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Welcome to Your Fantasy

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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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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

3 years 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. more

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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

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1991. The UK. An international muder plot featuring a hitman, cyanide, male strippers, and a kingpin who’s determined to take out his competition at any cost. Hollywood movie plot? Or just another day in Steve Banerjee’s reality? more

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4.2 out of 5 stars from 480 ratings
  • What a ride!

    Beautifully told and fascinating story, I was gripped!

    Apple Podcasts
    Australia2 years ago
  • Fascinating

    What a wild story! This was so fascinating. I couldn’t stop listening and binged the whole thing in two days.

    Apple Podcasts
    United States2 years ago
  • Stick with what you know and watch what you say

    I really liked this podcast until episode 6 when the host referred to reserve police officers as “basically mall cops”. My husband is a reserve deputy sheriff, and I can assure you that is not the case. How dare you.

    Apple Podcasts
    United States2 years ago
  • 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 States2 years 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 States2 years ago

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