12 episodes

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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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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    Introducing: Harsh Reality - The Story of Miriam Rivera

    Introducing: Harsh Reality - The Story of Miriam Rivera

    It was supposed to be a reality show with a twist. In a sun-drenched villa in Ibiza, six hot guys compete for a cash prize and for the love of the beautiful and mysterious Miriam. It’s meant to be her big break: the moment she becomes the superstar she was born to be. But this is the era of “cruel reality TV” and the show producers have a different goal: they want to surprise the men with the fact that Miriam is trans. A new six-episode investigative series from Wondery, the makers of The Shrink Next Door and The Apology Line, and from Novel, HARSH REALITY is the story about love, lies, reality TV and a woman before her time: Miriam Rivera. Written by Agnes Borinsky and hosted by Trace Lysette.




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    • 4 min
    Introducing: Operator

    Introducing: Operator

    During the 1-900 number craze of the Nineties, one company provided the vast majority of phone sex. American Telnet was an empire founded by the man who called himself “The Telephone Pimp.” He ran the company “like General Motors” and got filthy rich doing it. But for the (mostly) women who answered the calls and delivered fantasies 24-7, it was a different story. The powerful stigma against sex work was always lurking just beneath the surface, until it threatened to tear apart the whole company. Hosted by Tina Horn (Why Are People Into That?), OPERATOR is an eight-part series about big ambitions, Shakespearean-level corporate backstabbing, men and women at the cutting edge of a technological revolution...and on the front lines of a sexual one.

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    • 5 min
    Why Berlusconi Is Still an Icon

    Why Berlusconi Is Still an Icon

    Nearly a decade after his fall from grace, Silvio is back on the political scene and back on the dating scene, too. In this special episode, Barbie Nadeau speaks with the hosts of Wondery’s show “Even the Rich” about Silvio’s complicated legacy, his fight against COVID-19, and why there’s good reason to believe he wears a corset.




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    • 35 min
    The Kiss of Death

    The Kiss of Death

    World leaders offer a bailout package to a struggling Italy, and the country’s long, complicated love affair with Silvio is turning cold. And Ilda the Red is taking one more shot at putting Silvio behind bars. 




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    • 33 min
    Everybody Hates Silvio

    Everybody Hates Silvio

    As the world learns the true meaning of the words “Bunga Bunga,” the Great Recession is sweeping the world and prosecutors are closing in on Silvio, He is about to receive several rude awakenings, including one that will literally smash him in the teeth. 

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    • 34 min
    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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    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
4.4K Ratings

4.4K Ratings

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!

Cryss L ,

Great

When people ask me for podcast recommendations, this is #1 on my list. Fantastic!

Coda stream ,

Poor writing makes for bad narration

The assumption of the narrator is that we all understand that Silvio is bad, so when he’s succeeding it’s bad and when he’s seeing setbacks it’s his rightful comeuppance.

Yes, we understand from the description that he’s supposed to be the bad guy, but you take way too long to explain why he’s bad and not just an aggressive politician (most are power hungry, obv). You can’t just tell the audience what to think about characters. You have to show them and let them come to the obvious conclusions. That’s basic storytelling.

Eventually they get to it, but it’s way too much “oh, no, the bad guy’s winning” before you’ve demonstrated why the audience is supposed care.

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