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Conspiracy theories

Conspiracy theories - Laurie Taylor explores their origin and evolution and considers the extent to which certain countries and people are more inclined to believe in them.

Conspiracy theories: Laurie Taylor talks to Thomas Konda, Professor of Political Science at SUNY, Plattsburgh, about the history and changing nature of conspiracy theories. Why have such wild theories overrun America? Also, Hugo Leal, Methods Fellow at the University of Cambridge discusses the most comprehensive examination of conspiracy theories ever conducted. About 11,500 people were surveyed in a study covered nine countries - the US, Britain (excluding Northern Ireland), Poland, Italy, France, Germany, Portugal, Sweden and Hungary. The research found that Trump and Brexit voters were more likely to believe in conspiracy theories than others.

Producer: Jayne Egerton

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28 minutes

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Mon 13 May 2019 00:15


Thomas Milan Konda is Emeritus Professor of Political Science at SUNY Plattsburgh

Hugo Leal at the Cambridge Digital Humanities 


Conspiracies of Conspiracies - How Delusions Have Overrun America by Thomas Milan Konda, (University of Chicago Press, 2019)

Conspiracy and Democracy Project at CRASSH, Cambridge


  • Wed 8 May 2019 16:00
  • Mon 13 May 2019 00:15

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