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The United States of Paranoia

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You may have the impression that people who believe conspiracy theories are crackpots, but consider this: a new Gallup poll shows 61% of Americans don't think Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone when he shot President Kennedy. Journalist and author Jesse Walker says conspiracy theories aren't a feature of the fringe and they're nothing new. He's written a book that starts in the 17th century to chronicle our recurring love affair with cabals, plots and intrigue. Walker joins Doug to talk about The United States of Paranoia.

Jesse Walker is a senior editor at Reason magazine and Reason.com. His book is called The United States of Paranoia: A Conspiracy Theory [Amazon|Indiebound]