10 episodes

Staggering success, unexpected loss, over-the-top parties, shocking betrayals, and profound intimacy are woven together into a high-profile family-therapy session. The Just Enough Family follows the meteoric rise and staggering fall of the Steinbergs, once one of America’s richest families, through the eyes of Liz Lange— successful fashion designer, captivating storyteller, and niece of the infamous corporate raider Saul Steinberg. Host Ariel Levy (The New Yorker, The Rules do Not Apply), Liz’s friend, gets an inside look at what happened to the once seemingly invincible clan. New money, old secrets, and the fine line between success and excess, from executive producer Melinda Shopsin (Mystery Show) and Three Uncanny Four Productions.

The Just Enough Family Three Uncanny Four

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.5 • 483 Ratings

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Staggering success, unexpected loss, over-the-top parties, shocking betrayals, and profound intimacy are woven together into a high-profile family-therapy session. The Just Enough Family follows the meteoric rise and staggering fall of the Steinbergs, once one of America’s richest families, through the eyes of Liz Lange— successful fashion designer, captivating storyteller, and niece of the infamous corporate raider Saul Steinberg. Host Ariel Levy (The New Yorker, The Rules do Not Apply), Liz’s friend, gets an inside look at what happened to the once seemingly invincible clan. New money, old secrets, and the fine line between success and excess, from executive producer Melinda Shopsin (Mystery Show) and Three Uncanny Four Productions.

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Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Icarus

    Icarus

    Saul suffers a massive stroke at fifty-five— he is transformed from a fearsome capitalist into someone else entirely—and in his stead, Bobby presides over the largest insurance collapse in history—but Liz always lands on her feet.

    The Three Kisses

    The Three Kisses

    Liz always thought of her father as her “beacon,” so she is stunned and devastated when she gives him a loyalty test—and he fails.

    • 32 min
    The Magic Kingdom

    The Magic Kingdom

    Liz and Jane—and most of New York City—were dazzled by the gorgeous woman with the strange name who Saul took up with after his second divorce: Gayfryd. Meanwhile, Kathy and Bobby seemed to be competing for who could spend more extravagantly, and their marriage unraveled.

    The Magic Kingdom

    The Magic Kingdom

    Liz and Jane—and most of New York City—were dazzled by the gorgeous woman with the strange name who Saul took up with after his second divorce: Gayfryd. Meanwhile, Kathy and Bobby seemed to be competing for who could spend more extravagantly, and their marriage unraveled.
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    • 33 min
    Pollyanna

    Pollyanna

    When Liz married Jeff Lange everyone thought she’d won the lottery, but ultimately his mental illness led to a tragic end that challenged even Liz’s relentless Pollyanna optimism.

    • 25 min
    It’s a Wasp World

    It’s a Wasp World

    Saul was a genius—a business phenomenon who went to Wharton at sixteen, had a publicly-traded company by the end of his twenties, and led a “Halston kind of life” dating models and going to Studio 54—but the gentile establishment stood in his way when he went after august institutions like the Chemical Bank.

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
483 Ratings

483 Ratings

patallbee ,

Absolutely brilliant

This would be a compelling story in anyone’s hands, but it is next level great. The production is top notch. I could listen to Liz reading her grocery list to me. Perfection; Brava!

hazelbnr ,

Honest recounting

So, I had a peripheral professional relationship with one family member for a short period of time during the late 80’s early 90’s. I knew very little about the family, and am enjoying the history. The issues are pretty universal, and relatable. The money is a interesting distraction, but not to be discounted.

jennawvu ,

Good, almost great?

If you have ever lived in NY or have any connection with the city, you might enjoy the podcast a little more. I can’t help but be enchanted with old school NY high society.

I paid to listen to the last 3 episodes which I felt good about supporting but then I felt disappointed. The show fell a little flat, like it needed an episode or two more to tell the rest of the story. I loved the interviews and wanted to hear more from each of the participants. I specifically thought we would get to hear more from Liz and her personal hardships, such as the suicide of her ex husband. Pollyanna brushed the surface then it wasn’t mentioned again which felt confusing.

I guess you can take it is a positive that I was left wanting more?

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