In this pilot episode of Wish We Were Here, we critically examine the career of one of the 20th century's most infamous con-artists, Storme Aerison. It's a story you may think you've heard before--a story of fraud, deception, and and the slipperiness of identity--but no matter your familiarity with Storme's history, there's more to it than you know. Read between the salacious, pun-filled headlines that have served to define Storme since she first broke into the national spotlight more than twenty years ago, and you find a complicated tale of gender, sex, sexuality, and our culture's anxieties about these issues.
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Special thanks to Conor Bourgal, of The Changing Colors, who composed most of the music for this episode.