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Dive deep into the unsolved murder of DNC staff member Seth Rich. From the creators of Yahoo News’ “Skullduggery,” host and Chief Investigative Correspondent Michael Isikoff reveals startling new insights and exclusive interviews in this true-crime podcast. He explores why conspiracy theories continue to have such a powerful hold on the American psyche and who, if anybody, can be held accountable for the harm they cause.

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Bonus Episode 6

Bonus Episode 6

2019-08-0600:18:013

In this final bonus episode, Yahoo News Editor-in-Chief Dan Klaidman, alongside CNN Contributor Bianna Golodryga, discuss with Michael Isikoff the final installment of Conspiracyland's look into the unsolved murder of Seth Rich. They explore the political purpose of conspiracy theories, the devastating human consequences, as well as their final thoughts on the case. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Even after the discredited story is retracted, the internet, unwilling to let the story go, takes the case in an entirely new direction, targeting Rich’s brother Aaron as a co-conspirator. The D.C. police explain how the conspiracies are hampering the official investigation into the murder, and author Anna Merlan explains why we are living in a modern golden age for conspiracy theories. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Bonus Episode 5

Bonus Episode 5

2019-07-3000:41:271

In this bonus episode, Editor-in-Chief of Yahoo News Dan Klaidman and CNN Contributor Bianna Golodryga talk with Conspiracyland host Michael Isikoff about Sean Hannity and his role in peddling the Seth Rich conspiracy and what the consequences have been for Fox News once the story had been debunked. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Sean Hannity heads an extensive campaign on Fox News with an explosive story that quickly crumbles in the face of facts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Bonus Episode 4

Bonus Episode 4

2019-07-2300:12:242

In this bonus episode, Isikoff talks in greater detail about how the Seth Rich WikiLeaks story made its way all the way up the ladder at Fox News. From legendary investigative journalist Seymour Hersh to Fox News contributor Rod Wheeler, and even with the uncertainty of the story, it still hits the airwaves. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Dallas money man Ed Butowsky decides to change the narrative of Russian meddling in the presidential election, working behind the scenes to get Fox News to go big on a story that Rich was the leaker to WikiLeaks. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Bonus Episode 3

Bonus Episode 3

2019-07-1600:12:302

In this bonus episode, Isikoff talks about the role of Washington lobbyist Jack Burkman in fanning the Seth Rich conspiracy flames, staging a filmed reenactment of Rich's murder that distorted reality and horrified the dead DNC staffer's family. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Publicity-hungry D.C. lobbyist Jack Burkman takes the unsolved murder on a wild spree, casting and filming a reenactment of the killing for his own promotional purposes. He does so as another bizarre conspiracy theory takes root — “Pizzagate,” the claim that the Clintons were linked to the sex trafficking of children in the basement of a popular D.C. pizza parlor. The episode explores the indispensable role of “super spreaders” who perpetuate conspiracy theories on social media. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Bonus Episode 1 & 2

Bonus Episode 1 & 2

2019-07-0900:17:165

In these special bonus episodes, Yahoo Editor in Chief Daniel Klaidman and CNN Contributor Bianna Golodryga talked to Yahoo Chief Investigative Correspondent Michael Isikoff about his new six-part podcast series on the 2016 murder of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich. Isikoff discusses why he delved into his case and what he discovered as he traced how the conspiracy theories about the Rich murder proliferated throughout social media, migrating from obscure websites to alt-right Internet celebrities and ultimately Fox News — with a helping hand from Russian intelligence and the Trump White House. In the first bonus episode, Isikoff talks about the background of Seth Rich, what he actually did for the Democratic National Committee and how Russia's intelligence service planted the original seeds of conspiracy about his death. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Julian Assange fans the conspiracy flames, implying Rich could have been a source of the DNC leaked emails. Russia’s propaganda outlets and its notorious troll farm pump out the story, and “alt-right” websites latch onto it. Deborah Sines, the prosecutor in charge of the case, digs into where the conspiracy claims are coming from and makes a startling discovery: The original website report about Rich’s being assassinated by a Clinton hit squad was planted by the Russian SVR, the country’s version of the CIA, infecting social media with an operation that a former top CIA official calls a “100 percent continuation of active measures” — the term used to describe Soviet disinformation operations during the Cold War. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
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Comments (21)

Donna Olivenbaum

absolutely love Conspiracyland!!!

Sep 1st
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Richard Evans

Awful. From the second you hear the journo tell you he was involved in "exposing Russian collusion" in the 2016 election you know you're getting a snow job

Aug 14th
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Donna Olivenbaum

Absolutely love it. I've been following this story and knew the Russians were behind it. I wish people would start filing lawsuits against this people using Seth Rich to elect Trump. I hope they go to jail too.

Aug 11th
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Tatyana Noyb

Poor Michael Isikoff to have to endure "tommy apples info"... The podcast deserves better. Thank you, Michail, for doing this podcast, it's a full circle on how conspiracies are easily lifted off the ground and carried on to spread confusion and lies by shall we say "bad apples."

Aug 9th
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Pedro

and your comments based on another conspiracy theory, the Fox/ Infowars one that all the security entities that unanimously agree about Russian interference are corrupt liars controlled by some mysterious grouping including Clinton, Obama types any George Soros amongst other demons from Hell. Moron

Jul 25th
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Erik Steen

Why is it that DC lobbyists like Jack Burkman appear to be total morons?

Jul 20th
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Gabriel Rios

If you decide to give this a listen 1st start by researching Isikoff.... dude is mocking bird media all the way.... look at his role in RussiaGate... now ask yourself why trust him now.

Jul 19th
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Tommy Apples

We all know clintons didn't sex traffic anyone in a pizza parlor. it was on Epsteins island.

Jul 18th
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Tommy Apples

How can anyone take this seriously. For one, crowdstrike is the source of the forensics. Not the FBI. The fbi never actually examined the DNC server. Ever. Am i saying Seth was the leak? No. But so far zero evidence has been supplied that the Russians did it either.

Jul 18th
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Terri Hunt

It's crazy to believe that someone's death would be politicized in this way. And perpetuated for so long...and repeated so often. I feel for the family...this is beyond all imagination.

Jul 12th
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