New Podcast Tells Full Story Of America's ‘Welfare Queen’

New Podcast Tells Full Story Of America's ‘Welfare Queen’
Linda Taylor, 40, walks with her attorney T. Lee Boyd as they leave the Chicago Civic Center Tuesday, March 8, 1977 during a recess in her trial. Taylor, labeled " Welfare Queen" by prosecutors, was on trial charged with bilking Illinois out of $30,000 in bogus welfare payments from 1969 to 1974. Charles Knoblock / Associated Press
New Podcast Tells Full Story Of America's ‘Welfare Queen’
Linda Taylor, 40, walks with her attorney T. Lee Boyd as they leave the Chicago Civic Center Tuesday, March 8, 1977 during a recess in her trial. Taylor, labeled " Welfare Queen" by prosecutors, was on trial charged with bilking Illinois out of $30,000 in bogus welfare payments from 1969 to 1974. Charles Knoblock / Associated Press

New Podcast Tells Full Story Of America's ‘Welfare Queen’

In the 1970s, the subject of many of Ronald Reagan’s campaign speeches was a Chicago woman who bilked the government out of thousands of dollars.

While Reagan villainized Linda Taylor for defrauding the government, it turns out she committed worse crimes in her lifetime that didn't make it in the headlines. 

Morning Shift digs into Taylor's never-before-told story with Josh Levin, who spent the last six years researching her life. Levin's podcast mini-series, The Queen, launched Monday and is based on his upcoming book with the same title that comes out May 21.

GUEST: Josh Levin, national editor of Slate and host of The Queen

LEARN MORE: The Queen (Slate 5/13/19)

The Welfare Queen (Slate 12/19/13)