Missing Richard Simmons Episode 1
I had no idea that Richard Simmons was missing, or that prior to being missing he had been teaching a $12 fitness class in Beverly Hills...THAT I COULD HAVE BEEN TAKING. This addictive and fascinating serial podcast (like "Serial" in some ways) adds a new (sad) dimension to the "Sweating to the Oldies" fitness icon. I liked it a lot, but my central question was not "Where is Richard Simmons?" or "Is Richard Simmons OK?" but rather "Is Richard Simmons being exploited by this podcast"? It does leave you guessing, but ultimately I think the answer is no. For more on, what Sarah Larson calls "THE QUEASINESS OF DEEP-DIVE ENTERTAINMENT JOURNALISM," check out her essay in the New Yorker here: http://www.newyorker.com/culture/sarah-larson/missing-richard-simmons-and-the-queasiness-of-deep-dive-entertainment-journalism
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