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Episode from the podcastTruth, Politics and Power

Big Fella: Special Edition of Truth, Politics and Power

Released Friday, 21st December 2018
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A hundred years ago, a young man was about to become famous on an entirely new scale. The dawning engines of mass communication, advertising and public relations elevated Babe Ruth into a national phenomenon. When asked why he earned more money than the President of the United States, Ruth honestly answered “I had a better year.” That marked the birth of the celebrity culture that paved the way for everyone from Charles Lindbergh to Donald Trump. In a special edition of Truth, Politics and Power, host Neal Conan speaks with Jane Leavy, author of “The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World He Created.”