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Air Date: 10/30/2018

Today we take a look at the phenomenon of conspiracy theories from several different angles including psychology, political necessity and some of the conspiracies de jour.

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Ch. 1: Stephan Lewandowsky on the mind of a conspiracy theorist - Point of Inquiry - Air Date 6-3-13

Stephan Lewandowsky talks about his recent study: NASA Faked the Moon Landings, Therefore (Climate) Science is a Hoax: An Anatomy of the Motivated Rejection of Science.

Ch. 2: Steven Novella from The Skeptics Guide to the Universe explains conspiracy theories - You are not so smart - Air Date 3-26-15

Neurologist and host of The Skeptic's Guide to the Universe Steven Novella discusses the psychology and neuroscience behind conspiracy theories and conspiracy theorists.

Ch. 3: Eric Oliver on how intuition and reason divide our politics - Inquiring Minds - Air Date 8-27-18

We talk to political scientist Eric Oliver about the surprisingly high percentage of people who believe in conspiracy theories and the reasons behind those beliefs. His forthcoming book is Enchanted America: How Intuition and Reason Divide Our Politics.

Ch. 4: THE MIDTERMS MINUTE: 4 Things You Can Do Before Election Day & Toss Up Gubernatorial Races! - Best of the Left Activism

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Ch. 5: Scott Crow on understanding conspiracy narratives required for fascist thinking - Revolutionary Left Radio - Air Date 2-19-18

Scott Crow explains why the rise of progressive-left movements are always countered by a rise in right-wing conspiracy theories and why fascism downright requires conspiracies to survive.

Ch. 6: Kevin Roose on the Strange Case of QAnon - The Daily - Air Date 8-2-18

How did an outlandish conspiracy theory born on the fringes of the internet end up in the spotlight at a rally for President Trump? Guest: Kevin Roose, who writes about technology for The New York Times.



Ch. 7: Sticking with the litmus test - Elizabeth from Virginia

Ch. 8: Success story for political change - Jordan from Minneapolis, MN


Ch. 9: Final comments on strategy and theories of change




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  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Tranceless - Caruthersville (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Vernouillet - The Sweet Hots (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Our Fingers Cold - K2 (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • UpUpUp and Over - The Balloonist (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Gullwing Sailor - Migration (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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