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How Playboy Changed the World

HOW PLAYBOY CHANGED THE WORLD peeks behind the centerfolds and reveals just how Hugh M. Hefner’s men’s magazine became a worldwide empire.  But more than that, it makes the case for how Playboy challenged social conventions about men, women, sex and nudity, and helped galvanize attitudes about civil liberties and civil rights.   Featuring never before seen footage and insightful interviews with social historians, Playboy executives and insiders like Jenny McCarthy, James Caan, Reverend Jesse Jackson, Diablo Cody, Bill Cosby, Shannon Tweed, Donald Trump — and, of course, Hugh Hefner, himself — this feature length documentary shows how Playboy not only changed the world but continues to have a profound impact on our daily lives and cultural values.

Premieres Tuesday, October 2, 2012 on History Channel