Pranks and Hoaxes

March 30, 2014

Everyone loves a good joke, right? Well, at least when it's not at your expense. We explore hoaxes throughout history, get in the mind of a prolific prankster, and hear from writer Walter Kirn about getting duped by a dangerous con man.

  1. Famous pranksters - Kembrew McLeod

    Pranks aren’t just for April Fool’s Day. Sometimes they can be powerful vehicles for political and social change.

    Average: 5 (1 vote)
  2. Art of the Hoax - Joey Skaggs

    Joey Skaggs is a master of the hoax. His elaborate pranks have been fooling media outlets since the 1960s.

    Average: 4.8 (4 votes)
  3. The Con - Walter Kirn

    For more than a decade, writer Walkter Kirn was friends with a wealthy eccentric named Clark Rockefeller. One day, he discovered the awful truth - the man he knew as Clark Rockefeller was a dangerous imposter.

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  4. Sonic Sidebar: The Showman and the Slave

    Legendary showman P.T. Barnum once owned a slave named Joice Heth. Barnum claimed she was 161 years old and a former nanny to George Washington. Benjamin Reiss tells the story in his book "The Showman and the Slave: Race, Death, and Memory in Barnum's America."

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  5. BookMark: Cheryl Strayed

    Cheryl Strayed bookmarks "Love & Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere" by Poe Ballantine.

    Average: 1.5 (2 votes)
  6. On Our Minds: Noah's Flood

    Darren Aronofsky's new film "Noah" is getting a lot of buzz, in part because the flood story is a crucial event in the creationist explanation for the origins of life. To find out why, Steve Paulson spoke to the leading historian of creationism, Ronald Numbers.

    Average: 3.7 (3 votes)