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Dive deep into the unsolved murder of DNC staff member Seth Rich. From the creators of Yahoo News’ “Skullduggery,” host and Chief Investigative Correspondent Michael Isikoff reveals startling new insights and exclusive interviews in this true-crime podcast. He explores 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.

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    • 4.6, 16 Ratings

Dive deep into the unsolved murder of DNC staff member Seth Rich. From the creators of Yahoo News’ “Skullduggery,” host and Chief Investigative Correspondent Michael Isikoff reveals startling new insights and exclusive interviews in this true-crime podcast. He explores 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.

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4.6 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

MBelderson ,

Utterly brilliant although...

..it's really only a four-and-a-half star review. That's because of the bonus episodes which seem pointless. If they contained anything worth hearing (which, so far, they don't) then that material should be in the full episode. Instead, they simply recap everything you've just heard. Very odd.

Skip these 'bonuses' and stay with the superb main attraction where the positives far outweigh that one negative. This is a tragic story told with great nuance and respect for the victims. Well researched and structured, it is a compelling listen. It is a masterclass in how to construct an investigative narrative. The subject matter reminds me of how the alien abduction panic of the late '80s operated: credulous members of the public misinterpreting (soemtimes wilfully, sometimes not) an event. Without doing any serious fact-checking, their version is then reported as fact by lazy journalists thus ensuring the conspiracy theory spreads like a wildfire in a drought. This is a textbook example of that process. Throw in Russian active measures and a willing roster of useful idiots to manipulate and you have here the gold standard of contemtible stupidity. I hope this podcast innoculates at least some people against such delusions in the future.

Finally, there is one peripheral point but one that, if I were producing this, I might worry could backfire on me. Naming this up-front as “brought to you by Skulduggery” invites the misinterpretation that this is could just be a prank/fake news show. Not everyone knows the backstory to that name. It would be a shame if anyone skipped listening to this great series because they felt they could not trust the production. Perhaps it might be better to excise Skulduggery from the credits?

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