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January 27, 2021 60 min
In this episode we provide a brief account of the day in 1963, when President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas. We focus on the Kennedy assassination discovering that doubt is often the root cause of conspiracy theory, based on human biases and enduring a traumatic experience. We explain how conspiracy theories become established due to a concept known as agency panic. We provide a brief account of November 22 starting with the infamous Zapruder film, which is the focus of debate between the official version of events and those of the so-called conspiracy theorists. The various interpretations of the Kennedy assassination reflect the shifting perceptions of the American people regarding their institutions and the role of government in their daily lives. Conspiracy theories provide believers with an emotional link between their slain President and the declining country he left behind. Or perhaps an effective lament for the disappearance of postwar American values and prosperity.
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