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Adam Ruins Everything Episode 44: Dr. Daniel Jolley on Why Conspiracy Theories Are Harmful

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What once seemed like a fringe movement, conspiracy theories appear more pervasive than ever. Our guest Dr. Daniel Jolley points out, conspiracy theories have been around for centuries; social media, however, has given them a wider platform and megaphone. Believing in such theories can seem like harmless speculation. But if enough people accept ideas like the faking of the moon landing or 9/11 being a government inside job, they'll feel they have no agency. This can lead to very dangerous effects like lower voter turnout and less civic engagement at large. Daniel, who appeared on Adam Ruins Conspiracy Theories, explains why people believe in conspiracy theories in the first place, how people can believe in two contradictory conspiracy theories, and how we can combat these theories to create a healthier democracy. He studies conspiracy theories at Staffordshire University in the United Kingdom.

Adam is on Twitter @AdamConover and you can find past episodes and bonus content from the TruTV show at AdamRuinsEverything.com.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 348: Moral High Ground vs. Moral Pit

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Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers this week! They talk about diet sodas, fruity teas, shower maintenance while staying with in-laws, and bed sheet changing. Plus a listener letter about ATMs!

As mentioned on the show, here's Chris Elliott as Marlon Brando, doing the Banana Dance:

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Pop Rocket Episode 159: The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

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Show: 
Pop Rocket
Guests: 
Guy Branum
Guests: 
Karen Tongson
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler
Guests: 
Wynter Mitchell

This week, Guy and the gang discuss The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story. How amazing is Penelope Cruz' performance? How "true" is this true crime story and does it matter? Plus, Guy is getting into faith-based comedy, Wynter is watching even more stand up comedy, Margaret has some thoughts on The Chi, and Karen discusses The Hollywood Reporter's feature on Ellen Pompeo.

With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Karen Tongson and Margaret Wappler.

That’s My Jam:

Margaret Wappler - The Mountain Goats - Wear Black
Karen Tongson - Chuck Mangione - Feels So Good
Wynter Mitchell - Gary Numan - M.E.
Guy Branum - Bow Wow Wow - I Want Candy

Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist.

You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter.

Produced by Christian Dueñas for MaximumFun.org.

Lady to Lady EP. 262 "Don't Think About Your Hands" ft. Caitlin Gill

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Show: 
Lady to Lady
Guests: 
Caitlin Gill

Caitlin Gill (@ROBOTCAITLIN) helps the ladies figure out the next big trend after Vajazzling, their new shark tank goals. They discuss the best thrift locations in the US and how to make a DIY squatty potty. Produced by Kailynn West, booker Marie Colette, theme song Zach Ames.

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Wonderful! Ep. 19: The French Fry Kid

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Show: 
Wonderful!

Griffin's favorite salty foodstuff! Rachel's favorite book of correspondence! Griffin's favorite childhood band! Rachel's favorite episode of a long-running animated series!

Music: "Money Won't Pay" by bo en and Augustus - https://open.spotify.com/album/7n6zRzTrGPIHt0kRvmWoya

Spotify Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/1218011301/playlist/3UDSiHoRXTSqhPkHQ6DmIX...

Inside Pop Ep. 108 - Oscar Nominations, Black Panther, Kelela

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Show: 
Inside Pop

It's been a long, strange, sometimes underwhelming trip to the Oscar Nominations but we're here to share our immediate reactions. We give you our thoughts on why certain movies are heading to the red carpet and others got snubbed and we also try to make sense of why the film Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri has become a frontrunner. We celebrate nominations for Get Out, The Big Sick, Logan, Mudbound and Lady Bird and share our gratitude to whomever was genius enough to book Tiffany Haddish to announce the nominations.

Plus Sean makes his case for why Black Panther should have received an Oscar nomination THIS year! He's not joking!

And we end the show with The Big Sell. Sean rates Amita's Big Sell from last time, Kelela's "Frontline," and then Big Sells Amita an article by Alissa Wilkinson (one of his favorite culture critics) on the backlash against Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri. Read it HERE

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#152 - Best Sports Movie LIVE with Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher

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Photo credit: Busy Philipps
Guests: 
Rhea Butcher
Guests: 
Cameron Esposito

For this special live episode, we were joined by comedians/sports enthusiasts/spouses Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher, who join us to go through almost every sports movie ever made to help us pick the best of all time! We guarantee that your favorite was/was not chosen.

Still Buffering: How to Internet Challenges

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Show: 
Still Buffering

We kind of talked about Tide pods last week, but this week we went ALL in on Internet challenges. We talked about all of the dumb and dangerous things teens have been doing on the Internet for views and likes and all the things teens used to do before they even got views. Apparently doing something stupid with everything from compressed air to condoms will get you all of those likes! (But don't do them) (also the word "ass" is in this episode once but as a title so we're still friendly for your family's ears we promise)

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Music: "Baby You Change Your Mind" by Nouvellas

EP18: Frannie Kelley on TLC's "CrazySexyCool" (1994)

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Show: 
Heat Rocks
Guests: 
Frannie Kelley

The album: TLC's CrazySexyCool (1994)

Frannie Kelley, alongside Ali Shaheed Muhammed, hosts the Microphone Check podcast and when we invited her onto our show, she wanted to talk about one of her formative musical experiences as a teenager: TLC's sophomore album, CrazySexyCool. The three of us talked about how TLC shaped adolescent ideas about sexuality and femininity, how the group repped the hip-hop South at a time when that was just becoming to be recognized nationally, and how the group had one of the more underrated liner notes font game going on.

More on TLC's CrazySexyCool

More on Frannie Kelley

Show Tracklisting (all songs from CrazySexyCool unless indicated otherwise):

  • “Intro-Lude”
  • “Red Light Special”
  • Brandy: Waiting To Exhale “Sittin Up In My Room”
  • Brandy: Brandy “I Wanna Be Down”
  • “Switch”
  • “Waterfalls”
  • “Something Wicked This Way Comes”
  • “Sexy(Interlude)”
  • “Can I Get A Witness (Interlude)”
  • “If I Was Your Girlfriend”
  • Prince: Sign ‘O’ The Times “If I was Your Girlfriend”
  • “Creep”
  • “Diggin On You”
  • “Take Our Time”
  • TLC: FanMail “No Scrubs”

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 515: Catillion with Haley Mancini

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Guests: 
Haley Mancini

Jordan and Jesse take a break from their usual deep dive on weather to shoot the breeze with writer and voice-over celebrity Haley Mancini. They get into the time Haley and Jordan judged a raucous cat poetry contest; Haley's obese kitty, BB-8; and Jesse's daughter's magical new holiday.

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