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Chameleon: Dr. Miracle

A wellness center some called Miracle Ranch, nestled in the scenic mountains of Southern California, promised a luxurious escape and a path to wellness through clean, alkaline living. Its leader, Dr. Robert O. Young, attracted wealthy clientele with his “groundbreaking” health protocols and friendly, family-man persona. But beneath the serene surface, Miracle Ranch harbored a dark secret. The people who stayed there didn’t get better; they got worse. Through legal documents and candid interviews with former patients and employees, law enforcement officials, and affected family members, this series unravels the chilling true story of one man who convinced scores of people that cancer is not a cell but an “acidic, poisonous liquid,” and how his popular “alkaline diet” turned deadly. Want the full story? Unlock all episodes of Chameleon: Dr. Miracle, ad-free, right now by subscribing to The Binge. Plus, get binge access to brand new stories dropping on the first of every month — that’s all episodes, all at once, all ad-free. Just click ‘Subscribe’ on the top of the Chameleon show page on Apple Podcasts or visit GetTheBinge.com to get access wherever you listen. From Campside Media and Sony Music Entertainment, this is Season 8 of Chameleon: Dr. Miracle. Find out more about The Binge and other podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at sonymusic.com/podcasts and follow us @sonypodcasts.

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Introducing Season One of Chameleon: Hollywood Con Queen
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 podcastchoices.com/adchoices
04:45 9/17/20
Hollywood Con Queen | 1. The Hook
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 podcastchoices.com/adchoices
48:23 10/1/20
Hollywood Con Queen | 2. Heather
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 podcastchoices.com/adchoices
47:14 10/1/20
Hollywood Con Queen | 3. Into the Rabbit Hole
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 podcastchoices.com/adchoices
37:35 10/8/20
Hollywood Con Queen | 4. Cat and Mouse
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 podcastchoices.com/adchoices
34:51 10/15/20
Hollywood Con Queen | 5. Turning the Tables
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 podcastchoices.com/adchoices
39:15 10/22/20
Hollywood Con Queen | 6. Day Player
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 podcastchoices.com/adchoices
37:35 10/29/20
Hollywood Con Queen | 7. Ghosted
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 podcastchoices.com/adchoices
38:28 11/5/20
Hollywood Con Queen | 8. Hunting the Hunter
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 podcastchoices.com/adchoices
39:10 11/12/20
Hollywood Con Queen | 9. Inside the Walls
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 podcastchoices.com/adchoices
45:10 11/19/20
Hollywood Con Queen | 9.5. The Psychology of the Scam
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 podcastchoices.com/adchoices
28:17 11/26/20
Hollywood Con Queen | 10. Curtain Call
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 podcastchoices.com/adchoices
50:58 12/3/20
Hollywood Con Queen | 11. Epilogue
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 podcastchoices.com/adchoices
32:08 12/10/20
Introducing Season Two of Chameleon: High Rollers
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 podcastchoices.com/adchoices
02:55 5/13/21
Chapter 1: What Happens In Vegas
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 podcastchoices.com/adchoices
42:45 6/15/21
Chapter 2: The Count
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 podcastchoices.com/adchoices
31:16 6/15/21
Chapter 3: The Sting
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 podcastchoices.com/adchoices
34:48 6/22/21
Chapter 4: Chuck and Dennis
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 podcastchoices.com/adchoices
39:12 6/29/21
Chapter 5: Dirty Money
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 podcastchoices.com/adchoices
39:56 7/6/21
Chapter 6: Pahrump
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 podcastchoices.com/adchoices
43:40 7/13/21
Chapter 7: House Edge
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 podcastchoices.com/adchoices
44:52 7/20/21
Chapter 8: Better Call Paul
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 podcastchoices.com/adchoices
39:58 7/27/21
Chapter 9: Play the Part
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 podcastchoices.com/adchoices
43:05 8/3/21
Chapter 10: Exiled
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 podcastchoices.com/adchoices
37:54 8/10/21
Introducing Season Three of Chameleon: Wild Boys
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 podcastchoices.com/adchoices
04:55 1/11/22
Wild Boys | 1. Arrival
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
41:01 1/25/22
Wild Boys | 2. The Skeptic
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
40:16 1/25/22
Wild Boys | 3. The Journalist
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
33:32 2/1/22
Wild Boys | 4. The Truth
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
46:07 2/8/22
Wild Boys | 5. Intermission
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
31:03 2/15/22

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