‘Once Upon a Time… In The Valley’: Episode 12 – After The Afterglow

‘Once Upon a Time… In The Valley’: Episode 12 – After The Afterglow

‘Once Upon a Time… In The Valley’, a new podcast series co-produced and co-presented by Vanity Fair’s Lili Anolik and The Rialto Report’s Ashley West, continues today with the twelfth and final episode.

Episode 12: After The Afterglow
Traci Lords as the key to pop culture in the late 20th and early 21st century.

The concluding episode of ‘Once Upon A Time… In The Valley”, telling the story of the Traci Lords scandal in the mid 1980s.

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  • Posted On: 15th September 2020
  • By: Ashley West
  • Under: Podcasts


  1. dc · September 15, 2020 Reply

    really enjoyed this podcast. you could tell a lot of hard work was put into it. would like to see the scans of the Lords book proposal in the media section.

    Also – Is Sy Adler alive and willing to be interviewed? Stuart Dell? Tracy’s sister? I believe Alder was bankrupted over the Lords debacle. Maybe an “after afterglow”?

  2. Diane · September 15, 2020 Reply

    Congratulations, guys!

    This documentary was absolutely superb, and I think you did a marvelous job on exposing Traci Lords while at the same type having the upmost compassion for her. This is why I listen to the Rialto Report!

    Thanks again for this particular podcast and your website!

    I sincerely mean that 😀

  3. In Sin · September 16, 2020 Reply

    A very well conceived podcast. Some questions were answered, yet others remain. To be honest, I felt that her adult work was ham fisted and insincere. I did like some of her mainstream work, especially her character on First Wave. How about Ginger vs Traci in the ring? That might be the only way to settle things. Any plans for a new podcast series?

  4. Emily H · September 17, 2020 Reply

    Excellent job, my only complaint is that it’s ending too soon. I did find the dialogue to be a little too scripted, versus an actual conversation – but felt that got better as the series went along.

    I’d like to see the same team tackle other mysterious/mythical figures in the adult world. It’s exceedingly rare to see the topics be treated professionally.

    Thanks again!

  5. John · September 17, 2020 Reply

    For the last three months I looked forward to every Tuesday because of the ‘Once Upon A Time…In The Valley’ podcast. After listening to the last episode I’m a bit depressed. Now Tuesdays will be like any other weekday. At least Sundays are still interesting. Thanks so much for all your hard work!!!

  6. Jeff C · September 17, 2020 Reply

    So many stories. Who do you believe?

    This is an excellent podcast series. The most interesting episodes for me focused on the people who knew an adolescent named Nora Kuzma. The stories told in those episodes humanized the person who became famous as Traci Lords. Even with the cornucopia of stories about Traci, I still have a hard time imagining what a wild ride her porn years must have been for her.

    I also am not the biggest fan of the scripted exchanges in podcasts, but that is a style that has its purposes when dealing with a lot of information. The podcast The Wonderland Murders, about John Holmes’ involvement in the Wonderland killings, was almost entirely scripted, though. I prefer the interview format.

  7. Jeff Robertson · September 22, 2020 Reply

    Hopefully I’ll do the podcast about Queen of Barker’s beauties and pin-up model Dian Parkinson from the 70s 80s and early 90s sex appeal

  8. Boswell · September 26, 2020 Reply

    What a great podcast Lili and Ashely. Listened to the whole thing on Spotify within a few weeks. Really hope to hear more from you two, thanks!

  9. Mike C · September 28, 2020 Reply

    Great show and some bizarre adverts crashing in too. What was that last one? Organic ass wipes!?

  10. Mark · October 14, 2020 Reply

    ‘Traci’ was a personal favorite back when she was performing, and it was great to get a sense of her story from a range of perspectives.

    I visited Amsterdam in the late-90s and thought the Red Light District was an exemplar for the rest of the world to follow. It was well-lit and safe– particularly for single women.

    Still I was shocked when I saw ‘Traci’ gracing the cover of a hardcore magazine. The laws were different there, and the fact that they were less restrictive is exactly what made it safe. Still, I was so scared of being accused of pedophilia that didn’t touch it.

    Excellent podcast.

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