11 episodes

In 1967, Joseph Stalin’s daughter braved her way over the Iron Curtain, secret memoir in tow, and landed in America as the Cold War’s most famous defector. At 40 years old, Svetlana had left everything behind for a new life in the West and the chance to finally share her story. What she found instead — a controversial commune in the Arizona desert built by Frank Lloyd Wright, a whirlwind marriage dictated by destiny, and a Montenegrin matriarch with dreams of immortality — was far more complicated. In Svetlana! Svetlana! neurotic playwright Dan Kitrosser unravels the weird and wild life of his greatest muse.

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    • 4.6 • 654 Ratings

In 1967, Joseph Stalin’s daughter braved her way over the Iron Curtain, secret memoir in tow, and landed in America as the Cold War’s most famous defector. At 40 years old, Svetlana had left everything behind for a new life in the West and the chance to finally share her story. What she found instead — a controversial commune in the Arizona desert built by Frank Lloyd Wright, a whirlwind marriage dictated by destiny, and a Montenegrin matriarch with dreams of immortality — was far more complicated. In Svetlana! Svetlana! neurotic playwright Dan Kitrosser unravels the weird and wild life of his greatest muse.

    The Last Laugh

    The Last Laugh

    After pinballing around the world for two decades, the only thing Svetlana has left is her story. But what will it take for the world to hear it?
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    • 36 min
    Back to the USSR

    Back to the USSR

    Svetlana keeps searching for a place that feels like home. Could it be America? Could it be England? Could it be… Russia and the children that she left behind 18 years ago?
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    • 33 min
    Divorce Taliesin Style

    Divorce Taliesin Style

    Svetlana reaches a breaking point at Taliesin. But as she tries to move forward into the next chapter of her life, her past continues to haunt her.
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    • 28 min
    Baby Bump

    Baby Bump

    Just a few months into her whirlwind marriage, Svetlana finds herself unexpectedly pregnant at 44 — much to the displeasure of Olgivanna.
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    • 33 min
    Mother Knows Best

    Mother Knows Best

    The honeymoon phase ends quickly for newlywed Svetlana as she chafes against communal life at Taliesin — and its overbearing leader.
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    • 33 min
    The Montenegrin

    The Montenegrin

    Who is Olga Ivanovna Lazović Hinzenberg Lloyd Wright? And why is her name so short? In this episode, we learn about a woman who survived revolutions and revelations, all in the pursuit of art and immortality.
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    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
654 Ratings

654 Ratings

LJ N ,

Dan ❤️

Unbelievable story plus Dan’s delivery! Marvelous!!!

thinkthinkthink! ,

I can’t listen to him anymore

I realize some people find the host entertaining. I did, too, at first. But it’s just too much and it distracts horribly from the story. I just can’t listen to him anymore

DrRdz42 ,

Excellent story - obnoxious narrator

The story and interviews are great. The narration is a LOT. Initially, Dan’s rambling and self-indulgent personal anecdotes and insertions were entertaining. After a few episodes, they become tiresome and obnoxious and distract from the story he purportedly wants to tell so badly. Also: worst theme song ever.

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