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“Missing Richard Simmons” Is The Best Mystery Podcast Since “Serial”

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1. Podcasts are honestly great. Since Serial was released a couple of years ago, podcasting has become seriously ~cool~, and there are a ton of incredible ones out there.

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^ That’s me being soothed by the calming voice of Ira Glass.

2. Now, you don’t know me nor do you have any reason to trust me. But please believe me when I tell you that you HAVE to listen to this new podcast, called Missing Richard Simmons.

Now, you don't know me nor do you have any reason to trust me. But please believe me when I tell you that you HAVE to listen to this new podcast, called Missing Richard Simmons.

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Please. I’ll never ask you to do anything ever again.

3. Three years ago, iconic fitness guru Richard Simmons disappeared and cut off all contact with his friends and family.

Three years ago, iconic fitness guru Richard Simmons disappeared and cut off all contact with his friends and family.

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Filmmaker Dan Taberski became close with Richard after attending his workout classes in LA. Dan wanted to make a documentary about the fitness guru’s seemingly-fabulous life and insane classes.

After Richard’s disappearance, he started doing some digging around, and spent 16 months producing this six-episode podcast. It basically details Richard’s incredible life before he disappeared, and follows Dan’s journey trying to figure out what the hell happened and where he went.

There are quite a few theories surrounding Richard’s disappearance. The best one is that he’s been imprisoned by his housekeeper, who is using black magic to keep him there. But you’ll just have to listen to the podcast to find out.

4. And you guys, it’s so, so good. It’s like Serial, just without the Best Buy pay phones.

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Also just FYI, you don’t have to be a Simmons fan to enjoy the podcast. I’d literally never heard of this guy before (I don’t quite know how), but I’m still 100% living for it.

5. You can listen here, or find it on the iTunes store.

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