Aerospace consultant Nick Cook and artist John W. Jones on this edition of Fresh Air
. Nick Cook is the author of the new book, The Hunt for Zero Point: Inside the Classified World of Antigravity Technology
. In the book, Cook tracks down the secret history of antigravity research. It's technology that defies the laws of physics. Cook discovered that, during WWII, the Nazis claimed to have been close to antigravity technology. Also, the U.S. government allegedly conducted antigravity research in the 1950s and '60s. Cook is former Aviation Editor for the military affairs journal, Jane's Defense Weekly
. Artist John W. Jones was working at a blueprint shop in Charleston, South Carolina, when a customer brought in some Confederate money to order a blowup. The imagery shocked Jones. The money depicted working slaves. Jones began to collect the brown and gray money with slaves picking cotton, corn, and tobacco, and loading barrels cheerfully. He then created large-scale, full-color paintings based on the images. The art is now on display at America's Black Holocaust Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Broadcast Date: August 14, 2002)
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