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Once Upon a Time… at Bennington College

Once Upon a Time… at Bennington College

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It’s the groves of academe: Bennington College, the wildest and wickedest school in America. In the last great decade: the 1980s. Bennington class of ’86, class of Bret Easton Ellis, future writer of American Psycho and co-leader of the literary Brat Pack; Jonathan Lethem, future writer of Motherless Brooklyn and MacArthur Fellow; and Donna Tartt, future writer of The Secret History and Pulitzer Prize winner. All three are, at various times, infatuated and disappointed with one another, their friendships stimulated and fueled by rivalry as much as affection. And all three will mythologize Bennington in their fiction—fiction that, as we’ll discover, isn’t always fiction, is often fact—and thereby become myths themselves. From the Peabody-nominated C13Originals studios and Vanity Fair's Lili Anolik, comes the latest installment in the “Once Upon a Time…” franchise, Once Upon a Time… at Bennington College. This is a tale of money, murder, madness, and—of course—genius. This is, too, a multi-dimensional expose: the secret history of The Secret History revealed; the secret history of three of the greatest writers of Generation X revealed; and the secret history of Generation X itself revealed. This follows Season One of the franchise, Once Upon a Time...in the Valley, a real-life psychological thriller about underage adult star Traci Lords.

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Welcome to Once Upon a Time… in the Valley. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
It's 1986. The San Fernando Valley. And, it turns out, the biggest star in Adult, isn't one. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
A 15-year-old Redondo Union High sophomore learns to fake it so she can make it... as a nude model. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Traci lands the Penthouse centerfold--and the studliest stud in porn. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Traci goes from adult model to adult actress to adult phenomenon.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The only thing wilder than Traci on camera, is Traci off camera. Also: Traci gets a rival; Traci gets a company; Traci gets a passport; and Traci gets busted. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The adult industry is screwed. The question is: Who's doing the screwing? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
We leave the Valley and Traci Lords behind; go back to Redondo Beach and to Traci Lords before she was Traci Lords, when she was Nora Kuzma. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Meet Troy Matherly, the heart of this story. The heart of Nora's story, and of Traci's story. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
We return to the Valley, and it looks a whole lot different this time around. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The mystery is (maybe) solved. And we hear directly—and at length—from 1985 Traci, in a never-before-aired interview.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Traci Lords as the key to pop culture in the late 20th and early 21st century.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
A crucial new piece of information comes to light. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
It’s the groves of academe: Bennington College, the wildest and wickedest school in America. In the last great decade: the 1980s. Bennington class of ’86, class of Bret Easton Ellis, future writer of American Psycho and co-leader of the literary Brat Pack; Jonathan Lethem, future writer of Motherless Brooklyn and MacArthur Fellow; and Donna Tartt, future writer of The Secret History and Pulitzer Prize winner. All three are, at various times, infatuated and disappointed with one another, their friendships stimulated and fueled by rivalry as much as affection. And all three will mythologize Bennington in their fiction—fiction that, as we’ll discover, isn’t always fiction, is often fact—and thereby become myths themselves. From the Peabody-nominated C13Originals studios and Vanity Fair's Lili Anolik, comes the latest installment in the “Once Upon a Time…” franchise, Once Upon a Time… at Bennington College. This is a tale of money, murder, madness, and—of course—genius. This is, too, a multi-dimensional expose: the secret history of The Secret History revealed; the secret history of three of the greatest writers of Generation X revealed; and the secret history of Generation X itself revealed. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Bennington. Autumn, 1982. Donna, Jonathan and Bret arrive on the campus of the school nicknamed “The Little Red Whorehouse on the Hill.” One of them comes with a steamer trunk. One of them comes with a Kangol cap. One of them comes with a “suitcase full of drugs.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Los Angeles, 1980-1981. “There was just this huge sense that the world was gay, gay, gay.” The origin story of Bret Easton Ellis (and Less Than Zero), Part One. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Los Angeles, 1981-1982. “This rumor went around in 1981, 1982, that kids just were brought to see the body of another kid.” The origin story of Bret Easton Ellis (and Less Than Zero), Part Two. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Bennington. Autumn, 1982. Bret and Donna go on a date. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Bennington. Autumn, 1982. Donna falls under the thrall of a magus-like professor, and the very small, very elite, very male band of students to whom he teaches Ancient Greek. “I can absolutely distinctly remember the three of them, and then the four of them—the three guys but then the four. The guys with Donna.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Winter, 1982-1983. Over Non-Resident term, Donna gets closer to Jonathan, and becomes Paul McGloin's "Burning Boy." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Brooke Venning

If you didn't start catching on in earlier episodes this one makes it crystal clear that this is not an unbiased presentation of facts. It's very clearly an anti-Traci Lords story. And obviously everyone has a right to tell their side but the ridiculous leaps in logic and COMPLETE disregard for the psychology of sexual abuse survivors is very telling of the motives behind this version of events. Interesting story but I'm definitely taking with a grain of salt.

Sep 29th
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Maurin Phillips

Rogers is full of shit. He told his current wife everything that made him out to be a saint. WTFE. Good gravy, everyone in this story is a victim. No one has owned their shit.

Sep 28th
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The Everyday Bombshell

I've changed my mind on this podcast. It was definitely entertaining, and this duo dug pretty deep to get the information they got. I still think that Traci is a manipulative liar. But I think the porn industry had it coming, and there's no excusing the fact that some of them still talk about enjoying having sex with her while she was a kid. Ginger Lynn is a disgusting human being. The rest of the 80s porn stars were pretty cool, actually. In the end though, by the time I was 24 and watched porn with my husband, the only one I'd heard of was Traci Lords. before listening to this podcast I had never heard of Amber Lynn or Ginger Lynn. I may have heard of Christy Canyons in passing, Or maybe I just love the name. Maybe that's Ginger Lynn's problem...an average person like me has heard of Traci Lords but has never heard of Ginger Lynn. Bye girl Bye.

Sep 18th
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The Everyday Bombshell

By the way, I'm Team Nobody here. I know for a fact that Traci is a liar, but she was still abused by the business.

Sep 2nd
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The Everyday Bombshell

I'm going to say this again: Ginger Lynn is a big dummy. She's the kind of person that loves to blame other people for her own lack of intelligence and a ridiculous sense of loyalty to people in the porn industry who didn't give two s**** about her. Get over it Ginger Lynn... you didn't pay taxes like you were supposed to or you didn't protect yourself like you were supposed to because you were a bad businesswoman and that had nothing at all to do with Traci. And you got busted for stuff other than taxes. CRY ME A RIVER.

Sep 2nd
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The Everyday Bombshell

So, the photos suggest the idea that the FBI was watching Traci but knew she was underage and allowed her to continue filming? That makes the FBI compliant with child pornography. It is never ok to let this kind of abuse of a minor continue just to make your case. The FBI broke the law in order to defend it? If we're okay with this are we saying the end justifies the means, period, point blank?! Alternate theory: maybe the photos were part of filming? Like the "dailies" used by production companies? Now which makes more sense?

Sep 2nd
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The Everyday Bombshell

GingerLynn is not an alpha female. She is damaged and sad, and the worst part is she doesn't realize that.

Aug 31st
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miinty fresj

8 minute review: I think you're underestimating your listeners.. you don't need to keep saying, "read by Ashley, written by Traci.." yea. we got it. lol

Aug 21st
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Fred Taylor

I hope this ep gets fixed...it just stopped abruptly

Aug 18th
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Account for Transactions

FIRST COMMENTER Suck it 'The Everyday Bombshell' -take that anyway you want since you complain about every episode but are still here listening.

Aug 12th
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The Everyday Bombshell

Ginher Lynn "She enjoyed it when I ate her p*****." might I remind you the SHE you are talking about was 15, 16, 17 years old. The fact that she enjoyed it is of no consequence. I might also remind you that rapists and pedophiles claim the same thing.

Aug 6th
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Ariel Frank

I agree with Steve. I tried listening and really wanted to like this! But having Ashley read Traci's words makes no sense (and you have to keep reminding the listener again and again that it's Traci's words, but Ashley's voice 🙄). It wasn't a good decision guys. I so wish this podcast wasn't recorded this way, such a bummer for the listener.

Jul 24th
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The Everyday Bombshell

Damn this pisses me off from a journalistic point of view. If I hadn't entered beauty pageants I might have been interested in the adult industry, so I'm not coming down on a woman's choice to do pornography. I'm coming down on the fact that this is journalistic propaganda. The facts are this was a fifteen-year-old girl that the industry screwed themselves over by introducing into porn. Those are the facts. Their evidence to prove that the adult industry was a wide eyes innocent industry is super sketchy. She shouldn't put quotes around the word "coke" like it was foreign to her because she was already familiar with it... as evidenced by the fact that her stepfather sold it. My dad took drugs for 30 years... heroin and crack. My parents fought about it constantly. I wouldn't know what a crack looked like if I stepped on it. This evidence is bullshit. as a child you can be aware of the subject and yet not be intimate with it. And this lady is a JOURNALIST? For Vanity Fair? Damn, I should be that periodical's editor, then. Also the agent said he remembers very clearly that her stepfather brought her in. Um, that is evidence AGAINST him. How is everything on the up and up if her stepfather brings her in. Super creepy... all your bells should have gone off. . And the fact that Christie Canyons first felt taken care of I'm the porn set it's just a super sad anecdote, not evidence. 🙄 I can't stop listening to the BS though.

Jul 17th
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Ishmael

I had to stop listening to this because from what I listen to I get the sense that "Traci" is a pathological liar and has narcissistic personality disorder because she consistently blames other for her actions.

Jul 17th
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The Everyday Bombshell

I'm going to say this again to the adult industry: a 15-year-old can only be the big bad wolf to you if YOU are doing something illegal to her to begin with, or if you won't let her copy your math homework. Whatever toughness you see their is a child pretending to be an adult. Own your bullshit.

Jul 17th
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The Everyday Bombshell

I'm mystified how the entire porn industry thinks it was almost taken down by a 15 year old girl. Can't wait to smell the bullshit they will try to serve us. THEY (and their lack of ethics) are to blame. They were so quick to capitilize on someone who looked the part, they never really stopped to check if she actually was the part. I'm not some overly modest housewife. But this is greedy grown men trying to put the blame on a little girl. Fuck them. From Roger to the last producer on her last underage film. Fuck them all. This business needs to be heavily regulated, they have proven time and again they can't do that themselves. Age restrictions, STI & AIDS testing and income regulations were not something this industry chose to partake in out of the goodness of their hearts.

Jul 17th
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Steve Dronzewski

Okay I tried. I wanted to like this. I just can't take that Ashley guy's voice. My god it is sooo annoying. The female host is great. I want to but I can't listen to the rest of this. I hope it does well though.

Jul 15th
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