13 episodes

Over two decades, Dr. Fredric Brandt went from a small dermatology practice in Miami to being Madonna's personal skincare consultant and the go-to for public figures desperate to stave off aging. His clients loved him. Fashion magazines profiled him. But as Brandt continued to build his empire—a best-selling product line, pristine homes in New York and Miami, and an absurd modern art collection—he was slowly becoming addicted to his own product. Popular speculation has it that it was Martin Short's scathing portrayal of a clearly-based-on-Brandt character in the 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' that pushed him to his death, but the truth is far more complicated. From Justine Harman and the team behind 'Broken Harts.'

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Over two decades, Dr. Fredric Brandt went from a small dermatology practice in Miami to being Madonna's personal skincare consultant and the go-to for public figures desperate to stave off aging. His clients loved him. Fashion magazines profiled him. But as Brandt continued to build his empire—a best-selling product line, pristine homes in New York and Miami, and an absurd modern art collection—he was slowly becoming addicted to his own product. Popular speculation has it that it was Martin Short's scathing portrayal of a clearly-based-on-Brandt character in the 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' that pushed him to his death, but the truth is far more complicated. From Justine Harman and the team behind 'Broken Harts.'

    Introducing: American Skyjacker

    Introducing: American Skyjacker

    Between the years of 1967 and 1972 over 300 commercial airplanes were hijacked worldwide, with over 130 of those happening in the United States alone. This period would become known as "The Golden Age of Hijacking." American Skyjacker is the tale of a small-time crook named Martin 'Mac' McNally, who dreamed of the ultimate mile-high score: hijacking a plane and getting away with $500,000 in cash; but Mac's hijacking is just the beginning of a truly epic and incredibly wild true-crime saga.
    'American Skyjacker: The Final Flight of Martin McNally' is a new 10-episode series from Imperative Entertainment and Pegalo Pictures.
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    • 3 min
    Introducing: The Pitchfork Review

    Introducing: The Pitchfork Review

    The Pitchfork Review is the premier music podcast for the music-obsessed, the music curious, and everyone in between. Each week, listeners will discover and experience music in thought-provoking ways, through taste-making reviews, comprehensive news coverage, in-depth reporting, and authentic, intimate storytelling.
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    • 1 min
    New Normal | Epilogue

    New Normal | Epilogue

    Five years after Dr. Brandt's death, his ghosts are everywhere. Why are we so scared to confront them?

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    • 29 min
    Kintsugi | Chapter 9

    Kintsugi | Chapter 9

    A look into the final weeks and months of Dr. Brandt's life through the eyes of a beloved colleague.

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    • 35 min
    Under Siege | Chapter 8

    Under Siege | Chapter 8

    Dr. Brandt is at the pinnacle of his success and a favorite at dermatological summits where he always takes top billing. But he also has a target on his back, and multiple shots had been fired.
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    • 29 min
    Mother's Eye | Chapter 7

    Mother's Eye | Chapter 7

    What makes a beautiful face? Is it a matter of ratios or something more subtle? Experts debate one of the most divisive topics: the science of pretty.
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    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5
1.2K Ratings

1.2K Ratings

sfshrh ,

Important

Fascinating. I don’t think we hear enough about the psychology behind plastic surgery, and in addition to the biographical part, which was interesting enough, I could have heard more context from women in the beauty industry, psychologists, doctors (especially women)...maybe a kardashian? Anyway all around good entertainment except for the unbelievably excessive amount of ads.

Earlybird8 ,

Fascinating story ruined

Really poor sound quality on interviews and too many repetitive ads for other podcasts.

Dcowens ,

The best & worst podcast

This is without a doubt the best AND worst podcast that I’ve listened to this year.
The best- the author told Dr. Brant’s story with kindness and compassion. She made his story relatable and I was impressed with her non-judgmental approach (both towards the doctors eccentric life and also the bullies who quite frankly deserved a little shaming). My heart broke for Dr. Brant with every episode and the tragedy within this story. Yet Dr. Brant’s lively personality and generous heart made me want to be more like him. She did a wonderful job separating who Dr. Brant was professionally vs. who he was personally and reminding us that people aren’t always as resilient as they lead on to be. She also did a really good job of getting across the point that no done deserves to be ridiculed, regardless of their eccentricities or differences. This podcast inspired me to be a better person and to live life a little bit more like Dr. Brant.
The worst- At the end of the ten episodes I felt like the author was leading me the natural (above) conclusion and I was really surprised when she instead pivoted and turned on the reader. It seemed like her conclusion was to blame the reader while assuming that we are all full of vanity and judgement and therefore all guilty. I kind of get what she’s saying, but I think it didn’t emulate Dr. Brant’s amazing example of kindness and forgiveness. I wish she had ended this series instead by discussing Tina Feys refusal to acknowledge her sorrow for hurting another human being (even if she refused to take accountability). Isn’t the the basic unwillingness to show sensitivity and caring the heart of this story and something that is so lacking and in need of in American society... and Dr. Brant’s greatest example to us all?!!!!

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