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Power: Don King

A weekly True Crime, Society and Culture podcast featuring Amy Rose Spiegel
 8 people rated this podcast

Power: Don King


Power: Don King

A weekly True Crime, Society and Culture podcast featuring Amy Rose Spiegel
 8 people rated this podcast
In a sport famed for money and excess, what does it take to get to the top...and stay there? Rising from a life of hardship and crime, Don King became the most successful boxing promoter the sport has ever seen—and the first Black man to do so. He is his own American Dream. His flamboyant appearance and commanding personality made him a star in and out of the ring, as did his promotion of greats like Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, and even America’s musical dynasty, the Jacksons. But his less than honest exploits? They made him legendary.

Season two of Power tells the story of Hugh Hefner. 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 favourite 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.

Power is a Somethin’ Else production with Sony Music Entertainment

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I was so bummed when I finished Broken: Seeking Justice because it felt like there was so much more to this puzzle that I still wanted to know. I'm so glad Tara embarked on Power: The Maxwells, a podcast that's so necessary to understanding Ghislaine and unveils completely new mysteries and questions. The two podcasts combined make for a very comprehensive story with insights from numerous angles. Can't wait for season two of Power!
This podcast had such good access to the inner circle of the Maxwells, including the mother of India Oxenberg (of NXIVM cult fame) - super well researched and interesting
The Hugh Hefner season is quite confusing. It features some interesting interviews and information, as well as critique and references to historical and cultural context, but seems to be stopping halfway in this due to some weird sympathetic nostalgia encompassing the narration. It’s really a shame, because the potential was definitely there. The one about Robert Maxwell was better, but something seemed to be missing too.
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Sony Music
Podcast Status
Dec 29th, 2020
Latest Episode
Sep 21st, 2022
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