Charlotte Talks: Conspiracy Theories Part Of American Culture / 'Lore' Podcast Heads To TV

Oct 31, 2017

Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017

Nearly a quarter of people surveyed last fall said the government was withholding information about the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing.
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The release of documents in the Kennedy assassination provided more grist for the conspiracy theory mill. Mike Collins looks at how conspiracy theories became a part of culture, then hears about horror stories and folklores from the creator of the "Lore" podcast.


Newly-released files on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy have failed to turn up the kind of bombshells that might prove long-held suspicions of a conspiracy. 

More than a half-century after the shooting and despite countless investigations and books dissecting the events in Dallas, we’re still not satisfied with the conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. A survey this month found that more than 60 percent of those polled believe the assassination was the result of a conspiracy.

The assassination is just one of the major events in American history that have attracted conspiracy theories. Some firmly believe the moon landing was a hoax. The 9/11 attacks have also elicited skeptics doubting the official version of events. 

The Sept. 11 attacks have stirred a range of conspiracy theories, so much that more than half of Americans think the government isn't telling the entire story.
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How do these theories get started? Why do we believe in them?


David Bollinger, UNC Wilmington, professor of communication studies

Marshall Brain, founder of How Stuff Works; director of NC State's Engineering Entreprenuers Program (@marshallbrain)


"How Conspiracy Theories Work" by Marshall Brain

"Most People Believe in JFK Conspiracy Theories" (

"What Aren't They Telling Us?" Chapman University Survey of American Fears


Aaron Mahnke

Aaron Mahnke knows that truth is often stranger – and scarier – than fiction.

His hit podcast, "Lore," uncovers how horror stories and folklore full of dark figures, such as vampires, witches, and werewolves, are actually rooted in real-life events. A little bit history, and a little bit campfire storytelling, the award-winning podcast has found quite a following. The program has been so popular that Amazon has picked it up as a television series.

Just in time for Halloween, and ahead of his visit to Charlotte, Aaron Mahnke talks with WFAE's Sarah Delia about the world of "Lore."


Aaron Mahnke, Creator, producer, and host of the podcast Lore, Executive Producer of the Lore television show on Amazon, and author of The World of Lore book series (@amahnke)


The "Lore Live" tour comes to CPCC's Dale Halton Theater on Thursday, Nov. 2 at 8 p.m with musical guest Chad Lawson. More details: