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In the 1980s the “male exotic dancers” of Chippendales were everywhere, selling the promise of women’s liberation for the price of a few dollars in a g-string. But behind the powerful mullets, oiled pecs, and non-stop parties lies a much darker story of greed, corruption and murder. Historian Natalia Petrzela exposes one of the great, sordid, unexamined stories in American culture.

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In the 1980s the “male exotic dancers” of Chippendales were everywhere, selling the promise of women’s liberation for the price of a few dollars in a g-string. But behind the powerful mullets, oiled pecs, and non-stop parties lies a much darker story of greed, corruption and murder. Historian Natalia Petrzela exposes one of the great, sordid, unexamined stories in American culture.

    4. Three Men and a Lawsuit

    4. Three Men and a Lawsuit

    In 1982, after being turned away at the door of Chippendales, a UCLA law student brings a racial discrimination lawsuit against the club. His life, and the life of one of the L.A. club dancers, become unexpectedly linked. 

    Follow us on Instagram for archival footage, photos and more at @chippendalesrevealed.

    Recreate the club experience for yourself with our playlist on Spotify. 

    Did you ever go to Chippendales? Got a wild story? A burning question? Leave us a short voicemail at (323) 475-9424.

    Cover artwork by Lindsay Mound.
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    • 53 min
    3. Part of the Act

    3. Part of the Act

    Greed. Cocaine. Porn in Times Square. It’s New York in the ‘80s and the destination for Chippendales’ flashy second location. As Chippendales gains national fame and daytime talk show ubiquity, Nick de Noia and Steve Banerjee enter into a fateful agreement aimed to take them to bigger heights.

    Follow us on Instagram for archival footage, photos and more at @chippendalesrevealed.

    Recreate the club experience for yourself with our playlist on Spotify. 

    Did you ever go to Chippendales? Got a wild story? A burning question? Leave us a short voicemail at (323) 475-9424.

    Cover artwork by Lindsay Mound.
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    • 43 min
    2. The Perfect Man

    2. The Perfect Man

    The Chippendales show gets a revamp from Steve Banerjee's latest hire, Nick De Noia. An Emmy Award-winning children's TV producer with a big ego and even bigger opinions, Nick uses his song-and-dance sensibility to turn the show into a full-blown theatrical extravaganza. But could “Mr. Chippendales” be more trouble than he’s worth?

    Follow us on Instagram for archival footage, photos and more at @chippendalesrevealed.

    Recreate the club experience for yourself with our playlist on Spotify. 

    Did you ever go to Chippendales? Got a wild story? A burning question? Leave us a short voicemail at (323) 475-9424.

    Cover artwork by Lindsay Mound.
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    • 47 min
    1. A Disneyland for Adults

    1. A Disneyland for Adults

    When Steve Banerjee, a young Indian immigrant, arrives in Los Angeles, he is determined to start a successful business just like his two idols, Hugh Hefner and Walt Disney. And by 1979, he does. With the help of a Canadian pimp Steve turns his crumbling dive bar into the hottest nightclub in L.A. Welcome to the early days of Chippendales, where women lose their inhibitions and men lose their clothes. But don't look too closely because what's hidden beneath those oiled pecs and dollar-stuffed g-strings is more twisted than you could ever imagine.

    Follow us on Instagram for archival footage, photos and more at @chippendalesrevealed.

    Recreate the club experience for yourself with our playlist on Spotify. 

    Did you ever go to Chippendales? Got a wild story? A burning question? Leave us a short voicemail at (323) 475-9424.

    Cover artwork by Lindsay Mound. 

    Banerjee Interview copyright Eric Gilbert.
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    • 49 min
    Episode 1 Sneak Peek: A Disneyland For Adults

    Episode 1 Sneak Peek: A Disneyland For Adults

    It’s 1987, and the Chippendales dancers are packing nightclubs across America with their sold-out male exotic dance shows. As crowds of women scream for the mullets, the spandex, and the tans...a shocking event about to change the course of the brand and its booming business forever. 
    This is a sneak peek of Episode 1 of Welcome to Your Fantasy. To hear full episodes, every week, follow and listen for free at spoti.fi/WelcomeToYourFantasy.
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    • 7 min
    This Is Chippendales…Revealed

    This Is Chippendales…Revealed

    In the 1980s the “male exotic dancers” of Chippendales were everywhere, selling the promise of women’s liberation for the price of a few dollars in a g-string. But behind the powerful mullets, oiled pecs, and non-stop parties lies a much darker story of greed, corruption, and murder. Listen as historian Natalia Petrzela exposes one of the great, sordid, unexamined stories in American culture. The pants come off on February 10th.
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