30 episodes

Who was Hugh Hefner? Centerfold models, Playboy Bunnies, and other women from the Playboy founder’s inner circle, like TV personality and author Holly Madison, tell journalist Amy Rose Spiegel their side of his story. We hear how Playboy changed their lives, for better and for worse. Beyond the bunny tails are darker questions: What actually went on at the notorious Playboy Mansion? How can we square Hefner's progressive legacy with his abuse of vulnerable people? What can the Playboy saga tell us about sex and power—then and now?

Season one of Power tells the story of Ghislaine Maxwell (Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged partner in crime). Everyone’s heard of her, but there’s a shadowy figure who hangs above her who you likely don’t know: her father, media tycoon Robert Maxwell. His rise from nothing to fall… from the deck of his super yacht under mysterious circumstances is straight out of a crime novel. His favorite daughter Ghislaine’s theory: her father was murdered. From Somethin’ Else, makers of ‘The Immaculate Deception’ and ‘The Fault Line: Bush, Blair and Iraq’, hosted by Investigative journalist Tara Palmeri, ‘Power: The Maxwells’ is a seven part series on the incredible true story of a media mogul whose legacy is still being felt today.

Power: Hugh Hefner Somethin’ Else

    • True Crime
    • 3.8 • 1.7K Ratings

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Who was Hugh Hefner? Centerfold models, Playboy Bunnies, and other women from the Playboy founder’s inner circle, like TV personality and author Holly Madison, tell journalist Amy Rose Spiegel their side of his story. We hear how Playboy changed their lives, for better and for worse. Beyond the bunny tails are darker questions: What actually went on at the notorious Playboy Mansion? How can we square Hefner's progressive legacy with his abuse of vulnerable people? What can the Playboy saga tell us about sex and power—then and now?

Season one of Power tells the story of Ghislaine Maxwell (Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged partner in crime). Everyone’s heard of her, but there’s a shadowy figure who hangs above her who you likely don’t know: her father, media tycoon Robert Maxwell. His rise from nothing to fall… from the deck of his super yacht under mysterious circumstances is straight out of a crime novel. His favorite daughter Ghislaine’s theory: her father was murdered. From Somethin’ Else, makers of ‘The Immaculate Deception’ and ‘The Fault Line: Bush, Blair and Iraq’, hosted by Investigative journalist Tara Palmeri, ‘Power: The Maxwells’ is a seven part series on the incredible true story of a media mogul whose legacy is still being felt today.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Behind the Scenes on Power: The Maxwells

    Behind the Scenes on Power: The Maxwells

    We return to where the Power series began: The Maxwells. With host Tara Palmeri and new host Panama Jackson, we go behind the scenes and hear what it was like to dive into the colorful lives of and around The Maxwells.

    Towards the end, Panama gives us a glimpse of what to (un)expect in the next season.

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    Behind the Scenes on Power: Hugh Hefner

    Behind the Scenes on Power: Hugh Hefner

    As we wrap up this series of Power, Associate Producer Millie Chu takes us behind the scenes and tells us about the making of the show.

    A Somethin' Else production.

    Hefner’s Long Shadow

    Hefner’s Long Shadow

    In the mid 2010s, Hefner’s close friend Bill Cosby faces numerous allegations of sexual assault, and several are directly related to the Playboy Mansion and clubs. Hefner dies just weeks before the #MeToo movement explodes and more women publicly stand up to abuses of power. Hefner may be gone, but a question remains: What does his legacy mean today?



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    • 43 min
    The Bunny Tapes: Club Life

    The Bunny Tapes: Club Life

    Memories from five women who worked as bunnies in Playboy clubs. They paint a picture of the sights, smells and sounds from the iconic clubs, and recount meetings with Hefner, turning down dates from celebrities and even forming the first bunny union.

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    The Girl Next Door

    The Girl Next Door

    Holly Madison becomes one of Hefner’s girlfriends when she is 21 years old and stars in a new reality TV show, The Girls Next Door, focused on life in the Playboy Mansion. Hefner’s tactics to control the women in his life become increasingly manipulative, and Madison finds herself trapped in a world quite different from the one presented on screen.
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    • 1 hr 22 min
    The Bunny Tapes: Rebecca Jackson-Artis

    The Bunny Tapes: Rebecca Jackson-Artis

    An extended edit of host Amy Rose Spiegel's conversation with actor, writer and comedian Rebecca Jackson-Artis, niece of identical twins and Playboy bunnies Jennifer and Janice Jackson.

    A Somethin' Else production.

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5
1.7K Ratings

1.7K Ratings

JDZM3 ,

Really, her voice?

Shame on all of you for judging her voice! Everyone is entitled to their own opinion but to put such unkind comments in writing goes beyond simply sharing your opinion. Roll your eyes at the buzzword but this is gender microaggression at its finest. I find the podcast interesting. I am more than half way through it and toyed with giving it 5 stars. Limitations by subscription bother me but I feel like I am getting a complete story.

Blythe5050 ,

stop with the voice complaint.

I was looking for a review of this podcast to see whether I was interested in paying for the subscription, never have I heard people complain so much about someone's voice in the reviews as I have on this one. when doing a reveal we want to know what the content is about, if you see there are 1000 reviews about someone's voice it's not necessary to go on there and do the same with yours. it's not helpful to the people that are looking for a review I don't much care about her voice to be honest just was wondering if they were being honest on here in dealing with Hefner man. after reading all of these reviews I've got no information at all.

kenziepalmerton ,

Great topic bad execution

Holly Madison and the whole topic of the mansion is fascinating! She was so honest about her time there and it was entertaining to listen to. The host’s voice was incredibly distracting and seemed insincere. The words and inflection she used in her voice didn’t add up.

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