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How do humans come to believe all the impossible things we believe? The answers, one story at a time.

 

Aug 20, 2018

The U.S. caught up with political satire in the 2000s when Jon Stewart & Co. transformed Comedy Central's The Daily Show into an indispensable branch of the Fourth Estate. But political satire was thriving throughout Latin America decades before The Daily Show became a political force. Dr. Paul Alonso, author of Satiric...


Mar 9, 2018

Fake. Real. Accurate. True. They're the keywords in any debate about representation, the sticky wicket famously represented by Belgian surrealist René Magritte in his painting The Treachery of Images (1929): a flat, cartoonish depiction of a tobacco pipe squats atop the deliciously polemical fiat "This is not a pipe."...


Dec 18, 2017

Four months after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, President Obama said that "the memories of these children demand" political action. This argument, which would become the centerpiece of Obama's campaign for gun control, raises questions of ethics and political strategy. Dr. Craig Rood, author of a...


Nov 29, 2017

In the latest installment of our series on "fake news," Lauren and I are joined by Drs. Lorraine Daston and Peter Galison, experts on the history and philosophy of science. Together we trace the history of objectivity, from the schools of Medieval European philosophy to the penny presses of Nineteenth Century America,...


Aug 28, 2017

After being taken for fake journalists at a local campaign rally, Lauren and Brian reflect on the nature of podcasting as a popular medium, the various models from which podcasters can draw their credibility, and the tension between rigor and accessibility in academic podcasting.