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Unpacking QAnon: How Do We Understand Conspiracy Theories And Their Impact?

Cybersecurity and conspiracy theory experts discuss QAnon – what it is, how it came to be, and its impact on our current culture.


FILE – In this Nov. 5, 2020, file photo, Jacob Anthony Chansley, who also goes by the name Jake Angeli, a Qanon believer speaks to a crowd of President Donald Trump supporters outside of the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office where votes in the general election are being counted, in Phoenix. Some followers of the QAnon conspiracy theory are now turning to online support groups and even therapy to help them move on, now that it’s clear Trump’s presidency is over.


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We all want to find understanding within our lives.

Looking back to ancient times when science and physics was not yet defined, we as humans needed to make sense of our world. Enter Zeus, Poseidon, Apollo – they gave us answers.

But that need, that desire to make sense of it all, was not left in our ancient past.

Today, in our quest for understanding, we continue to look for answers.

But what happens when there’s a lack of trust in our traditional sources of news and information, when there are chants of fake news?

Some turn to alternative sources of information or even conspiracy theories.

Today, we unpack QAnon – what it is, how it came to be, and its impact on our current culture.

Guests are:

Christopher Bronk:

  • Associate Professor of Computer and Information Systems
  • Director of the UH Cybersecurity Graduate Program.

Joseph Uscinski:

  • Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Miami
  • Co-author of "American Conspiracy Theories"
  • Featured in the HBO docuseries "Q: Into the Storm"

Houston Public Media reporter Matt Harab also joins Ernie with COVID updates and headlines, including:

  • All Texans ages 50 – 64 are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, starting today.

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While growing up in Chicago and Houston, Catherine’s love for art, music and creative writing was influenced by her teachers and parents. She was once concertmaster of the Clear Lake High School Orchestra and a four-time violinist of the Texas All-State Symphony. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Catherine...

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