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The "American Kingpin" Who Created A Web Empire


It was a web site where you could buy ANYTHING.  eBay?  Not hardly. 

"Silk Road" was the name of the purposely obscure website that moved goods and services between parties who wanted to stay in the shadows. 

Ultimately, a lot of drugs moved through the site, which was created by an elusive computer mastermind who went by the online handle "Dread Pirate Roberts." 

The story of pirate and ship is told in Nick Bilton's book American Kingpin.  Bilton, Vanity Fair correspondent and former New York Times columnist, is our guest. 


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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.