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Patty Has a Gun: The Life and Crimes of Patricia Hearst


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In February 1974, a radical organization called the SLA shocked America with the kidnapping of 19-year-old heiress Patricia Hearst. But within weeks, the young woman known to the world as "Patty" would do something even more disturbing: She would join her captors in their violent crimes. It created a chilling question that still divides America today: Was Patty Hearst a victim of brainwashing, or did this California college student willingly become an armed terrorist? With help from expert analysts, this CNN podcast re-examines the evidence. For more on the Patty Hearst kidnapping, watch CNN's "The Radical Story of Patty Hearst" on Sundays at 9 p.m. beginning February 11.

Customer Reviews

Believe Women

An interesting topic, but handled poorly. Were any women even involved in the production of this podcast? The author of the book clearly doesn’t believe Patty’s claims of rape. Poor choice of host and main guest given the #metoo movement.

Poor execution

Not great audio quality, I ended up skipping over some of the people that called in just because the audio was bad. The ads seemed a bit excessive; 3-4 minutes of ads in a 16 minute episode? Also random millennial insults that I’m tired of hearing. Both hosts are pretty dull, and one of them doesn’t even really contribute besides asking the other one questions. Not worth your time, just read the Wikipedia article

Hard to hear

I found the story interesting and the interviews to be helpful to the story, but hearing the interviews that happened over the phone or old recordings were significantly harder to hear than the narrators. Made it hard to understand!