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During the 1-900 number craze of the Nineties, one company provided the vast majority of phone sex. American Telnet was an empire founded by the man who called himself “The Telephone Pimp.” He ran the company “like General Motors” and got filthy rich doing it. But for the (mostly) women who answered the calls and delivered fantasies 24-7, it was a different story. The powerful stigma against sex work was always lurking just beneath the surface, until it threatened to tear apart the whole company. Hosted by Tina Horn (Why Are People Into That?), OPERATOR is an eight-part series about big ambitions, Shakespearean-level corporate backstabbing, men and women at the cutting edge of a technological revolution...and on the front lines of a sexual one.

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OPERATOR - COMING SOON

OPERATOR - COMING SOON

2021-10-2200:40

OPERATOR premieres November 8th on Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, or you can listen early and ad-free on October 25th by subscribing to Wondery Plus in Apple Podcasts or the Wondery app.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Introducing: Operator

Introducing: Operator

2021-10-2502:141

During the 1-900 number craze of the Nineties, one company provided the vast majority of phone sex. American Telnet was an empire founded by the man who called himself “The Telephone Pimp.” He ran the company “like General Motors” and got filthy rich doing it. But for the (mostly) women who answered the calls and delivered fantasies 24-7, it was a different story. The powerful stigma against sex work was always lurking just beneath the surface, until it threatened to tear apart the whole company.Hosted by Tina Horn (Why Are People Into That?), OPERATOR is an eight-part series about big ambitions, Shakespearean-level corporate backstabbing, men and women at the cutting edge of a technological revolution...and on the front lines of a sexual one.Listen to new episodes 2 weeks early and to all episodes ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. https://wondery.app.link/OperatorSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Press One Now | 1

Press One Now | 1

2021-11-0838:0619

Mike Pardes has already had a colorful career before he ever hears about pay-per-call phone sex. He’s been on all sides of the transaction, so it makes sense that he would be the one to bring sexual fantasies to millions of landlines across the country. With one phone call from a lawyer, American TelNet is born.  Listen to new episodes 2 weeks early and to all episodes ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. https://wondery.app.link/Operator Support us by supporting our sponsors!Talkspace- Match with a licensed therapist at talkspace.com, and get $100 off your first month with promo code OPERATORSimplisafe- Operator listeners get 40% off an entire security system at simplisafe.com/Operator!Modern Fertility- Get $20 off your fertility test when you go to ModernFertility.com/CALLME!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Pardes assembles his team of executives, including an ex-Marine named Victoria. She’ll oversee the operators who answer the phones 24/7, 365 days a year. And computer prodigy Michael Self builds the technology that keeps the calls (and cash) flowing in, even as a Category 5 hurricane approaches their Florida offices.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Talkspace- Match with a licensed therapist at talkspace.com, and get $100 off your first month with promo code OPERATORSimplisafe- Operator listeners get 40% off an entire security system at simplisafe.com/OperatorModern Fertility- Get $20 off your fertility test when you go to ModernFertility.com/CALLME  This series is produced by Topic Studios, Hardball Entertainment, Five by Eight Productions, the Department of Motion Pictures, and Wondery.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
As the dial-a-porn business is booming, the folks at ATN constantly face new hoops to jump through: Federal regulators. Outraged politicians. Anti-porn crusaders. Victoria’s operators need to keep the calls sexy and selling without running afoul of FCC language regulations. Meanwhile, Michael Self works around the clock to build tech despite his own embarrassment at being in the phone sex industry.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Talkspace- Match with a licensed therapist at talkspace.com, and get $100 off your first month with promo code OPERATORSimplisafe- Operator listeners get 40% off an entire security system at simplisafe.com/OperatorModern Fertility- Get $20 off your fertility test when you go to ModernFertility.com/CALLME  CREDITS:This series is produced by Topic Studios, Hardball Entertainment, Five by Eight Productions, the Department of Motion Pictures, and Wondery. Host: Tina HornWriter: Michael Connors and Tina HornSeries produced by Daryl Freimark and Michael GottwaldCreated by Daryl Freimark and Michael ConnorsEditor: Chloe PrasinosSound Design, Scoring, Mix: Jeff SchmidtExecutive Producers: Michael Connors, Daryl Freimark, Michael Gottwald, Chloe PrasinosExecutive Producers for Topic Studios: Maria Zuckerman, Christy Gressman, Lisa Leingang, and Leital MoladExecutive Producers for Wondery: Erin O’Flaherty, Marshall Lewy, Jen Sargent See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Hang Time (Explicit) | 4

Hang Time (Explicit) | 4

2021-11-2242:108

Okay, you’ve waited long enough. This episode takes you inside the phone room to hear phone calls based on the manuals, the stories, and host Tina Horn’s own years of sex industry experience. We’re taking a break from the behind-the-scenes drama at ATN to go deeper into the sex part of phone sex — while also showing the hard work of sex work. (Note: This episode contains graphic sexual content.)Support us by supporting our sponsors!Talkspace- Match with a licensed therapist at talkspace.com, and get $100 off your first month with promo code OPERATORSimplisafe- Operator listeners get 40% off an entire security system at simplisafe.com/OperatorModern Fertility- Get $20 off your fertility test when you go to ModernFertility.com/CALLME  See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Being on Top | 5

Being on Top | 5

2021-11-2935:2710

ATN’s business is at its peak, but a national exposé on Dateline brings unwanted attention to the 1-900 industry. Pardes thinks there’s no such thing as bad publicity, but Michael Self disagrees and starts looking for a way out.Series produced by Daryl Freimark and Michael GottwaldCreated by Daryl Freimark and Michael ConnorsEditor: Chloe PrasinosSound Design, Scoring, Mix: Jeff SchmidtExecutive Producers: Michael Connors, Daryl Freimark, Michael Gottwald, Chloe PrasinosExecutive Producers for Topic Studios: Maria Zuckerman, Christy Gressman, Lisa Leingang, and Leital MoladExecutive Producers for Wondery: Erin O’Flaherty, Marshall Lewy, Jen SargentSupport us by supporting our sponsors!Talkspace- Match with a licensed therapist at talkspace.com, and get $100 off your first month with promo code OPERATORSimplisafe- Operator listeners get 40% off an entire security system at simplisafe.com/OperatorModern Fertility- Get $20 off your fertility test when you go to ModernFertility.com/CALLME  See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Comments (8)

Kelly Parkinson

1. .1 and I I be there for the next t1.wo

Nov 28th
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Joellen Patterson Merritt

Great show! Am I the only one who finds it ironic that it's sponsored by a call in therapy company & that's how it all started? Full circle.

Nov 19th
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Natti Delgado

I love this podcast!!

Nov 9th
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Jocelyn Allan

i guess its November 8 somewhere but evidentially not here. no sign of a first episode

Nov 8th
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