OZY Confidenatial

Eugene

This is the podcast your mother warned you about.

Part rant-o-riffic cross talk from the edge, part no-holds-barred delving into the dark stuff often left unsaid, complete with a soundtrack to die for, OZY CONFIDENTIAL is a SXSW for people, personalities and weirdly wild notions about what we reveal and what we most want to conceal.

OZY’s Editor-at-Large Eugene S. Robinson gets heavy, deep and real with everyone from a world-renowned Nietzsche scholar who left behind a Ph.D. for life as a crack whore, to Boston Irish Mafia’s Kevin Weeks. Chaotic and raw, on OZY CONFIDENTIAL, the form fits the function.

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    EPISODE 1

    Gun in Mouth Blues: More From Max Moore

    Imagine an amputee with amnesia who needs to be reminded daily that he has no arms — and no eyes. Now imagine you have to treat him. Max Moore did. A former Marine Corps–medic–turned PTSD-addled vet, Moore found redemption in a simple idea: keeping his ass clean.

    25:38
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    EPISODE 2

    My Turn: Eugene’s History With Bodybuilding

    Our fearless host goes where only he can: his own sordid past as a competitive bodybuilder who went from purist to steroid abuser and back and maintained a twisted rationale throughout.

    34:54
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    EPISODE 3

    My Ph.D. in Crack: A Beauty Queen’s Rise and Fall

    Josefine Nauckhoff — Swedish noble, beauty queen and noteworthy Nietzsche scholar — was a professor at Wake Forest University when it all spun out of control. Then came run-ins with death, life and more.

    35:50
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    EPISODE 4

    Why Not Heinrich? One Man’s Immersive Comedy Scandal

    Inspired by Sacha Baron Cohen and Andy Kaufman, non-Jewish sometimes comedian and film student Damien Noorbakhsh decided to move to San Francisco to go full-on transgressive with a hard, HARD turn to edgy in the age of Trump: He’d play a full dress Nazi SS officer confused about how far right things had swung. High (and low) jinx ensue.

    20:04
  • EPISODE 5

    When My Daughter Became My Son

    When Karen Barnes wanted to find a way to tell her family at large what she had been struggling to understand herself — that one of her twin daughters had embraced a realization that she was a trans man — she figured it was easiest to do in one fell swoop. Much less a story about the difficulty of accepting the acceptable than a story about how best to survive. As a person. As a family.

    52.28
  • EPISODE 6

    Doomsday Prophecies From an End Times Expert

    Does art imitate life or life imitate art? James Wesley, Rawles is an American author who writes the survivalist-genre Patriots novel series – set in the near future amidst hyperinflation and a catastrophic global economic collapse. Rawles walks the walk. He lives off the land in a remote location in the Pacific Northwest. For Rawles, it’s not just a story. It’s our future.

    33.27
  • EPISODE 7

    From a Ph.D. in Physics to High Heels and Glitter

    Taiwan-born Renee Wu quit her job at Microsoft and left the Ph.D. program in physics that she was in to swirl around ceiling-to-floor steel poles, high-heeled shoes, scant outfits and, yeah, well, a very definite kind of artistic freedom. It’s one thing to dream about following your muse; something else entirely to dump Microsoft for a life uncertain wearing pasties on a pole.

    17.28
  • EPISODE 8

    Burlesque, Sex Cams and Trixie at 50, Oh My!

    A divorced Susan Burley, aka Trixie Fou Laurant, decides to do middle age a little differently. From being an extra on porn films to sex camming, Burley found herself comfortably calling herself what she was: a sex worker. But we’ll let her tell it.

    23:39
  • EPISODE 9

    The Perils of Pericles, an International Drug Trafficker

    Business as usual? Only if your business was buying/selling drugs from all over the world to all over the world. Then came the cops, the end and a new beginning.

    22:38
  • EPISODE 10

    Bond. Amy Bond. Agent 00Sexy: Making the Move From Mormon to Porn + Beyond

    The typical porn narrative goes from bad to worse, but one that goes from devoutly religious to somatically joyous? Well, you’re going to need an Amy Bond for that.

    42:21

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