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Ep. 2: Radio Days

Father Coughlin builds his church, with a little help from some famous friends

October 12, 2021

With some help from Babe Ruth, the KKK, and his friends, the Evil Four, Father Charles Coughlin gets on the air and becomes America’s first talk radio celebrity.

This limited-run podcast, hosted by Detroit journalist Andrew Lapin and produced by Tablet Studios, weaves together archival materials and dramatic recreations, as well as interviews with radio hosts, historians, and others, to tell the story of Father Coughlin’s rise from humble beginnings in a sleepy Canadian town to the pinnacle of influence—a cautionary tale, very much still relevant today, of how an unscrupulous bigot can manipulate mass media to spread hate and gather much too much political power.


For more information on all of Tablet’s podcasts, visit tabletmag.com/podcasts.

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