Episode 200: The Moonshine Stimulus : Planet Money We travel to Warm Springs to find out if the rumors are true: Did FDR really buy moonshine during Prohibition? Did he violate the Constitution he had sworn to protect?

Episode 200: The Moonshine Stimulus

Episode 200: The Moonshine Stimulus

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President Franklin Delano Roosevelt came to Warm Springs, Georgia in the 1920s. He suffered from polio and used the warm waters for physical therapy. Around town however, another story circulates. FDR was fond of the region's moonshine.

On today's show, we go to Warm Springs to find out if the rumors are true: Did FDR really buy moonshine during Prohibition? Did he really violate the Constitution he had sworn to protect?

In our quest for truth, we meet the daughter of FDR's favorite fiddle player and an economist, who explains how a divisive moral issue became a celebrated business stimulus plan.

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