32 episodes

Unspun is critical thinking about the news. Hear real examples, past and present, of newsmakers attempting to mislead you and understand how they manipulate the truth. Learn how to avoid being swayed by fake news and misinformation. Get Unspun, because you deserve the truth.

Unspun Amanda Sturgill

    • News
    • 4.5 • 63 Ratings

Unspun is critical thinking about the news. Hear real examples, past and present, of newsmakers attempting to mislead you and understand how they manipulate the truth. Learn how to avoid being swayed by fake news and misinformation. Get Unspun, because you deserve the truth.

    How newsmakers using fear affects how you see the world: UnSpun Rewind (feat. Dr. Seth Norrholm

    How newsmakers using fear affects how you see the world: UnSpun Rewind (feat. Dr. Seth Norrholm

    UnSpun Rewind in honor of the political convention in the US this week. Are things as bad as the politicians say? Are they the only ones who can save us? Dr. Sturg breaks down the Appeal to Fear trick and guest Dr. Seth Norrholm talks about what being made afraid does to your thinking and judgment.

    • 36 min
    Christian Spiritual Warfare Becoming Political Violence (Episode 22 feat: Dr. Matt Taylor)

    Christian Spiritual Warfare Becoming Political Violence (Episode 22 feat: Dr. Matt Taylor)

    What's a "good" parent or a "true" member of a political party? In this week'e episode, Dr. Sturg runs down the Appeal to Purity as a way of creating us vs. them. Then, she and guest Dr. Matt Taylor talk about how a substantial religious movement is trying to remake American culture in their own image and why the media is doing a poor job of covering it.

    • 54 min
    Why journalists do a bad job moderating debates (Episode 21.5)

    Why journalists do a bad job moderating debates (Episode 21.5)

    If debates make you cringe, you aren't alone1 Dr. Sturg breaks down how the way televised debates are structured benefits media and benefits candidates, but generally isn't that great for the audience.

    • 15 min
    Using rules as a weapon (Episode 21 feat. Ajay Parasram and Alex Khasnabish )

    Using rules as a weapon (Episode 21 feat. Ajay Parasram and Alex Khasnabish )

    We learn as children to follow the rules, but sometimes people use the rules deceptively to avoid addressing uncomfortable topics. Dr. Sturg goes through examples of misplaced focus and talks with Ajay Parasram and Alex Khasnabish, hosts of a YouTube series called "Frequently Asked White Questions."

    • 34 min
    Episode 20.5 Why do people pay attention to the news?

    Episode 20.5 Why do people pay attention to the news?

    You have a lot of choices about how to spend your time, so how and why do you choose to spend it with certain media? In this episode, Dr. Sturg breaks down the things that make media appealing and shows how deceptive newsmakers can use these human tendencies against you.

    • 17 min
    Episode 20: Data journalism (feat. Ben Welsh)

    Episode 20: Data journalism (feat. Ben Welsh)

    From COVID to presidential sex scandals, newsmakers use distraction to tell the story they want and take your attention from the story you *need*. In this episode of UnSpun, Dr. Sturg gives some examples of political distraction and she and award-winning journalist Ben Welsh talk about data journalism.

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
63 Ratings

63 Ratings

Tennesseegroove ,

The podcast I need in this season of news!

Great pod about how news producers make their products so appealingly clickable. Thanks to the pod, I’m consuming news with (at least a little!) more awareness about how the ways news products are presented impacts my emotions and drive for more.

JCASEA ,

Excellent, smart.

But please: change the graphic in your podcast image. It’s ugly. But substance of your podcast, is beautifully done. Smart. Thanks!

Auron Renouille ,

Plain old right-wing lies.

Basically, they started a podcast because they wanted to convince themselves that Jan. 6 wasn’t an insurrection and they’ve backed themselves into weekly right-wing drivel. Why they’re advertising on progressive legal podcasts is beyond me.

Save yourself some time and skip this show; it’s tired republican propaganda.

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