Headlong: Missing Richard Simmons

Headlong: Missing Richard Simmons

On February 15, 2014, fitness guru Richard Simmons disappeared. He stopped teaching his regular exercise class at Slimmons, cut off his closest friends, and removed himself from the public eye after decades as one of the most accessible celebrities in the world. Nobody has heard from him - and no one knows why he left. Filmmaker Dan Taberski was a Slimmons regular and a friend of Richard’s. Missing Richard Simmons is Dan’s search for Richard - and the deeper he digs, the stranger it gets. Listen to the podcast The New York Times calls "a cultural phenomenon." Headlong is Dan Taberski’s documentary podcast that explores the lives of overlooked people, moments and events in our culture. Season 2 is Surviving Y2K. Season 3 is Running From COPS.... Show More

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April 23, 2019 9 min

Search for "Running From COPS" to listen to the new season of Dan Taberski's Headlong anthology series today.

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Dan Taberski and the team behind Missing Richard Simmons investigate COPS — the longest running reality show in TV history — and its cultural impact on policing in America. Our story begins with the footage of a routine arrest behind a church in Georgia...

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December 31, 1999: As midnight approached, the world braced for disaster. Then, nothing happened.

The new season from the creators of Missing Richard Simmons drops November 13.

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Dan Taberski checks back in. And we announce the new season from Dan and the team behind Missing Richard Simmons. It’s called Surviving Y2K. Subscribe to this feed and get it as soon as it drops right here on November 13th.

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Dan says goodbye to Richard Simmons.
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Dan talks to Lenny Simmons, Richard’s brother. Then he looks into some of the stranger, more personal aspects of being a Richard Simmons fan.
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We head to New Orleans, Richard’s hometown. From the food to the burlesque to the Southern religiosity, this city shaped young Dickie Simmons into the Richard we all know. It’s also where his brother lives. Dan tries to make contact.
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The two people closest to Richard at the time of his disappearance hate each other. This episode is about them. Plus, Dan investigates possible claims of a hostage situation and explains what’s up with Richard’s (still very active) social media presence.
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February 22, 2017 31 min
Dan begins to explore the main theories about Richard’s disappearance. A lot of his friends think Richard may just be sitting in his house. So that's where we go.
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On February 15, 2014 Richard Simmons didn’t show up to teach the exercise class he had led for 40 years. He hasn't been seen in public since. Filmmaker Dan Taberski starts investigating the disappearance of his friend.
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February 14, 2017 1 min
Missing Richard Simmons starts tomorrow.
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February 6, 2017 1 min
On February 15, 2014, fitness guru Richard Simmons ghosted the world. Three years later, we're going to try to find him.
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