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New Book Explores Limits Of The Freedom Of Information Act

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On this edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer speaks with author Nicholson Baker about his new book, "Baseless: My Search for Secrets in the Ruins of the Freedom of Information Act."

The book chronicles Baker's multi-year, and ongoing attempts to access classified government documents regarding alleged biological and chemical weapons experiments by the U.S. during the Korean War through Freedom of Information Act requests.

Coming from the perspective of a historian, Baker offers a look at the successes and failures of FOIA while exploring some of the mysteries and secrets this more than 50-year-old law has the power to unearth.

Guest:

  • Nicholson Baker, author of "Baseless: My Search for Secrets in the Ruins of the Freedom of Information Act"
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Katelyn Harrop is a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa