Radioactive

Ep. 1: In the Beginning

Who was Father Charles Coughlin, and what were the conditions that allowed for the rise of the first mass media demagogue?

October 5, 2021

Who was Father Charles Coughlin, and what were the conditions that allowed for the rise of the first mass media demagogue? In the first episode of this eight-part podcast, host Andrew Lapin details the humble origins of Father Charles Coughlin and his fellow antisemite, Henry Ford, and reveals how the dawn of radio combined with world-shattering events to fuel Coughlin’s meteoric rise. 

Radioactive
Ep. 1: In the Beginning
Who was Father Charles Coughlin, and what were the conditions that allowed for the rise of the first mass media demagogue?
October 05, 2021
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Radioactive is hosted by Detroit journalist Andrew Lapin and produced by Tablet Studios, with support from Maimonides Fund, ​and in association with The WNET Group’s reporting initiative, Exploring Hate: Antisemitism, Racism and Extremism. The show’s theme music is from The Ghost Writer and was composed by Alexandre Desplat. All speeches and material of Father Coughlin, as well as music and other audio from his radio program, are authentic to the source.

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