17 episodes

Consiracyland Season 2 is a three part series, hosted by Yahoo News' Chief Investigative Correspondent MIchael Isikoff, that investigates the 2001 death of Lori Klausutis, an aide to then Congressman Joe Scarborough, and how it spawned nearly two decades of conspiracy theories that this year were aggressively promoted by President Trump and the QAnon conspiracy cult. The series includes exclusive interviews with the chief of detectives at the Fort Walton Beach, Florida police department, the medical examiner who conducted the autopsy, and Lori's husband, T.J. Klausutis, who describes how the conspiracy theories have caused "inhuman" pain and anguish for him and the rest of her family, resulting in his powerful letter this spring pleading with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to delete the president's false tweets about his wife.

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Consiracyland Season 2 is a three part series, hosted by Yahoo News' Chief Investigative Correspondent MIchael Isikoff, that investigates the 2001 death of Lori Klausutis, an aide to then Congressman Joe Scarborough, and how it spawned nearly two decades of conspiracy theories that this year were aggressively promoted by President Trump and the QAnon conspiracy cult. The series includes exclusive interviews with the chief of detectives at the Fort Walton Beach, Florida police department, the medical examiner who conducted the autopsy, and Lori's husband, T.J. Klausutis, who describes how the conspiracy theories have caused "inhuman" pain and anguish for him and the rest of her family, resulting in his powerful letter this spring pleading with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to delete the president's false tweets about his wife.

    Season 2 Bonus Episode #2: The Strange Roots of Q

    Season 2 Bonus Episode #2: The Strange Roots of Q

    Zach Dorfman, Senior Staff Writer at the Aspen Institute, joins Michael Isikoff and Daniel Klaidman on this special bonus episode of Conspiracyland presented by "Skullduggery." The group discuss Larry McDonald, a former member of the United States House of Representatives that represented Georgia's 7th congressional district. McDonald, who was killed on board Korean Air Lines Flight 007 when it was shot down by Soviet interceptors, eerily anticipated conspiracies now held by the QAnon movement which is currently plaguing the American political dialogue. A conspiracy theorist himself, his life story is at times unbelievable - but true.
     
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    • 43 min
    Season 2 Bonus Episode #1 - "QAnon Enters the Mainstream"

    Season 2 Bonus Episode #1 - "QAnon Enters the Mainstream"

    NJ Congressman Tom Malinowski and National Correspondent for TIME Charlotte Alter join Michael Isikoff and Daniel Klaidman for a special bonus episode of Skullduggery's "Conspiracyland." Malinowski reacts to the recent unfounded ad attack against him straight from the QAnon playbook. Then, Alter weighs in having just written an in-depth piece about the fringe supporter group and how it's slowly working its way into the mainstream.
     
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    • 50 min
    Season 2 Episode 3: "The Twitter Dodge"

    Season 2 Episode 3: "The Twitter Dodge"

    This episode explores how, once President Trump started tweeting about Scarborough and Lori Klausutis, devotees of the QAnon conspiracy theory took up the cause and started spreading even more bizarre and nonsensical conspiracy theories claiming that Klausutis had been “suffocated” after she read secret documents about the 9/11 terror attacks and the Oklahoma City bombing. The episode also examines how Twitter has come under pressure over its handling of Trump’s tweets — an issue that the company was finally forced to address after T.J. Klausutis wrote a poignant letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, pleading with him to remove the president’s tweets about his wife from the company’s platform. And it includes an exclusive interview with Lt. Mark Hayse, the chief of investigations at the Fort Walton, Fla., Police Department, rejecting Trump’s call to reopen the case.
     
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    • 34 min
    Season 2 Episode 2: "The Blood Feud"

    Season 2 Episode 2: "The Blood Feud"

    This episode traces the conspiracy theories about Lori Klausutis as they evolved over the years, starting with liberal activists such as Markos Moulitsas, founder of the blog Daily Kos, who was once banned from MSNBC for pushing the media to investigate Joe Scarborough’s alleged role in Lori Klausutis’s death. The episode also explores the feud between President Trump and Scarborough. The two were once on friendly terms, with Trump appearing as a frequent guest on “Morning Joe.” “Conspiracyland” includes rare clips of their off-camera coziness during the 2016 campaign: “You know you have me as almost a legendary figure,” Trump tells Scarborough and his MSNBC co-host, Mika Brezezinski. But after he became president, Scarborough and Trump had a falling-out during a lunch at the White House, resulting in Scarborough becoming a relentless critic and Trump reaching deep into the TV host’s past to get his revenge.
     
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    • 39 min
    Season 2 Episode 1: "A Death in Florida"

    Season 2 Episode 1: "A Death in Florida"

    This episode explores the life of Lori Klausutis, a vivacious 28-year-old who worked in a tiny office in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., as the constituent service coordinator for then-congressman Joe Scarborough. A devout Catholic who wore a “Precious Little Feet” lapel pin, a symbol for the anti-abortion movement. Klausutis was a well-liked woman who served as president of the local Young Republicans club and sang in the church choir. The podcast, relying on detailed police reports and interviews with people directly involved in the case, describes how on the afternoon of July 19, 2001, Klausutis was feeling fidgety and ill moments before she collapsed from an undiagnosed heart condition. While the police found no sign of a struggle or foul play, her death soon spurred speculation and conspiracy theories — many of them pushed by left-wing bloggers who demanded that Scarborough be subjected to the same scrutiny as then-Democratic congressman Gary Condit, who had been having an affair with missing intern Chandra Levy. The rumors that his wife had also been having an affair with her boss infuriated T.J. Klausutis, who reveals Scarborough didn’t even recognize his wife when they encountered each other. “It’s complete nonsense,” he says. “It’s just disgusting.”
     
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    • 42 min
    Bonus Episode 6

    Bonus Episode 6

    In this final bonus episode, Yahoo News Editor-in-Chief Dan Klaidman, alongside CNN Contributor Bianna Golodryga, discuss with Michael Isikoff the final installment of Conspiracyland's look into the unsolved murder of Seth Rich. They explore the political purpose of conspiracy theories, the devastating human consequences, as well as their final thoughts on the case.
     
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    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
1.6K Ratings

1.6K Ratings

emilykansas ,

GREAT!! Not Political, idk why ppl saying that.

Very thorough and still engaging.
Typical Isikoff style.

If you’re a Trumpanzee not for you.

If you like facts & citing of sources- you’ll enjoy!

Donata Jeanne ,

Ignore Low Ratings

The 1 and 2 star reviews are given by the very people on the far right the podcast warns have infiltrated the mainstream. Some admit to turning it off within seconds, yet writing a 1 star review. I've been listening to podcasts full time since May 2007, and can tell you: Mr. Isakoff never disappoints; this is excellent. If facts offend you (you know, that you can verify on your own instead of leaving poorly spelled low reviews) you might want to skip this.

JHDARCHT ,

Engaging!

Please keep tracking the story. Want the ‘conspiracy entrepreneurs’ to get their comeuppance. Great work.

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