If the J. Edgar Hoover Building (aka the FBI headquarters) burns down mysteriously over the weekend, we might know who did it: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Tim Weiner.
The building’s ugliness is a perfect match for its shoddy construction. Rainwater pours into the building, and its thick skin is cracking. Passers-by run the risk of being brained by a falling chunk of FBI facade.
On the inside, things are worse. Never mind that the electrical systems, the air ducts and the elevators need $80 million worth of repairs. The Hoover building fails to meet basic security criteria established for federal buildings three years ago.
Today on the show, we’re listening back to an interview with Weiner about his book Enemies: A History of the FBI, which is now out in paperback.
Image of the FBI Headquarters in DC via smata2/Flickr