33 min

Episode 47: False Information, Conspiracy Theories, and Right-Wing Extremism The Zeitgeist

    • Government

Since the Covid 19 pandemic began in many countries, conspiracy theories and political extremism have grown but particularly in the United States and Germany. False information has flourished, leading the UN to even deem this an “infodemic.” On this episode of The Zeitgeist, AICGS Society, Culture & Politics Program Director Eric Langenbacher discusses the recent surge of misinformation and conspiracy theories with Leticia Bode, Associate Professor at Georgetown University, and Daniel Koehler, Research Fellow at American University. What means are available to combat false information? Are there connections among right-wing extremism, anti-Semitism, and conspiracy theories? What can the United States and Germany do together to address cross-border conspiracy theories movements like Qanon?



Host

Eric Langenbacher, Senior Fellow and Director, Society, Culture & Politics Program, AICGS

Guest

Leticia Bode, Associate Professor, Georgetown University

Daniel Koehler, Research Fellow, American University



This podcast episode is part of the AICGS project “The Importance of the Transatlantic Partnership in Times of Global Crises” and is generously funded by the Transatlantik-Programm der Bundesrepublik Deutschland aus Mitteln des European Recovery Program (ERP) des Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi) (Transatlantic Program of the Federal Republic of Germany with Funds through the European Recovery Program (ERP) of the Federal Ministry for Economics and Energy (BMWi)).

Since the Covid 19 pandemic began in many countries, conspiracy theories and political extremism have grown but particularly in the United States and Germany. False information has flourished, leading the UN to even deem this an “infodemic.” On this episode of The Zeitgeist, AICGS Society, Culture & Politics Program Director Eric Langenbacher discusses the recent surge of misinformation and conspiracy theories with Leticia Bode, Associate Professor at Georgetown University, and Daniel Koehler, Research Fellow at American University. What means are available to combat false information? Are there connections among right-wing extremism, anti-Semitism, and conspiracy theories? What can the United States and Germany do together to address cross-border conspiracy theories movements like Qanon?



Host

Eric Langenbacher, Senior Fellow and Director, Society, Culture & Politics Program, AICGS

Guest

Leticia Bode, Associate Professor, Georgetown University

Daniel Koehler, Research Fellow, American University



This podcast episode is part of the AICGS project “The Importance of the Transatlantic Partnership in Times of Global Crises” and is generously funded by the Transatlantik-Programm der Bundesrepublik Deutschland aus Mitteln des European Recovery Program (ERP) des Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi) (Transatlantic Program of the Federal Republic of Germany with Funds through the European Recovery Program (ERP) of the Federal Ministry for Economics and Energy (BMWi)).

33 min

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