Even the Rich

Even the Rich

Wondery
Society & Culture
70 episodes
Our lives can be crazy, but you can take a break from it all with Wondery’s new series, Even the Rich, where co-hosts Brooke Siffrinn and Aricia Skidmore-Williams pull back the curtain and chat about someone else’s craziness for a change. They tell stories about some of the greatest family dynasties in history, from the Murdochs to the Royals to the Carters (Jay-Z and Beyoncé, that is). Because as Queen Elizabeth once said, “A good gossip is a wonderful tonic.”
  • Younger singers like Britney and Christina are taking over the pop charts. But Madonna refuses to be replaced or put out to pasture. She still knows how to stir up controversy to get the spotlight right where she wants it: on her.  Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges,...
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  • In his weekly interview podcast, Life is Short with Justin Long, Justin talks with celebrities, musicians, actors and artists about how they get the most out of life. In a recent episode, Paris Hilton (This Is Paris) opens up to Justin about the trauma that she experienced in an abusive boarding sch...
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  • Pushing boundaries has always gotten Madonna exactly what she wants. But when she pushes things too far, her career takes a turn she might not be able to come back from. Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery...
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  • Madonna’s just secured a record deal. It’s a start. But when your end goal is becoming “more famous than God,” there’s still a long way to go. Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.li...
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  • How does a simple Catholic girl from Michigan become a New York star? For the one and only Madonna, the answer is simple: by any means necessary. Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.ap...
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  • BADLANDS is a new true-crime anthology podcast from Jake Brennan, creator and host of the award-winning music and true crime podcast DISGRACELAND. Season One of BADLANDS, entitled “Hollywoodland,” explores the true crimes and scandalous careers of Hollywood’s most infamous stars. New episodes detai...
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  • From Lemonade to The Gift, tBeyoncé Knowles-Carter keeps finding ways to turn her personal struggles into chart-topping hits. On this episode, we talk to Jill Hopkins, host of the “Making Beyoncé” podcast about what makes Bey the blueprint for the industry, how she took full advantage of the “going-...
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  • Jay-Z, Beyoncé, and Solange walk into an elevator. After that? Well, you've seen the video. The black-and-white footage inspires the tabloids to fire off an endless stream of colorful rumors. And the thing is, some of those rumors might be true. The Carters' marriage is on shaky ground. So they turn...
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  • Beyonce’s stardom reaches new heights with the release of “Single Ladies.” She’s soaring toward the stratosphere when a nasty rumor pulls her back to earth: someone in her inner circle is stealing from her. What she finds out when she investigates threatens everything she’s spent her whole life buil...
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  • When Jay-Z and Beyoncé finally get together, it’s not just one of the great love stories of all time: it’s also one of the greatest mergers in American history. So when a sketchy publicist starts spreading rumors with the power to break them up, all hell breaks loose. This episode originally aired...
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  • Beyoncé and Jay-Z. They’re not just the first family of hip-hop. They remind us that magical, luminous, what-I-would-give-to-have-that love really does exist. That’s why this season we’re telling you the story of how two of the biggest stars on the planet came together, launched a multi-platinum, bi...
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  • A lot of people dismiss fashion as superficial and unimportant. But fashion is  a language, and savvy politicians know how to speak  it. This week, Aricia and Brooke talk to fashion and culture critics Tom Fitzgerald and Lorenzo Marquez (Tom and Lorenzo) about why Joe Biden’s suits are suddenly a li...
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  • Jack and Jackie have turned over a new leaf. He’s not sleeping around (as much), and Jackie’s expecting a new addition to the family. But just as they’re finally learning to live together, another tragedy tears them apart. Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early ac...
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  • Now that they’re married, Jackie can’t wait to build a home with her new husband Jack. But the chronically-ill politician has other ideas in mind. Convinced he’ll die young, Jack says yes to every opportunity that comes his way— and every woman.  The stress of Jack’s disrespect takes a physical tol...
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  • Without a guaranteed inheritance, Jackie’s future depends on marrying well. But none of the men in her social set excite her. She’s brilliant, cultured, and endlessly curious – and they just want an adoring housewife. Enter John F. Kennedy, a war hero and man on the rise. He’s unconventional and am...
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  • When we found out Oprah – the Queen of Media herself– was going to interview the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, we knew they were going to spill the tea. We just didn’t know how much! So we brought back Lainey Lui, of Lainey Gossip, to help us answer all our most burning questions. How does Harry reall...
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  • When Kim and Kanye started dating, he legitimized her fame and catapulted her to superstar status. A tabloid princess became a queen. But after seven years of marriage, Kim and Kanye are splitting their kingdom. In this episode, we talk to journalist Zan Romanoff about the future of an American dyna...
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  • Kim’s developed a sixth sense for spinning scandals into publicity – and publicity into new brands. But what worked in 2010 won’t work in 2020. To stay on top, Kim’s going to have to work against all the instincts that have gotten her this far. Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclus...
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  • Kim Kardashian West shot to fame and fortune by sharing her life on camera. But after a terrifying robbery, Kim begins to wonder if the lack of privacy is worth it. Meanwhile, another sister begins to eclipse Kim – only to find herself asking the same question. Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wo...
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  • With a sex tape in her past and a reality television show in her future, Kim Kardashian is primed for stardom. But after a whirlwind wedding and a quickie divorce, her big dreams might come to a screeching halt. Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and a...
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  • Once upon a time, no one had ever heard the name Kim Kardashian. But in the 15 years since the Kardashians have been on the scene, they’ve changed the nature of celebrity as we know it. How did the Kardashians turn 15 minutes of fame into 15 years and counting? This season we’re bringing you the sto...
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  • When Paris was in her heyday, the tabloids were mean. Really mean. On this episode, we talk to gossip maven Lainey Lui about why gossip in the 2000s was so cruel, her site included. Lainey is co-anchor on CTVs eTalk, The Social, and founder and editor of LaineyGossip.com. Over the past decade, she’s...
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  • When Paris gets out of jail, she’s determined to change her ways. But how do you change when everyone’s dissecting your every move hoping you’ll mess up again?  For Paris to really break free of her diamond encrusted chains, she’ll need to look within.  Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ f...
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  • Paris Hilton was living life in the fast lane. Reality star, club promoter, author, and pop princess - it was all “that’s hot,” until it’s not. As Paris struggles to balance her crown from the atop her empire, her luxury tires come to a screeching halt. Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ f...
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  • Nowadays, the formula for fame is simple. Get a ring light, highlight your cheekbones, count your followers. But back in 2000, Paris Hilton had to figure it all out by herself. Step by step, she wrote the book on how to turn yourself into a brand, without social media, and then had to figure out how...
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  • This season we’re looking back at the rise of America’s first influencer. How did the wild child, hard-partying heiress who was “famous for being famous” end up netting more than $300 million on her own? In this episode, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree—and that tree is Big Kathy, Paris’ gra...
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  • We’re ringing in 2021 with a year-end special that’s as decked out as a Murdoch family superyacht. First, Brooke and Aricia talk to Forbes journalist Ollie Williams about how the ultra-rich have managed to keep on partying in lockdown. Next, Bobby Finger, host of the Who? Weekly podcast, joins us to...
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  • Think there’s nothing else we can get out of this story? Well, think again. Today we’re talking to Michael Hobbes, who’s a senior reporter at HuffPost and host of the podcast “You’re Wrong About.” We’ll talk to him about his show’s recent season on Princess Diana, her depiction in “The Crown,” and w...
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  • Diana gives birth to a redhead. (It’s Harry. Duh.) Unfortunately, Charles doesn’t seem to care. Convinced that her husband has given up on their marriage, Diana sets off on a journey to find herself and reclaim some independence... And don’t think we’ve forgotten about Harry and Meghan! In our final...
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  • Diana Spencer is 19 years old, engaged to the future King of England, and living what seems like a Cinderella fantasy. Except without the fantasy part. Life as a soon-to-be royal is harder than she ever could have imagined. And it gets even worse when she discovers that her fiance still carries a to...
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  • Meghan and Harry’s wedding is set to have snipers, Oprah, and a half-a-million-dollar dress. It’ll be just perfect. But then Meghan’s family comes out of the woodwork. And if that’s not enough excitement for you, we’re also going on a whirlwind tour of Diana’s early years. Stops include the Queen’s...
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  • In this encore series, we’re going beyond the headlines (and behind palace walls) to bring you the true stories of Diana Spencer and Meghan Markle. They enchanted the world, but it turns out life in the royal family is far from easy. In this episode, Meghan, who grew up idolizing Princess Di, scores...
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  • The story of Britney’s conservatorship is like an onion: it has a lot of layers, and it’s guaranteed to make you cry. Today, we’re peeling back a few more layers, though hopefully we’ll keep the tears in check. We’re joined by Constance Grady. She writes about culture at Vox and has been keeping a c...
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  • After Britney’s involuntarily hospitalized, her dad steps in as her conservator. He takes control of practically everything — what she does, where she goes, who she talks to. It’s supposed to be temporary, but it ends up lasting years, inspiring Britney’s fans to rise up and fight for her freedom....
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  • Britney Spears has finally met the man for her. He’s sweet. He’s low-key. He’s Kevin Federline. She’s ready to settle down and start the family she’s always wanted. But her dream doesn’t work out the way she hopes. Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, an...
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  • For more than a decade, Britney Spears has been trapped in a conservatorship that gives her father incredible power over every aspect of her life. It’s hard not to wonder: How did she go from pop princess to prisoner? Well, this season, we’re looking for answers. In this episode, Britney is a little...
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  • In the late 1970s, when William Cohan was at boarding school, the administration asked him to show a new kid the ropes. That kid’s name? John F. Kennedy Jr. William later wrote a book about their friendship, and he joins us to talk about John’s penchant for partying, his daredevil streak, and the wo...
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  • Everything is coming up roses for John. Carolyn said yes to marrying him. George magazine, his passion project, is about to launch. There’s only one thing that can get in the way now — the tabloids. They won’t let The Hunk and his bride-to-be out of their sights, which sends Carolyn into hiding and...
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  • It seems almost too good to be true. The supernaturally good-looking scion of the Kennedy dynasty meets a smart, ambitious woman and sweeps her off her feet. But behind the scenes, JFK Jr. and Carolyn Bessette’s relationship is far from a fairy tale. They’re caught between worlds: the life they were...
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  • Even the moon landing can’t knock the Chappaquiddick scandal out of the headlines, and the longer it stays there, the more iffy Ted’s political future looks. His only hope of getting back into the public’s good graces is to tell them what really happened. But there’s no guarantee they’ll forgive him...
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  • The morning after the accident, Ted Kennedy is ready to do everything it takes to pretend nothing happened. But when the truth catches up to him, he realizes the only thing to do is face the music ... with the help of the Kennedy family's spin doctors. Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ fo...
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  • When Ted Kennedy takes a vacation in the summer of 1969, it’s supposed to be a chance to blow off steam and get away from the crushing pressure of being a Kennedy. But one crashed car and a dead woman later, his trip turns into a scandal that threatens to ruin his family’s legacy. This season, we’re...
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  • In 2018, Molly Young went to Milan to sit down with Donatella Versace. Now, she’s digging out some of her most outrageous memories, including the startling discovery she made in the bathroom at Versace headquarters. Molly is the literary critic at New York Magazine. She’s also the author of “The Thi...
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  • Donatella takes charge, and things start going south. Critics pan her designs. Buyers turn away in droves. Profits plummet. Behind the scenes, her drug use is spiraling out of control. She needs a savior. Enter Elton John. Support us by supporting our sponsors! See our Privacy Policy at https://art...
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  • The family is coming apart at the seams. Gianni’s spending habits are out of control — which drives his brother, Santo, crazy — and his fights with Donatella are nastier than ever. Gianni makes plans for a sibling-free Versace. But as he’s busy plotting the label’s future, a serial killer is plottin...
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  • In the studio, Donatella is Gianni’s shadow. She’s always there to give her honest opinion, pushing her brother to go big or go home. Sure, they fight sometimes, but Gianni’s the first to admit that he needs his sister — right up until she goes behind his back. Support us by supporting our spons...
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  • Three siblings — Gianni, Donatella, and Santo Versace — built one of the greatest fashion labels ever. But when Gianni is murdered on the front steps of his South Beach mansion, the label loses its visionary. Can the business survive? Over the next four episodes, we’re going to explore the rise, and...
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  • Silicon Valley. It’s a magical kingdom where nerds can become tycoons — and all that power goes straight to their big brains. Sarah Ellison joins us to talk about the downright ridiculous behavior of mega-rich techies. Sarah has written for outlets like the Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair, and The...
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  • You know how some movies begin with the words “Inspired by True Events”? If you’re anything like us, you’ve probably asked yourself: What does that even mean? Today, we’re getting answers from our guest David Scarpa, who wrote the 2017 film “All the Money in the World” about Paul Getty’s kidnapping....
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  • Hack hack hack. That’s the sound of the Getty family coughing up the ransom money. Now it’s on Chace to arrange the exchange and rescue the boy. If he pulls it off, he’ll cover himself in glory. If he doesn’t, he should probably expect another ear in the mail. Support us by supporting our sponso...
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  • It's been weeks since the kidnappers grabbed Paul, and they're getting fed up with the Getty family’s dithering. So they issue an ultimatum: pay the ransom, or we’ll cut off the boy’s ear. But Gail doesn’t have the money. And JP? Well, his checkbook is still super-glued shut. Support us by suppo...
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