Smoke Screen: Puppy Kingpin

Smoke Screen: Puppy Kingpin

Americans are used to being on the lookout for a scam, but authorities are warning of a new kind of fraud. Puppy Kingpin shines a spotlight on Jolyn Noethe, a secretive businesswoman from Iowa who is accused of laundering puppies much like drug money. Investigative reporter Alex Schuman exposes the scheme and an underground part of the industry bringing us the pets we love. From Neon Hum Media and Sony Music Entertainment.

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Meet the Host

A native Iowan, Alex grew up in Fort Dodge before attending the University of Iowa. After covering politics and anchoring in local television markets, Alex moved to Washington, D.C. to help build a news bureau from scratch and now covers national politics for 171 stations across the United States. His work has taken him to the NCAA Final Four, Iowa Caucus, national political conventions, and across the country to cover major news. Alex has executive produced two feature films and is currently directing his third while being based in Des Moines, Iowa.