On February 15, 2014, fitness guru Richard Simmons disappeared. He stopped teaching his regular exercise class at Slimmons, cut off his closest friends, and removed himself from the public eye after decades as one of the most accessible celebrities in the world. Nobody has heard from him - and no one knows why he left. Filmmaker Dan Taberski was a Slimmons regular and a friend of Richard’s. Missing Richard Simmons is Dan’s search for Richard - and the deeper he digs, the stranger it gets. Listen to the podcast The New York Times calls "a cultural phenomenon."
Headlong is Dan Taberski’s documentary podcast that explores the lives of overlooked people, moments and events in our culture. Season 2 is Surviving Y2K. Season 3 is Running From COPS.
Introducing: The Line
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Out Now: Running from COPS - Headlong Season 3
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Season 3: Running From COPS - Coming April 23
Our story begins with the footage of a routine arrest behind a church in Georgia...
Introducing Headlong: Surviving Y2K | November 13
December 31, 1999: As midnight approached, the world braced for disaster. Then, nothing happened.
18 Months Later | Missing Richard Simmons
Dan Taberski checks back in.
6: A Day at the Beach | Missing Richard Simmons
Dan says goodbye to Richard Simmons.
A Great Podcast about a mediocre charlatan
Richard Simmons was a character, a role played by an unwell man who grew exhausted playing that part. I always viewed Simmons with great skepticism. Something about him always seemed fake or less than genuine. The fact he disappeared as he has tells a lot about who he is. It’s so sad he finally revealed himself to be a snake oil salesman peddling his goods to the most vulnerable population. You did a great job of putting such a sunny spin on it. Very well researched and beautifully presented.
Binged the entire series
Incredible storytelling! Laughed and was hooked from the first few minutes! You don’t even have to be Richard fan to enjoy this!
Humility makes a great podcast
The host of the podcast showed growth during the podcast which I found entirely engaging. He had the humility to discard preconceptions and not chase the easy sensational plot line to find a respectful ending. RS is a lovely person. This made me appreciate him that much more. It was a love letter.