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The Queen | Ep. 01: Coronation
23 minutes Posted Jun 4, 2019 at 2:00 am.
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Linda Taylor became the “welfare queen” in 1974 when the Chicago Tribune publicized her outrageous exploits. The reporter who introduced her to the world was a Pulitzer Prize winner named George Bliss. He stumbled into the Taylor story while investigating waste and fraud in the public aid system, and his fixation on a single welfare recipient may have been more damaging than he ever realized.

This podcast is based on Josh Levin’s new book, The Queen: The Forgotten Life Behind an American Myth.

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