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Harsh Reality: The Story of Miriam Rivera

Wondery

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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Introducing: Harsh Reality: The Story of Miriam Rivera
Nov 22 2021
Introducing: Harsh Reality: The Story of Miriam Rivera
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.See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
Introducing: Harsh Reality: The Story of Miriam Rivera
Nov 22 2021
Introducing: Harsh Reality: The Story of Miriam Rivera
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.See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
Something About Miriam | 1
Nov 29 2021
Something About Miriam | 1
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.Support us by supporting our sponsors!See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
Outlaw Superstar | 2
Nov 29 2021
Outlaw Superstar | 2
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?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.Support us by supporting our sponsors!See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
Champagne, Canapés and Clubbing | 3
Dec 6 2021
Champagne, Canapés and Clubbing | 3
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?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.Support us by supporting our sponsors!See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
Sh*t Show | 4
Dec 13 2021
Sh*t Show | 4
Miriam and the contestants film their final scene. She picks her man. It’s time for her big reveal.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.Support us by supporting our sponsors!See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
Scene of a Crime?  | 5
Dec 20 2021
Scene of a Crime?  | 5
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.Visit www.translash.org to learn more about Translash.Archive provided by BBC Motion Gallery via Getty Images and ITV Archive.Support us by supporting our sponsors!See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
Speed Angel | 6
Dec 27 2021
Speed Angel | 6
Everyone receives some shocking news. As they pick up the pieces they are left to figure out what it all means. Support us by supporting our sponsors!See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
Behind the Lens | 7
Dec 27 2021
Behind the Lens | 7
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.Support us by supporting our sponsors!See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
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