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The Con Behind 'McMillions'




Unbeknownst to McDonald's, someone rigged the company's Monopoly game and there were almost no legitimate winners from 1989-2001. That story is told in the HBO docu-series,
Unbeknownst to McDonald's, someone rigged the company's Monopoly game and there were almost no legitimate winners from 1989-2001. That story is told in the HBO docu-series, "McMillions."

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On today's show:

A Big Nothing Burger

(Starts at 7:00)

The chances of winning any kind of million-dollar prize is pretty minuscule, but it's something different when the game is rigged from the start. And when a mobster and former police officer (both who go by "Jerry") are at the center of the con, that's something stranger than fiction. If you ever played the McDonald's Monopoly game in the '90s in the hopes of winning a cool million, you might be surprised to know there were almost no legitimate winners of the advertised "high value" prizes from 1989 to 2001. The new HBO docu-series, "McMillions," examines how the con was pulled off without the McDonald's Corporation's knowledge, how the FBI ultimately uncovered it, and the unexpected collateral damage. John Horn spoke with James Lee Hernandez and Brian Lazarte, the co-writers and co-directors of the series.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kK2ZGOsbeqo

Weinstein Jury Is Still Out

(Starts at :45)

After two days of jury deliberations, there's still no verdict in the Harvey Weinstein trial. Elizabeth Wagmeister of Variety fills John in on questions that the jury members have asked the judge.

Put The Weight Right On Him

(Starts at 19:00)

Robbie Robertson is best known as the guitarist of The Band and songwriter of many songs, including “The Weight.” He met with John Horn at his recording studio to discuss the new documentary about his life with The Band, called “Once Were Brothers.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYTpMZjZxwI