By its very nature, the intelligence community holds more sway over this country than we will probably ever know. This reality—which has played a key role in transforming the United States into a Failed State—has its origins in the Cold War and the establishment of the Central Intelligence Agency in 1947.
Norman Mailer was one of the most insightful chroniclers of Cold War America. This episode features two people who knew him personally and saw him in action as he reckoned with the realities of the CIA and that seminal event in conspiracy culture, the assassination of President Kennedy on November 22, 1963.
Jim Hougan is a journalist, documentary film producer, and the author the books Spooks: The Haunting of America and the Private Use of Secret Agents (1978) and Secret Agenda: Watergate, Deep Throat, and the CIA (1984).
Lawrence Schiller is an American photojournalist, film producer, director, and screenwriter.