Is the truth out there?
Are they a new phenomenon fuelled by the internet and social media or have they been around much longer than that? In this Pod, we track the origins of conspiracy theories, see why they work and why certain groups of people are more susceptible to them and, if all else fails, how to resist them! We also hear a powerful piece from the victims of conspiracy theories.
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The unexplained suicide of Jeffrey Epstein has given rise to conspiracy theories. People sometimes seek simplistic answers when confronted by complex, coincidental or otherwise confusing phenomena. All Things Considered NPRPlay
Matthew Dentith is the world’s foremost conspiracy theory theorist. Here he explores our instinctive aversion to these theories and suggests that, sometimes, they may hold some elements of the truth.Watch
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Jim Waterson and Alex Hearn of The Guardian write about why, despite lacking any scientific evidence, these theories have taken off, and how they have managed to spread so quickly.Read Article
Why do some people believe in Conspiracy Theories and what do they tell us about the way we see the world? By James Tilley for BBCRead Article
Are the conspiracy mongers now in charge?Anna Merlan, The GuardianRead Article
Why US Ant-vaxers will refuse a coronavirus vaccine
In a recent survey, 24% of Americans said they will refuse a coronavirus vaccine. Adam Gabbatt investigates the anti-vaxxer movement in the United States – and how the pandemic is helping to fuel its resurgenceWatch
The strangest conspiracy theories
From Diana and Meghan Markle to Elvis and JFK – The Week investigates 21 of the most intriguing and bizarre theoriesRead
Conspiracy Theories With Molly Brandenburg & Carter Roy
Need more conspiracy theories? This weekly podcast should keep you satisfied.Listen
A Lot of People are Saying
Are we living in a golden age of conspiracy theories? In her book Nancy Rosenblum discusses whether we are living in a golden age of conspiracy theories.Read
How Conspiracy Theories Helped to Create the US
NPR Throughline examines the persistence of conspiracy theories in American political life and how they’re fuelled by real life events in the past.Listen