Late bloomer Ari Levin joins me for, I'm not kidding, probably the best episode I've made thus far. THEE Charles Ponzi's scheme has so many twists and turns. Charles Ponzi is a mama's boy, he's a pisces, he's 5'2. He's.....the man of my dreams. While many historians have actually pieced together a pretty cogent puzzle of the life Ponzi lived, none are as brave as I am because none of them acknowledge that he's a total smokeshow. I'm sure you're reading this like "she's doing a joke right now" but I AM NOT. Anyways, huge thanks to Mitchell Zuckoff, whose book on Ponzi is enrapturing. Ari is also absolutely hysterical in this episode, he's the perfect podcast guest. Follow @remlevin and catch him in Trigger Happy at the Annoyance on Wednesdays at 9:30! Or anything he's in. He's a gem!
1. Ponzi's Scheme: The True Story of a Financial Legend, Mitchell Zuckoff, 2006
2. Ponzi's Scheme, Lizzie Peabody, Sidedoor - Smithsonian Institution Podcast, 2020
3. Ponzi: The Incredible True Story of the King of Financial Cons, Donald Dunn, 2004
5. This Week In History: The Boston Post Takes Down Charles Ponzi, Edgar B. Herwick III, 2014
PS I actually PAID for the books I mentioned because they weren't on Scribd. If you like stuff like this, consider tossing coins at my PATREON! It's patreon.com/bustedbizbureau