What Do We Learn About Donald Rumsfeld From Errol Morris’ New Documentary? A Discussion.

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April 5 2014 9:16 AM

Spoiler Special: The Unknown Known

Donald Rumsfeld in The Unknown Known
Donald Rumsfeld in The Unknown Known.

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On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies—and the occasional TV show—in full, spoiler-filled detail. Below, Slate film critic Dana Stevens talks with Slate political reporter David Weigel about The Unknown Known, Errol Morris’ portrait of Donald Rumsfeld. What is it like inside the mind of Rumsfeld? How does the documentary compare to Morris’ portrait of Robert McNamara, The Fog of War? And what more do we learn about Rumsfeld’s infamous “snowflake” memos?

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Listen to them discuss these and other questions below. You can also check out past Spoiler Specials in our archive, and you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Note: As the title indicates, each installment contains spoilers galore.


Dana Stevens is Slate's movie critic.

David Weigel is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics

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