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How Online Extremists, Propagandists And Internet Trolls Have Broken Our Informational Landscape

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Cool Science Radio welcomes New Yorker staff writer Andrew Marantz who spent the last three years going into the worlds - even sometimes the homes — of online extremists, propagandists, internet trolls, and white supremacists who have become experts at using social media to advance their agenda. He also explored the world of the sometimes naive and recklessly ambitious tech entrepreneurs of Silicon Valley who created these platforms that have allowed misinformation to alter the way we think, the things that capture our attention, and to influence our elections. He discusses his new book Anti-Social

Lynn Ware Peek is a long-time contributor to KPCW. She joined the station in 2008 with Tales from the Wasatch Back, was a reporter from 2012 to 2016, and co-hosts and produces two of KPCW’s Public Affairs Hour shows, The Mountain Life, on health and lifestyle, on Wednesdays and Cool Science Radio, tackling science and technology every Thursday.
John's curiosity with science and technology began at the age of 7 with the country's space program. With a subscription his parents gave him to Popular Science and Popular Mechanics along with other periodicals and Walter Cronkite's evening broadcast he studied everything space. He followed the lives of America's test pilots and astronauts who piloted Mercury, Gemini and Apollo spacecraft. His curiosity in how things were built led him to dismantling the family's window fan, toaster and lawnmower. Taking apart things was easy. Putting them back together, well, not so much. John grew up in New York state and Massachusetts with 2 brothers and 2 sisters. He received a BA in Economics and Sociology from the University of Maryland.