Conspiracy theories and conspiracies without the theory

A curated episode list by
Jenna Spinelle

Creation Date November 27th, 2019
Updated Date Updated November 27th, 2020
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About This List

From Pizzagate to Jeffrey Epstein, conspiracy theories are more common than ever. They're also a symptom of a larger divide in how we receive, process, and value information. These episodes explain what's happening and what we can do about it. I originally curated this list for the Hurt Your Brain newsletter by Erik Jones.
  1. How can you be sure that the things you know are true… are actually true? We have access to more information than any humans in history but we can't process it on our own. In fact, almost all of what we know comes from others. We come to rely o
  2. The “birthers”, “Pizzagate”, anti-vaxxers. Since the election of Donald Trump, it’s seemed that belief in conspiracy theories is on the rise. At the same time, our polarization is worse than ever. People can hardly even maintain a conversation
  3. From Pizzagate to Jeffrey Epstein, conspiracies seem to be more prominent than ever in American political discourse. What was once confined to the pages of supermarket tabloids is now all over our media landscape. Unlike the 9/11 truthers or th
  4. American society is deeply divided at this moment—not just on values and opinions but on basic perceptions of reality. In their latest book, One Nation, Two Realities: Dueling Facts in American Democracy (Oxford University Press, 2019), Morgan
  5. On this episode of Reveal, we look at #Pizzagate. This story takes us into the world of right-wing Twitter trolls, pro-Trump political operatives and fake-news profiteers from St. Louis to Macedonia. Reveal unravels how this conspiracy theory s

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