The News Literacy Project’s debut podcast "Is that a Fact?" seeks to answer the question, “How can American democracy survive and thrive in our toxic information environment?” Hosted by Darragh Worland, NLP vice president of creative services and a former journalist, the show will explore the impact of misinformation on democracy and include conversations with guests such as leading American thinkers, journalists, foreign policy experts, celebrities, psychologists, government officials and authors. The first episode will set the stage for the 10-episode season, and each show thereafter explores a threat to democracy posed by our current information landscape and what we need to do to overcome it. The season will run from September to November 2020.
How much did misinformation impact the election?
This episode, which was recorded live on Zoom on Wednesday, November 18 with a panel of experts, is our season finale.
Truth Decay: Why Americans are turning away from facts
Our guest this week is senior political scientist at RAND corporation Jennifer Kavanagh who described a growing phenomenon she and her colleagues call “Truth Decay”.
The mainstreaming of conspiracy theories
Our guest this week is Cindy Otis, a former CIA analyst who is now the vice president for analysis for Alethea Group, where she leads disinformation investigations in the private sector. Our host spoke to Otis about why conspiracy theories have become more mainstream, what’s lending them such currency and what we can do to inoculate ourselves against them.
Why democracy falters without local news
Our guest this week is Gilbert Bailon, the editor-in-chief of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch who talked about the importance of local news to American democracy.
Who are journalism's new gatekeepers?
Our guest this week is Rebecca Aguilar, a multiple Emmy award-winning reporter who recently became the first Latina president-elect of the Society of Professional Journalists.
Here's what we know about Russia's disinformation campaigns
Our host spoke to Deen Freelon, associate professor at the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at UNC, Chapel Hil about how foreign adversaries, and particularly the Internet Research Agency in Russia, are using social media platforms against us.