Phil Patton, author of Bug: The Strange Mutations of the World's Most Famous Automobile. It's a cultural history of the Volkswagen Beetle, the most produced and best-known car of all time. Patton writes for The New York Times, Esquire, Wired and ID. He also wrote Dreamland: Travels inside the Secret World of Roswell and Area 51.
Guest-host Barbara Bogaev interviews journalist Phil Patton, author of "Dreamland: Travels Inside the Secret World of Roswell and Area 51" (Villard Books). Patton writes about the place in the Nevada desert where the U.S. Government tests top-secret experimental military aircraft. It doesn't exist on a map, and drawings, photography, and any such depiction of the area is prohibited. Conspiracy theorists, followers of UFO's, and secret plane enthusiasts have all latched on to the place. Patton writes the "Public Eye" column for The New York Times.