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American Shadows

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Conspiracy theories are a feature of today's news and politics. But they've really been a part of American life since its founding. In this episode, we'll explore how conspiracy theories helped to create the U.S. and how they became the currency of political opportunists.
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Bryson Carrier

Really well done, have shared this with multiple people. Keep it up.

Apr 9th
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Mike Christopher

You need to do more in-depth research. The birther conspiracy theory was first cooked up by Hillary Clinton's campaign in 2008 when she was running against Obama. She eventually dropped it when she knew she couldn't win the nomination and an agreement was made that she would join Obama's cabinet. Of course, when it was her turn to be president (so she thought in 2016), she tried to make it a "Trump thing". Which, of course, was absurd because he wasn't running against Obama. Qanon was just rehashing a bunch of old conspiracy theories like all partisan groups do. You can find these nut job sites all over the internet about just about any issue. You need to dig alot deeper to get to the ROOT of ANY conspiracy.

Mar 28th
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Rick Wagner

Mike Christopher Hillary's campaign never brought up birtherism. you won't find anything about birtherism said by Hillary or anyone in her campaign. some of her supporters did run with it but it was started by a wacky Illinois candidate. Still the birther movement was brought to the mainstream by Trump. there is no debating that. Trump went on Alex Jones show and praised him. It's clear Trump lives for conspiracies. my favorite is Ted Cruz's dad killed JFK. Even as a Democrat I have to laugh at that one. It just shows that anything Trump reads that will help him or hurt his enemy he will repeat it as president of the US. I find that appalling. https://www.politico.com/story/2016/09/birther-movement-founder-trump-clinton-228304

Apr 1st
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Melissa Zagiel-Walker

love this podcast

Mar 18th
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kibur d

New favorite podcast, wish I found this later so I could binge.

Mar 14th
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Reza Hosseinabadi

great job ramtin!

Mar 13th
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American Shadows

American Shadows

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