Oppenheimer and nuclear history, Fake news on Facebook

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In this photo taken from undated footage distributed by Russian Defense Ministry Press Service, an intercontinental ballistic missile lifts off from a silo somewhere in Russia. The Kremlin has made modernization of Russia’s strategic nuclear forces one of its top priorities. Russian Defense Ministry Press Service/AP

Following the popularity of the new Oppenheimer movie, we learn more about the history of nuclear weapons. Then, we talk to a journalism professor about new research into how social media algorithms distributed fake news during the 2020 election.

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Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Tyler Ditter Technical Director
  • Richelle Wilson Producer
  • Royce Podeszwa Producer
  • Alex Wellerstein Guest
  • Mike Wagner Guest

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