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Jewish Space Lasers, QAnon, and Two Centuries of Conspiracy Theories with Mike Rothschild

Jewish Space Lasers, QAnon, and Two Centuries of Conspiracy Theories with Mike Rothschild

Journalist, author, and conspiracy theorist expert, Mike Rothschild, dives deep into the history of conspiracy theories over the last two centuries. In his new book, Jewish Space Lasers: The Rothschilds and 200 Years of Conspiracy Theories, Mike Rothschild – who is of no relation to the Rothschilds family referred to in the book – shows how many conspiracy theories today are directly connected to the same antisemitic rhetoric, myths, and accusations reaching back decades. So how did these conspiracy theories originate? What do modern QAnon beliefs have to do with this? And why do the same tropes reemerge again and again?

Special thanks to our guest, Mike Rothschild, for joining us today.

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  • Host: Sharon McMahon
  • Executive Producer: Heather Jackson
  • Audio Producer: Jenny Snyder
  • Production Coordinator: Andrea Champoux

Guest

Guest

Mike Rothschild

Mike Rothschild is a journalist and conspiracy theory expert. He is the author of The Storm is Upon Us: How QAnon Became a Movement, Cult, and Conspiracy Theory of Everything. Rothschild has been interviewed by CNN, NPR, PBS NewsHour, and the New York Times among many others to discuss conspiracy theories. He has also testified to Congress on the threat of election disinformation. He lives in Southern California.