Strange Country Ep. 208: James Hogue
Release Date: 10/07/2021
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James Hogue claimed to be many things. A high school student, an orphan, a ranch-hand, a carpenter, a ski instructor, a ski stuntman, a bioengineer, an ivy leaguer. He has lived a lifetime of deception using false credentials to earn a spot in the 1993 graduating class at Princeton University. Strange Country cohosts Beth and Kelly talk adults passing as teenagers and how sometimes it works and sometimes It’s Never Been Kissed.
Theme music: Big White Lie by A Cast of Thousands
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