponsored by the Read Harder Journal, The Similars by Rebecca Hanover, and Nightchaser by Amanda Bouchet. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, or via Apple Podcasts here. The show can als ...…
 
Sharifah and Jenn discuss J.K. Rowling’s terrible assistant, adaptation news, the Best of 2018 lists, and recommend LGBTQ+ SFF. This episode is sponsored by the Read Harder Journal and our True Story Giveaway. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, or via Apple Podcasts here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here. For even more sci-fi/fan ...…
 
Bully Hayes is famous as a charismatic "pirate" of the South Pacific. But most stories gloss over his more heinous crimes: Slavery, sexual assault and the brutal abuse of his crew.
 
In part two, how Gustavus von Tempsky went from a relatively famous soldier to the uber-hero of NZ colonial history.
 
Sharifah and Jenn give their picks for the best books to give this holiday season. This episode is sponsored by The Spectral City by Leanna Renee Hieber and the Book Riot Read Harder Journal. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, or via Apple Podcasts here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here. Books Discussed: The Broken Earth Trilogy ...…
 
Let’s say a man speaks to another man. Perhaps he looks at him for too long or laughs at his joke. That’s gay. Maybe you’re standing too close. It doesn’t matter. If I’m a Word of Faith fellowship member and I think you’re gay—then you’re gay. I don’t have to prove it–I know it. And I can’t let you suffer from those gay demons. I have to pray f ...…
 
He was larger than life, a warrior and artist who's legend has only grown since his death in 1868.... but Gustavus von Tempsky had a dark side
 
Jane Whaley recently turned 80-years-old. Obviously, the Word of Faith Fellowship can’t go on forever. At least not the way we know of it today. So, who’s taking over? Can it go on without Jane Whaley’s vision and authority? Or will it all just fall apart? John Huddle, a former member, says that Jane’s biological daughter Robin Webster is belie ...…
 
Why do some historians think an NZ-born traitor was "instrumental" in the Japanese victory in Singapore during WWII?
 
Sharifah and Jenn discuss the deaths of William Goldman and Stan Lee, the World Fantasy Award winners, sci-fi and fantasy romances, and more. This episode is sponsored by Enclave by Thomas Locke and Dragonshadow by by Elle Katharine White. News William Goldman has died. Stan Lee has also passed away. Congrats, World Fantasy Award Winners! New E ...…
 
Christina Bryant is about to go face-to-face with the real Jane Whaley. In my previous episode, I got to see the political side of Jane—the Jane she wanted the world to meet. Christina, on the other hand, is about to talk with the real Jane Whaley—the one everyone fears. And she got it all on tape. Christina Bryant went undercover inside the Wo ...…
 
What drove a boy from Reefton to turn against his comrades in World War Two? How was a former boxing and swimming champion recruited as an agent of Imperial Japan?
 
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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwE5fBT9RYE Jane Whaley's quiet little kingdom was suddenly in the spotlight. Hidden ...…
 
Amy Bock was a criminal "supreme in her cleverness". Her most famous con saw her pose as a man for 15 weeks and marry the daughter of her landlord. Nobody has ever been able to explain what motivated her lifetime of fraud and scams.
 
Sharifah and Jenn discuss Dracula marginalia, the Discworld adaptation, the NOMMO awards, and the best opening and closing lines of SFF. This episode is sponsored by Jade City by Fonda Lee; Lost Arrow, Book I of The Kalelah Series by Marshall Ross; and Fantastic Beasts: The Magizoologist’s Discovery Case. News Terry Pratchett’s The Watch lands ...…
 
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 music started playing and we knew it was time to head into the main sanctuary. Jane Whaley hel ...…
 
In this first-ever book club episode, Sharifah and Jenn discuss Rosewater by Tade Thompson.
 
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 the executive producer of the upcoming A&E series on Word of Faith Fellowship found out about m ...…
 
Sharifah and Jenn discuss multi-platform media, Nnedi Okorafor's nonfiction, and The Twilight Zone, and recommend novellas. This episode is sponsored by TBR, On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden, and Putting the Science in Fiction. News Discussed An ambitious multi-platform launch Liz Gorinsky, formerly of Tor, is starting her own publishing company. ...…
 
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. Brazil is by far the biggest territory ruled under Jane Whaley’s kingdom. They have churches in two southeastern Brazilian cities. The first church is i ...…
 
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 right parents. If she doesn’t get right, her decision can cause lasting damage on these vulnerable chi ...…
 
Sharifah and Jenn discuss TV shows for The Wheel of Time, Circe, and Narnia, and talk about their favorite witches. This episode is sponsored by The Devil's Thief, His Fair Assassins Trilogy, and In the Night Wood by Dale Bailey. Book Club pick: Rosewater by Tade Thompson News: Amazon has picked up the Wheel of Time TV show, and signed a big de ...…
 
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 community. But in reality, it was probably an event designed to make good television for the documentary ...…
 
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 from? How did she assume power? I spoke with John Huddle, a former Word of Faith Fellowship membe ...…
 
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 season where I tell you a single story, one episode at a time. So what is it about? It’s about the fir ...…
 
Sharifah and Jenn discuss The Twilight Zone reboot, a bunch of Avatar: The Last Airbender news, time travel favorites, and more. This episode is sponsored by TBR, The Caged Queen by Kristen Ciccarelli, and Upgrade Soul by Ezra Claytan Daniels.
 
Sharifah and guests Brea Grant and Mallory O'Meara of the Reading Glasses podcast discuss SFF Chia pets, the series adaptation of The Haunting of Hill House, and recommend books about dead people. This episode is sponsored by Legendary by Stephanie Garber and Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, or via Apple P ...…
 
Sharifah and Jenn discuss the Hugo winners, a tabletop RPG for The Expanse, His Dark Materials casting, favorite trilogies, and more. This episode is sponsored by Ball Lightning by Cixin Liu, Mirage by Somaiya Daud, and Nightblood by Elly Blake. News: A historic win for NK Jemisin at the Hugos The Expanse is getting a tabletop RPG Ursula K. Le ...…
 
Jenn and guest Swapna Krishna discuss Star Trek news, adaptations, the Arthur C. Clark Awards, and recent debuts. This episode is sponsored by Book Riot Insiders, Garrison Girl by Rachel Aaron, and Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley. News: MORE PICARD IS HAPPENING! WorldCon update: the programming looks better. Discovery of Witches finally has a U ...…
 
Sharifah and Jenn discuss new books from Becky Chambers and NK Jemisin, Worldcon, the World Fantasy Awards, school stories, and more. This episode is sponsored by Book Riot Insiders, Suicide Club by Rachel Heng, and Contagion by Erin Bowman. News: New books are coming from Becky Chambers and NK Jemisin! What is going on at Worldcon? Update: Vot ...…
 
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 Martin McNally just hijacked a plane heading to Tulsa, Oklahoma. His plan was simple… Demand a half a ...…
 
Sharifah and guest Nikki Vanry discuss Stranger Things books and more Star Trek, copyrighting, poorly planned merch, and SFF audiobooks. This episode is sponsored by Recommended and our Best of the Year YA Giveaway. News Discussed: Stranger Things books and comics are coming! Star Trek: TNG to Possibly Return as Alex Kurtzman Oversees Expansion ...…
 
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 simple—sneak a submachine gun onboard a 727 jet, demand a half-million dollars in cash, and escape with a parachut ...…
 
Sharifah and Jenn discuss Harlan Ellison, A Discovery of Witches, the Locus Award winners, and recommend some sci-fi sub-genres. This episode is sponsored by our $500 YA Giveaway and Book Riot Insiders. News: Ron Howard might add to Willow. Harlan Ellison is Dead. Locus Awards Winners! A Discovery of Witches trailer is here but still doesn’t ha ...…
 
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 believe. It sounded like something out of a movie. In fact, it should be turned into a movie. It’s one ...…
 
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