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Menu: Chris “To Catch A Predator” Hansen Takes On Las Vegas’ Underbelly

mmm_2-3.gifNBC‘s Chris Hansen joins today’s Morning Media Menu podcast to discuss his new Sin City-based Dateline special “Vegas Undercover.” The special, which premieres tonight, follows a few different types of undercover investigations led by the Las Vegas police, including buying back stolen items, cracking down on prostitution and catching thieves in the act of stealing cars.

“This is a story about hard core criminals,” Hansen said. “These are people who get up every morning and look for something to steal or someone to scam in order to make their living. That’s what they do. But because the town is…24/7 and always filled with people…it creates targets for criminals…It also creates this very colorful backdrop on which to examine this very seedy part of society.”

However, Hansen has become recognizable due to the popularity of his “To Catch A Predator” specials, which now affects his ability to do undercover work — usually for the better.

“There is that recognition and…in this case and in most cases, it works in our favor,” Hansen said. “There is this moment when people are like, ‘Hey, you’re that guy,’ then, ‘Hey, I’m in that show.’ It also sort of disarms them in a way and for whatever reason it makes them feel more comfortable talking to me.”

Hansen said that “Vegas Undercover” features a lot of bold criminals, although the craziest thing he witnessed was a man demonstrating how to turn a $5 bill into $100. The oblivious criminal was actually showing undercover police how to counterfeit money and he was subsequently arrested.

Also discussed, what Hansen loves about working for a newsmagazine, his take on Twitter and social media and Laura Ling and Euna Lee‘s imprisonment in North Korea.

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Morning Media Menu the ‘Predator’ Edition

mornmm.gifToday on the Menu we are joined by Dateline NBC correspondent Chris Hansen. Hansen, well-known for his Dateline NBC segment ‘To Catch a Predator’ (Steve is a big fan) is turning his investigative reporting skills (and hidden cameras) on economic predators with his upcoming series “Inside the Financial Fiasco,” beginning this Sunday at 7pmET. The special willlook at the mortgage crisis, debt, and how Americans can protect themselves from schemes — including crazy debt collectors based in Buffalo!

hansen_3-18.jpg“We talk to industry insiders who’ve never spoken publicly before, who take us inside these mortgage companies,” he says. “The fraud, the kinds of things that were going on in these retail mortgage outlets was absolutely stunning.”

At this point it should come as no surprise that Hansen has embraced both Twitter and Facebook as well a creating a strong presence on the Web with his site ‘The Hansen Files.’ Also discussed: President Bush’s upcoming book and TMZ giving politicians the Paris Hilton treatment. You can listen to all the past podcasts at and call in at 646-929-0321.