Power: Hugh Hefner

Somethin' Else

Who was Hugh Hefner? Centerfold models, Playboy Bunnies, and other women from the Playboy founder’s inner circle, like TV personality and author Holly Madison, tell journalist Amy Rose Spiegel their side of his story. We hear how Playboy changed their lives, for better and for worse. Beyond the bunny tails are darker questions: What actually went on at the notorious Playboy Mansion? How can we square Hefner's progressive legacy with his abuse of vulnerable people? What can the Playboy saga tell us about sex and power—then and now?

Season one of Power tells the story of Ghislaine Maxwell (Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged partner in crime). Everyone’s heard of her, but there’s a shadowy figure who hangs above her who you likely don’t know: her father, media tycoon Robert Maxwell. His rise from nothing to fall… from the deck of his super yacht under mysterious circumstances is straight out of a crime novel. His favorite daughter Ghislaine’s theory: her father was murdered. From Somethin’ Else, makers of ‘The Immaculate Deception’ and ‘The Fault Line: Bush, Blair and Iraq’, hosted by Investigative journalist Tara Palmeri, ‘Power: The Maxwells’ is a seven part series on the incredible true story of a media mogul whose legacy is still being felt today.

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Hefner retreats into his fake, perfect life in the Playboy Mansion, hoping to escape problems in his business empire and the fallout from the murder of star Playmate Dorothy Stratten. He calls on his daughter, Christie Hefner, to turn things around.  A Somethin'  Else production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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Nov 29

51 min

Hugh Hefner’s world is knocked off its axis when he's targeted by President Nixon’s new war on drugs. Bobbie Arnstein, the Playboy founder’s confidante and close ally, is caught up in the middle. Arnstein's friend Keith Stroup tells the story of her life and death.  A Somethin' Else production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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Nov 22

43 min

The Pubic Wars commence! Hefner faces off against a new rival: Bob Guccione and his scandalous upstart magazine, Penthouse. Superstar Playmate Marilyn Cole describes becoming Playboy’s first full-frontal centerfold. Hefner’s right-hand woman, photo editor Marilyn Grabowski, takes us behind the lens. How did Playboy define beauty? And who was excluded from that standard? A Somethin' Else production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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Nov 15

45 min 44 sec

Hugh Hefner’s progressive legacy hinges on sexual liberation and anti-racism. As radical feminists confront Hefner on TV and Black people start appearing in Playboy, Hefner’s justice-minded image invites scrutiny. How much of it is just for show—and profit? With Jeannie Bell, one of the first Black women to appear in the magazine; Walter Lowe, Playboy’s first Black editor; and Diane Crothers of the New York Radical Feminist Group. A Somethin' Else production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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Nov 8

48 min 12 sec

How did Hugh Hefner persuade the world to buy into his fantasies? Who was the first girl next door? And what was it really like to work in the glitzy Playboy Clubs at their peak? A Somethin' Else production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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Nov 1

46 min 31 sec

Who was Hugh Hefner? Centerfold models, Playboy Bunnies, and other women from the Playboy founder’s inner circle, like TV personality and author Holly Madison, tell journalist Amy Rose Spiegel their side of his story. We hear how Playboy changed their lives, for better and for worse. Beyond the bunny tails are darker questions: What actually went on at the notorious Playboy Mansion? How can we square Hefner's progressive legacy with his abuse of vulnerable people? What can the Playboy saga tell us about sex and power—then and now? A Somethin' Else production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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Oct 25

3 min 7 sec

A recent discovery of some of Kevin and Ian Maxwell’s financial records show things weren’t quite as they seemed. In this follow-up episode of Power: The Maxwells, Tara calls up journalist James Hurley and former Natwest executive David Leal-Bennett to find out exactly what happened and what they think of the new allegations against the Maxwells. Were they really bankrupt or was someone helping them hide their fortune? Where will the money trail lead us?  This is a Somethin' Else production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Oct 25

30 min 24 sec

Julia Langdon worked for Maxwell as the first woman political editor of a daily national newspaper in the UK. Julia went on many international trips with Robert. Hear some of the stories of what it was like to spend extended time with the man. A Somethin' Else production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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Mar 9

15 min 16 sec

After making two podcasts (this one and ‘Broken: Seeking Justice’) about the murky world of Ghislaine, Epstein and Robert, Tara sits down with her reporting partner from ‘Broken’ to discuss all they have learned and to see how it has changed the way they see Epstein and Ghislaine. A Somethin' Else production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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Mar 2

26 min 53 sec

What did Ghislaine learn from her father? We pick up the story of her life in early 90s New York. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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Feb 23

38 min 36 sec

Following Maxwell’s death in November 1991, news emerges of a further scandal: in his final months Maxwell stole £400 million from the Mirror pension fund. His sons Kevin and Ian are left to deal with the fallout. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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Feb 16

32 min 35 sec

It’s the late 80s and Robert Maxwell goes on a spending spree for companies in New York. But will the purchase of the New York Daily News prove to be one deal too far? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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Feb 9

28 min 8 sec

Was Robert Maxwell a spy? What do the conspiracy theories surrounding his dealings with intelligence services tell us about his life? And why are we still feeling the aftershocks of these accusations today? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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Feb 2

35 min 21 sec

Robert Maxwell’s rags to riches story: from escaping the Holocaust in central Europe to becoming owner of the Daily Mirror, one of the UK’s most influential newspapers. How did he become a media tycoon? And how did he become so hated? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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Jan 26

33 min 47 sec

November 1991. Robert Maxwell is missing off his yacht in the Canary Islands. We hear from the photographer and journalist who accompanied his family in the immediate aftermath of his death. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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Jan 19

27 min 44 sec

What was Robert Maxwell’s relationship with his youngest daughter Ghislaine like? And what effect did his shocking death have on her? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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Jan 11

31 min 30 sec

Everyone’s heard of Ghislaine Maxwell (Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged partner in crime). But there’s a shadowy figure who hangs above her who you likely don’t know: her father, media tycoon Robert Maxwell. His rise from nothing to fall… from the deck of his super yacht under mysterious circumstances is straight out of a crime novel. His favorite daughter Ghislaine’s theory: her father was murdered. From Somethin’ Else, makers of ‘The Immaculate Deception’ and ‘Faultline: Bush, Blair & Iraq’, hosted by Investigative journalist Tara Palmeri, ‘Power: The Maxwells’ is a seven part series on the incredible true story of a media mogul whose legacy is still being felt today. A Somethin' Else Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Jan 4

3 min 13 sec