November 22 - Errol Morris in Studio Discussing His New FIlm "Wormwood; The Emergence of the Nuclear Industrial Complex

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Part 1

We begin with an investigation into the dark power of secret government that is the subject of the new film by the legendary documentary filmmaker Errol Morris who joins us in the studio. He won an Academy Award for his film “The Fog of War: Eleven Lesson from the Life of Robert S. MacNamara and his other films include “The Thin Blue Line”, “The Unknown Known” and his latest out on Netflix on December 15, “Wormwood”. This new four hour film is an exploration of the mysterious death of Frank Olson, a CIA employee who was unwittingly dosed with LSD and was pushed or plunged to his death from a New York City hotel window in 1953. The film follows the odyssey of Olson’s son Eric who tries to piece together the mystery behind his father’s death and uses dramatic scenes acted out by Peter Sarsgaard and Molly Parker to make the case that the CIA, which later apologized for drugging Frank Olson, also had him murdered and spent decades covering up its crime.

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Part 2

Then we look into the growth of a spinoff of the Military Industrial Complex President Eisenhower warned about, the Nuclear Industrial Complex, and speak with William Hartung, Director of the Arms and Security Initiative at the Center for International Policy. The author of “Prophets of War: Lockheed Martin and the Making of the Military Industrial Complex, he joins us to discuss his article at Tom Dispatch “Massive Overkill: Brought to You by the Nuclear Industrial Complex”. We analyze the insanity and the skewed priority of the massive investment about to made by the Trump Administration to spend $1.7 billion dollars on a new generation of bombers, submarines and missiles and the warheads that go with them that can only be used in ending the world as we know it, in a race of redundancy to improve on the quality of death at the expense of the quality of life in America.

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