Maverick Life: Nina Simone, the CIA and Gabon’s president Ali Bongo in this week’s selection of podcasts

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Social media has given conspiracy theories a different echo-chamber, one that gives messages a powerful reach and ripple effect. The following audio series explore the murky world of propaganda, influence and disinformation.

The Covid-19 outbreak has brought with it a new era of fake news – not that it was anything new, techniques of propaganda have been used through government-backed media outlets for centuries. But in our 21st Century, the pandemic combined with the internet makes for an especially toxic mix of disinformation that spreads rapidly. How did we get there? Why do conspiracy theories take hold on us? We explore.
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Wind of Change – Patrick Radden Keefe (Pineapple Street Studios, Crooked Media & Spotify)

Length: 8 episodes, 45 minutes each
Format: Series
Year: 2020
Listen on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pocket Casts or any other podcast app or streaming service. If you don’t want to wait for the weekly releases, the entire series is available right now on Spotify.
“Spies. Secrets. Soviets. And tight leather pants.” This is the tagline for an intriguing new series about the mysterious connections between the CIA and rock ‘n roll. The podcast takes its name from a 1990 hit power ballad by …

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