Chameleon: Wild Boys

By Campside Media

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Reviews: 8


 Apr 14, 2022

Jeni
 Feb 18, 2022
I'm confused. I'm listening to Season 3. Is this fictional or not?

wrong Bus
 Sep 5, 2021

Matt
 Jul 16, 2021
Garbage. The narrator tells a good story, there's just no evidence presented or cited to back up any of his claims. This is all anecdotes and sweeping generalizations. This podcast should be listed under fiction.


 May 9, 2021

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In 2003, two half-starved brothers emerged from the wilderness, telling an incredible story of survival. A small Canadian community took them in. The only problem? The boys weren't who they said they were. Hosted by Sam Mullins. New episodes of Chameleon: Wild Boys release every Tuesday for free wherever you get your podcasts. If you’d like to get new episodes one week early in addition to ad-free listening and our exclusive bonus series The Art of the Con, subscribe to Chameleon: uninterrupted on Apple podcasts. Visit the chameleon show page on Apple Podcasts and hit “try free” to start your free trial today”

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Introducing: Run, Bambi, Run
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Laurie Bembenek was a Milwaukee police officer and Playboy Club bunny before being arrested for the murder of her husband’s ex-wife, a crime she insisted she did not commit. Nicknamed “Bambi Bembenek,” she became a tabloid fixation, a feminist cause célèbre and, after she escaped from prison, an American folk hero, though she was never exonerated. Journalist and Campside Media co-founder Vanessa Grigoriadis takes a fresh look at the case Diane Sawyer called the "most glamorous murder case of the 1980s.” New episodes out every Monday. Run Bambi Run is an Apple Original podcast, produced by Campside Media. Listen and follow on Apple Podcasts. https://apple.co/RunBambiRun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 11, 2022
Part 9: Eternal Life
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In the season finale of Wild Boys, host Sam Mullins sets out to answer a question anyone who's ever heard of this story has had: whatever became of those Bush Boys? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 15, 2022
Part 8: Out of the Woods
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For the first time, the Horn brothers tell the true story of their time in Canada.  New episodes of Chameleon: Wild Boys release every Tuesday for  free wherever you get your podcasts. If you’d like to get new episodes  one week early in addition to ad-free listening and our exclusive bonus  series The Art of the Con, subscribe to Chameleon: uninterrupted on  Apple podcasts. Visit the chameleon show page  on Apple Podcasts and hit “try free” to start your free trial today” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 08, 2022
Part 7: Kyle
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After Roen jumps a fence to elude authorities, he enlists the help of the one person he trusts with his life – his big brother Kyle. The two hatch a plan and they head for the Canadian border. New episodes of Chameleon: Wild Boys release every Tuesday for  free wherever you get your podcasts. If you’d like to get new episodes  one week early in addition to ad-free listening and our exclusive bonus  series The Art of the Con, subscribe to Chameleon: uninterrupted on  Apple podcasts. Visit the chameleon show page  on Apple Podcasts and hit “try free” to start your free trial today” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 01, 2022
Part 6: Roen
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Seventeen years after the Wild Boys turned host Sam Mullins’s hometown upside down, he sets out to find the brothers and their family, and get the full story for the first time.  New episodes of Chameleon: Wild Boys release every Tuesday for  free wherever you get your podcasts. If you’d like to get new episodes  one week early in addition to ad-free listening and our exclusive bonus  series The Art of the Con, subscribe to Chameleon: uninterrupted on  Apple podcasts. Visit the chameleon show page  on Apple Podcasts and hit “try free” to start your free trial today” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 22, 2022
Part 5: Intermission
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Our story is about to take a big turn ... next week. But for now, season 1 co-host Josh Dean and Rajiv Golla, the hosts of our biweekly "Art of the Con" subscriber-only talk show sit down with Wild Boys host Sam Mullins to talk about the origins of this incredible story, and what it was like for Sam to make something in and about his hometown. New episodes of Chameleon: Wild Boys release every Tuesday for  free wherever you get your podcasts. If you’d like to get new episodes  one week early in addition to ad-free listening and our exclusive bonus  series The Art of the Con, subscribe to Chameleon: uninterrupted on  Apple podcasts. Visit the chameleon show page  on Apple Podcasts and hit “try free” to start your free trial today” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 15, 2022
Part 4: The Truth
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Someone claiming to be the boys’ older brother contacts the journalist who scrambles to assemble the key players for a dramatic confrontation. The boys’ true identities surface and their elaborate deception is revealed. New episodes of Chameleon: Wild Boys release every Tuesday for  free wherever you get your podcasts. If you’d like to get new episodes  one week early in addition to ad-free listening and our exclusive bonus  series The Art of the Con, subscribe to Chameleon: uninterrupted on  Apple podcasts. Visit the chameleon show page  on Apple Podcasts and hit “try free” to start your free trial today” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 08, 2022
Part 3: The Journalist
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Will is apprehended and forcibly hospitalised, and a journalist convinces the boys to tell their story on national TV. The interview airs, and the community finally gets their first glimpse of the boys. New episodes of Chameleon: Wild Boys release every Tuesday for  free wherever you get your podcasts. If you’d like to get new episodes  one week early in addition to ad-free listening and our exclusive bonus  series The Art of the Con, subscribe to Chameleon: uninterrupted on  Apple podcasts. Visit the chameleon show page  on Apple Podcasts and hit “try free” to start your free trial today” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 01, 2022
Part 2: The Skeptic
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The boys are confronted by their first true skeptic — a local cop determined to verify their identities. Tami tries to shelter them from the police and prying media and urges Will to get help with his plummeting weight. New episodes of Chameleon: Wild Boys release every Tuesday for  free wherever you get your podcasts. If you’d like to get new episodes  one week early in addition to ad-free listening and our exclusive bonus  series The Art of the Con, subscribe to Chameleon: uninterrupted on  Apple podcasts. Visit the chameleon show page  on Apple Podcasts and hit “try free” to start your free trial today” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 25, 2022
Part 1: Arrival
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Two strange brothers, Will and Tom Green, blow into a small Canadian town, telling an unbelievable story about their upbringing. The community, led by a hockey Mom named Tami, rallies to help them. But the boys have a secret. New episodes of Chameleon: Wild Boys release every Tuesday for  free wherever you get your podcasts. If you’d like to get new episodes  one week early in addition to ad-free listening and our exclusive bonus  series The Art of the Con, subscribe to Chameleon: uninterrupted on  Apple podcasts. Visit the chameleon show page  on Apple Podcasts and hit “try free” to start your free trial today” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 25, 2022
Introducing Season Three of Chameleon: Wild Boys
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In 2003, two half-starved brothers emerged from the wilderness, telling  an incredible story of survival. A small Canadian community took them  in. The only problem? The boys weren't who they said they were. Hosted  by Sam Mullins. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 11, 2022
Chapter 10: Exiled
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Emile returns to Las Vegas. His brother Gus loses everything. New free episodes every week; subscribe on Apple Podcasts to get ad-free episodes a week early. Chameleon- Season Two- High Rollers is a production of Campside Media. The show is hosted by Trevor Aaronson. Executive Producers are Vanessa Grigoriadis and Adam Hoff. Fact-Checking by Alex Yablon. Margot Williams, research. Original theme song by Mark McAdam. Sam Leeds provided production support. Project Management by Doug Slawin. The Executive Producers at Campside Media are Josh Dean, Vanessa Grigoriadis, Adam Hoff, and Matt Shaer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 10, 2021
Chapter 9: Play the Part
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Is anyone going to be punished for Operation Botox? Trevor meets Gus’s friend from jail, and Chuck Ro leaves Las Vegas. New  free episodes every week; subscribe on Apple Podcasts to get ad-free episodes a week early. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 03, 2021
Chapter 8: Better Call Paul
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During the sting, Emile discussed with an undercover agent a plot to hire a hitman to harm a Las Vegas lawyer. But that local lawyer may have other connections to the FBI’s case. New  free episodes every week; subscribe on Apple Podcasts to get ad-free episodes a week early. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 27, 2021
Chapter 7: House Edge
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From behind bars in the Nevada desert, Gus reaches out for help. New  free episodes every week; subscribe on Apple Podcasts to get ad-free episodes a week early. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 20, 2021
Chapter 6: Pahrump
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Emile and Gus are arrested at the Las Vegas airport. They find Emile’s friend Mary at the detention facility. New  free episodes every week; subscribe on Apple Podcasts to get ad-free episodes a week early. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 13, 2021
Chapter 5: Dirty Money
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Emile introduces Michel and Dennis to his friends and associates, including his girlfriend Kim and his brother Gus. New  free episodes every week; subscribe on Apple Podcasts to get ad-free episodes a week early. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 06, 2021
Chapter 4: Chuck and Dennis
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Chuck and Dennis are good friends. Emile isn’t the first man they’ve lured into an elaborate trap. New  free episodes every week; subscribe on Apple Podcasts to get ad-free episodes a week early. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 29, 2021
Chapter 3: The Sting
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Michel and Dennis are bringing piles of cash to Emile’s weight loss clinic. But the two aren’t the wealthy businessmen they appear to be. New  free episodes every week; subscribe on Apple Podcasts to get ad-free episodes a week early. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 22, 2021
Chapter 2: The Count
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A Moroccan man named Michel and a wealthy man of the world named Dennis discuss business opportunities with Emile. New  free episodes every week; subscribe on Apple Podcasts to get ad-free episodes a week early. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 15, 2021
Chapter 1: What Happens In Vegas
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Emile Bouari, owner of a diet clinic, is out there hustling, trying to win in the city of sin. But he’s no stranger to the FBI. New  free episodes every week; subscribe on Apple Podcasts to get ad-free episodes a week early before anyone else! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 15, 2021
Introducing Chameleon: High Rollers
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The stranger-than-fiction tale of a two-year FBI undercover sting in Las  Vegas that went bust, with no one convicted of crimes. Hosted by Trevor  Aaronson. A production of Campside Media. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 13, 2021
Chapter 10.5: Epilogue
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An update on the arrest, plus two voices from Gobind's distant past speak up to help us understand this mysterious man. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 10, 2020
Chapter 10: Curtain Call
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Friends, classmates, even prison officials help us assemble a story of the Con Queen suspect that goes all the way back to his childhood. Chameleon has been a production of Campside Media Chameleon was developed, created, and written by Josh Dean and Vanessa Grigoriadis. The Executive Producer is Mark McAdam. The Associate Producer is Abukar Adan. Fact checking by Callie Hitchcock Editorial support by Doug Slawin, Natalia Winkelman, Rod Sherwood, and Ashleyanne Krigbaum. Our technical consultant and disinfo specialist is Ben Decker, of Memetica. Our theme song is “Bad Checks” by Houses. Sound design and additional music by Mark McAdam. Our Consulting Producers are Andy Horwitz at Atlas Entertainment and Charles Mastropietro, at Circle of Confusion The Executive Producers at Campside Media are Josh Dean, Vanessa Grigoriadis, Adam Hoff, and Matt Shaer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 03, 2020
Chapter 9.5: The Psychology of the Scam
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What makes con artists tick. In this special episode, we speak with author/journalist Maria Konnikova and psychoanalyst Alexander Stein. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 26, 2020
Chapter 9: Inside the Walls
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At long last, the team penetrates the scammer's inner circle — and zeroes in on the Con Queen's identity. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 19, 2020
Chapter 8: Hunting the Hunter
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The hunt for the scammer continues, and frustration is at an all-time-high -- until our team gets the big break it's been looking for. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 12, 2020
Chapter 7: Ghosted
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With no sign of the case being resolved, and the Con Queen very much still racking up victims, the team decides to go hunting for this elusive scammer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 05, 2020
Chapter 6: Day Player
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Just when you thought the Con Queen scam couldn't get any more mind-boggling, a new twist emerges — one that makes the depravity of this scammer abundantly clear. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 29, 2020
Chapter 5: Turning the Tables
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The scam has a whole other set of victims — the female producers and studio execs who had their names and reputations damaged by the Con Queen. Josh goes to visit Deb Snyder, one of the biggest film producers in Hollywood, and finds that she has some very interesting things to share about our scammer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 22, 2020
Chapter 4: Cat and Mouse
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Nicole, the private investigator, joins us inside the rabbit hole, and begins to chip away at some of the scammer's defenses. That work also uncovers one incredible secret. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 15, 2020
Chapter 3: Into the Rabbit Hole
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The Hollywood Con Queen scam is far bigger and more complicated than anyone recognized. Each victim seems to lead to five more victims, and the more Josh and Vanessa unpack this baffling con, the weirder things get. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 08, 2020
Chapter 2: Heather
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Eddie wasn't the first person to fall into this fake movie trap. Not even close. Two years before Eddie got  that call, Heather, a make-up artist in London, heard from a different  producer, about a different movie, also in Indonesia. But Heather's trip  was far more harrowing. She feared for her life. And her story pulls us deeper into the tangled web of the Hollywood Con Queen scam. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 01, 2020
Chapter 1: The Hook
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Eddie, an aspiring film industry trainer, gets a  call from a powerful producer offering him the opportunity of a lifetime  -- a major film project, in Indonesia. But when Eddie gets to Jakarta,  there is no movie. And after some friends back home do a little sleuthing, Eddie realizes that he's been pulled into something far bigger than just a little scam.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 01, 2020
Chameleon - Season One Trailer
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The incredible true story of the Hollywood Con Queen scam, and the hunt for the sick mastermind behind it. With Josh Dean and Vanessa Grigoriadis. A production of Campside Media. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 17, 2020