Roswell And Conspiracy Theories The U-S Air Force held a news conference today that was designed to close the books on a mysterious incident that has become part of America's folklore: the crash of a supposed "unidentified flying object" at Roswell, New Mexico in 1947. The Air Force, after years of silence on the subject, has now claimed that the object that crashed was part of a secret Defense Department surveillance project...and the "aliens" that were rumored to have been recovered and hidden by the government were in fact mannequins used in parachute testing. This press conference, however, is not likely to stem the tide of speculation on the origins of the object or the secrecy of the government about the projects. Robert talks with Chris Carter, the creator and executive producer of the successful television series "The X-Files", about the popularity of conspiracy theories and the belief in extraterrestrial beings, and the hold they have on the popular imagination. He also discusses this question with Stanley Aronowitz, the director of the Graduate Center for Cultural Studies at the City University of New York, and with Robert Anton Wilson, a "futurist" and a writer from California.