14 episodes

Before there were sex tapes, there were sex tapes. Before there were stars who became bigger stars when their private porn went public, there were porn stars. Traci Lords. The first, the best, the O.G. Hardcore since ’84. From the Peabody-nominated C13Originals studios and Vanity Fair's Lili Anolik, comes Once Upon a Time… in the Valley, featuring Ashley West. In the roaring 1980s X world, Traci Lords reigned supreme. No one questioned her right to sovereignty. Only, it turned out, the biggest star in Adult, wasn’t one. As America would discover in July 1986, when the FBI busted down her door. Traci Lords was really Nora Kuzma, who entered the industry as a 15-year-old high school sophomore. Traci, the victim, was saved. And the industry, the villain, was very nearly destroyed. But what if the victim here was also the villain; the villain, also the victim?Once Upon a Time… in the Valley is the world's first real-life psychological thriller and porno-noir mystery. Just think Boogie Nights—if Boogie Nights had a three-way with Gone Girl and A Star is Born.

Once Upon a Time… In the Valley C13Originals

    • Society & Culture
    • 3.8 • 1.3K Ratings

Before there were sex tapes, there were sex tapes. Before there were stars who became bigger stars when their private porn went public, there were porn stars. Traci Lords. The first, the best, the O.G. Hardcore since ’84. From the Peabody-nominated C13Originals studios and Vanity Fair's Lili Anolik, comes Once Upon a Time… in the Valley, featuring Ashley West. In the roaring 1980s X world, Traci Lords reigned supreme. No one questioned her right to sovereignty. Only, it turned out, the biggest star in Adult, wasn’t one. As America would discover in July 1986, when the FBI busted down her door. Traci Lords was really Nora Kuzma, who entered the industry as a 15-year-old high school sophomore. Traci, the victim, was saved. And the industry, the villain, was very nearly destroyed. But what if the victim here was also the villain; the villain, also the victim?Once Upon a Time… in the Valley is the world's first real-life psychological thriller and porno-noir mystery. Just think Boogie Nights—if Boogie Nights had a three-way with Gone Girl and A Star is Born.

    Presenting: No Place Like Home

    Presenting: No Place Like Home

    Do you remember the first time you watched The Wizard of Oz? Those famous red ruby slippers are some of the most iconic objects in Hollywood history that still bring back nostalgic memories every time they’re seen. They became a rare collector’s item worth millions. In the summer of 2005, a pair was stolen from the Judy Garland Museum in the small town of Grand Rapids, Minnesota. In No Place Like Home, C13Originals, a Cadence13 Studio, teams up with journalist Ariel Ramchandani and editor Seyward Darby for this documentary podcast to investigate a heist that dives into small town suspicions between local cops and the FBI, the fraught relationship between Grand Rapids and its most famous daughter, Judy Garland, and brings listeners inside the peculiar world of Hollywood memorabilia and the market for lost and stolen art. Although the shoes were eventually recovered, there are more questions left than answers. Who stole the shoes and where were they hiding for more than 13 years? No Place Like Home is available now on all podcast platforms.
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    • 3 min
    S1 | Ep 12: After The Afterglow

    S1 | Ep 12: After The Afterglow

    A crucial new piece of information comes to light.
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    • 40 min
    S1 | Ep 11: Afterglow

    S1 | Ep 11: Afterglow

    Traci Lords as the key to pop culture in the late 20th and early 21st century. 
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    • 45 min
    S1 | Ep 10: Who Ratted Out Traci?

    S1 | Ep 10: Who Ratted Out Traci?

    The mystery is (maybe) solved. And we hear directly—and at length—from 1985 Traci, in a never-before-aired interview. 
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    • 52 min
    S1 | Ep 9: The Ghost of Shauna Grant

    S1 | Ep 9: The Ghost of Shauna Grant

    We return to the Valley, and it looks a whole lot different this time around.
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    • 1 hr
    S1 | Ep 8: Marion Davies' Love Button

    S1 | Ep 8: Marion Davies' Love Button

    Meet Troy Matherly, the heart of this story. The heart of Nora's story, and of Traci's story.
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    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5
1.3K Ratings

1.3K Ratings

marcopervo ,

Trauma Scorecard

After finding out more about Norma K’s upbringing and surroundings it’s no shock that she couldn’t wait for her 18th birthday to get into porn. Giving a middle finger to the South Bay peers that never accepted her was the cherry on top.

jakeok9 ,

Interesting story badly told

Two big issues with this podcast:

1. The hosts clearly think that Traci is a liar who manipulated people in the industry. And maybe that's true. But it doesn't change the fact that she was pushed into the industry as a child, a child who had been raped multiple times. They handle this delicate, complicated subject matter about as well as TMZ might. It's shockingly tabloidy and exploitative.

2. The hosts, particularly the woman who wrote the series, think they are much cleverer than they are. Love incessant, obvious cliches, eye-rolling wordplay, and overly scripted dialogue badly passed off as natural conversation? This is the podcast for you!

Slog through it if you're really interested in the subject matter. But this story deserved a better teller.

lords and kings. ,

Awesome job

I loved this podcast. I looked for more by you but can’t seem to find any. You read a story so well. You painted pictures in my head and I appreciate it. I usually can’t do books on tape because I can’t see it in my mind. So I read but you and the others did a amazing job. Thank so much.

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