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Media Minded explores the bizarre world of misinformation and conspiracies. Following on from the success of the first season in 2019, each episode platforms a different subject who has previously been a victim of, or a willing participant in, a conspiracy theory… but these lines may be more blurred than you think. Ex-cultists, anti-vaxxers and more describe their slow descent into the untrue, and those who experience the brunt of the lies and hatred explain the effect that the proliferation of these ideas has. All the while, industry-leading academics and experts provide theoretical justifications for the actions taken by all parties.

Media Minded explores the bizarre world of misinformation and conspiracies. Following on from the success of the first season in 2019, each episode platforms a different subject who has previously been a victim of, or a willing participant in, a conspiracy theory… but these lines may be more blurred than you think. Ex-cultists, anti-vaxxers and more describe their slow descent into the untrue, and those who experience the brunt of the lies and hatred explain the effect that the proliferation of these ideas has. All the while, industry-leading academics and experts provide theoretical justifications for the actions taken by all parties.

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United Kingdom

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Media Minded explores the bizarre world of misinformation and conspiracies. Following on from the success of the first season in 2019, each episode platforms a different subject who has previously been a victim of, or a willing participant in, a conspiracy theory… but these lines may be more blurred than you think. Ex-cultists, anti-vaxxers and more describe their slow descent into the untrue, and those who experience the brunt of the lies and hatred explain the effect that the proliferation of these ideas has. All the while, industry-leading academics and experts provide theoretical justifications for the actions taken by all parties.

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English

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Episodes

S3E5 - NATO and Disinformation

9/7/2022
The COVID-19 pandemic has focused the attention of many to the ongoing challenges of disinformation, propaganda and misinformation and the potential harm it can inflict. Disinformation seeks to deepen divisions within and between Allied nations, and to undermine people’s confidence in elected governments. In order to counteract this, NATO publicly refutes false claims, debunks the main disinformation narratives aimed at the Alliance and coordinates to share information, insight and best...

Duration:00:45:04

S3E4 - NATO and Public Diplomacy

8/25/2022
How does NATO communicate with the public in order to promote dialogue around security? As an intergovernmental organization that spans across 30 countries, harmonising all public diplomacy activities and coordinating communication activities NATO-wide is of utmost importance. To help us understand how NATO’s information activities work, we are joined by Piers Cazalet, the Head of Press and Media and Deputy Spokesperson. He leads a team of 25 staff, providing the full range of media services...

Duration:00:45:47

S2EP13 - How to Create the Perfect Conspiracy Theory

8/16/2022
From 5G coronavirus beliefs to age old antisemitic tropes, it often feels like we are witnessing the rapid spread and dissemination of conspiracy theories online, with very real offline consequences. Putting out these digital wildfires before they take hold is both vital and necessary, especially in our social media dominated and hyper-connected world. Our final episode of this season attempts to do just that. Taking the experiences, thoughts and expertise of those who understand firsthand...

Duration:01:03:44

S3E3 – NATO and Crisis Management

8/10/2022
With the collapse of the Soviet Union and the rise of non-state actors, the face of warfare has evolved considerably. To adapt to these changes, NATO has developed a unique and robust set of political and military capabilities to address the full spectrum of crises – before, during and after conflicts. In today’s episode, we look at NATO’s historic contributions to global security, as well as examine how the Alliance has evolved to counter emerging threats and new technological advancements....

Duration:00:52:20

S2EP12 - The Coming Storm

8/2/2022
Not too long ago, on January 6 2021, swarms of Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol in an attempt to win back the presidential election. A large number of those who took part in the insurrection were staunch believers in QAnon, a conspiracy theory that believes President Trump is a hero safeguarding the world from Satan-worshipping pedophiles, Democrat politicians and Hollywood celebrities. This conspiracy has moved from the dim corners of the Internet to now being referenced on some of...

Duration:00:57:13

S3E2 - NATO Members, Decisionmaking and Accountability

7/27/2022
The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) is an ever-expanding Alliance and is currently made up of 30 independent member states. Even so, consensus decision-making is a fundamental principle of NATO and has remained so since its creation in 1949. In today’s episode, we speak to Sir Adam Thomas KCMG, the Director of the European Leadership Network (ELN) since November 2016. Before joining the ELN, Sir Adam had a 38-year diplomatic career in the British Diplomatic Service and served as...

Duration:00:53:09

S2EP11 – Policing in Crisis

7/19/2022
Does the UK have a policing issue? In recent years, there have been reports of ongoing problems within the police service, including the increased use of stop and search on minority communities, the use of discriminatory language in both public and private spaces, and the strip searches carried out on children. These systemic failings have led to public mistrust of law enforcement; the very people who are meant to be seen as protectors of the law, are instead viewed as oppressors. In today's...

Duration:00:52:02

S3E1 - NATO and the Promotion of Democracy

7/14/2022
Contemporary threats faced by the North Atlantic Treaty Organisaton (NATO) have changed substantially, and considering Russia’s bellicose international stance, well-documented election meddling, and invasion of Ukraine, it is crucial for the Alliance to ensure its unity and resilience. In this first episode, we develop an understanding of how NATO works, its history and how it promotes democracy across the world. We are joined by SIr Graham Stacey,who had a 39-year, internationally focussed,...

Duration:01:04:10

S2EP10 – America After George Floyd

7/5/2022
The killing of George Floyd, who died after a white Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for eight minutes and forty six seconds spurred a wave of anger and protests across America and the globe. These demonstrations were an expression of outrage for the blaring racial gap in America and the many ways in which it manifests today –– from housing discrimination to police brutality. In today’s episode, we speak to Breon Wells, the founder of the Daniel Initiative and presidential aide...

Duration:01:13:07

S2EP9 – Incels: Swallowing the Black Pill

6/21/2022
Taken from the sci-fi classic, The Matrix, the metaphor of the red pill has taken on new meaning within the incel community. It has given rise to the extreme, fatalistic Black Pill; a philosophy that labels women as shallow creatures who are only interested in the most attractive men. The incel community, alongside Men’s Rights Groups and Pick Up Artists, are insular and radical in their ideology – collectively, they make up the manosphere. In today’s episode, we speak to Lisa Sugiura, a...

Duration:01:15:43

S2E8 - Antisemitism and the Roots of Hate: A Conversation with Former Extremists (Special Episode)

6/10/2022
“All human beings share an equal capacity to harm or to heal; once we start to convince ourselves otherwise, we’re setting the stage for violence.” In this special edition of the Media Minded podcast on antisemitism, which took place in-person at the US Embassy in London, we were joined by two former far-right members, Arno Michaelis and Nigel Bromage. In the 1980s and early 1990s, Arno Michaelis was a leader of a worldwide racist skinhead organisation. But single parenthood and the love he...

Duration:01:14:17

S2EP7 – The Great Replacement Theory

5/24/2022
“Demography is destiny.” On May 14th 2022, 18-year old Payton Gendron killed 10 people and injured three others inside a supermarket in Buffalo, New York. Eleven of the thirteen victims either killed or injured were Black. This was not a mere coincidence; earlier, Gendron posted a 180-page manifesto online repeatedly referencing the “great replacement theory" and asserting that white people were intentionally being replaced by non-Whites. This theory has found currency in mainstream...

Duration:01:18:16

S2EP6 – Gamergate: Misogyny Gone Viral

5/10/2022
In 2014, the internet hate campaign, known as the #Gamergate scandal, infiltrated the forums of 4chan to the comment threads of Twitter. Brianna Wu, a well-known software engineer and guest on today’s episode, was thrust into the centre of the Gamergate saga following her outspoken criticism of the movement. We discuss how this fringe group coalesced into a legitimate movement, how law enforcement responded to threats, and the lessons we can take away from this conspiracy theory going...

Duration:00:55:20

S2EP5 – Cultism: Vipers and Victims (Part 2)

4/19/2022
From cult-hopping to exorcisms, leaving a cult is not a simple feat. In Part 2 of this episode on cultism, we pick up our discussion with ex-cult member Richard Turner, kicking off from the moment he left his Church group to the euphoria he felt when the group was investigated by Channel 4 News. His experience is aided by the insight of David Robertson, an expert in conspiracy theories, on how the Internet has fundamentally shifted the discourse around cults, religion, and our contemporary...

Duration:00:59:34

Season 2. Episode 4 – Cultism: Vipers and Victims (Part 1)

4/5/2022
What goes on inside a cult, and the minds of those who join them? Matteo speaks to Richard Turner, an ex-cult member turned councilor, on how he descended into a world of deceit and deception. He recounts his experience, from being love-bombed to being surveilled by Church leaders. David Robertson, a senior lecturer at Open University, supplements this discussion with his insight into how vulnerability makes us susceptible to the potentially coercive tactics of our social groups, and what we...

Duration:00:57:50

Season 2. Episode 3 - Antisemitism and The Roots of Hate

3/22/2022
Where did the ‘money-hungry’ Jewish stereotype originate? How have tropes like these evolved? Matteo speaks to antisemitism expert William Brustein about the history of antisemitism - from its roots in the 12th Century, to its development in the 1930s, and how it materialises today. Matteo hones in on contemporary discussions with veteran journalist Dave Schechter, who reveals his haunting memories of two of America’s most tragic antisemitic attacks in its history, and what journalists can...

Duration:01:23:06

Season 2. Episode 2 - From Climate Denial to Climate Delay

3/8/2022
How do climate scientists respond to ‘Don’t Look Up’? Are we not ‘looking up’ when it comes to our climate? Matteo speaks to glaciologist Sammie Buzzard about what climate change is, how our reaction to it relates to the recent blockbuster hit ‘Don’t Look Up’, and the human cost for climate scientists of climate denial and delay. Matteo also hears from Matt Larsen-Daw, Head of Education for the WWF, about the story of climate denial and delay from year 0 to today: from the gold-encrusted...

Duration:01:19:15

Season 2. Episode 1 - An Anti-Vaxxer Speaks

2/22/2022
Ever heard an anti-vaxxer tell their story? Matteo speaks to Craig Idlebrook, a former anti-vaxxer turned teacher, father and advocate. From Veganism to Pet Telepathy, Craig describes in great detail his descent into and eventually out of the anti-vax movement, the effects this way of thinking had on himself and his loved ones, and what Craig would tell anti-vaxxers today. Matteo also speaks to Doreen Dodgen-Magee, an expert in conspiratorial thinking and the role of social media in...

Duration:01:31:20

Episode 010 – Lost

7/14/2020
Michał Giersz is a presenter and journalist at Polsat News, Poland. Has politics become too emotional? How can we stop blindly trusting the people we agree with? In our final episode of the season, Matteo Bergamini talks to Michał about being a presenter during the Covid-19 lockdown; the role of the media in a democracy; how bias can affect reporting; and how an experienced journalist accidentally used photos of the show "Lost" in a real news report about a plane crash. Michał also gives you...

Duration:01:06:50

Short Clip 010 – Lost

7/14/2020
This is a short clip for teaching purposes. Michał Giersz is a presenter and journalist at Polsat News, Poland. Has politics become too emotional? How can we stop blindly trusting the people we agree with? In our final episode of the season, Matteo Bergamini talks to Michał about being a presenter during the Covid-19 lockdown; the role of the media in a democracy; how bias can affect reporting; and how an experienced journalist accidentally used photos of the show "Lost" in a real news...

Duration:00:14:28