QAnon. Pizzagate. Flat earth. The Great Replacement. Conspiracy theories are swirling around like never before – tormenting mistrust, infecting our politics, and even tearing families apart. But Brit Award-winning comedian Jolyon Rubinstein and investigative journalist James Ball are here to save the day. Or at least try.
Every episode takes one conspiracy theory – from niche to widespread, deadly serious to trivial – and one great guest, and dissects what makes it tick, what it tells us, and why it matters. After all, the truth is (probably) still out there.
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4. Angela Barnes reveals the new chronology
We all know what year it is…don't we? This week Jolyon and James are joined by Angela Barnes to discuss the new chronology – a surprisingly widespread conspiracy theory that suggests several years of history simply…never happened! It's less to learn at school, at least, but is it true? IF you're enjoying the podcast, please do like, share, subscribe and leave a – hopefully five star! – review.
3. Eliot Higgins Talks Novichok
Eliot Higgins, the founder of “intelligence agency for the people” Bellingcat, joins Jolyon and James to ask what’s really going in with Novichok. If it’s so deadly, why do people keep surviving it? Why use a weird poison? And is Salisbury Cathedral really worth the trip from Moscow?
2. Rosie Holt asks "Is Elvis Still Alive"
Icons don't die on toilets. So comedian and Twitter superstar Rosie Holt joins Jolyon and James to find out what really happened instead – is Elvis alive? Why might he fake his death? And where is he right now?
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1. Alex Gibney on Kubrick and the moon landing
It's season two! Join Jolyon, James, and Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney to dissect whether or not Stanley Kubrick helped the US government fake the moon landings for a much-needed Cold War PR boost. Were the Apollo missions fact, or fake news?
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12: John Sweeney on Jeffery Epstein
For their last episode of the first season Jolyon and James are joined by veteran investigative reporter John Sweeney to dig into one of the murkiest conspiracy theories of the 21st century: just who was Jeffrey Epstein, what did he do, and how, exactly, did he die in a New York prison? Please do like, share and subscribe to the podcast, and get in touch with us @jamesrbuk and @jolyonrubs to let us know what topics you'd like to see in season two – and just #WhereIsEpisode11?
10: Tracy King on The Coronavirus Vaccine
Doctors do it, peers do it, even Ian McKellen is doing it: you can't move for media shots of notable people getting the first of the new Coronavirus vaccine jabs. But are they making a terrible mistake? Is it dangerous? Is it even part of a plot from Bill Gates to – BUY MICROSOFT OFFICE – control our minds? Helping Jolyon and James dig into Corona vaccine conspiracies is campaigner, skeptic, and tiny-furniture maker Tracy King. Like the podcast? Please do like, review and share. No episode next Friday (it's Xmas!) but we're back on New Year's Day