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Coming Down Fast: The Manson Family Murders, 50 Years Later

Damon Herriman as Charles Manson in Netflix's 'Mindhunter.'

Last year, there was a movie about Charles Manson. This year, there was another movie about Charles Manson. Charles Manson is a character in Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and in the second season of David Fincher's Mindhunter.

The Manson Family murders were fifty years ago this summer, and Manson still seems to fascinate us and our popular culture.

This hour, we wonder why.


  • Peter Biskind - The author, most recently, of The Sky Is Falling: How Vampires, Zombies, Androids, and Superheroes Made America Great for Extremism
  • Nick de Semlyen- Features editor for Empire magazine and the author of Wild and Crazy Guys: How the Comedy Mavericks of the ’80s Changed Hollywood Forever
  • Aja Romano - An internet culture reporter for Vox

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Colin McEnroe and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.

Jonathan is a producer for ‘The Colin McEnroe Show.’ His work has been heard nationally on NPR and locally on Connecticut Public’s talk shows and news magazines. He’s as likely to host a podcast on minor league baseball as he is to cover a presidential debate almost by accident. Jonathan can be reached at jmcnicol@ctpublic.org.

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