The Mystery Teacher Who Gave Him Confidence

Was his extraordinary success based on a lie? Author Michael Lewis reports on the story of a highly accomplished professor and former Bosnian refugee, who has a confession. He tricked his high school teacher into believing in him, using a stolen library book and fumbling through an English translation. But the search for the retired teacher yields new facts and a far more complex story. This American Life, Episode 504: “How I Got Into College” is a gripping story of teacher and student, how they understood and misunderstood each other, and the positive and not-so-positive outcomes of their encounter.

https://www.thisamericanlife.org/504/how-i-got-into-college (1 hour broadcast)