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Lena Dunham's The C-Word Podcast debuts on Luminary this Saturday

PRESS RELEASE — May 10, 2019

New York NY, USA—Lena Dunham’s The C-Word, a brand new podcast from Luminary, a podcast technology and content company, will be released on Saturday, May 11th. Luminary is a free podcast app and premium subscription content network, where Luminary Premium subscribers will have access to more than 40 podcasts - including The C-Word - from some of the most recognizable voices in podcasting, legendary entertainers, and diverse and emerging voices.

LENA DUNHAM’S THE C-WORD: When we call a woman “crazy," it can mean a lot of things. That she’s demanding. That she’s paranoid. That she’s slutty. That she’s loud. Shy. Strange. Funny. Fat. Thin. It’s a catch-all term used to dismiss women who don’t fit inside the box. Nobody knows that better than Lena Dunham, a woman who’s been called “crazy” by the press more times than she can count. The C-Word is a new podcast from Dunham and co-hosted by Alissa Bennett offering a weekly deep-dive into the life and media coverage of a woman deemed “crazy” by society. The C-Word unpacks the lives of messy, fascinating women with empathy and humor.

Hosts Lena Dunham and Alissa Bennett stated, “If there is one thing that America loves even more than a comeback victory, it’s baring witness to the catastrophic public descent of a woman. American culture lustily consumes almost ANY downward spiral: a pop star whose life eventually proves not to be as ideal as we all thought; an ex-girlfriend with murder on her mind; an actress whose acrylic image belies her private tumult. On The C-Word, we look at the rumors and innuendos that inevitably crop up around these stories, we examine our own appetites for bad endings, and we use our personal experiences to examine how most of us can relate in some way to the women who society has derided and defamed. Luminary has given us a platform where we can discuss the stories that are cemented in our collective public consciousness, as well as stories that have been forgotten. We think that all of them will give our listeners a new perspective on what it means when we call a woman crazy.”


Lena Dunham is an actor, writer, director, producer, and philanthropist. She starred in and served as executive producer, writer, and director for HBO’s hit series GIRLS, which aired for six critically acclaimed seasons. She has been nominated for eight Emmy Awards and has won two Golden Globes, including Best Actress for her work on Girls. An accomplished author, Dunham’s book of personal essays, Not That Kind of Girl, was published by Random House in September 2014 and was a #1 NY Times best seller. She is also a frequent contributor to The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Vogue.

In 2013, Dunham made history as the first woman to win a DGA award in the Best TV Comedy Director category. In 2010, she won an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay for her feature “Tiny Furniture,” which she also starred in and directed.

Dunham graduated from Oberlin College in 2008.

Alissa Bennett is the author of the twice yearly zine Dead is Better, which investigates the relationship between our attraction to the lurid underbelly of popular culture and our own personal experiences. Her essays typically combine memoir, cultural criticism, and true crime as a means of examining the parallels between our own lives and the lives of infamous strangers. Her research revolves around instances of digital cultural “excess,” such as fan message boards, comments sections, and social media. Bennett lives in Brooklyn, New York.

The C-Word is available on Luminary Premium. Luminary offers all listeners a one-month free trial of Luminary Premium, with a monthly subscription of $7.99 following the first month for U.S. subscribers. The free Luminary app is also available to download for listeners in Canada (CA$8.49/month), the U.K. (£6.99/month) and Australia (AU$7.99/month), also with a one-month free trial.

Podcast fans can listen on Luminary for free at or by downloading the free app on Apple and Android devices.

About Luminary

Luminary is a podcast technology and content company offering a free podcast app with simple user interface and smart content discovery, and a premium subscription network of top quality and premium podcasts available only on Luminary. Driven by the singular mission to improve the podcasting experience for both listeners and creators, Luminary is making it easier for podcast listeners to find great content and for podcast creators to do their best work. Luminary Premium will have more than 40 shows and more than 1,000 hours of premium originals available only on Luminary, featuring some of the most recognizable voices in podcasting, legendary entertainers, and diverse and emerging voices. The free Luminary app -- where listeners can listen to Luminary Premium shows and their favorites among hundreds of thousands of publicly available podcasts -- is available for free on iOS, Android, and web.

For more information, visit or follow @hearluminary.

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