Les Standiford on Battle for the Big Top

“As I worked and got deeper and deeper into the material, I came to understand that the circus was important…understanding the circus and why it was so popular for so long in this country, is key to understanding who we are as a people,” Les Standiford.

The author and director of the Creative Writing Program at Florida International University joins Mitchell to talk about Battle for the Big Top: P.T. Barnum, James Bailey, John Ringling and the Death-Defying Saga of the American Circus. Recorded in Miami.

 

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