Episode 18: 291.9-The Duggar Family (Part 2)

In this week’s episode, Katie continues to be bewitched by the Duggar family.

Part two of our expose on one of the world’s most famous mega-families will reveal the Duggars’ long list of scandals. From transphobic tweets that result in members being removed from filming, to infidelity, corporal punishment, and misuse of charity funds, we look at the moments that shook the foundation of the Duggar fanbase.

We also devote some time to the most disappointing Duggar of all, Joshua. Josh’s long history of alarming and destructive behaviors have finally caught up to him in a way that can’t be quietly solved with a trip to a prayer-based “recovery center.” We’ll pinpoint all the red flags and utter failures along the way.

Recommended titles (all available in our bookshop):

Love Makes a Family by Sophie Beer

Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

The Queen’s English: The LGBTQIA+ Dictionary of Lingo and Colloquial Phrases by Chloe O. Davis

Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States by Samantha Allen

Drama by Raina Telgemeier

Lumberjane series by Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters, and Brooke Allen

Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

Educated by Tara Westover

Stolen Innocence: My Story of Growing Up in a Polygamous Sect, Becoming a Teenage Bride, and Breaking Free of Warren Jeffs by Elissa Wall and Lisa Pulitzer

Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith by Jon Krakauer

Crazy for God: How I Grew Up as one of the Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right, and Lives to Take it All (Or Almost All) of it Back by Frank Schaeffer

The Patron Saint of Butterflies by Cecilia Galante

The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon

The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta

Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk


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