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Strange Country

Sometimes you need to have a glass of wine, cuppa whatever and listen to a good old weird story. Musical score Resting Place by A Cast of Thousands.

Mar 11, 2021

For decades, Anthony Gignac pretended to be Saudi royalty, racking up hotel bills, department store charges, and even swindling Syracuse University out of money. Strange Country co-hosts Beth and Kelly would talk more about this, but are trapped in Nigeria with their huge fortune, and need your help. If you could send your bank account number, they would be happy to share in their wealth.

Theme music: Big White Lie by A Cast of Thousands

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