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The Utterly Moderate podcast: Journalism & Democracy (with Jason Adrians, Lolly Bowean, & Michael Deas)
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The Utterly Moderate podcast: Journalism & Democracy (with Jason Adrians, Lolly Bowean, & Michael Deas)

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American democracy is facing very serious challenges, as we have noted in much of our work (see just a few examples here and here and here). One of the greatest threats is that posed by misinformation and disinformation, as many Americans turn away from credible news and information sources and instead rely on low-quality outlets.

With this in mind, on November 2, 2021, we hosted a panel to discuss the importance of journalism in restoring our democracy. Our panel included:

You can subscribe to this podcast at Apple PodcastsGoogle Podcasts and Spotify.

Two reasonable social scientists, Dr. Alison Dagnes and Dr. Lawrence Eppard, analyze important topics by clearing away politics, opinions, and ideologies to get to the facts.


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Michael Paul Williams — a columnist with the Richmond Times-Dispatch — won the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in Commentary "for penetrating and historically insightful columns that guided Richmond, a former capital of the Confederacy, through the painful and complicated process of dismantling the city's monuments to white supremacy."

SCOTT SHELLADY: So now we find ourselves in the unenviable situation of having to decipher what is real and what is a lie. But wait, it is getting worse. They now are asking us not to believe our very own eyes. That is it. Not just the rhetoric, but now our own eyes.

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