Some people have always believed that the moon landing was a government hoax, and, in the age of the Internet, that conspiracy theory continues to thrive. Andrew Marantz explores the value of skepticism, and the point at which disbelief leads to a totalitarian breakdown. We went to the archives for three real-time accounts of what it was like to watch the moon landing on television. And the staff writer Jelani Cobb visits the artist Fahamu Pecou, whose works are complex and sometimes funny explorations of black male identity in America.
Who Believes in the Moon Landing?
A significant percentage of Americans believe the moon landing was a government hoax. How does the conspiracy theory continue to thrive?
Watching the Moon Landing in Real Time
Three accounts from a 1969 issue of The New Yorker describe what it was really like to watch the “giant leap for mankind.”
Jelani Cobb Talks with the Artist Fahamu Pecou
The Atlanta artist launched a poster campaign titled “Fahamu Pecou Is the Shit.” But his works about black male identity are as serious as they are sometimes funny.
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Tom Hanks Reads His Tale of Going to the Moon
The actor reads “Alan Bean Plus Four,” his short story about a D.I.Y. journey into space.