Power: Don King

Power: Don King

In a sport famed for money and excess, what does it take to get to the top...and stay there? Rising from a life of hardship and crime, Don King became the most successful boxing promoter the sport has ever seen—and the first Black man to do so. He is his own American Dream. His flamboyant appearance and commanding personality made him a star in and out of the ring, as did his promotion of greats like Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, and even America’s musical dynasty, the Jacksons. But his less-than-honest exploits? They made him legendary. Season two of Power tells the story of Hugh Hefner. Who was Hugh Hefner? Centerfold models, Playboy Bunnies, and other women from the Playboy founder’s inner circle, like TV personality and author Holly Madison, tell journalist Amy Rose Spiegel their side of his story. We hear how Playboy changed their lives, for better and for worse. Beyond the bunny tails are darker questions: What actually went on at the notorious Playboy Mansion? How can we square Hefner's progressive legacy with his abuse of vulnerable people? What can the Playboy saga tell us about sex and power—then and now? Season one of Power tells the story of Ghislaine Maxwell (Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged partner in crime). Everyone’s heard of her, but there’s a shadowy figure who hangs above her who you likely don’t know: her father, media tycoon Robert Maxwell. His rise from nothing to fall… from the deck of his super yacht under mysterious circumstances is straight out of a crime novel. His favourite daughter Ghislaine’s theory: her father was murdered. Power is a Sony Music Entertainment production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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January 4, 2021 3 mins
Everyone’s heard of Ghislaine Maxwell (Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged partner in crime). But there’s a shadowy figure who hangs above her who you likely don’t know: her father, media tycoon Robert Maxwell. His rise from nothing to fall… from the deck of his super yacht under mysterious circumstances is straight out of a crime novel. His favorite daughter Ghislaine’s theory: her father was murdered. From Somethin’ Else, makers of ‘The Im...
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What was Robert Maxwell’s relationship with his youngest daughter Ghislaine like? And what effect did his shocking death have on her?  Unlock all episodes of Power, ad-free right now by subscribing to The Binge. Plus, get binge access to brand new stories dropping on the first of every month — that’s all episodes, all at once, all ad-free. Just click ‘Subscribe’ on the top of the Power show page on Apple Podcasts or visit Get...
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January 19, 2021 32 mins
November 1991. Robert Maxwell is missing off his yacht in the Canary Islands. We hear from the photographer and journalist who accompanied his family in the immediate aftermath of his death.  Unlock all episodes of Power, ad-free right now by subscribing to The Binge. Plus, get binge access to brand new stories dropping on the first of every month — that’s all episodes, all at once, all ad-free. Just click ‘Subscribe’ on the ...
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January 26, 2021 38 mins
Robert Maxwell’s rags to riches story: from escaping the Holocaust in central Europe to becoming owner of the Daily Mirror, one of the UK’s most influential newspapers. How did he become a media tycoon? And how did he become so hated?  Unlock all episodes of Power, ad-free right now by subscribing to The Binge. Plus, get binge access to brand new stories dropping on the first of every month — that’s all episodes, all at once, al...
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February 2, 2021 39 mins
Was Robert Maxwell a spy? What do the conspiracy theories surrounding his dealings with intelligence services tell us about his life? And why are we still feeling the aftershocks of these accusations today?  Unlock all episodes of Power, ad-free right now by subscribing to The Binge. Plus, get binge access to brand new stories dropping on the first of every month — that’s all episodes, all at once, all ad-free. Just click ‘Su...
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February 9, 2021 32 mins
It’s the late 80s and Robert Maxwell goes on a spending spree for companies in New York. But will the purchase of the New York Daily News prove to be one deal too far?  Unlock all episodes of Power, ad-free right now by subscribing to The Binge. Plus, get binge access to brand new stories dropping on the first of every month — that’s all episodes, all at once, all ad-free. Just click ‘Subscribe’ on the top of the Power show p...
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February 16, 2021 36 mins
Following Maxwell’s death in November 1991, news emerges of a further scandal: in his final months Maxwell stole £400 million from the Mirror pension fund. His sons Kevin and Ian are left to deal with the fallout.  Unlock all episodes of Power, ad-free right now by subscribing to The Binge. Plus, get binge access to brand new stories dropping on the first of every month — that’s all episodes, all at once, all ad-free. Just cl...
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February 23, 2021 43 mins
What did Ghislaine learn from her father? We pick up the story of her life in early 90s New York.  Unlock all episodes of Power, ad-free right now by subscribing to The Binge. Plus, get binge access to brand new stories dropping on the first of every month — that’s all episodes, all at once, all ad-free. Just click ‘Subscribe’ on the top of the Power show page on Apple Podcasts or visit GetTheBinge.com to get access wherever ...
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March 2, 2021 31 mins
After making two podcasts (this one and ‘Broken: Seeking Justice’) about the murky world of Ghislaine, Epstein and Robert, Tara sits down with her reporting partner from ‘Broken’ to discuss all they have learned and to see how it has changed the way they see Epstein and Ghislaine. Unlock all episodes of Power, ad-free right now by subscribing to The Binge. Plus, get binge access to brand new stories dropping on the first of ever...
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March 9, 2021 17 mins
Julia Langdon worked for Maxwell as the first woman political editor of a daily national newspaper in the UK. Julia went on many international trips with Robert. Hear some of the stories of what it was like to spend extended time with the man. Unlock all episodes of Power, ad-free right now by subscribing to The Binge. Plus, get binge access to brand new stories dropping on the first of every month — that’s all episodes, all at ...
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October 25, 2021 29 mins
A recent discovery of some of Kevin and Ian Maxwell’s financial records show things weren’t quite as they seemed. In this follow-up episode of Power: The Maxwells, Tara calls up journalist James Hurley and former Natwest executive David Leal-Bennett to find out exactly what happened and what they think of the new allegations against the Maxwells. Were they really bankrupt or was someone helping them hide their fortune? Where will t...
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October 25, 2021 3 mins
Who was Hugh Hefner? Centerfold models, Playboy Bunnies, and other women from the Playboy founder’s inner circle, like TV personality and author Holly Madison, tell journalist Amy Rose Spiegel their side of his story. We hear how Playboy changed their lives, for better and for worse. Beyond the bunny tails are darker questions: What actually went on at the notorious Playboy Mansion? How can we square Hefner's progressive legacy wit...
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November 1, 2021 48 mins
How did Hugh Hefner persuade the world to buy into his fantasies? Who was the first girl next door? And what was it really like to work in the glitzy Playboy Clubs at their peak? Power is a Somethin’ Else production with Sony Music Entertainment.  Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at sonymusic.com/podcasts  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices....
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November 8, 2021 50 mins
Hugh Hefner’s progressive legacy hinges on sexual liberation and anti-racism. As radical feminists confront Hefner on TV and Black people start appearing in Playboy, Hefner’s justice-minded image invites scrutiny. How much of it is just for show—and profit? With Jeannie Bell, one of the first Black women to appear in the magazine; Walter Lowe, Playboy’s first Black editor; and Diane Crothers of the New York Radical Feminist Group....
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November 15, 2021 47 mins
The Pubic Wars commence! Hefner faces off against a new rival: Bob Guccione and his scandalous upstart magazine, Penthouse. Superstar Playmate Marilyn Cole describes becoming Playboy’s first full-frontal centerfold. Hefner’s right-hand woman, photo editor Marilyn Grabowski, takes us behind the lens. How did Playboy define beauty? And who was excluded from that standard? Power is a Somethin’ Else production with Sony Music Entert...
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November 22, 2021 45 mins
Hugh Hefner’s world is knocked off its axis when he's targeted by President Nixon’s new war on drugs. Bobbie Arnstein, the Playboy founder’s confidante and close ally, is caught up in the middle. Arnstein's friend Keith Stroup tells the story of her life and death.  Power is a Somethin’ Else production with Sony Music Entertainment.  Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at sonymusic.com/podcasts  Learn mo...
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November 29, 2021 53 mins
Hefner retreats into his fake, perfect life in the Playboy Mansion, hoping to escape problems in his business empire and the fallout from the murder of star Playmate Dorothy Stratten. He calls on his daughter, Christie Hefner, to turn things around.  Power is a Somethin’ Else production with Sony Music Entertainment.  Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at sonymusic.com/podcasts  Learn more about your ad...
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December 6, 2021 39 mins
Jennifer Saginor is the daughter of Hefner’s hard-partying personal physician. She grows up in the mansion, smack in the middle of Playboy’s decadent party scene. Jennifer’s story sheds light on the things Hefner didn’t want people to see, and how he used his power to control the narrative.  Power is a Somethin’ Else production with Sony Music Entertainment.  Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at sonymus...
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December 13, 2021 82 mins
Holly Madison becomes one of Hefner’s girlfriends when she is 21 years old and stars in a new reality TV show, The Girls Next Door, focused on life in the Playboy Mansion. Hefner’s tactics to control the women in his life become increasingly manipulative, and Madison finds herself trapped in a world quite different from the one presented on screen.  Power is a Somethin’ Else production with Sony Music Entertainment.  Find mor...
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December 20, 2021 43 mins
In the mid 2010s, Hefner’s close friend Bill Cosby faces numerous allegations of sexual assault, and several are directly related to the Playboy Mansion and clubs. Hefner dies just weeks before the #MeToo movement explodes and more women publicly stand up to abuses of power. Hefner may be gone, but a question remains: What does his legacy mean today? Power is a Somethin’ Else production with Sony Music Entertainment.  Find mo...
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