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BetterPod: Jonn Elledge on how to avoid falling for conspiracy theories

Between the anti-vaxxers, QAnon believers, and Donald Trump, we do seem to be living through a conspiracy theory peak. Jonn Elledge joins Laura Kelly and Katerina Sivitanides on BetterPod to unpick why people fall for seemingly ridiculous ideas – and how you can avoid being one of them.

Jonn Elledge is a journalist – and a Big Issue contributor – and along with his fellow author Tom Phillips, he has written Conspiracy: A History of Boll*cks Theories, and How Not to Fall for Them. It’s a funny and useful guide that uncovers the real life damage these ideas can do.

BetterPod is brought to you by The Big Issue’s Future Generations team. Through the Future Generations team, we offer a platform for exciting young journalists from underrepresented backgrounds to address the biggest issues facing us today.

This is episode 10 of BetterPod. Catch up with any episodes you’ve missed here.

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