Japan's Fake Beethoven

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Japanese Olympic figure skater Daisuke Takahashi will probably be remembered for something other than his technical skill on the Sochi ice. Unfortunately, he chose to skate to music composed by one of Japan’s most beloved composers - who, it turns out, is a total fraud. We’ll get the background on Mamoru Samuragochi, who admits that he didn’t write his famous pieces and has been exaggerating about his hearing loss.

Credits

Guest:
Roland Kelts - author and journalist - @rolandkelts

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Andrew Walsh, Christian Bordal, Matt Holzman, Jolie Myers, Anna Scott