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Silvio Berlusconi was a charismatic multi-millionaire real-estate mogul who upended the Italian political order and hypnotized an entire nation. He was one of the longest-serving prime ministers of one of the world’s wealthiest countries, until he was brought down by three powerful women - and two words: “Bunga Bunga.” From Wondery, the makers of Dirty John and The Shrink Next Door, and hosted by comedian Whitney Cummings, “Bunga Bunga” is an eight part series on the incredible true story of the rise and fall of Silvio Berlusconi, told with Whitney’s signature wit and style.

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    • 4.1 • 4.4K Ratings

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Silvio Berlusconi was a charismatic multi-millionaire real-estate mogul who upended the Italian political order and hypnotized an entire nation. He was one of the longest-serving prime ministers of one of the world’s wealthiest countries, until he was brought down by three powerful women - and two words: “Bunga Bunga.” From Wondery, the makers of Dirty John and The Shrink Next Door, and hosted by comedian Whitney Cummings, “Bunga Bunga” is an eight part series on the incredible true story of the rise and fall of Silvio Berlusconi, told with Whitney’s signature wit and style.

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    I Know How To Make People Love Me

    I Know How To Make People Love Me

    Silvio Berlusconi began his career as a nightclub and cruise ship singer. But he would eventually find an even better way to gain the adoration of the crowds: become an incomparably powerful real estate and media mogul. But just as he’s at the top of his game, Silvio’s business interests are threatened when a politician is caught flushing cash down a toilet.

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    Bigger Than Jesus

    Bigger Than Jesus

    With the Italian political system in chaos, public trust in their leaders is at rock bottom. That’s when Silvio steps in to run for Prime Minister, offering a New Italian Miracle. Good thing he owns a massive business operation to help him get elected.

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    Dirty Hands

    Dirty Hands

    In his first term in office as Prime Minister, Silvio is promising Italy a fresh start. But the voters aren’t so sure. Silvio finds that governing isn’t easy. In fact, it puts a target on his back, and a dogged new prosecutor named Ilda “the Red” is taking aim.

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    All Silvio, All The Time

    All Silvio, All The Time

    It’s been five years since Silvio’s first term in office ended, and he’s ready for a comeback. While Silvio creates his own glossy brochure to tell voters of his idyllic life, a late-night talk show host is pulling back the curtain. He wants to answer a question that has been dogging Silvio his entire career: “Silvio, where did you get all this money?!” The answer causes a sensation. (Hint: it involves the Mafia.) But is this revelation enough to stop Silvio from winning a second time?

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    Look In the Mirror

    Look In the Mirror

    As Silvio rules Italy, he is leaving nothing to chance. The country becomes a 24/7 Berlusconi owned-and-operated spectacle. But there’s at least one important person who is not happy with how it’s all going: his wife Veronica Lario.

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    The Dinner Party

    The Dinner Party

    What is “Bunga Bunga”? Two beauty pageant contestants are about to find out in the most awful way, after they receive an invitation to dinner at Silvio’s villa.

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Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
4.4K Ratings

4.4K Ratings

USA Mknitter ,

Interesting but sometimes difficult to follow all of the names

I found this to be interesting, but was sometimes difficult to follow the various persons involved—sometimes the names were so similar. Also, I found SO MANY similarities between between Silvio and the top American leader (2016-2020). It also shows that the human nature of people (males in this story) are the same, no matter when, and where, they live in this world. Change must come from the inside—in a person’s heart— only God can change a person’s heart. Change is so hard!

SScarrella ,

Good, but not great

Interesting story. Annoying narration. I’d rather draw my own conclusions about a subject than be told how or what to think of one. Just tell the story in an entertaining way - we’re smart enough to form our own opinions and conclusions.

Barlaws ,

Bunga Bunga

Loved this podcast. Not many things make me laugh out loud, between Whitney’s quips and the story I was blown away. The namesake joke reminds me of something I would have heard as a bartender in the 80’s!

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