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Liar City

Brian Flanagan

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Everybody lies. Some are terrible at it, some do it frighteningly well. Sooner or later, most of us get caught. This is the story of the lies we tell, and what happens when they crumble. This is Liar City.
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That's Entertainment! (Part One)

47:21 | Jun 16th, 2017

This week, join Darien and Brian as they tell (half of) the fascinating story of a man who just might be the world's best bullshit artist, the incomparable Andy Kaufman.
Tania Head and the WTC Survivor's Network

51:40 | Oct 2nd, 2015

This week, join Brian and Bren as they discuss Tania Head, the former president of the World Trade Center Survivor's Network.    Follow Liar City on Twitter.
Drinking The Kool-Aid With Jim Jones

58:18 | Apr 10th, 2015

Jonestown, Guyana. A 3,500 acre commune in the middle of a jungle, was supposed to be a socialist paradise on earth for Jim Jones and his many followers. Instead, it became a metaphor for all the reasons why you should never put your life in someone ...Show More
Lance Armstrong's Favorite Mistake

55:06 | Feb 13th, 2015

It's hard to judge Lance Armstrong. While he's certainly a man who defied horrific odds to reach the absolute pinnacle of success, there is now zero doubt that he was also a cheater, a liar, and a bully.  Can we blame him? Should we hold athletes to...Show More
Freedom Club

1:05:30 | Nov 1st, 2017

This week, join Brian and Darien as they tell the tale of our nation's most prolific homegrown environmental terrorist, Ted Kaczynski.  Follow Liar City on Twitter. We'll pay you handsomely in East German coins.
Satanic Panic V: Mazes and Monsters

48:06 | Aug 31st, 2017

This week, join Brian and Darien as they tell the stories behind the 1980's D&D moral panic.  Follow Liar City on Twitter. Seriously. Go do that now. We'll wait.
How I Got To Memphis (Kaufman Part 2)

1:00:23 | Jun 27th, 2017

This week, join Darien and Brian as they conclude the Andy Kaufman story.    Follow Liar City on Twitter.
The Boys in the Bank

50:30 | Apr 30th, 2017

This week, join Brian and Darien as they tell the real story behind one of the strangest crimes of the 1970s -- the simple robbery of a Brooklyn bank that became a local sensation, then a media circus, and finally a critically-acclaimed movie.  Follo...Show More
The Sinful Messiah and The Seven Seals

55:06 | Mar 3rd, 2017

This week, join Brian and Darien as they wade through the origins of the Branch Davidian group, and the lead-up to the infamous Waco Siege.  Follow Liar City on Twitter.
Great Artists Steal: The Xerox PARC Story

51:54 | Jan 17th, 2017

This week, join Brian and Darien as they tell the story of the PC revolution from the perspective of a group of researchers and scientists who should be credited for it -- the people of Xerox PARC.
Psycho Skate

57:15 | Jan 7th, 2017

This week, join Brian and Darien as they discuss the life and crimes of former professional skater Mark "Gator" Rogowski.    Follow Liar City on Twitter.
A Carpenter and a Crane

1:12:07 | Nov 21st, 2016

This week, join Brian and Darien as they wade through the sordid details of the seemingly idyllic lives of actor Bob Crane and his best pal: a videography enthusiast named John Carpenter.  Follow Liar City on Twitter.
What Happens In Vegas

58:52 | Oct 26th, 2016

This week, join Brian and Darien as they return from hiatus to discuss the infamous OJ Simpson trial.  No, not that one. The other one. It's a parade of sadness and scumbaggery this week.    Follow Liar City on Twitter.
Get to the Choppah!

49:09 | Aug 24th, 2016

This week, join Brian (and a very special guest) as they tell the story of the world's very own Governator, Arnold Schwarzenegger.  Well that, plus about a million other things. Thanks again, Chelsea. Follow Liar City on Twitter.
Right Next Door To Hell

44:13 | Aug 20th, 2016

This week, join Brian and Darien as they tell the story of what happened at 2207 Seymour Avenue, a nondescript Cleveland home that became a horrific prison for three young girls.    Follow Liar City on Twitter.
The Away Team

50:24 | Jul 22nd, 2016

This week, join Brian and Darien as they discuss the history of the infamous Heaven's Gate cult.  Follow Liar City on Twitter.
Games People Play: The Quiz Show Scandals

53:04 | Jun 30th, 2016

This week, join Brian and Darien as they tell one of the most fascinating stories from the early history of television -- the story of Herb Stemple, Charles Van Doren, and the infamous quiz show scandals.  Follow Liar City on Twitter.
Satanic Panic IV: Screaming For Vengeance

46:22 | May 31st, 2016

This week, join Brian and Darien as they tell the tale of James Vance v. Judas Priest, the most infamous  of all the subliminal messages cases -- and one of the few that ever actually made it to trial.    Follow Liar City on Twitter.
Method Acting in a Bathrobe

40:06 | May 13th, 2016

This week, join Brian and Darien as they discuss one of the most fascinating Mafia figures of all time - Vincent 'Chin' Gigante.  Follow Liar City on Twitter.
Not in Great Neck: The Friedman Story

55:00 | Apr 16th, 2016

This week, join Brian and Darien as they tackle one of the most frustrating cases to come out of the child sex abuse panic of the 1980's -- the story of Arnold and Jesse Friedman.  Follow Liar City on Twitter.
The Devil You Know: Castro and the Mariel Boatlift

59:35 | Apr 5th, 2016

This week, Liar City welcomes a very special guest to the show -- Jesse from I Doubt it With Dollemore.  Join Brian and Jesse as they discuss the two immigration crises the world is currently facing, then tag along as they get into the Mariel Boatli...Show More
Girls on Film: The Traci Lords Story

50:08 | Mar 25th, 2016

This week, join Brian and Bren as they tell one of the most fascinating, heartbreaking, and - ultimately - infuriating stories to come out of the 1980s adult film industry: the tale of Traci Lords. Follow Liar City on Twitter.
A Viking Funeral With Gram Parsons

56:49 | Mar 3rd, 2016

This week, join Brian and Darien as they discuss the life, the tragic death, and the very weird aftermath of Gram Parsons -- the biggest star there never was.    Follow Liar City on Twitter.
A Rockefeller By Any Other Name

47:33 | Feb 19th, 2016

This week, join Brian and Darien as they discuss the mind-bending case of notorious con man Christian Gerhartsreiter -- better known to the world (at least for a while) as Clark Rockefeller.    Follow Liar City on Twitter
Pitch Black Outback

45:24 | Feb 8th, 2016

Join Brian and Darien as they dive into a listener request: the story of Lindy Chamberlain, a Seventh Day Adventist and loving mother who became one of the most infamous women in Australian history -- all in a single, horrible night.    Follow Liar...Show More
Fatty's in a Little Jam

48:17 | Jan 28th, 2016

This week, join Brian and Darien as they discuss the most notorious scandal to come out of silent film-era Hollywood, the story of Fatty Arbuckle's swift rise and shocking fall.    Follow Liar City on Twitter: @LiarCityPodcast
Still a Great Year

47:06 | Dec 24th, 2015

Join Brian, Darien, and Bren as they recap and recount their first year bringing you Liar City.    Follow Liar City on Twitter.
Rajneesh and the Salad Bar Bio-Terrorists

40:50 | Nov 25th, 2015

After a difficult week of unspeakable crimes against the civilized world, join Brian and Darien for a discussion of the first (and most wide-reaching) act of bioterrorism ever committed on American soil.    Follow Liar City on Twitter
The Man in the Mirror

50:01 | Oct 19th, 2015

Join Brian, Bren, and Darien for a discussion of Michael Jackson's life, centering on the allegations of child molestation that dogged him for his final 15 years.    Follow Liar City on Twitter
The Dread Pirate Roberts: Digital Kingpin

45:38 | Sep 5th, 2015

This week, join us as we talk about one of the most fascinating cases of online crime in recent memory: The Silk Road, and its founder and leader -- The Dread Pirate Roberts.  Follow Liar City on Twitter: Normal 0 ...Show More
Make Do and Mend: John Money and the Reimer Family

44:45 | Aug 29th, 2015

This week, join us as we tell the sad tale of Bruce/Brenda/David Reimer -- the boy who was raised as a girl.    Follow Liar City on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/LiarCityPodcast
Stella Liebeck's Coffee and Neil Young's Middle Finger

50:29 | Aug 18th, 2015

This week, Liar City takes on a couple of legendary frivolous lawsuits -- Stella Liebeck v. McDonald's and David Geffen v. Neil Young.    Follow Liar City on Twitter.
Going Downhill With Janet Cooke

53:04 | Jul 20th, 2015

Listen as Liar City celebrates an arbitrary anniversary with a very special episode. From Janet Cooke's perky prose to Jimmy Gronen's magnets, the 25th edition of Liar City is chock full of lies.  Follow Liar City on Twitter: ...Show More
God Only Knows: Brian Wilson Meets Eugene Landy

53:43 | Jun 26th, 2015

Few things in life are as timeless as the music of The Beach Boys. They had a magical combination of soaring harmonies and an unepected level of technical sophistication coupled with the constantly-evolving talents of their once-undisputed leader Bri...Show More
Investing 101: Ponzi, Patreon, and Plush Toys

35:09 | Jun 18th, 2015

This week, we'll tackle a true rags to riches story: Charles Ponzi. While his specific exploits are a lot less remembered than his name, his plucky, can-do attitude in the face of overhwhelming odds gave inspiration to dozens of upstarts with names l...Show More
Satanic Panic III: West Memphis Boogeymen

53:07 | Jun 5th, 2015

The case of the West Memphis Three might be the last gasp of the satanic panic that gripped America a couple decades ago. A horrible crime against three innocent boys, with teenagers dressed in black the only suspects in sight, the story reads like a...Show More
Henry Hill: Goodfella, College Basketball Enthusiast

37:30 | May 19th, 2015

This week, rather than talk about deflated footballs, we take a stroll down memory lane and discuss the weird ending that GoodFellas should've had: The fallout from the 1978-1979 Boston College points shaving scandal.  Follow us on Twitter Follow u...Show More
Billy Collins and Luis Resto's Gloves

39:45 | May 4th, 2015

Madison Square Garden was packed to capacity on the night of June 16th, 1983. Everyone was expecting a good fight, but nobody was all that excited about the undercard -- a fight between two welterweight fighters that nobody had ever heard of.  Prett...Show More
The Raccoon Attack / Andrew Wakefield's Truth Inoculation

47:58 | Apr 24th, 2015

Brian and Bren explain their unexpected absence last week, then explain why Andrew Wakefield and Jenny McCarthy are dangerously insane human beings.
Go Ask Alice and A Million Little Pieces

50:28 | Apr 3rd, 2015

This week, we talk about two books: one a memoir, one a diary, both of them total bullshit.  Join us as we discuss the origins of, and the fallout from, two of the most ridiculous pieces of "non-fiction" ever published.    Follow us on Twitter: @l...Show More
Operation Freakout and Project Normandy

51:18 | Mar 27th, 2015

"What is true is what is true for you," L. Ron Hubbard was fond of saying.Wise words from a dangerously insane human being. Join us as we tell the tale of Scientology's humble beginnings, its dramatic growth spurt, and the horrible things the group ...Show More
Little Marjoe is Bad, But Not Evil

38:45 | Mar 20th, 2015

Little Marjoe Gortner was probably the weirdest child prodigy the world has ever known. An ordained minister by the age of 4, his talent for preaching the gospel was remarkbale. This week, we'll talk about what happened when Marjoe grew up, grew a c...Show More
John Holmes Has a Big Problem

52:50 | Mar 13th, 2015

From the early 70s until the early 80s, there was only one man you thought of when you thought of adult cinema: John Holmes. As the smooth-talking detective Johnny Wadd, he thrilled audiences with semi-competent acting and incredibly competent sex sc...Show More
Kevin Mitnick and The Art of Deception

55:58 | Mar 6th, 2015

This week, we dive deep into the history of computer hacking, taking a closer look at the story of Kevin Mitnick, a.k.a. The Condor, at one time the most wanted cyber-criminal in the world.  Listen to the story of toy whistles, blue boxes, and a sca...Show More
John DeLorean's Manufactured Fall

54:28 | Feb 24th, 2015

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Satanic Panic II: Judy Johnson and the McMartin Preschool Trial

46:41 | Feb 3rd, 2015

Once the Satanic Panic of the early 1980s really sets in, a group of daycare workers in Manhattan Beach, California, become the most hated people in America. The fact that the allegations were absurd -- secret tunnels, beheadings, toilet bowl passag...Show More
Howard Hughes Meets Clifford Irving

47:16 | Jan 20th, 2015

Which image comes into your mind when you think of Howard Hughes? Famous aviator? American playboy? Batshit crazy person?  All of those things are kind of true. This week's story, however, is about one of the many untrue things surrounding Howard Hu...Show More
Running on Empty With Rosie Ruiz

38:02 | Jan 12th, 2015

Before 1972, women weren't even officially allowed to participate in the Boston Marathon, but by 1980, a woman named Rosie Ruiz would become the most famous runner in its history. Sadly, it was for all the wrong reasons.
Robert Tilton and God's Wallet

43:41 | Jan 6th, 2015

If you've ever stayed up so late on Saturday night that it turned into Sunday morning, you may have seen this week's subject at work. Robert Tilton, king of the 'prosperity gospel', was one of the most shameless, shameful preachers to ever work a cro...Show More
Dr. Oz Does The Hadacol Boogie

34:33 | Jan 1st, 2015

While there's no question that Dr. Oz promotes some wacky products on his show, he's certainly not the first person to turn the public's trust into a cash machine.  This week, we'll talk about a literal snake oil salesman -- the shifty-eyed, razzle-...Show More
'Michelle Remembers' and The Satanic Panic

51:14 | Dec 28th, 2014

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Balloon Boy Takes Flight

37:49 | Dec 20th, 2014

So, where were you on October 15, 2009? A big chunk of the world spent a lot of that day glued to their television sets. That’s the day that the ‘Balloon Boy’ story took flight. A watershed moment in American journalism for all the wrong reasons, wha...Show More
A Liar's Christmas

41:08 | Dec 18th, 2014

In this episode, we discuss the origins of Santa Claus -- the cheeriest lie ever told. Don't listen to it with kids in the room (unless you want to break their hearts / turn them into Odin-worshipping Pagans.)
Frank Farian and Milli Vanilli

1:00:02 | Dec 12th, 2014

In this episode, we discuss the origins of (and fallout from) one of the most notorious musical scandals of the 20th century, Milli Vanilli.
Stephen Glass and 'Hack Heaven'

48:27 | Dec 12th, 2014

This episode concerns former journalist Stephen Glass and "Hack Heaven", the magazine article that ended his career.  Join us as we discuss the lie, our own lies, and whether or not we should just try to forgive and forget.