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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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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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4.1 out of 5
463 Ratings

463 Ratings

Debooroar ,

Eye opening

This was so well told and such an important lens that is missing in the social services story.

Manzano CC ,

Anti-Ronald Reagan

The show is well reported, but blatantly anti-Reagan. It provides zero rebuttal for the reason President Reagan pursued the welfare policies that he did. Very interesting podcast, very one-sided.

Deeree34 ,

Riveting!

So well researched and produced, as all things Slate are. An incredible story behind the myth...I cannot wait to read the book!

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