Monday, June 6, 2016

Talking Vegas 06-06-2016 - The Mob Museum

Welcome to the premiere episode of Talking Vegas. It’s a new kind of Las Vegas podcast.

The Mob Museum
This isn’t a show where I’m going to sit around in my basement or some empty studio somewhere and tell you what’s going on in Vegas. I live in Vegas. So, I’m going to be out and about in the city, spending time at cool Las Vegas places and talking with interesting people. I think you’re going to like it.

Today, we’re dropping by the Mob Museum downtown and talking with their director of content, Geoff Schumacher. Now, it’s no secret that Las Vegas has a colorful history and many stories to tell about organized crime in the city. If you’ve ever seen movies like Bugsy with Warren Beatty or Martin Scorsese’s Casino, you might think you know a little bit about Las Vegas’s mob history. But those are just movies. And they occasionally take liberties with the facts and romanticize them. The Mob Museum is here to set the record straight, not just about Las Vegas mob history, but also the history of organized crime in America.

The original brick wall from the site of the infamous St. Valentine's Day Massacre.

Inside the museum’s 17,000 square feet of exhibition space are the stories of Al Capone, Lucky Luciano, Meyer Lansky, Bugsy Siegel, Sam Giancana, Joe Bonanno, Lefty Rosenthal, Tony Spilotro, John Gotti and Whitey Bulger, just to name a few. But the museum doesn’t glorify these criminals, because right alongside them are the stories of the law enforcement agencies and the work they did to bring these people to justice, assuming other mobsters didn’t get to them first. It’s a fascinating story about a unique chapter in American history that‘s still being written today.

Las Vegas played a significant role in the history of organized crime.

So, let me make you an offer you can’t refuse. Please join me and the Mob Museum’s Geoff Schumacher. We’re Talking Vegas.


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