The Conspiracy Virus is a two-part series exploring misinformation and conspiracy theories. It is hosted by 10 News First’s Hugh Riminton and was written and produced by journalists Olivia Rosenman and Antony Loewenstein.
The first episode examines the anti-vaccination movement and its various manifestations.
Will COVID-19 and the speed of the new vaccines fuel the movement’s growth? How will people’s attitudes be shaped by their existing understanding of, and ideas about, vaccination? Will a minority of extreme anti-vaxxers take advantage of questions around the speed and rollout of a new vaccine to mobilise and recruit
Episode 2 looks at the disinformation around climate change.
What is the origin of climate change denial and why are conspiracy theories that deny its existence still so potent and popular?
You can find more episodes from 10 News First Person here.
About the producers
Antony Loewenstein is a Sydney-based journalist who has written for The New York Times, The Guardian, the BBC, The Washington Post, The Nation, Huffington Post, Haaretz, and many others. His most recent book is Pills, Powder and Smoke: Inside the Bloody War on Drugs. He is the author of Disaster Capitalism: Making a Killing Out of Catastrophe, the writer/co-producer of the associated documentary, Disaster Capitalism, and the co-director of an Al-Jazeera English film on the opioid drug tramadol. His other best-selling books include My Israel Question, The Blogging Revolution, and Profits of Doom, and he is the co-editor of the books Left Turn and After Zionism, and is a contributor to For God’s Sake.
Olivia Rosenman is an award-winning audio producer and journalist. She makes podcasts and audio content for a range of broadcasters and clients including Google, ABC, SBS, Monocle, Bauer Media, Newscorp, and The Wheeler Centre. She is a senior producer with the History Lab podcast from the Australian Centre for Public History, and recently produced Brain on Nature, a highly acclaimed documentary about the relationship between nature and the human brain. Prior to working in audio, Olivia previously was a reporter with Storyful news agency, and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. Her freelance writing has appeared in publications including DestinAsian magazine, the Telegraph UK and the China Media Project.