Disinformation & Fake News: Podcast Brunch Club (January 2020)

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In January 2020, Podcast Brunch Club members around the world will be listening to and discussing episodes about disinformation & fake news. Join us at one of our 70+ in-person chapters worldwide: https://podcastbrunchclub.com
  1. Let’s face it – there’s a lot of bulls**t flying around on the Internet. But where is it all coming from? This week, we tackle fake news, propaganda, and misinformation from a few different angles. We talk to BuzzFeed’s Craig Silverman, who was one of the first reporters to break the story about a cottage industry of fake news run out of Macedonia. Then we meet Stanford Communication Professor Jennifer Pan, who is pioneering new ways of probing the censorship and propaganda machine in China. Throughout the episode, Jeff Hancock, a Stanford expert on trust and technology, helps us understand how all of us are being shaped by the new information economy. Craig Silverman's BuzzFeed article: http://bzfd.it/2lisq7J Jennifer Pan's website: http://jenpan.com/ Jeff Hancock's website: http://jeff-hancock.com/ Learn more about Worldview Stanford's Science of Decision Making course: http://stanford.io/2mfYxJE
  2. Fake news may seem new, but in reality, it's as old as American journalism. This week, we look at a tension at the heart of news coverage: Should reporters think of the audience as consumers, or as citizens? Should the media give people what they want, or what they need?
  3. Disinformation is a powerful weapon. It forces your enemy to inflict damage upon themselves based upon lies that you've deliberately spread. How did a homeless man's corpse help win World War II? How does reality television function in Russia, given that the media is so tightly controlled? And what happens when fake video gets so good that we can't tell the difference between fiction and reality?      ----   Power Corrupts is written and narrated by Brian Klaas. The executive producer and sound editor is George McDonagh.  
  4. Are social networks downplaying their complicity in the problem that is “fake news?”Anil talks to Fadi Quran of the people powered social advocacy group, Avaaz, about how tech is used to target groups of people and spread disinformation that affects our elections, relationships, and social justice movements. Together they discuss insidious nature of disinformation and misinformation, meet its victims, and go over solutions. Listen closely for the steps that platforms can take right now to stem the tide of fake news and fake accounts. LINKS: Avaaz.orgFactbook.org
  5. Anne Applebaum talks to Renée DiResta about building a more trustworthy Internet.
  6. Support PBC: Become a monthly Patreon member (and get some bonus content) Make a one-time donation via Paypal We hand over the mic to Jenna (chapter leader of our virtual chapter) and Stevie (the PBC podcast audio editor and leader of our Minneapolis chapter) to take over this month’s roundup discussion. They discuss the Disinformation & Fake News listening list, which gets into the history, current landscape, and possible solutions around disinformation and fake news. They also veer off topic to discuss other podcasts they’re enjoying lately. This is what they talked about: Disinformation & Fake News listening list Transom’s How Sound podcast episode, “When The Story Is About You But Not About You” Critical Frequency’s The View from Somewhere podcast Jenna’s interview with Anil Dash is coming soon on the Podcast Brunch Club podcast. Check the feed! States Newsroom, a network of nonprofit newsrooms to connect people to the state leaders and government policies that affect their daily lives Nieman Lab’s report on Fake News Jenna’s podcast pick: Out of the Echo Chamber & Inside the Newsroom Stevie’s podcast pick: On the Media Join our virtual chapter or one of our in-person groups Join the Minneapolis chapter Get in touch with Jenna via Democracy Works podcast and her website, jennaspinelle.com. Get in touch with Stevie at conceptualpodcasting.com. Get involved in the podcast discussion! Find out how Podcast Brunch Club works. Join PBC: newsletter, in-person chapter, Facebook Group, twitter, instagram, subreddit Audio editing and production by Stevie Zampanti of Conceptual Podcasting. Music included in this episode was “Rainbow” by Chad Crouch and “Paradise” by Misael Gauna. Support Podcast Brunch Club Current Supporters include: Podyssey – an online community for podcast lovers (aka “the Goodreads for podcasts”) Bullhorn – podcast listening any way you want it Listen Notes – “the best podcast search engine” Podbean – use the code “pbc” for one month free on podcast hosting The Venn – a weekly list of handpicked, unbiased political podcasts Lantigua Williams & Co – the production team behind podcasts like Latina to Latina, 70 Million, & Feeling My Flo Critical Frequency – “a podcast network for everyone else” How to Do the Pot – a podcast that answers women’s questions about cannabis Podchaser – “the IMDb of podcasts”
  7. Support PBC: Become a monthly Patreon member (and get some bonus content) Make a one-time donation via Paypal In this interview, Jenna (chapter leader of the virtual chapter of PBC) chats with Anil Dash, host of the Function with Anil Dash podcast. Here are the notes: Theme for the January PBC playlist was Disinformation & Fake News. We listened to an episode of Function with Anil Dash titled “How To Save the 2020 Election: Stopping Fake News.” In the episode, Anil talks to Fadi Quran of the people powered social advocacy group, Avaaz, about how tech is used to target groups of people and spread disinformation that affects our elections, relationships, and social justice movements. Together they discuss insidious nature of disinformation and misinformation, meet its victims, and go over solutions. Function episode with Jay Rosen: “How to Save the 2020 Election: Journalism and Social Media” Anil’s podcast picks: Prince: The Story of 1999, created by Andrea Swensson, explores Prince’s discography, interviews with his collaborators, and stories about his career. Reset with Arielle Duhaime-Ross explores how technology is changing everything. Get involved in the podcast discussion! Find out how Podcast Brunch Club works. Join PBC: newsletter, in-person chapter, Facebook Group, twitter, instagram, subreddit Audio editing and production by Stevie Zampanti of Conceptual Podcasting. Music included in this episode was “Rainbow” by Chad Crouch and “Paradise” by Misael Gauna. Support Podcast Brunch Club Current Supporters include: Bullhorn – podcast listening any way you want it Listen Notes – “the best podcast search engine” Podbean – use the code “pbc” for one month free on podcast hosting The Venn – a weekly list of handpicked, unbiased political podcasts Lantigua Williams & Co – the production team behind podcasts like Latina to Latina, 70 Million, & Feeling My Flo Critical Frequency – “a podcast network for everyone else” How to Do the Pot – a podcast that answers women’s questions about cannabis Podchaser – “the IMDb of podcasts” Podyssey – an online community for podcast lovers (aka “the Goodreads for podcasts”)
  8. In this interview, Stevie (chapter leader of our Minneapolis chapter) talks with Rhaina Cohen. Rhaina is the producer on the Hidden Brain episode, “Fake News: An Origin Story,” which we listened to as part of our listening list on Disinformation & Fake News. Rhaina’s podcast picks: Patient Zero from New Hampshire Public Radio: “Patient Zero investigates the spaces where people and pathogens collide. It is a story about Lyme disease, but it is also a story about uncertainty, and what to do in the face of it.” Dolly Parton’s America from WNYC: “A deeply personal, historical, and musical rethinking of one of America’s great icons.” Rough Translation from NPR: “How are the things we’re talking about being talked about somewhere else in the world? Gregory Warner tells stories that follow familiar conversations into unfamiliar territory.” Planet Money from NPR: “creative, entertaining ways to make sense of the big, complicated forces that move our economy.” Get in touch with Rhaina at rcohen@npr.org or on Twitter @rhainacohen. Get involved in the podcast discussion! Find out how Podcast Brunch Club works. Join PBC: newsletter, in-person chapter, Facebook Group, twitter, instagram, subreddit Audio editing and production by Stevie Zampanti of Conceptual Podcasting. Music included in this episode was “Rainbow” by Chad Crouch and “Paradise” by Misael Gauna. Support Podcast Brunch Club Current Supporters include: Listen Notes – “the best podcast search engine” Podbean – use the code “pbc” for one month free on podcast hosting The Venn – a weekly list of handpicked, unbiased political podcasts Lantigua Williams & Co – the production team behind podcasts like Latina to Latina, 70 Million, & Feeling My Flo Critical Frequency – “a podcast network for everyone else” How to Do the Pot – a podcast that answers women’s questions about cannabis Podchaser – “the IMDb of podcasts” Podyssey – an online community for podcast lovers (aka “the Goodreads for podcasts”) Bullhorn – podcast listening any way you want it

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