Harsh Reality: The Story of Miriam Rivera

By Wondery

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Subscribers: 641
Reviews: 4

goodkidd
 May 16, 2022
Really well done and told.

cathleen
 Apr 20, 2022
Really good!

graham
 Jan 19, 2022
thank you!

Brooke
 Dec 31, 2021
This is really a great story: well researched, well written, and well narrated. I love Trace's voice, it's very easy to listen to, calming, interesting, clear, and precise. I was actually pretty impressed by her. Def recommend this!!

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It was supposed to be a reality show with a twist. In a sun-drenched villa in Ibiza, six hot guys compete for a cash prize and for the love of the beautiful and mysterious Miriam. It’s meant to be her big break: the moment she becomes the superstar she was born to be. But this is the era of “cruel reality TV” and the show producers have a different goal: they want to surprise the men with the fact that Miriam is trans. A new six-episode investigative series from Wondery, the makers of The Shrink Next Door and The Apology Line, and from Novel, HARSH REALITY is the story about love, lies, reality TV and a woman before her time: Miriam Rivera. Written by Agnes Borinsky and hosted by Trace Lysette.


Episode Date
Wondery Presents: Fed Up
00:04:26

When Emily Gellis hears rumors of people suffering horrible side effects from a trendy diet she springs into action. Armed with over a hundred thousand Instagram followers, Emily launches a social media crusade to expose F-Factor and its founder, Tanya Zuckerbrot. It’s the start of a feud that will attract trolls, lawyers, and, eventually, national media all because of fiber. From Wondery, this is a story about wealth, wellness, and influence narrated by Casey Wilson.


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Jul 25, 2022
Wondery Presents: Who Killed Daphne?
00:05:43

When a car bomb kills Daphne Caruana Galizia on the beautiful Mediterranean island of Malta, the hunt for her killers exposes secrets with consequences that go far beyond its shores. In the aftermath of her death an international team of journalists comes together to continue her work. Along the way they start to uncover clues that might lead to her killers. From Wondery, comes a new story about power, corruption and one woman’s fight for the truth. Hosted by investigative reporter Stephen Grey.

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Jul 11, 2022
Behind the Lens | 7
00:36:12

Executive Producer Morgan M. Page speaks with Miriam’s former bandmate Nomi Ruiz about her time as a Speed Angel, her relationship with the reality star, and the current media landscape surrounding trans people and trans femininity. Morgan also speaks with Shon Faye, author of The Transgender Issue: An Argument for Justice, and Producer Eleanor Biggs speaks with Andy Dehnart about the strange and sometimes dangerous world of reality TV.

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Dec 27, 2021
Speed Angel | 6
00:56:44

Everyone receives some shocking news. As they pick up the pieces they are left to figure out what it all means. 


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Dec 27, 2021
Scene of a Crime?  | 5
00:46:15

Miriam has disappeared, the producers are in hiding and the contestants are out for revenge. Will the show ever see the light of day?

For this story Wondery has partnered with Translash Media, the trans journalism and personal narrative project that is committed to telling Trans Stories to save Trans lives.

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Dec 20, 2021
Sh*t Show | 4
00:32:11

Miriam and the contestants film their final scene. She picks her man. It’s time for her big reveal.

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Dec 13, 2021
Champagne, Canapés and Clubbing | 3
00:41:37

With 24 hours until the finale a psychiatrist is rushed to the villa. What he sees disturbs him, but is it too late to change course?


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Dec 06, 2021
Outlaw Superstar | 2
00:41:33

Before she even arrived on the island Miriam had crossed borders, triumphed in the ball scene and made it as a Speed Angel but what if she wants more?


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Nov 29, 2021
Something About Miriam | 1
00:41:38

When a TV exec hears a pitch for a dating game show with a twist she’s sold. But from the very beginning Miriam must risk everything for the show to succeed. 

For this story Wondery has partnered with Translash Media, the trans journalism and personal narrative project that is committed to telling Trans Stories to save Trans lives. Visit www.translash.org to learn more about Translash.


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Nov 29, 2021
Introducing: Harsh Reality: The Story of Miriam Rivera
00:03:00

It was supposed to be a reality show with a twist. In a sun-drenched villa in Ibiza, six hot guys compete for a cash prize and for the love of the beautiful and mysterious Miriam. It’s meant to be her big break: the moment she becomes the superstar she was born to be. But this is the era of “cruel reality TV” and the show producers have a different goal: they want to surprise the men with the fact that Miriam is trans. A new six-episode investigative series from Wondery, the makers of The Shrink Next Door and The Apology Line, and from Novel, HARSH REALITY is the story about love, lies, reality TV and a woman before her time: Miriam Rivera. Written by Agnes Borinsky and hosted by Trace Lysette.

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Nov 22, 2021