CONSPIRACIES | POLITICS | SPIES INTERVIEWS

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DAVID DALEY 

Historian/ Author

Following Ratf**ked, his “extraordinary timely and undeniably important” (New York Times Book Review) exposé of how a small cadre of Republican operatives rigged American elections, David Daley emerged as one of the nation’s leading authorities on gerrymandering. In Unrigged, he charts a vibrant political movement that is rising in the wake of his and other reporters’ revelations. With his trademark journalistic rigor and narrative flair, Daley reports on Pennsylvania’s dramatic defeat of a gerrymander using the research of ingenious mathematicians and the Michigan millennial who launched a statewide redistricting revolution with a Facebook post. He tells the stories of activist groups that paved the way for 2018’s historic blue wave and won crucial battles for voting rights in Florida, Maine, Utah, and nationwide. In an age of polarization, Unrigged offers a vivid portrait of a nation transformed by a new civic awakening, and provides a blueprint for what must be done to keep American democracy afloat.

April 4, 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with David Daley about his book 'UNRIGGED- HOW AMERICANS ARE BATTLING TO SAVE DEMOCRACY

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RICHARD CARRIER

Historian/ Author

The assumption that Jesus existed as a historical person has occasionally been questioned in the course of the last hundred years or so, but any doubts that have been raised have usually been put to rest in favor of imagining a blend of the historical, the mythical and the theological in the surviving records of Jesus

April 28, 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with Richard Carrier about the History of Jesus and current affairs including conspiracies

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DR. JOSEPH USCINSKI

Professor of Political Science at U of Miami &  Conspiracy Author

Conspiracy theories are a part of the human condition. Everyone believes at least one, but given the number of conspiracy theories, it is more likely that everyone believes a few. Some people have a worldview defined by them. Conspiracy theories are just another reminder that people disagree about many things, including truth. These disagreements have always existed and always will. We have to live with conspiracy theories and with the people who believe them. The only way to do this is have compassion and tolerance for others, and to hold our own beliefs to high standards. This book introduces students to the research into conspiracy theories and the people who propagate and believe them. In doing so, it addresses the psychological, sociological, and political sources of conspiracy theorizing

Feb 26, 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with Joe Uscinski about his book  Conspiracy Theories a Primer

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PAUL VIDICH

Wormwood Conspiracy

In 1953, Dr. Charles Wilson, a government scientist, died when he “jumped or fell” from the ninth floor of a Washington hotel. As his wife and children grieve, the details of the incident remain buried for twenty-two years.

 

With the release of the Rockefeller Commission report on illegal CIA activities in 1975, the Wilson case suddenly becomes news again. Wilson’s family and the public are demanding answers, especially as some come to suspect the CIA of foul play, and agents in the CIA, FBI, and White House will do anything to make sure the truth doesn’t get out.

 

Enter agent Jack Gabriel, an old friend of the Wilson family who is instructed by the CIA director to find out what really happened to Wilson. It’s Gabriel’s last mission before he retires from the agency, and his most perilous. Key witnesses connected to the case die from suspicious causes, and Gabriel realizes that the closer he gets to the truth, the more his entire family is at risk.

 

Following in the footsteps of spy fiction greats like Graham Green, John Le Carré, and Alan Furst, Paul Vidich presents a tale—based on the unbelievable true story told in Netflix’s Wormwood—that doesn’t shy away from the true darkness in the shadows of espionage.

June 3, 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with Paul Vidich about his book  The Coldest Warrior.

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PETER DAVID ORR

Hitler's Suicide; Reasonable Doubt

HITLER'S SUICIDE: REASONABLE DOUBT scrutinizes and debunks claims made by over eighty witnesses and knocks the bottom out of declarations made by experts that have asserted a variety of forensic 'proofs' of Hitler’s death in the Berlin bunker on April 30, 1945.

July 7. 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with Peter David Orr about his latest release . 'Hitler's Suicide; Reasonable Doubt'

MIKE ROTHSCHILD

MIKE ROTHSCHILD

Qanon Conspiracy

Mike Rothschild is a writer who specializes in researching and debunking conspiracy theories and fringe beliefs. He also writes about politics, history, and breaking news.

Mar. 13, 2019

About the Interview:

Interview with Mike Rothschild about the Qanon Conspiracy.

MICK WEST

MICK WEST

Author of Escaping the Rabbit Hole: How to Debunk Conspiracy Theories Using Facts, Logic, and Respect

Mick West is a co-founder and former Technical Director of Neversoft Entertainment and helped create the billion-dollar franchise: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater. After leaving Neversoft, Mick spent time coding, writing, and learning to fly a small plane. This eventually led him to his interest in the "chemtrails" conspiracy theory, and the creation of the site ContrailScience.com. Mick now runs Metabunk.org, a forum of and about polite debunking of theories from 9/11 conspiracies to the Flat Earth.

His first book, Escaping the Rabbit Hole, draws upon his debunking experience and research to provide a set to tools and information that people can use to help their friends find their way out of the rabbit hole of conspiracy thinking.

July 9, 2019

About the Interview:

Interview with Mick West about his book Escaping the Rabbit Hole: How to Debunk Conspiracy Theories Using Facts, Logic, and Respect.

TRAVIS VIEW

TRAVIS VIEW

Qanon Conspiracy

QAnon has celebrity endorsers like Roseanne Barr, and a visible presence at Trump rallies across the country. Every major news outlet has provided coverage to help the normies understand what the hell is up with these people.

Mar. 6, 2019

About the Interview:

Most conspiracy theories reside permanently in the murky corners of the internet. QAnon is the rare breakout hit. Earlier this month, it bounded out of the online swamps and onto the national stage.

RICHARD CARRIER

RICHARD CARRIER

DID JESUS REALLY EXIST?

Richard Carrier is a world-renowned author and speaker. As a professional historian, published philosopher, and prominent defender of the American freethought movement, Dr. Carrier has appeared across the U.S., Canada, and the U.K., and on American television and London radio, defending sound historical methods and the ethical worldview of secular naturalism. His books and articles have received international attention. With a Ph.D. from Columbia University in ancient history, he specializes in the intellectual history of Greece and Rome, particularly ancient philosophy, religion, and science, with emphasis on the origins of Christianity and the use and progress of science under the Roman empire.

Mar. 20, 2019

About the Interview:

Interview with American historian, atheist activist, author, public speaker, and blogger, Richard .

Robert Morrow

ROBERT MORROW

THE CLINTON"S WAR ON WOMEN

Robert Morrow is the former chairman of the Republican Party of Travis County in the capital city of Austin, Texas. With nearly 56 percent of the 47,000 ballots cast, he unseated chairman James R. Dickey in the primary election held on March 1, 2016. Morrow gave up his post when he filed as a write-in candidate for president. Morrow first backed U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas for the 2016 nomination. When Cruz withdrew from the race, Morrow switched his support to party front runner Donald Trump, for whom Stone had earlier been an advisor and still supports. Morrow later endorsed Libertarian Gary Johnson for president and stated that he believes the child rape allegations regarding Donald Trump, as detailed in Jane Doe v. Donald Trump and Jeffrey Epstein, are true. In June 2016, Morrow described Donald Trump as "a disgrace to the human species." Morrow decried U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont as a "coward" and a "loser" for not challenging what Morrow calls "the Hillary Clinton crime family."

May 10, 2019

About the Interview:

Interview with Robert Morrow discussing his book The Clintons' War on Women.

ROBERT BROTHERTON

ROBERT BROTHERTON

Author of  Suspicious Minds: Why We Believe Conspiracy Theories

Conspiracy theorists do not wear tin-foil hats (for the most part). They are not just a few kooks lurking on the paranoid fringes of society with bizarre ideas about shape-shifting reptilian aliens running society in secret. They walk among us. They are us. Everyone loves a good conspiracy. Yet conspiracy theories are not a recent invention. And they are not always a harmless curiosity. In Suspicious Minds, Rob Brotherton explores the history and consequences of conspiracism, and delves into the research that offers insights into why so many of us are drawn to implausible, unproven and unproveable conspiracy theories. They resonate with some of our brain's built-in quirks and foibles, and tap into some of our deepest desires, fears, and assumptions about the world.

Mar. 13, 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with author Robert Brotherton about his book Suspicious Minds: Why We Believe Conspiracy Theories.

SCOTT STEDMAN

SCOTT STEDMAN

Investigative Reporter

Investigative reporter Scott Stedman has made waves worldwide with his hard-hitting investigative journalism, going as far as anyone has to uncover the deep roots of the Trump-Russia Conspiracy. His research has been cited by the Washington Post, BBC, Reuters, CNN, McClatchy, the Daily Mail, the Guardian, and Vice, and has even helped guide Congress’s investigations.


Real News collects, for the first time in print, Stedman’s eye-opening research into and evidence of every level of the Trump-Russia Conspiracy, from the 2016 Trump Tower Meetings to the dirty-money deal for Trump Tower Moscow, from the “coffee boy” George Papadopoulos and his mysterious wife to Russian infiltration of the National Rifle Association, from Cambridge Analytica’s sketchy business deals and influence operations to the battle for true journalism that will combat cries of “Fake News!”

May 1, 2019

About the Interview:

Interview with author Scott Stedman about his book Real News: An Investigative Reporter Uncovers the Foundations of the Trump-Russia Conspiracy.

IAN SHAPIRRO

IAN SHAPIRO

Co-Author of Responsible Parties: Saving Democracy from Itself

In recent decades, democracies across the world have adopted measures to increase popular involvement in political decisions. Parties have turned to primaries and local caucuses to select candidates; ballot initiatives and referenda allow citizens to enact laws directly; many places now use proportional representation, encouraging smaller, more specific parties rather than two dominant ones. Yet voters keep getting angrier. There is a steady erosion of trust in politicians, parties, and democratic institutions, culminating most recently in major populist victories in the United States, the United Kingdom, and elsewhere.

Feb. 6, 2019

About the Interview:

Interview with co-author Ian Shapiro about the book Responsible Parties: Saving Democracy from Itself.

DR MICHAEL SHERMER

DR MICHAEL SHERMER

NYT Bestselling Author

Dr. Michael Shermer is the Founding Publisher of Skeptic magazine, the host of the Science Salon Podcast, and a Presidential Fellow at Chapman University where he teaches Skepticism 101. For 18 years he was a monthly columnist for Scientific American. He is the author of New York Times bestsellers Why People Believe Weird Things and The Believing Brain, Why Darwin Matters, The Science of Good and Evil, The Moral Arc, and Heavens on Earth. His new book is Giving the Devil His Due: Reflections of a Scientific Humanist.

Feb. 19, 2018

About the Interview:

Interview with Dr. Michael Shermer about his book Skeptic: Viewing the World with a Rational Eye.

MARTIN D KELLY

MARTIN D KELLY

Author of Dirty Trickster, Corporate Spy: A Watergate Saboteur Switches from Disrupting Campaigns to Spying on Employees

During President Nixon's second term when the Watergate scandal erupted, Kelly teamed with Donald Segretti in a wild series of underhanded capers that created havoc in the Democratic presidential primaries. Kelly and Segretti turned a fundraising dinner for front-runner Senator Ed Muskie at the Washington Hilton into absolute chaos; hired a University of Miami coed to strip naked and parade before Muskie's hotel; released two mice and a bird that threw a Muskie press conference into total confusion; organized fake luncheons, fake press releases, and other unscrupulous acts. The aim of the Nixon White House and Committee to Reelect the President was for the dirty tricksters to sow discontent among the Democratic primary candidates so they would blame each other for the dirty tricks, making it more difficult for them to unite in the general election against Nixon. The author was one of only three witnesses who testified specifically about dirty tricks before the Senate Watergate Committee.

July 16, 2018

About the Interview:

Not until Dirty Trickster, Corporate Spy does a memoir exist by one of the principal Watergate saboteurs-provocateurs that exposes the full extent of the insalubrious side of politics and negative campaigning. And that is not all: After Watergate, Kelly became a corporate security consultant that provided undercover agents for client companies to spy on their employees. Kelly also specialized in eavesdropping detection, which took him around the world searching for clandestine listening devices for clients such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bob Hope, Ferdinand Marcos, the Miami Dolphins, Eastern Airlines and even suspected drug dealers. He secretly provided debugging training for entities such as IBM, Revlon, the U.S. Navy and dozens of others.

MARK JACOBSON

MARK JACOBSON

Journalist

In Pale Horse Rider, journalist Mark Jacobson not only tells the story of William Cooper’s fascinating life but also provides the social and political context for American paranoia. 

Oct. 3, 2018

About the Interview:

A former U.S. naval intelligence worker, Milton William Cooper published his manifesto Behold a Pale Horse in 1991. Since then it has gone on to sell hundreds of thousands of copies, becoming the number-one bestseller in the American prison system. (Bookscan lists sales at 289,000 since 2005.) According to Behold a Pale Horse, JFK was assassinated—because he was about to reveal that extraterrestrials were about to take over the earth—by his driver, an alien himself; AIDS is a government conspiracy to decrease the population of blacks, Hispanics, and homosexuals; and the Illuminati are secretly involved with the U.S. government to manage relationships with extraterrestrials. Cooper died in a shootout with Apache County police in 2001, one month after September 11, in the year in which he had predicted catastrophe.

 

Many of Cooper’s conclusions were driven by personal demons and a highly creative connection of dots, and yet they have shaped much of the fabric of American life in the past few decades. Terry Nichols, Timothy McVeigh’s cohort in the Oklahoma City bombing, was a fan, and Behold a Pale Horse has great appeal among right-wing radicals. On the other hand, the book transcends class and race barriers: It is read primarily by poor blacks in prison and appeals to people who acutely feel that society is fixed against them. It has inspired numerous hip-hop groups and continues to do so.

Tom Nichols

TOM NICHOLS

Professor and Author

Tom Nichols is a professor at the U.S. Naval War College and at the Harvard Extension School. He is also a five-time undefeated Jeopardy! champion. A prominent Sovietologist, he is a senior contributor at The Federalist and the author of seven books. He was previously a fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He has also worked for Republican Senator John Heinz as personal staff for defense and security affairs.

Nichols is a member of the Never Trump movement and has been described as one of "the most eloquent conservative voices against President Trump." During the 2016 presidential campaign, Nichols argued that conservatives should vote for Hillary Clinton, whom he detested because Trump was "too mentally unstable" to serve as commander-in-chief. Nichols continued this argument for the United States elections, 2018. He has been a vocal proponent of the American public becoming more politic.

July 12, 2019

About the Interview:

An interview with author Tom Nichols about his book The Death of Expertise: The Campaign against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters.

BRIAN DUNNING

BRIAN DUNNING

Author & Producer of Skeptoid Podcast

Science writer Brian Dunning is the host and producer of the Skeptoid podcast with a weekly audience of 110,000 listeners, the writer and presenter of the documentary films Here Be Dragons and Principles of Curiosity, and the author of seven books. He is a member of the National Association of Science Writers.

Oct. 3, 2018

About the Interview:

Brian Andrew Dunning is an American writer and producer who focuses on science and skepticism. He has hosted a weekly podcast, Skeptoid, since 2006, and he is an author of a series of books on the subject of scientific skepticism, some of which are based on the podcast.

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MARCUS ALLEN

FAKED MOON LANDING

Marcus Allen is the British distributor and publisher of the UK edition of Nexus Magazine. Marcus watched the Apollo Moon Landings live on television, and at the time applauded the evident success of those missions. After attending a lecture 10 years ago which questioned the validity of the Moon Landings, he decided to carry out his own research. 

2016

About the Interview:

Interview with Marcus Allen about the faked moon landing.

MICHAEL RECTENWALD

MICHAEL RECTENWALD

Professor & Author of nine books

Professor Rectenwald is a pundit and champion of free speech and opposes all forms of authoritarianism and totalitarianism, including socialism-communism, "social justice," fascism, and PC. The notorious @antipcnyuprof, he has appeared on numerous major network political talk shows (Tucker Carlson Tonight, Fox & Friends, The O'Reilly Factor, Varney & Company, The Glenn Beck Show), on syndicated radio shows (Glenn Beck and many others), and on numerous YouTube shows and podcasts.

Sept. 27, 2018

About the Interview:

Interview with Dr. Michael Rectenwald about his latest book, Springtime for Snowflakes: “Social Justice” and Its Postmodern Parentage.

JAKE BERNSTEIN

JAKE BERNSTEIN

Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist

Jake Bernstein is a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. In his 25-year career, he’s covered the secret world of offshore money, financial engineering on Wall Street, political corruption in Miami, industrial pollution in Texas, and civil war in Central America.

His most recent book, Secrecy World: Inside the Panama Papers Investigation of Illicit Money Networks and the Global Elite, will be published by Henry Holt & Co. on November 21, 2017. The book details the evolution of the offshore world as seen through the files of Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca and explores the efforts by journalists and others to break through the secrecy of anonymous financial structures. 

Jan. 24, 2018

About the Interview:

Interview with Jake Bernstein about his latest book, Secrecy World: Inside the Panama Papers Investigation of Illicit Money Networks and the Global Elite.

RAY LOCKER

RAY LOCKER

USA Today Editor and Author

I'm the Washington enterprise editor for USA TODAY, specializing in investigative stories on the military, money in politics, veterans issues, and the Supreme Court.  My first book, Nixon's Gamble: How a President's Own Secret Government Destroyed His Administration was published in October 2015, and my second, Haig's Coup, is set to be released in spring 2019. I'm also working on a third book about the Japanese American incarceration during World War II.

Aug. 23, 2018

About the Interview:

Interview with Jake Bernstein about his book, Nixon's Gamble.

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