By Elizabeth Marglin It seems like the world is divided into two kinds of people: those with a fascination for UFOs and those with only skeptical disdain. But in between those two polarities lies a rich and complex history of governmental involvement with the phenomenon — as well as some important information we have the right to be privy to. On Regina Meredith's interview with Richard Dolan, a world-renowned government conspiracy expert, you'll get some level-headed truth on why UFOs may have more gravitas and less "giggle factor" than you may assume. It's an eye-opening show, with sensitive subject matter skillfully handled. Meredith is a savvy interviewer, and gets the balance between empathy and scrutiny just right. Dolan comes across as well-informed source, passionate (but not fanatical) about UFOs. The show's subtext is government suppression, positioning UFOs as less about personal belief and more about political freedom. Indeed, Dolan says, "Disclosure [itself] is not the ultimate answer, but a new phase in the struggle for truth." In this context, the inherent curiosity about UFOs that we all instinctually harbor can be richly informed. Here are just a few of the intriguing things Dolan discusses on the show: UFOs 101 A crash course in UFO history about the key events and players in the UFO field, including Roswell, New Mexico, Philip Corso, the Condon Report, the COMETA report, John Mack M.D., and Carl Bernstein. Somehow knowing there is extensive UFO research gives the field more validity. Not fit to print From the Wall Street Journal to the Washington Post, no legitimate newspaper in the Unites States wants to touch anything that smacks of UFOs and the like. Dolan dives into the back story of why UFOs get so little media coverage and explores the incentives for journalists in keeping UFOs under wraps. Breakaway civilizations By far Dolan's most fascinating notion, "breakaway civilization" is a term he coined to denote a hypothetical group fully immersed in studying UFO culture, artifacts and technology. Studying UFO artifacts, Dolan suggests, can lead to cutting edge breakthroughs in technology and science. These advances, such as concrete alternatives to petroleum and fossil fuels, represent huge threats to the global economy. Getting to know the fuller picture about the history of UFOs — and the startling lack of disclosure — is a true eye opener. With open minds, Dolan says, "we can make more informed decisions about the world we live in." By presenting the information with dignity, Meredith does the UFO phenomenology a huge service. As she says in closing, "I hope the giggle factor has been released regarding this subject and you are encouraged to ask more questions." Maybe we shouldn't be so quick to dismiss that which goes bump in the night. Elizabeth Marglin is a freelance writer for GaiamTV.com. An award-winning writer, she's covered everything from architecture to zoos. She is the co-author of The Mother's Wisdom Deck and writes the blog Mothering with Soul.