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British Scandal: The Profumo Affair

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Wondery / Online / Podcasts

Cold-war intrigue, a sex-crazed osteopath, political scandal, and humor: it’s hard to believe that a podcast can have it all, but the newest season of Wondery’s “British Scandal” does. The podcast tells the true story of Christine Keeler, a 19-year-old model and showgirl who rocketed her way into British high society, and the sensational affair she had with John Profumo, the Cabinet Minister for War. The affair, which involved the then-prime minister, Harold Macmillan, publicly lying on Profumo’s behalf, shocked the British public and nearly brought down the Conservative government at the time. Even those familiar with the scandal will enjoy the masterful—and lively—recounting by podcast hosts Alice Levine and Matt Forde. —Jacob Robbins

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