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Dancing Oligarchs is a breezy six-episode podcast that looks at the sometimes amusing, and usually sketchy confluence of Russian businessmen and Donald Trump in South Florida. The podcast, written and conceived by Palm Beach Post investigative reporter Pat Beall, is a clearinghouse of Trump-Russia connections in Florida that you may have known, thought you knew, or may be surprised to just be learning. It takes listeners from the gilded ballroom of Mar-a-Lago, where hundreds of oligarchs gathered for a Trump-emceed wedding of the daughter of a billionaire Russian oil dealer, to eyebrow-raising business deals with a cast of characters whose influence stretches from doomed Icelandic investment funds, over-leveraged Cyprus banks, and a Trump-named hotel in Fort Lauderdale that went belly up. Along the way there are broken margarita glasses, stolen frozen chicken legs and a Trump-promoting Haitian rapper. And speaking of music, to give this podcast a proper Russian vibe, the background accordion music you hear is played by Palm Beach Post columnist Frank Cerabino, who also adds some witty asides to Beall’s stories.

Dancing Oligarchs is a breezy six-episode podcast that looks at the sometimes amusing, and usually sketchy confluence of Russian businessmen and Donald Trump in South Florida. The podcast, written and conceived by Palm Beach Post investigative reporter Pat Beall, is a clearinghouse of Trump-Russia connections in Florida that you may have known, thought you knew, or may be surprised to just be learning. It takes listeners from the gilded ballroom of Mar-a-Lago, where hundreds of oligarchs gathered for a Trump-emceed wedding of the daughter of a billionaire Russian oil dealer, to eyebrow-raising business deals with a cast of characters whose influence stretches from doomed Icelandic investment funds, over-leveraged Cyprus banks, and a Trump-named hotel in Fort Lauderdale that went belly up. Along the way there are broken margarita glasses, stolen frozen chicken legs and a Trump-promoting Haitian rapper. And speaking of music, to give this podcast a proper Russian vibe, the background accordion music you hear is played by Palm Beach Post columnist Frank Cerabino, who also adds some witty asides to Beall’s stories.
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Dancing Oligarchs is a breezy six-episode podcast that looks at the sometimes amusing, and usually sketchy confluence of Russian businessmen and Donald Trump in South Florida. The podcast, written and conceived by Palm Beach Post investigative reporter Pat Beall, is a clearinghouse of Trump-Russia connections in Florida that you may have known, thought you knew, or may be surprised to just be learning. It takes listeners from the gilded ballroom of Mar-a-Lago, where hundreds of oligarchs gathered for a Trump-emceed wedding of the daughter of a billionaire Russian oil dealer, to eyebrow-raising business deals with a cast of characters whose influence stretches from doomed Icelandic investment funds, over-leveraged Cyprus banks, and a Trump-named hotel in Fort Lauderdale that went belly up. Along the way there are broken margarita glasses, stolen frozen chicken legs and a Trump-promoting Haitian rapper. And speaking of music, to give this podcast a proper Russian vibe, the background accordion music you hear is played by Palm Beach Post columnist Frank Cerabino, who also adds some witty asides to Beall’s stories.

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English

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603-570-3343


Episodes

Episode 6: Margarita Man, Part 2

4/29/2019
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Duration:00:17:05

Episode 5: Margarita Man, Part 1

4/29/2019
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Duration:00:17:19

Episode 1: Father of the Bride

4/29/2019
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Duration:00:16:17

Episode 2: Prince of Diamonds

4/29/2019
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Duration:00:08:03

Episode 3: The Flying Oligarch

4/29/2019
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Duration:00:13:30

Episode 4: Bank On It

4/29/2019
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Duration:00:13:25