46 episodes

A podcast from Ferret Fact Service about truth and falsehoods on the internet.

Ferret Fact Service is a fact-checking project based in Scotland. We'll round-up our latest fact-checks and discuss the best ways to spot misinformation, wherever it crops up.

Find out more at: https://theferret.scot/ferret-fact-service/

For Fact's Sake The Ferret

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    • 4.3 • 8 Ratings

A podcast from Ferret Fact Service about truth and falsehoods on the internet.

Ferret Fact Service is a fact-checking project based in Scotland. We'll round-up our latest fact-checks and discuss the best ways to spot misinformation, wherever it crops up.

Find out more at: https://theferret.scot/ferret-fact-service/

    Why are young men drawn to Andrew Tate?

    Why are young men drawn to Andrew Tate?

    We've got a brand new series of podcasts, and a brand new name.
    The FFS Show is now For Fact's Sake! Paul and Ali are still here with great new podcast-exclusive guests and fact-checking.
    This week we spoke to Robert Lawson, an associate professor in sociolinguistics at Birmingham City University, and an expert on masculinity and how men communicate online. He explained the appeal of Andrew Tate's hyper-mascunile, mysogynistic persona to some young men, and how he managed to rocket from obscurity to international fame in such a short time.
    Ali and Paul also discuss false claims that an increase in public defibrillators is linked to the Covid-19 vaccine, and Ali talks us through the UK's controversial block on gender recognition reform in Scotland.
    Show notes:
    Robert's forthcoming book, Language and Mediated Masculinities, will be available in the UK soon. Further reading on the cult of Andrew Tate

    • 27 min
    Christmas strikes special w/ Eve Livingston

    Christmas strikes special w/ Eve Livingston

    It's the last FFS Podcast of the year, and we've got a festive topic this week.
    We're speaking to journalist and author of 'Why We Need Unions' Eve Livingston about misinfo around the Christmas strikes.
    And Ali and Paul will be discussing our fact check on the controversial SNP claim that Scotland has 25% of Scotland's offshore wind potential.
    The FFS Show is only possible thanks to your support. If you want to help us do more fact-checking work, become a member of The Ferret for just £5 per month.

    • 19 min
    Who Owns Urban Scotland? w/ Karin Goodwin

    Who Owns Urban Scotland? w/ Karin Goodwin

    This week's episode is a special one, focusing on our series in conjunction with The Herald called Who Owns Urban Scotland.
    Ali and Paul are back, and we're joined by Ferret co-editor Karin Goodwin, who explains the difficulties in tracing the owners of major properties and land in Scotland's cities and towns.
    Secrecy domains, tax havens, complex company structures and remote ownership are all covered, and Karin shows us how it can be almost impossible to work out who is ultimately behind your local high street, shopping centre or vacant land.
    Show notes:
    Read all our stories on Who Owns Urban Scotland here.
    The FFS Show is only possible thanks to your support. If you want to help us do more fact-checking work, become a member of The Ferret for just £5 per month.

    • 19 min
    Migration, Manston and the asylum backlog

    Migration, Manston and the asylum backlog

    Are you confused about what's happening at the Manston migrant centre, and what the situation is with people crossing the channel in small boats? 
    Ali and Paul take a look into these issues in the latest FFS Show podcast.
    The FFS Show is only possible thanks to your support. If you want to help us do more fact-checking work, become a member of The Ferret for just £5 per month.

    • 12 min
    What is 'cyberchondria'? Health anxiety, misinfo and Dr. Google

    What is 'cyberchondria'? Health anxiety, misinfo and Dr. Google

    Have you ever searched for your health symptoms on Google and freaked yourself out? That’s the topic of today’s FFS Show podcast interview.
    Ali spoke to health researcher Taleen Ashekian from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, about the increasing use of Dr. Google and a phenomenon called ‘cyberchondria’.
    Ali and Paul also look at a claim about what Liz Truss will be entitled to after leaving her six-week stint as prime minister.
    Show notes:The article on Taleen’s research is here.Our fact check on Liz Truss’ post-power allowance is here.
    The FFS Show is only possible thanks to your support. If you want to help us do more fact-checking work, become a member of The Ferret for just £5 per month.

    • 20 min
    Anas Sarwar's NHS waiting times claim and Rhiannon Davies on Govanhill misinformation

    Anas Sarwar's NHS waiting times claim and Rhiannon Davies on Govanhill misinformation

    Ali Brian and Paul Dobson dig into a claim from Scottish Labour leader that 1 in 7 Scots are on an NHS waiting list. You can read the full fact check here with all the source details here: https://theferret.scot/claim-700000-scots-on-nhs-waiting-list-half-true/
    And we also speak to Rhiannon Davies from Greater Govanhill CIC about neighbourhood disinformation and an exciting new collaboration with The Ferret.
    Spoiler! We're teaming up with Greater Govanhill to open up an office and event space in the neighbourhood - and we need your help to kit it out. Find out more and claim some unique swag here: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/p/community-media-hub
    We can only do this work because we have the support of thousands of members who make a small regular donation. You can support this podcast and get unlimited access to all stories and online training here: https://theferret.scot/subscribe

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

Billy Sangster ,

Good podcast, however…

I like this podcast, but the audio could do with improvement. It’s probably fine if you’re listening through earbuds or whatever, but the sound quality is a bit low for a vehicle.
Maybe run it through a compressor or limiter or something to boost the overall level before uploading it?
I’m fed up of turning my volume up to max for the Ferret, then the next podcast comes on and it blows the bloody doors off.

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