American Heiress

May 1, 2017

Monday, our guest is author Jeffrey Toobin, who’s written a book about the 1974 kidnapping of Patty Hearst. Hearst was 19 and heir to her family’s fortune when the “Symbionese Liberation Army” took her, and it soon seemed that she had adopted their incoherent, revolutionary cause. We’ll explore the controversy over Hearst’s involvement in their crimes, the atmosphere that gave birth to the SLA, and why Toobin says the story sheds light on a time when America was on the brink of a nervous breakdown. (Rebroadcast)

Jeffrey Toobin is a staff writer at The New Yorker and senior legal analyst at CNN. His new book is called American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst. [Indiebound|Amazon|Audible]