We continue our series on the history of the news and journalism in the United States with a look at the CNN Effect and the emergence of the 24-hour news cycle. How has it changed the way American’s receive and respond to the news? Join us this week to find out.
This week we return to an often-requested topic – conspiracy theories. We discuss George Washington, QANON, COVID-19, HIV/AIDS, Henrietta Lacks, and Pearl Harbor. Why are Americans so obsessed with conspiracy theories? What happens when there is some truth to a particular theory? Join us this week to find out!
Haha…We had a sleight technical glitch and we found one-half of our newest episode was basically trashed, audio-wise. We’re rerecording as soon as two-day shipping can save us. Watch for the 1919 episode to drop Monday evening or Tuesday morning. We’ll still be releasing our Alcohol in American History episode this coming Friday. Thanks for your patience.
Join us as we discuss conspiracy theories throughout American history. Have we always been obsessed with alternative explanations of events? Was historian Richard Hofstadter correct when he pointed to an American form of governing characterized by paranoia? Hilary and Geoff move from the Early Republic to the Civil War to the Cold War and even the War on Terror as they discuss conspiracy theories and how historians address them.