Our guest today on Modern Notion Daily is Dick Lehr, coauthor with Gerard O’Neill of the definitive book on Boston’s most notorious gangster, Black Mass: Whitey Bulger, the FBI, and a Devil’s Deal (PublicAffairs, reissued August 2015). Lehr and O’Neill were part of an investigative journalism team at The Boston Globe in the 1980s, covering Whitey and his brother Billy Bulger. As they got deeper into the story, though, they uncovered Whitey’s “unholy” relationship with the FBI. Later in the hour, contributing editor Erin Blakemore tells the story of a husband so disgruntled he started a fake art movement.

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