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A true-crime podcast about climate change.

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A true-crime podcast about climate change.

    S3, Ep 6: Manipulating the Masses and Predicting the Future—Edward Bernays and W. Howard Chase

    S3, Ep 6: Manipulating the Masses and Predicting the Future—Edward Bernays and W. Howard Chase

    Sigmund Freud's nephew, Edward Bernays, coined the term "public relations" when propaganda started to become a negative term. His specialty was using psychological know-how to manipulate the masses and orchestrate cultural shifts in his clients' favor (clients like Standard Oil, the American Tobacco Company, and General Motors). A few decades later, W. Howard Chase built onto that foundation with the idea of issues management—predicting an industry's potential issues, and manipulating political, social, and cultural forces to neutralize them. Chase is responsible for one of the best-known examples of greenwashing, the so-called "crying Indian ad," which introduced the idea of "litter bugs" and individual responsibility for pollution.

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    • 29 min
    We Interrupt This Podcast for New Research + Emily Atkin and Guardian CEO Anna Bateson on Banning Fossil Fuel Ads

    We Interrupt This Podcast for New Research + Emily Atkin and Guardian CEO Anna Bateson on Banning Fossil Fuel Ads

    We'll be back with more Mad Men tales next week, we promise! While we're out chasing leads, listen to this great interview from Emily Atkin with The Guardian's interim CEO Anna Bateson about that publication's decision to stop taking ads from fossil fuel companies.
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    S3, Ep 5: Oil Slick, Part 2—False Equivalence and Free Speech

    S3, Ep 5: Oil Slick, Part 2—False Equivalence and Free Speech

    In part two of our episode on former Mobil VP Herb Schmertz, we dig into how Schmertz's approach bred false equivalence, and why he pushed so hard for the extension of First Amendment rights to corporations.
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    S3, Ep 4: Oil Slick, Part 1—The Rise of the Corporate Persona

    S3, Ep 4: Oil Slick, Part 1—The Rise of the Corporate Persona

    Mobil Oil's longtime PR guy Herb Schmertz really started to aggressively manipulate the media. He introduced so many new bells and whistles to Big Oil's propaganda apparatus, we're going to stay with his story for two episodes. In Part 1: Corporate personhood. First Schmertz worked to humanize oil companies by creating the "corporate persona" then he fought for First Amendment rights to be extended to corporations.
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    S3, Ep 3: Psychological Warfare, Astroturfing, and Another Tobacco-Oil Connection

    S3, Ep 3: Psychological Warfare, Astroturfing, and Another Tobacco-Oil Connection

    Daniel Edelman learned the tools of his trade combatting Nazi propaganda in WWII, then came home and put his psychological warfare training to work for American industry, including tobacco and Big Oil.
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    • 23 min
    S3, Ep 2: The Oil-Nazi-Propaganda Triangle

    S3, Ep 2: The Oil-Nazi-Propaganda Triangle

    Ivy Lee worked with Standard Oil and the Rockefellers for the rest of his life, helping to establish the American Petroleum Institute in 1919, and working for the company's various joint ventures as well, including a petrochemicals partnership with German chemical giant IG Farben. That job, later in his life, took Lee to Germany, to meet with Goebbels and Hitler and give them advice on dealing with the American press. He was under investigation by Congress for his role in Nazi propaganda at the time of his death. Lee's work creating and building the API was one of his most important contributions to fossil fuel propaganda, it's the foundation on which the next 100 years was built.
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Customer Reviews

spacebag ,

Amazing

This pod is solid gold. I’m going to send it to climate denying relatives. I think it might actually hit home for them. Fingers crossed.

Unwrinkling ,

I’m ready for Netflix to turn this into a film

This podcast is exceptional. Amy Westervelt’s reporting is rock-solid and her storytelling compelling — and understanding the narrative being unspooled here could not be more critical at this juncture in history. Sincerely hope that Netflix or some other streaming giant catches whiff of this and turns it into a film or TV series; it deserves the widest possible audience and (is bingeable af).

amandamartinek ,

Excellent in depth reporting - thank you!

I’ve learned so much listening to this well researched, in depth, investigative podcast. The host is incredible. Thank you to this team for bringing this information to the public!

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