12 episodes

It was supposed to be a reality show with a twist. In a sun-drenched villa in Ibiza, six hot guys compete for a cash prize and for the love of the beautiful and mysterious Miriam. It’s meant to be her big break: the moment she becomes the superstar she was born to be. But this is the era of “cruel reality TV” and the show producers have a different goal: they want to surprise the men with the fact that Miriam is trans. A new six-episode investigative series from Wondery, the makers of The Shrink Next Door and The Apology Line, and from Novel, HARSH REALITY is the story about love, lies, reality TV and a woman before her time: Miriam Rivera. Written by Agnes Borinsky and hosted by Trace Lysette.
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Harsh Reality: The Story of Miriam Rivera Wondery

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.4 • 359 Ratings

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It was supposed to be a reality show with a twist. In a sun-drenched villa in Ibiza, six hot guys compete for a cash prize and for the love of the beautiful and mysterious Miriam. It’s meant to be her big break: the moment she becomes the superstar she was born to be. But this is the era of “cruel reality TV” and the show producers have a different goal: they want to surprise the men with the fact that Miriam is trans. A new six-episode investigative series from Wondery, the makers of The Shrink Next Door and The Apology Line, and from Novel, HARSH REALITY is the story about love, lies, reality TV and a woman before her time: Miriam Rivera. Written by Agnes Borinsky and hosted by Trace Lysette.
Binge all episodes of Harsh Reality: The Story of Miriam Rivera exclusively and ad-free by joining Wondery+ in the Wondery App, Apple Podcasts or Spotify. Start your free trial by visiting wondery.com/links/the-story-of-miriam-rivera/ now.

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    Something About Miriam

    Something About Miriam

    When a TV exec hears a pitch for a dating game show with a twist she’s sold. But from the very beginning Miriam must risk everything for the show to succeed. 

    For this story Wondery has partnered with Translash Media, the trans journalism and personal narrative project that is committed to telling Trans Stories to save Trans lives. Visit www.translash.org to learn more about Translash.




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    • 41 min
    Outlaw Superstar

    Outlaw Superstar

    Before she even arrived on the island Miriam had crossed borders, triumphed in the ball scene and made it as a Speed Angel but what if she wants more?




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    Champagne, Canapés and Clubbing

    Champagne, Canapés and Clubbing

    With 24 hours until the finale a psychiatrist is rushed to the villa. What he sees disturbs him, but is it too late to change course?




    For this story Wondery has partnered with Translash Media, the trans journalism and personal narrative project that is committed to telling Trans Stories to save Trans lives. Visit www.translash.org to learn more about Translash.




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    Sh*t Show

    Sh*t Show

    Miriam and the contestants film their final scene. She picks her man. It’s time for her big reveal.

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    Scene of a Crime? 

    Scene of a Crime? 

    Miriam has disappeared, the producers are in hiding and the contestants are out for revenge. Will the show ever see the light of day?

    For this story Wondery has partnered with Translash Media, the trans journalism and personal narrative project that is committed to telling Trans Stories to save Trans lives.

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    Speed Angel

    Speed Angel

    Everyone receives some shocking news. As they pick up the pieces they are left to figure out what it all means. 




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Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
359 Ratings

359 Ratings

racefortheprize ,

interesting story bad narration

im not sure if it was the script or the narration but it all felt so clunky, like it was the first read through. It didn’t feel authentic at all. Still, really good to go so in depth into a particularly odd and particularly memorable moment in reality TV.

Holywale ,

Excellent

Fantastic, searing, eye opening podcast about the dangers of reality TV and the othering and fetishisation of trans people.

Eva-933 ,

Unnecessary paywall

Why is this only available on plus when it was recorded and released years ago? Also so many ads for such a short episode.

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