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“ConspiracyLand” is a podcast from the creators of Yahoo News' “Skullduggery.” Chief Investigative Correspondent Michael Isikoff dives deep into the unsolved murder of DNC staff member Seth Rich to reveal startling new insights and exclusive interviews in this true-crime podcast. Each week, Isikoff peels away the layers of conspiracy around the murder — conspiracies that falsely claim Rich was killed in a targeted assassination as retaliation for sending DNC emails to WikiLeaks. The story follows the birth of the conspiracy theories, as memes about Rich's death spread like wildfire through the dark corners of the internet. It shows how these bogus claims were quickly picked up and promoted by “alt-right” websites, and then brought into the mainstream by boldfaced names including WikiLeaks' Julian Assange, President Trump's longtime political adviser Roger Stone, White House counselor Steve Bannon and Fox News star Sean Hannity. Rich’s tragic story reveals how disinformation and conspiracy theories have exploded through the use of social media, and how completely false ideas can be manipulated for cash, for publicity and, most of all, for cynical political purposes. This six-episode investigation demonstrates why conspiracy theories continue to have such a powerful hold on the American psyche, and who, if anybody, can be held accountable for the harm they cause.

“ConspiracyLand” is a podcast from the creators of Yahoo News' “Skullduggery.” Chief Investigative Correspondent Michael Isikoff dives deep into the unsolved murder of DNC staff member Seth Rich to reveal startling new insights and exclusive interviews in this true-crime podcast. Each week, Isikoff peels away the layers of conspiracy around the murder — conspiracies that falsely claim Rich was killed in a targeted assassination as retaliation for sending DNC emails to WikiLeaks. The story follows the birth of the conspiracy theories, as memes about Rich's death spread like wildfire through the dark corners of the internet. It shows how these bogus claims were quickly picked up and promoted by “alt-right” websites, and then brought into the mainstream by boldfaced names including WikiLeaks' Julian Assange, President Trump's longtime political adviser Roger Stone, White House counselor Steve Bannon and Fox News star Sean Hannity. Rich’s tragic story reveals how disinformation and conspiracy theories have exploded through the use of social media, and how completely false ideas can be manipulated for cash, for publicity and, most of all, for cynical political purposes. This six-episode investigation demonstrates why conspiracy theories continue to have such a powerful hold on the American psyche, and who, if anybody, can be held accountable for the harm they cause.

Location:

United States

Description:

“ConspiracyLand” is a podcast from the creators of Yahoo News' “Skullduggery.” Chief Investigative Correspondent Michael Isikoff dives deep into the unsolved murder of DNC staff member Seth Rich to reveal startling new insights and exclusive interviews in this true-crime podcast. Each week, Isikoff peels away the layers of conspiracy around the murder — conspiracies that falsely claim Rich was killed in a targeted assassination as retaliation for sending DNC emails to WikiLeaks. The story follows the birth of the conspiracy theories, as memes about Rich's death spread like wildfire through the dark corners of the internet. It shows how these bogus claims were quickly picked up and promoted by “alt-right” websites, and then brought into the mainstream by boldfaced names including WikiLeaks' Julian Assange, President Trump's longtime political adviser Roger Stone, White House counselor Steve Bannon and Fox News star Sean Hannity. Rich’s tragic story reveals how disinformation and conspiracy theories have exploded through the use of social media, and how completely false ideas can be manipulated for cash, for publicity and, most of all, for cynical political purposes. This six-episode investigation demonstrates why conspiracy theories continue to have such a powerful hold on the American psyche, and who, if anybody, can be held accountable for the harm they cause.

Twitter:

@yahoonews

Language:

English

Contact:

9177234639


Episodes

Bonus Episode 6

8/6/2019
In this final bonus episode, Yahoo News Editor-in-Chief Dan Klaidman, alongside CNN Contributor Bianna Golodryga, discuss with Michael Isikoff the final installment of Conspiracyland's look into the unsolved murder of Seth Rich. They explore the political purpose of conspiracy theories, the devastating human consequences, as well as their final thoughts on the case. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Duration:00:18:47

Episode 6: “Collateral damage”

8/6/2019
Even after the discredited story is retracted, the internet, unwilling to let the story go, takes the case in an entirely new direction, targeting Rich’s brother Aaron as a co-conspirator. The D.C. police explain how the conspiracies are hampering the official investigation into the murder, and author Anna Merlan explains why we are living in a modern golden age for conspiracy theories. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Duration:00:42:18

Bonus Episode 5

7/30/2019
In this bonus episode, Editor-in-Chief of Yahoo News Dan Klaidman and CNN Contributor Bianna Golodryga talk with Conspiracyland host Michael Isikoff about Sean Hannity and his role in peddling the Seth Rich conspiracy and what the consequences have been for Fox News once the story had been debunked. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Duration:00:12:53

Episode 5: “Fox News fallout”

7/30/2019
Sean Hannity heads an extensive campaign on Fox News with an explosive story that quickly crumbles in the face of facts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Duration:00:32:52

Bonus Episode 4

7/23/2019
In this bonus episode, Isikoff talks in greater detail about how the Seth Rich WikiLeaks story made its way all the way up the ladder at Fox News. From legendary investigative journalist Seymour Hersh to Fox News contributor Rod Wheeler, and even with the uncertainty of the story, it still hits the airwaves. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Duration:00:12:24

Episode 4: “Fox News fiction”

7/23/2019
Dallas money man Ed Butowsky decides to change the narrative of Russian meddling in the presidential election, working behind the scenes to get Fox News to go big on a story that Rich was the leaker to WikiLeaks. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Duration:00:36:41

Bonus Episode 3

7/16/2019
In this bonus episode, Isikoff talks about the role of Washington lobbyist Jack Burkman in fanning the Seth Rich conspiracy flames, staging a filmed reenactment of Rich's murder that distorted reality and horrified the dead DNC staffer's family. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Duration:00:13:15

Episode 3: “Fake news theater”

7/16/2019
Publicity-hungry D.C. lobbyist Jack Burkman takes the unsolved murder on a wild spree, casting and filming a reenactment of the killing for his own promotional purposes. He does so as another bizarre conspiracy theory takes root — “Pizzagate,” the claim that the Clintons were linked to the sex trafficking of children in the basement of a popular D.C. pizza parlor. The episode explores the indispensable role of “super spreaders” who perpetuate conspiracy theories on social media. For...

Duration:00:31:32

Bonus Episode 1 & 2

7/9/2019
In these special bonus episodes, Yahoo Editor in Chief Daniel Klaidman and CNN Contributor Bianna Golodryga talked to Yahoo Chief Investigative Correspondent Michael Isikoff about his new six-part podcast series on the 2016 murder of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich. Isikoff discusses why he delved into his case and what he discovered as he traced how the conspiracy theories about the Rich murder proliferated throughout social media, migrating from obscure websites to...

Duration:00:15:49

Episode 2: “The Russia connection”

7/9/2019
Julian Assange fans the conspiracy flames, implying Rich could have been a source of the DNC leaked emails. Russia’s propaganda outlets and its notorious troll farm pump out the story, and “alt-right” websites latch onto it. Deborah Sines, the prosecutor in charge of the case, digs into where the conspiracy claims are coming from and makes a startling discovery: The original website report about Rich’s being assassinated by a Clinton hit squad was planted by the Russian SVR, the country’s...

Duration:00:29:43

Episode 1: “The last days of Seth Rich”

7/9/2019
Rich’s friends and family remember the idealistic political staffer and the last few days of his life. The shooting of Rich at 4:19 on Sunday morning, July 10, 2016, was viewed by Washington, D.C., police as the result of a botched robbery for good reason: There had been seven armed robberies in D.C.’s Bloomingdale neighborhood in the six weeks prior to Rich’s death, a crime spree that the cops believed was linked to a gang of drug dealers in a nearby housing project. And yet, three days...

Duration:00:34:17

Conspiracyland: Coming Soon

7/1/2019
Subscribe Now! Go inside the murder investigation that shook D.C. Episodes 1 & 2 coming July 9th, 2019. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Duration:00:01:30