76 episodes

With every episode, Lena Dunham and Alissa Bennett take you on a historical deep dive into the life of a woman society dismissed by calling her mad, sad, or just plain bad. Join them for a rich, hilarious, and heartbreaking look into exactly what it means when we call a woman “crazy.”

The C-Word Luminary

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.0 • 385 Ratings

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With every episode, Lena Dunham and Alissa Bennett take you on a historical deep dive into the life of a woman society dismissed by calling her mad, sad, or just plain bad. Join them for a rich, hilarious, and heartbreaking look into exactly what it means when we call a woman “crazy.”

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Jenna Jameson

    Jenna Jameson

    Jenna Jameson is one of the most famous porn stars of all time. Her popularity in the 90s and early 2000s led to a successful crossover into mainstream pop culture. In this episode, Lena and Alissa discuss Jenna’s often overlooked business savvy, her lifelong desire for family, and the public’s inability to see her as anything other than an object of sexual satisfaction. They also unpack Jenna’s more recent descent into conspiracies.

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    We're dedicating this season of The C-Word to reproductive rights. Join us!

    The goal is to raise funds for the National Network of Abortion Funds (AbortionFunds.org), a collective of almost 100 organizations who remove barriers to abortion care through direct service and political organizing. Donate here: https://donate.abortionfunds.org/give/323375/#!/donation/checkout?c_src=thec-word

    In partnership, Luminary will match donations (up to $10,000) toAbortionFunds.org

    Anna Anderson, AKA Anastasia Romanov

    Anna Anderson, AKA Anastasia Romanov

    The woman best known as Anna Anderson gained notoriety for impersonating the Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna, the Lost Princess of the Romanov Dynasty. In this episode, Lena and Alissa unravel a classic tale of international intrigue and subterfuge. They discuss the personal trauma guiding Anna’s deception and the national trauma that made a grieving public susceptible to her big lie.


    More info:

    We're dedicating this season of The C-Word to reproductive rights. Join us!



    The goal is to raise funds for the National Network of Abortion Funds (AbortionFunds.org), a collective of almost 100 organizations who remove barriers to abortion care through direct service and political organizing. Donate here: https://donate.abortionfunds.org/give/323375/#!/donation/checkout?c_src=thec-word

    In partnership, Luminary will match donations (up to $10,000) toAbortionFunds.org

    Lil' Kim, Part 2

    Lil' Kim, Part 2

    In part two, Lena and Alissa discuss Lil Kim’s perjury trial and subsequent time in prison, her hiatus from releasing music, and the bad headlines about plastic surgery that have consumed the latter part of her career. Plus, a discussion about why pioneering women are often punished for their discoveries.

    More info:

    We're dedicating this season of The C-Word to reproductive rights. Join us!

    The goal is to raise funds for the National Network of Abortion Funds (AbortionFunds.org), a collective of almost 100 organizations who remove barriers to abortion care through direct service and political organizing. Donate here: https://donate.abortionfunds.org/give/323375/#!/donation/checkout?c_src=thec-word

    In partnership, Luminary will match donations (up to $10,000) toAbortionFunds.org

    Lil' Kim, Pt 1 ft. Misa Hylton and Mel Ottenberg

    Lil' Kim, Pt 1 ft. Misa Hylton and Mel Ottenberg

    Lil’ Kim is a rapper, performer, and fashion icon who changed the landscape of music in the 90s and early 2000s. In the first of two parts, Lena and Alissa discuss Kim’s childhood in Bed Stuy, her tempestuous working and romantic relationship with Biggie Smalls, and the genesis of her public identity as an icon of sexual power. Later in the episode, Alissa sits down for a chat with the co-architect of Kim’s image, stylist Misa Hylton, alongside Interview magazine editor in chief, Mel Ottenberg.



    More info:



    We're dedicating this season of The C-Word to reproductive rights. Join us!



    The goal is to raise funds for the National Network of Abortion Funds (AbortionFunds.org), a collective of almost 100 organizations who remove barriers to abortion care through direct service and political organizing. Donate here: https://donate.abortionfunds.org/give/323375/#!/donation/checkout?c_src=thec-word



    In partnership, Luminary will match donations (up to $10,000) toAbortionFunds.org

    Dana Plato

    Dana Plato

    Dana Plato was a beloved child star in the 80s sitcom Diff’rent Strokes. But her good girl on-screen persona was spoiled by rumors that she was partaking in the bad behavior trifecta: sex, drugs, and alcohol. The public was quick to forget about her after she was written off the show...until years later, when she made headlines for robbing a video store. Lena and Alissa discuss child stars, motherhood and addiction, and talk about how their approach to the podcast has changed throughout its run.

    More info:


    We're dedicating this season of The C-Word to reproductive rights. Join us!


    The goal is to raise funds for the National Network of Abortion Funds (AbortionFunds.org), a collective of almost 100 organizations who remove barriers to abortion care through direct service and political organizing. Donate here: https://donate.abortionfunds.org/give/323375/#!/donation/checkout?c_src=thec-word


    In partnership, Luminary will match donations (up to $10,000) toAbortionFunds.org

    Belle Gibson

    Belle Gibson

    Belle Gibson was one of the original wellness influencers. She documented her unconventional cancer recovery process—consisting largely of restrictive eating and herbal remedies—for a growing cadre of loyal followers. She furthered her empire by developing a popular wellness app and a book. But it was all a lie. She was never afflicted with the cancer that defined her public identity. This week, Lena and Alissa unpack Belle’s big lie, the toxic undercurrents of internet wellness culture, and the many pitfalls of building a life online.

    More info:

    We're dedicating this season of The C-Word to reproductive rights. Join us!



    The goal is to raise funds for the National Network of Abortion Funds (AbortionFunds.org), a collective of almost 100 organizations who remove barriers to abortion care through direct service and political organizing. Donate here: https://donate.abortionfunds.org/give/323375/#!/donation/checkout?c_src=thec-word



    In partnership, Luminary will match donations (up to $10,000) toAbortionFunds.org

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5
385 Ratings

385 Ratings

sherussell ,

my prison and my wings

cannot stop listening. i'm actually thrilled that i just discovered this podcast because i've got so much content to catch up on. i wish this was a daily podcast. would love more cameos from alissa's genius son ollie. but truly my favorite podcast.

obsessed with the honesty and the way lena and alissa share antidotes from their own lives in the middle of teaching us about insanely interesting women and helping us reframe the way we think about women who have gained acclaim (negatively and positively) in history/the media.

honestly my only negative feedback is that i want longer episodes because we want more!!!!

M427 ,

Favorite Podcast

I love this podcast! Alissa and Lena are an amazing team and they present each story in such a captivating and hilarious way that I’m constantly LOL. Quite brilliant social commentary, the level of research and preparation for each episode is evident. This podcast has reignited the sassy spark in me that burned hella bright as a little girl but society slowly extinguished over the years. Thank you ladies, much love to you both!

Valerie.jane.756 ,

Definitely a favorite

I love this podcast, been here since the beginning. I love Lena and Alyssa, I look forward to this every week.

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