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Welcome to Your Fantasy

Pineapple Street Studios / Gimlet
True CrimeSociety & CultureDocumentary

In the 1980s the “male exotic dancers” of Chippendales were everywhere, selling the promise of women’s liberation for the price of a few dollars in a g-string. But behind the powerful mullets, oiled pecs, and non-stop parties lies a much darker story of greed, corruption and murder. Historian Natalia Petrzela exposes one of the great, sordid, unexamined stories in American culture.


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Latest Episodes

It’s the end of the season, but it’s not the end of the story. Natalia is joined by fellow historians and co-producers Nicole Hemmer and Neil J. Young for a discussion of the things that fascinated them most about exploring Chippendales history. You’... more

10 months ago

Steve Banerjee’s final move leaves the community reeling. But the show’s legacy lives on in the lives of the people who built it, and in the theaters around the world where the Chippendales dancers continue to perform today. Follow us on Instagram fo... more

10 months ago

When a hired hitman flips on his boss, the FBI begins an investigation that turns into a years-long international manhunt. Can the lead investigator—a rookie agent who plays by his own rules—match wits with the paranoid strip kingpin who manages to e... more

10 months ago


4.1 out of 5 stars from 390 ratings
  • Excellent

    I loved this podcast, the story it told, and especially the warmth of the host. I could have listened to several more episodes like the last one, where the three historians talk about the impact of chippendales

    Apple Podcasts
    United States4 months ago
  • Meh

    Podcast is a bit boring with a long drawn out story. It’s mostly created for the host to talk constantly in a style close to the lady from Serial. She clearly created this to listen to herself speak and name drop that she’s a historian. Don’t waste your time.

    Apple Podcasts
    United States5 months ago
  • Very interesting

    I knew nothing about the Chippendale back story. This was an engaging true crime story. I had no idea there was even a story. This was great.

    Apple Podcasts
    Canada5 months ago
  • Episode 8

    Is unavailable

    Apple Podcasts
    United States6 months ago
  • Is the host a historian?

    I’m not sure if she reminds us ever. more

    Apple Podcasts
    United States6 months ago

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