181: Fit to Print?: A History of Fake News

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Summary: As we approach the midterm elections, concerns about fake news - widely circulated news stories that are inaccurate, misleading, or completely made-up – continue to dominate the headlines. The <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/23/health/russian-trolls-vaccines.html">topics</a>, targets, and sources of this content continues to expand, while labelling stories as “fake news” has become a commonplace tactic to blur the lines between fiction and reality. On this episode, Nathan, Joanne and Ed will look at other times in history when Americans had to be a bit more careful about what they read.