Interview with Mike Rothschild about the Qanon Conspiracy.
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.
Interview with Mick West about his book Escaping the Rabbit Hole: How to Debunk Conspiracy Theories Using Facts, Logic, and Respect.
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.
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.
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.
Interview with American historian, atheist activist, author, public speaker, and blogger, Richard .
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."
Interview with Robert Morrow discussing his book The Clintons' War on Women.
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.
Interview with author Robert Brotherton about his book Suspicious Minds: Why We Believe Conspiracy Theories.
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!”
Interview with author Scott Stedman about his book Real News: An Investigative Reporter Uncovers the Foundations of the Trump-Russia Conspiracy.
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.
Interview with co-author Ian Shapiro about the book Responsible Parties: Saving Democracy from Itself.
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.
Interview with Dr. Michael Shermer about his book Skeptic: Viewing the World with a Rational Eye.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An interview with author Tom Nichols about his book The Death of Expertise: The Campaign against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters.
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.
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.
Flat Earth Society
Before you were born, before your parents, your grandparents, before you even had a family line, there was the illusion, the trick, the lie... That you lived on a small spinning rock, flying through space. You thought it was true because children don't believe in lies. And you grew up, and it was still true because science is never wrong...
Interview with Mark Sargent about the Flat Earth Society.
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.
Interview with Marcus Allen about the faked moon landing.
Patrick Andendall has always had an interest in politics and, being multicultural, he views issues from a more international perspective. In 2004, five days before the US election, he flew to Cleveland and pitched in to help with the political process. What he discovered was the dissolution of the American Dream, which he writes about in his book, Stupidparty.
Interview with Patrick Andendell about his Stupidparty book series.
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.
Interview with Dr. Michael Rectenwald about his latest book, Springtime for Snowflakes: “Social Justice” and Its Postmodern Parentage.
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.
Interview with Jake Bernstein about his latest book, Secrecy World: Inside the Panama Papers Investigation of Illicit Money Networks and the Global Elite.
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.