When President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22nd, 1963, people around the country quickly rejected their government's conclusion that a sole assassin committed the crime. A slew of conspiracy theories took hold, but only one conspiracy theorist transferred his theories into actual arrests. Jim Garrison, District Attorney of New Orleans, was media savvy, and skillfully attracted TV cameras, reporters, and supporters with his giant claims. In 1967, the world watched Garrison insist that he had “solved the assassination.” But who was at fault?


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Huey Pierce Long: you either loved him, or hated him. He had thousands of adoring fans, and fearful enemies. Long went from traveling salesman to Louisiana Governor, and then US senator, through his mastery of the media. Then once in power, he waged a war against it.

Retired Executive Director of the Louisiana ACLU Marjorie Esman on legislation to require unanimous jury verdicts in felony trials in Louisiana. Former Advocate columnist and NPR commentator Ed Cullen on the state of journalism locally and nationally.

Journalist John Camp of St. Francisville discusses the era of "fake news" and the firing of three top reporters by CNN.

Jerry Ceppos, dean at the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication, talks about the history of leakers influencing American journalism and government.

Ceppos also comments on NBC's controversial interview with Alex Jones, the new branding for Fox News, and whether President Donald Trump's battle with the media will continue.

George Morris

George Morris is a feature writer for The Advocate and was a long-time sports writer there. We touch on the general demise of newspapers and remember a time when Baton Rouge had two thriving newspapers.

A visit with former state lawmaker Reverend Raymond Jetson, to discuss efforts to repeal incomes taxes at the State Capitol, and the Reverend's grassroots efforts to improve public schools in Baton Rouge.

Former LSU Journalism Professor Jay Perkins talks about media coverage of Governor Bobby Jindal, and the state of modern journalism in general.

Jim chats with Dr. Daphne Cain, of the LSU School of Social Work.