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‘Commune is a podcast where we explore the ideas and practices that bring us together and help us live healthy purpose filled lives. We connect with experts, scientists and story tellers around health, social impact, mindfulness and personal growth’.
This podacst episode covers the Origins of QAnon
The conversation also covers how weaponised misinformation on social media is creating extremism and how we can support and talk to friends and colleagues who may be influenced by misleading content. Audio 1hr 37 mins – go straight here
Pepe the Frog started life in 2005 as a cute cartoon character in Boy’s Club, an American indie comic on Myspace. Today, he is known as an international hate symbol after being hijacked by the alt-right. Pepe the Frog: Feels Good Man follows Pepe’s creator, artist Matt Furie, as he fights to bring back his lovable comic-book character from the dark forces who stole him. As the internet exploded, memes of the benign and chill frog-dude started sweeping the internet with lightning speed.
Once his image found its way into controversial online community 4chan – the anonymous, anything-goes forum rife with misogyny and racism – there was no turning back. Pepe re-emerged from the darkest corner of the internet decorated with swastikas and spewing racist slurs. He was even caught up in Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.As the internet exploded, memes of the benign and chill frog-dude started sweeping the internet with lightning speed.
A son talks about how conspiracy theories have torn his family apart and how to talk to friends and family affected.
Doctor Fake News. Fake news pays. Medical student Elena ran out of money, so she joined her friends in Veles, North Macedonia, writing fake stories for cash. How do people end up writing fake news for a living?
Missing Crypto Queen. Dr Ruja Ignatova persuaded millions to join her one coin digital currency financial revolution. Powered and gained exponential traction with social media. Then she disappeared. Why? Jamie Bartlett investigates a story of greed, deceit and herd madness…and people are still handing over their money.
In 2014, a businesswoman called Dr Ruja Ignatova launched a new cryptocurrency that promised to change money forever. OneCoin, she said, was similar to Bitcoin, only bigger, better and easier to use. Within two years, over 3 million people had joined the OneCoin revolution, and Dr Ruja became rich and famous. But then she suddenly disappeared and hasn’t been seen since.
Two minutes past nine. Journalist Leah Sottile investigates the legacy of theOklahoma City bombing attack in a series that gets into the heart of America’s far-right today.
Recorded over some of the most divisive and turbulent months in recent American political history, Two Minutes Past Nine explores and questions the changing face with far right extremism in all its chaos and conspiracism. Takes you up to present day events.
The Turner diaries referenced in Two minute past nine podcast. Interview with Kelvin Pierce son of Turner who wrote the reference book for past and present day white supremacists in America.
Intrique Mayday. When James Le Mesurier fell to his death in Turkey he left behind a tangle of truths and lies about his involvement with the White Helmets first responders in Syria. Journalist Chloe Hadjimatheou says: “making this series has been an extraordinary experience, as listeners will discover. It started out being an investigation into the story of a a man with an astonishing life and a mysterious death but it ended up taking me on a bizarre journey down rabbit holes of misinformation. Ultimately this is a story about how truth functions in modern warfare.”
Last men in Aleppo. After five years of war in Syria the remaining 350,000 citizens of Aleppo are constantly under siege. Through the eyes of the volunteers of the White Helmets, in this film we experience daily life and death in the streets of Aleppo.
Khalid, Subhi and Mahmoud are founding members of the White Helmets and are the first to enter destroyed buildings, scouring through the rubble in search of bodies and signs of life. They have chosen to stay in Aleppo to help save their people during the never-ending siege.
Fatwa is a ten-part series telling the hidden story of the 1989 fatwa issued against Salman Rushdie – the forces which led to the death sentence and the consequences for all of us. The series covers a 20-year period from 1979 to 1999 and explores race relations in Britain, identity, free speech and the connection between the fatwa and contemporary jihad.
The Burning of the Satanic verses. The book referenced in Fatwa podcast. Ishtiaq Ahmed took part in the demonstrations and the public burning of The Satanic Verses in the UK. He tells Farhana Haider that this provocative decision was not just about grievances over the Satanic Verses, it was also to do with feelings about Muslims not being fully accepted in Britain.
Did you wonder how the controversial American embassy move in Jerusalem and the annexation plan on the West Bank occurred? Til Kingdom come: Trump, faith and money traces the strong relationship established between evangelical churches in rural Kentucky and the Trump administration. With unparalleled access, the film exposes a stunning backstory of the Trump and Netanyahu administrations, where financial, political and messianic motivations intersect with the apocalyptic world-view that is insistently reshaping American foreign policy toward Israel and the Middle East.
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Instead of pointing fingers and tearing each other down, what if we discovered how to create a world that is better for all of us? Justin Michael Williams is focused on how we can heal our social divides by engaging in thorny, messy, but very necessary conversations. The key lies in calling each other forward, rather than just calling out.
Me and my trolls. Internet trolls are harassing and bullying people like never before. That’s according to research carried out in the UK which found abuse rising as the world spends more and more time online thanks to the Covid pandemic. But who are the people behind these often anonymous attacks? How do they get involved in persecuting people they don’t even know? What can their victims do about it?
British Journalist, Sali Hughes, has been a target herself. She sets out to discover how trolls justify their actions and what motivates them. She speaks to other women who have suffered online abuse and hears about the devastating impact it can have.
She goes face to face with one of her own former tormentors to make a sobering discovery: those provoking conflict in cyberspace include the most normal people in real life.
One woman’s escape from the rabbit hole
Catherine’s family believed in alternative medicine and she grew up in relatively poor, fringe communities that didn’t have much to do with mainstream science or Britain’s national health system. When social media became a big part of her life, she started believing in all sorts.
When she slowly realised that she was being conned by some of the pseudoscientists and charlatans she had put her trust in, she started to turn a sceptical eye on her online sources.
Catherine now lives a quiet life in southern England with her family, gardening and selling clothes at festivals. She also dedicates her free time to spreading reliable information about medicine and science online.
It’s a mission that’s become ever more urgent throughout the global pandemic. Her story gives us insight into why people fall victim to anti-vaccine conspiracy theories – and what can help them to get out. World Service Trending audio