The lies we tell our friends
Nov 26, 2020
Season 3

The lies we tell our friends

... to hide how much money we have (or don't have). This episode originally aired in August 2019.

This episode originally aired in our first season, in August 2019. We’re off this week working on some reporting, and we need your help! More information on that below.

It started out small.

When Jack Brunson’s dad died, it was easy to tell his friends that he didn’t get much of an inheritance. They’d met when they were all young and broke and had each other’s backs.

A lot of those friends were still scraping by, keeping the anti-capitalist flame alive in Tennessee’s punk scene. Coming into a six-figure inheritance would have changed the way those friends saw him, Brunson reasoned: better to just keep it to himself.

Jack Brunson performs with his band Big If True. (Courtesy: Jack Brunson)

Most of us tell little white lies at some point or another to make things less weird about money. But what happens when disaster strikes, and your money situation becomes impossible to hide?

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