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Media Minded explores the bizarre world of disinformation. Now in its fourth season, each episode tackles a new facet of the fight against violent extremism in West Africa. Aided by the rapid invention of new information and communication technologies, terrorist organisations have devised new ways to recruit and train members, and upend local communities with deadlier and more destructive tactics. Through interviews with leading counter terrorism experts, journalists, psychologists, and organisations fighting extremists in their communities, this series equips listeners with the knowledge and successful strategies to counter radicalisation at home.

Presented by Matteo Bergamini MBE.

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Media Minded explores the bizarre world of disinformation. Now in its fourth season, each episode tackles a new facet of the fight against violent extremism in West Africa. Aided by the rapid invention of new information and communication technologies, terrorist organisations have devised new ways to recruit and train members, and upend local communities with deadlier and more destructive tactics. Through interviews with leading counter terrorism experts, journalists, psychologists, and organisations fighting extremists in their communities, this series equips listeners with the knowledge and successful strategies to counter radicalisation at home.

Presented by Matteo Bergamini MBE.

    S4E2 - Islamic Jihadism in West Africa: Disinformation and Propaganda

    S4E2 - Islamic Jihadism in West Africa: Disinformation and Propaganda

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    Boko Haram is one of Africa's most deadly and infamous terrorist groups, which garnered worldwide attention and uproar in the early 2010s for a slew of bombings that killed hundreds of people at a time and the kidnapping of over 200 school girls in Nigeria’s northeast. The name Boko Haram literally translates to “Western education is forbidden” in English, and the group’s goal is just that: to rid West Africa of Western influence and establish a state that follows strict Sharia law. Today, Boko Haram and other violent extremist organisations in the region have seized upon emerging technologies, revolutionising the ways they recruit and train members, disseminate their ideology, and carry out attacks. Join us as we delve into the disturbing sphere of disinformation and propaganda spread by Boko Haram, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), and other Islamic Jihadist groups in Africa.







    Media Minded explores the frightening world of misinformation and propaganda. Now in its fourth season, each episode tackles a new facet of the fight against violent extremism in West Africa. Aided by the rapid invention of new information and communication technologies, terrorist organisations have devised new ways to recruit and train members, and upend local communities with deadlier and more destructive tactics. Through interviews with leading counter terrorism experts, journalists, psychologists, and organisations fighting extremists in their communities, this series equips listeners with the knowledge and successful strategies to counter radicalisation at home.



    Presented by Matteo Bergamini MBE



    Season 4 of this podcast is made possible thanks to the kind support and sponsorship of the US State Department's Global Engagement Centre.

    • 38 min
    S4E1 - The Psychology of Terrorism: Unveiling the Vulnerabilities of Radicalization

    S4E1 - The Psychology of Terrorism: Unveiling the Vulnerabilities of Radicalization

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    In this fascinating episode, we enter the mind of a terrorist. What makes them commit violent acts and adopt radical ideologies? How do they justify the killing of innocent people? What transforms the everyman, or woman, into a terrorist? Psychologists and counter extremism experts weigh in on the key factors that contribute to the allure of misinformed and violent narratives, including social influences, identity crises, and psychological manipulation.







    Media Minded explores the frightening world of misinformation and propaganda. Now in its fourth season, each episode tackles a new facet of the fight against violent extremism in West Africa. Aided by the rapid invention of new information and communication technologies, terrorist organisations have devised new ways to recruit and train members, and upend local communities with deadlier and more destructive tactics. Through interviews with leading counter terrorism experts, journalists, psychologists, and organisations fighting extremists in their communities, this series equips listeners with the knowledge and successful strategies to counter radicalisation at home.



    Presented by Matteo Bergamini MBE



    Season 4 of this podcast is made possible thanks to the kind support and sponsorship of the US State Department's Global Engagement Centre.

    • 52 min
    S3E6 - NATO and the Russia-Ukraine Conflict

    S3E6 - NATO and the Russia-Ukraine Conflict

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    This special live episode of Media Minded takes a deep dive into NATO’s role in the Ukraine crisis. The in-person panel discussion facilitates a conversation between sector experts, academics, and individuals working in NATO, discussing the recent war of aggression against Ukraine. With the Russian Federation sponsoring disinformation on an unprecedented level, the panel explores ways in which NATO can act to inoculate itself and its members from mis and disinformation, dispelling the persistent false narratives, historical revisionism, and conspiracy theories spread to justify the invasion of Ukraine. Joining us for the live episode is Paul King, Editor and Engagement Officer at NATO; Claire Halperin, Deputy Head of Mission and Spokesperson at the UK Joint Delegation to NATO; Dr Precious N Chatterje-Doody, Author of Russia Today and Conspiracy Theories: People, Power and Politics on RT and Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the Open University; and Nicholas Yap, Deputy Director & Chief of Staff at the Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab).







    Media Minded explores the bizarre world of misinformation and conspiracies. Following on from the success of the first season in 2019, each episode platforms a different subject who has previously been a victim of, or a willing participant in, a conspiracy theory… but these lines may be more blurred than you think. Ex-cultists, anti-vaxxers and more describe their slow descent into the untrue, and those who experience the brunt of the lies and hatred explain the effect that the proliferation of these ideas has. All the while, industry-leading academics and experts provide theoretical justifications for the actions taken by all parties.



    Presented by Matteo Bergamini

    Edited and recorded by Sabina Mckenzie Brown.



    Season 3 of this podcast is made possible thanks to the kind support and sponsorship of NATO.

    • 52 min
    S3E5 - NATO and Disinformation

    S3E5 - NATO and Disinformation

    The COVID-19 pandemic has focused the attention of many to the ongoing challenges of disinformation, propaganda and misinformation and the potential harm it can inflict. Disinformation seeks to deepen divisions within and between Allied nations, and to undermine people’s confidence in elected governments. In order to counteract this, NATO publicly refutes false claims, debunks the main disinformation narratives aimed at the Alliance and coordinates to share information, insight and best practice. Joining us for today’s episode is Colonel Sönke Marahrens, a career Air Force officer who previously served as Head of Research for Strategy and Armed Forces at the German Institute for Defence and Strategic Studies in Hamburg. He was deployed with NATO to Bosnia and Kosovo, and in 2020 served as Branch Head for Transition at HQ Resolute Support in Kabul, Afghanistan. 







    Media Minded explores the bizarre world of misinformation and conspiracies. Following on from the success of the first season in 2019, each episode platforms a different subject who has previously been a victim of, or a willing participant in, a conspiracy theory… but these lines may be more blurred than you think. Ex-cultists, anti-vaxxers and more describe their slow descent into the untrue, and those who experience the brunt of the lies and hatred explain the effect that the proliferation of these ideas has. All the while, industry-leading academics and experts provide theoretical justifications for the actions taken by all parties.



    Presented by Matteo Bergamini

    Edited and recorded by Sabina Mckenzie Brown.



    Season 3 of this podcast is made possible thanks to the kind support and sponsorship of the U.S. Mission to NATO.

    • 52 min
    S3E4 - NATO and Public Diplomacy

    S3E4 - NATO and Public Diplomacy

    How does NATO communicate with the public in order to promote dialogue around security? As an intergovernmental organization that spans across 30 countries, harmonising all public diplomacy activities and coordinating communication activities NATO-wide is of utmost importance. To help us understand how NATO’s information activities work, we are joined by Piers Cazalet, the Head of Press and Media and Deputy Spokesperson. He leads a team of 25 staff, providing the full range of media services to the Secretary General and NATO Headquarters more widely, including media engagement and monitoring, media operations, and speechwriting. We discuss how the Alliance uses a multifaceted approach to build awareness of and support for NATO’s evolving role, objectives and missions.







    Media Minded explores the bizarre world of misinformation and conspiracies. Following on from the success of the first season in 2019, each episode platforms a different subject who has previously been a victim of, or a willing participant in, a conspiracy theory… but these lines may be more blurred than you think. Ex-cultists, anti-vaxxers and more describe their slow descent into the untrue, and those who experience the brunt of the lies and hatred explain the effect that the proliferation of these ideas has. All the while, industry-leading academics and experts provide theoretical justifications for the actions taken by all parties.



    Presented by Matteo Bergamini

    Edited and recorded by Sabina Mckenzie Brown.



    Season 3 of this podcast is made possible thanks to the kind support and sponsorship of the U.S. Mission to NATO.

    • 46 min
    S2EP13 - How to Create the Perfect Conspiracy Theory

    S2EP13 - How to Create the Perfect Conspiracy Theory

    From 5G coronavirus beliefs to age old antisemitic tropes, it often feels like we are witnessing the rapid spread and dissemination of conspiracy theories online, with very real offline consequences. Putting out these digital wildfires before they take hold is both vital and necessary, especially in our social media dominated and hyper-connected world. Our final episode of this season attempts to do just that. Taking the experiences, thoughts and expertise of those who understand firsthand the dangers of misinformation, we explore how conspiracy theories are created and disseminated. This is a particular point of interest for our two guests today, Daniel Jolley and Eric Oliver. Daniel is a social psychologist at the University of Nottingham who has done extensive research into the social psychological consequences of conspiracy theories. Eric Oliver is a professor at the University of Chicago and host of the podcast, Nine Questions. His research covers a wide array of topics, including the predictors of belief in conspiracy theories. 







    Media Minded explores the bizarre world of misinformation and conspiracies. Following on from the success of the first season in 2019, each episode platforms a different subject who has previously been a victim of, or a willing participant in, a conspiracy theory… but these lines may be more blurred than you think. Ex-cultists, anti-vaxxers and more describe their slow descent into the untrue, and those who experience the brunt of the lies and hatred explain the effect that the proliferation of these ideas has. All the while, industry-leading academics and experts provide theoretical justifications for the actions taken by all parties.





    Presented by Matteo Bergamini

    Edited and recorded by Sabina Mckenzie Brown.



    This podcast is made possible thanks to the kind support and sponsorship of the US embassy in London.

    • 1 hr 10 min

Customer Reviews

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17 Ratings

abbas1102 ,

Very timely

Great to hear an in-depth and expansive analysis of such a relevant issue! Also looks beyond the usual suspects of misinformation and takes a global perspective. Can’t wait for the rest of the series!

madeleinehonora ,

Great!

Really enjoyed this! Looking forward to hearing more.

oktane ,

Brilliant

Such a good listen. Informative and timely! Thank you x

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