31 episodes

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.

Power: Hugh Hefner Somethin’ Else

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    • 4.0 • 714 Ratings

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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.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Behind the Scenes on Power: Hugh Hefner

    Behind the Scenes on Power: Hugh Hefner

    As we wrap up this series of Power, Associate Producer Millie Chu takes us behind the scenes and tells us about the making of the show.

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    Hefner’s Long Shadow

    Hefner’s Long Shadow

    In the mid 2010s, Hefner’s close friend Bill Cosby faces numerous allegations of sexual assault, and several are directly related to the Playboy Mansion and clubs. Hefner dies just weeks before the #MeToo movement explodes and more women publicly stand up to abuses of power. Hefner may be gone, but a question remains: What does his legacy mean today?



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    • 43 min
    The Bunny Tapes: Club Life

    The Bunny Tapes: Club Life

    Memories from five women who worked as bunnies in Playboy clubs. They paint a picture of the sights, smells and sounds from the iconic clubs, and recount meetings with Hefner, turning down dates from celebrities and even forming the first bunny union.

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    The Girl Next Door

    The Girl Next Door

    Holly Madison becomes one of Hefner’s girlfriends when she is 21 years old and stars in a new reality TV show, The Girls Next Door, focused on life in the Playboy Mansion. Hefner’s tactics to control the women in his life become increasingly manipulative, and Madison finds herself trapped in a world quite different from the one presented on screen.
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    • 1 hr 22 min
    The Bunny Tapes: Rebecca Jackson-Artis

    The Bunny Tapes: Rebecca Jackson-Artis

    An extended edit of host Amy Rose Spiegel's conversation with actor, writer and comedian Rebecca Jackson-Artis, niece of identical twins and Playboy bunnies Jennifer and Janice Jackson.

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    A Child in the Mansion

    A Child in the Mansion

    Jennifer Saginor is the daughter of Hefner’s hard-partying personal physician. She grows up in the mansion, smack in the middle of Playboy’s decadent party scene. Jennifer’s story sheds light on the things Hefner didn’t want people to see, and how he used his power to control the narrative. 





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    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5
714 Ratings

714 Ratings

_mrroberts_78 ,

Power: The Maxwells

This was a great podcast series showing how powerful people can be pure evil. Bring on the next season of Power.

MichaelaUK ** ,

Good content but I don’t like the host

The content is great and would be much better if it was hosted by someone who sounded like they want to be there. Her voice is monotone and she sounds so bored.

Asads92123738 ,

Boring

Well produced podcast but I just couldn’t get into it

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