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The Queen
Linda Taylor was a con artist, a kidnapper, maybe even a murderer. She was also America’s original “welfare queen,” the villain Ronald Reagan needed to create a vision of a country being taken advantage of by its poorest citizens. Josh Levin reveals the never-before-told story of a woman whose singular life was forgotten in the rush to create a vicious American stereotype.
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Ratings & Reviews
4.1 stars from 705 ratings
super interesting
Deep dive into an interesting life. Slate makes great stuff, looking forward to the next project.
The Great Glass Alavator via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/18/19
This has so much potential but just seems like a teaser for his book and not really a podcast
Kamalie Mall via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/17/19
A taster for the book
This is a fascinating tale, well researched and well told. The case was researched first for an article, then for a book and then, finally, for this podcast so it’s not the deepest of dives but it still holds its own as a podcast series. Ten fresh interviews were recorded for the podcast so...Read full review »
Womble888 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 09/17/19
Recent Episodes
Listen to the first chapter of the audiobook version of The Queen: The Forgotten Life Behind an American Myth. Narrated by January LaVoy.
Published 06/17/19
In this excerpt from the second bonus episode of The Queen, Dan Kois talks to Josh Levin about the process of writing the reporting-intensive book the podcast series is based on. They’re joined by a panel of three distinguished authors, who share their own lessons about what it takes to write a...
Published 06/10/19
Is it possible that Linda Taylor perpetrated one of the most infamous child abductions in American history? In this excerpt from the first bonus episode of The Queen, Josh Levin talks to Paul Joseph Fronczak about how Taylor could be connected to the April 1964 kidnapping of a 1-day-old boy born...
Published 06/05/19
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