Pranks and Hoaxes (Updated)

September 28, 2014
(was 03.30.2014)

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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  6. On Our Minds: Life With Harper Lee

    In 2001, reporter Marja Mills met the celebrated and notoriously private author of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Harper Lee. The two struck up a friendship and, a few years after their first meeting, the two became neighbors. Mills writes about their friendship in her new memoir, “The Mockingbird Next Door.”

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