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From the creator of Health Is Hell comes Tales of Taboo: an investigation into, and joyous celebration of, what happens behind closed doors. Forgoing the traditional interview podcast format, actor and writer Ali Weiss (as seen on Vice) dissolves the boundaries between host and audience by creating episodes around their unique experiences. With a shield of complete anonymity, her listeners tell juicy, unadulterated stories about public scandals and private struggles, liberation and oppression, and the various ways they’ve navigated the darker corners of the human experience. Follow Ali on Instagram, Twitter & TikTok @aliweissworld.

Tales of Taboo Ali Weiss

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 411 Ratings

From the creator of Health Is Hell comes Tales of Taboo: an investigation into, and joyous celebration of, what happens behind closed doors. Forgoing the traditional interview podcast format, actor and writer Ali Weiss (as seen on Vice) dissolves the boundaries between host and audience by creating episodes around their unique experiences. With a shield of complete anonymity, her listeners tell juicy, unadulterated stories about public scandals and private struggles, liberation and oppression, and the various ways they’ve navigated the darker corners of the human experience. Follow Ali on Instagram, Twitter & TikTok @aliweissworld.

    #7 - Inside the Mind of a Mentalist (feat. Jason Suran)

    #7 - Inside the Mind of a Mentalist (feat. Jason Suran)

    I'm a total slut for a good magic trick. Why are magicians widely considered to be the lowest (and lamest) form of artist when they're gifted physical performers, intuitive empaths, AND shameless, convincing liars all in one? It's time everyone sees them as the creative, manipulative geniuses they are.

    This week I'm joined by the very funny and wise Jason Suran (@jasonsuran), a mentalist and master of psychological illusions who's been hired by everyone from national strip club chains to Yale University to the United States Pentagon. Ever want to get inside the mind of someone who reads them for a living? Here's your chance. After listening, watch him (successfully) read my mind on my IGTV!

    Please remember to rate, review, and most importantly share with people you love (or, even better, hate). Follow Ali on Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok @aliweissworld. More about Jason can be found at jasonsuran.com.

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    • 56 min
    #6 - Sugar Babies & Dating-For-Pay

    #6 - Sugar Babies & Dating-For-Pay

    What leads people to pay, and accept money, for physical and emotional intimacy? Are Sugar Babies sex workers, or are they just girlfriends of rich men who get “spoiled” as part of the courtship? This week, we find out.

    Our Babies met their Daddies on websites and in workplaces and backyards. One was involved with a foreign film producer who took her to Cannes and the famous AMFAR Gala; another got lured into the dating-for-pay game by the founder of Seeking Arrangements himself, Brandon Wade. One had a Daddy pay off $30,000 in credit card debt; another is currently getting $5,000 a date, JUST to tie guys to beds. We even hear from a Baby who’s currently engaged to her former Daddy!

    Whether ultimately feeling empowered or ashamed, all of our contributors admit it’s an easy world to enter, and difficult to leave. Because yeah - the money, and the sex, are THAT good. (Written submissions start 9:15, audio submissions start 28:42)

    Follow Ali on Instagram, Twitter, & TikTok @aliweissworld.

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    • 1 hr 10 min
    #5 - Ask An Escort (feat. Vivienne Cole)

    #5 - Ask An Escort (feat. Vivienne Cole)

    Vivienne Cole is an independent New York-based escort. She's also hilarious, refreshingly honest, and a great friend. Join us as Viv answers YOUR burning questions about sex work, seduction, and self-worth, and dishes on everything from unusual client fetishes to the complicated nature of "feminism" and dating with a price tag. I think you should Call HER Daddy. ~ Follow Ali on Instagram, Twitter, & TikTok @aliweissworld. Follow Vivienne on Instagram & Twitter at @viviennecolenyc.

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    • 1 hr 17 min
    #4 - Death & Grief

    #4 - Death & Grief

    TRIGGER WARNING: SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND SUICIDE

    The only topic more taboo than money or sex is death, and it's one that nobody wants to talk about, even behind closed doors. But, it's inevitable -- and the only thing we all have in common besides our differences! -- so the fact that so few of us know how to confront it in a healthy way is shocking.

    I asked listeners who have lost a close family member or friend to share how they dealt with grief, the best ways to support someone who's grieving, and how they wish their own support system would have behaved differently (or not failed them altogether).

    To start, I share my own story about losing one of my best friends (2:35) and another best friend who just lost his dad, then read written submissions (10:46). Audio notes begin at 25:14, and we finish with some brief words of wisdom (1:18:15) from professional death-confronters I interviewed during my April USA trip: the owners of Dysfunctional Grace in Tampa, and the "shaman" of Neptune Memorial Reef in Miami.

    Follow me on Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter @aliweissworld. This episode is dedicated to Jon. 3

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    • 1 hr 30 min
    #3 - Growing Up Wealthy

    #3 - Growing Up Wealthy

    Especially in our current climate, few topics trigger as strong (and polarizing) of a reaction as money; and the only thing more triggering than earned money is family money which someone’s born into. That's why we're going to talk about it.

    Despite its inarguable ability to provide comfort, money does NOT buy happiness. Oftentimes - especially when inherited - it actually creates destructive mental health problems and a complete lack of self identity. Because in a capitalist Western society where “life purpose” revolves around pursuing money, who are you if you don’t have to?

    This week, we hear from men and women who grew up in the 1% of the 1%. For every story about $16,000 plane tickets, diamond & ruby family heirlooms, shopping sprees and lunches with celebrities, there’s one about insurmountable pressure to succeed, toxic relationships with parents, forced religion-based marriages (!), and existential, incurable sadness. In the words of Biggie, “mo money, mo problems?” That’s for you to decide. (Written submissions start at 14:48, voice notes at 38:00) Follow Ali on Instagram, TikTok & Twitter @aliweissworld.

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    • 1 hr 17 min
    #2 - Working for the Wealthy

    #2 - Working for the Wealthy

    The Swarovski private chef! Personal assistants to the owner of the Bucks and the Bronfmans! A Polo groom for royals! OH MY!

    Every wonder about the habits of people rich and powerful enough to actually make real change (or just, like, go to space)? Me too, so with the help of Deuxmoi, I found some of their ex employees. We’ll learn which CEO had a cell phone specifically to talk to Jon Bon Jovi; which design legend kept a pistol strapped to his ankle 24/7; and who punched a prostitute in the boob and burst her implant, just to name a few.

    As for our anonymous worker bees? They flew alone on G5s, spent $15,000 on room service, and regularly changed their numbers after getting stalked by paparazzi. But they were also emotionally and physically abused, crying themselves to sleep, and begging for enough money to make their rent. (Written submissions start at 7:40, audio notes at 33:13)

    In the words of Jenny Holzer, “the abuse of power comes as no surprise.”

    Follow Ali on Instagram, Twitter, & TikTok @aliweissworld.

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    • 1 hr 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
411 Ratings

411 Ratings

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I love tales of taboo!

Awesome guests and highly entertaining content. Go Ali!

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Love

One of my fav podcasts . Ali’s voice is like lavender for my soul

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Truly obsessed.

Obsessed. That is all. Obsessed.

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