On August 1, 1981 MTV was launched. It was an idea that most people thought ridiculous and doomed to failure. Most people associated with the start up of MTV, on the air and behind the scenes, had had no previous experience in the media. If that wasn’t daunting enough, when MTV started there was an incredibly slim selection of music videos to play. But it soon became obvious that MTV would play an important role in shaping the musical tastes of Middle America as well as having a dramatic impact on the artists whose videos were shown. Tune in tonight as Inquiry talks with writer and editor CRAIG MARKS. Along with writer Rob Tannebaum, Craig has written the definitive history of this music video revolution, the wild careers of the early VJs, the accusations of racism in MTVs early programming and the craziness of trying to come up with ideas for the new music vids. Marks and Tannebaum’s book is titled I WANT MY MTV: THE UNCENSORED STORY OF THE MUSIC VIDEO REVOLUTION.
For hundreds of years, there have been conspiracy theories that have suggested that a small group of powerful men in secret societies have run the governments of the world for their own benefits. Most of these conspiracy theories are grandiose, unwieldy and unfalsifiable. Many of these theories demonize other social or religious groups like Jews or Catholics. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with writer and researcher ARTHUR GOLDWAG about his latest book THE NEW HATE: A HISTORY OF FEAR AND LOATHING ON THE POPULIST RIGHT. His book delineates the historical precedents for modern groups like “the birthers”. We also talk about the nefarious Protocols and the Elders of Zion, that infamous anti-Semitic tract that has influenced paranoid conspiracists like Hitler and Henry Ford for over a hundred years.