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THIS BROADS LIFE: RAUCIUS RIVETING AUTOB MOST OUTRAGEOUS RADIO-TALK SHOW HOST: The Raucous, Riveting Autobiography of the Most Outrageous Radio Talk-Show Host in America Today





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She's raw, she's real, she's Barbara Carlson, flying high as host of the #1 radio talk show in Minneapolis. "KSTP wanted a shock jock, a female Rush Limbaugh, a hormonal Howard Stern, someone who could rile the generally conservative 25-to-54-year-old males who would become my audience." Barbara Carlson more than rivals Oprah as she rides the rough road of her life through rape, emotional incest, domestic violence, alcoholism, the death of a child, Valium, obesity, marriage to the future governor of Minnesota -- and now she's rocking the world of talk radio.

"CARLSON WARY OF EX-WIFE'S BOOK-TO-BE," trumpeted the Star Tribune headline. Minnesota Governor Arne Carlson had good reason to be concerned. Barbara, his ex-wife, had already revealed the pet name for his most private part ("Oscar"). She has subsequently dubbed the penile implant of Pete Anderson, husband number two, "Dupont." Make no bones about it -- Barbara Carlson, all decked out in her trademark pearls, is up front and here to stay.

"Even at my most outrageous and most opinionated, I wasn't threatening. I mean, for heaven's sake, how much damage could an overweight, middle-aged woman on Prozac do?" Thus began The Barbara Carlson and Friends Show on KSTP radio, whose call letters, with a zippered crimson mouth, are now tattooed on her right buttock. "Who could be a more unlikely centerpiece than an aging, round-bodied wild thing who took on the boys' club that is talk radio with her grasp of politics and her knack for throwing almost everyone off guard?" The convent-educated, pill-popping socialite turns talk radio on its ear with steaming interviews from her hot tub every Friday morning, and a daily dish of sex and politics from the governor's ex-wife.

A suburban rich kid from a proper Minneapolis family, Barbara Jane Duffy waged a lifelong battle with her own elegant Mommie Dearest, who once confronted her daughter from the barrel of a shotgun, and a father who made her a stand-in for his alcohol-and-drug-ravaged wife. "I saw my first shrink at the age of six." Barbara herself became an alcoholic at thirteen, and lost her virginity to rape. Marriage to Arne came later, but wedded bliss was short-lived; they were devastated by the tragic death of their first child from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. They then adopted a son, Tucker. After giving birth to their daughter, Anne, Barbara began to transform herself into the "hostess with the mostess" whose passion was reserved for politics and booze.

With lusty humor, Barbara gives the lowdown on her own political career in the Minneapolis City Council, her sexual adventures in -- and out of -- wedlock, and her second marriage to businessman Pete Anderson. "Pete and I accept each other, rather than own each other....That's love. That's caring."

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