Radiolab Presents: Ponzi Supernova

2/10/2017, 5:45:00 AM , duration(0:0:2)
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<p>We thought we knew the story of Bernie Madoff.  How he masterminded the biggest Ponzi scheme in history, leaving behind scores of distraught investors and a $65 billion black hole. </p> <p>But we had never heard the story from Madoff himself.</p> <p>This week, reporter Steve Fishman and former Radiolabber Ellen Horne visit our studio to play us snippets from their extraordinary Audible series <em>Ponzi Supernova</em>, which features exclusive footage of the man who bamboozled the world.  After years of investigative reporting – including interviews with dozens of FBI and SEC agents, investors, traders, and attorneys – the pair scrutinize Madoff’s account to understand exactly why he did it, how he managed to pull it off, and how culpable he actually was. Was he a puppetmaster or a puppet? And if the latter, who else is to blame for the biggest financial fraud in history?</p> <p><a href="">You can hear the entire series on iTunes</a> or <a href="">for free on Audible</a></p> <p>Support Radiolab by becoming a member today at <a href=";utm_medium=radiolab-redirect&amp;utm_campaign=pledge&amp;utm_content=show-notes" target="_blank" title="Pledge"></a>.    </p>