August 28th Show : Blog Of The Nation In our first hour, the artistry of con artists, and "This American Moment" with President Jimmy Carter. In our second hour, an author explores his family lineage of schizophrenia back to Ireland, and a discussion about the current federal investi...
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August 28th Show

In our first hour today, we'll talk about the artistry of the con artist. Why do we fall for them? This topic is largely pegged to the recent mystery of a German man who convinced everyone that he was a Rockefeller. Turns out, his name is actually Christian Gerhartsreiter and he is wanted for questioning in a disappearance and possible murder that occurred in 1985. How is it possible for con artists to swindle us for so long? We'll talk with a reporter who has been covering the "Rockefeller" investigation for The Boston Globe, and an assistant professor of behavioral science who will explain why we fall for cons. Tell us your story. Have you ever conned anyone? Or have you ever fallen for one? After that discussion, we'll continue our "This American Moment" series with former President Jimmy Carter. He is at the Democratic Convention and will describe for us how he felt after it was determined Illinois Sen. Barack Obama would be the Democratic nominee for President.

In our second hour, we'll be joined by author Patrick Tracey. In his new book, Stalking Irish Madness: Searching for the Roots of My Family's Schizophrenia, Tracey talks about coming from a long line of family members who suffered from schizophrenia. He'll talk to us about how his life has been largely influenced by schizophrenia, and how tracing his family lineage of the mental illness led him all the way to Ireland. At the end of the hour, we'll discuss the current federal investigations into possible plots to assassinate Sen. Barack Obama, and what's being done to protect him.