Category: Podcast

  • A Junk News Pioneer – with Cyrus Massoumi, Part 2 | Miles O'Brien Productions

    A Junk News Pioneer – with Cyrus Massoumi, Part 2

    Russian actors may have run an online disinformation campaign during the 2016 US presidential elections, but they likely learned their tactics from Americans. As part of our investigation, PBS NewsHour series producer Cameron Hickey tracked down one of these junk news pioneers, Cyrus Massoumi. He runs liberal and conservative junk news sites, which have millions…

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  • A Junk News Pioneer - with Cyrus Massoumi, Part 1 | Miles O'Brien Productions

    A Junk News Pioneer – with Cyrus Massoumi, Part 1

     Russian actors may have run an organized online disinformation campaign during the 2016 US presidential elections, but they likely learned their clickbait tactics from Americans. In our ongoing investigation of junk news for the PBS NewsHour, series producer Cameron Hickey managed to track down one of these pioneers of junk news, Cyrus Massoumi. He…

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  • Mapping Misinformation and Russian Influence Online – with Data Journalist Jonathan Albright

    Top US intelligence agencies agree that Russia meddled in the 2016 US Presidential election using an organized campaign of online trolling and misinformation. The details of exactly how are harder to uncover. Jonathan Albright, data journalist and Research Director at Columbia University’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism, studies information flow in networks. Recently, he has…

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  • Whose Best Interest - Can Facebook's Business Model Be Repaired? | Miles O'Brien Productions

    Whose Best Interest – Can Facebook’s Business Model Be Repaired?

    The Cambridge Analytica scandal has placed Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook at the center of the data privacy debate. But is Facebook’s ad-driven business model fundamentally incompatible with protecting users’ personal data? And, if so, what can be done to fix it? Miles O’Brien Productions team members Brian Truglio and Fedor Kossakovski hash it out on…

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  • Aviation and the “Tombstone Mentality” - How Southwest 1380 Could Have Been Avoided | Miles O'Brien Productions

    Aviation and the “Tombstone Mentality” – How Southwest 1380 Could Have Been Avoided

    The uncontained engine failure of Southwest flight 1380 reminds us once again that commercial aviation is a business that does not always put safety first – and regulators seem reluctant to change that. Jennifer Riordan’s death could have been avoided if only the FAA did not have a “Tombstone Mentality.” My guest on this special…

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  • Just the Facts - an interview with Brooke Binkowski of Snopes.com | Miles O'Brien Productions

    Just the Facts – an interview with Brooke Binkowski of Snopes.com

     Long before Facebook, Twitter or even Google existed, the fact checking website Snopes.com was running down the half-truths, misinformation, and outright lies that ricochet across the Internet. Today it remains a widely respected clearinghouse of all things factual and not. As part of my series for the PBS NewsHour on the rise and role…

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