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Nov 29, 2016

In the 19th century there were few Americans more famous than P.T Barnum. Long before he founded the circus that would bear his name, Barnum made a name for himself by pulling off elaborate hoaxes. Barnum's so-called "humbugs" walked the line between charming practical jokes and cynical frauds. How much should we believe about a man who lied for a living? Tune in and find out how fake news, George Washington's wet nurse, clockwork robots, an someone named "zip the pinhead" all play a role in the story. 

1 Comments
  • eleven and a half months ago
    Sondra Lawson
    Can't wait to listen to this episode and part 2 to it...I live in Bridgeport, Connecticut where PT Barium is devoutly thought of as a great entertainer and contributor to my city. His is held in such esteem the we have a apartment complex named after him and also hold the annual PT Barnum festival and parade in his honor and memory. So as a resident of a city who celebrates him and a avid listener to your podcast, I can not wait to hear what we were not taught in school about him.