Episode 3: Conspiracy Theories, Flailing Gatekeepers, and Democratic Decay

Jeffrey Epstein’s apparent suicide kicks off a frenzy of conspiracy theories in the media—and prompts Shadi and Damir to talk through whether we are living through a healthy democratic correction, or something much darker.

Articles mentioned in the podcast:
Ross Douthat on conspiracies (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/13/opinion/jeffrey-epstein-suicide.html)
YouTube and Bolsonaro (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/11/world/americas/youtube-brazil.html)

Episode 2: Mass Shootings, The Secular Left, and the Emptiness Of Social Media

In the wake of last weekend’s twin mass shootings, Shadi and Damir discuss radicalization, social media, and how the Left’s of denial of religion is creating dangerous blindspots for itself and for our democracies.