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The Red Scare and the Hollywood Blacklist

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This week's Hollywood Reporter carries the story, "The Most Sinful Period in Hollywood History," about that publication's role in the anti-Communist witch-hunt that led to the blacklisting of movie stars, writers and others who refused to cooperate with the House Committee on Un-American Activities.  Accompanying the story is an apology from Willie Wilkerson, whose father founded the Hollywood Reporter itself — and then used it to name alleged Communist sympathizers — ruining many careers.  We talk with Marsha Hunt, a surviving victim, and with Wilkerson about his apology to those whose careers were ruined, in part, by what he called his father's desire for vengeance. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, is American air travel on the descent?

Banner image: A lobby display about the Hollywood Blacklist. Photo by the aclu.socal/flickr