Ep 50 // Rex Sorgatz and ‘The Encyclopedia of Misinformation’ / ‘The Death of Stalin’

Premiere DateMar 23, 2018
00:00 Intro
01:12 START /// Matt Ruby interviews Rex Sorgatz
01:57 Passage from ‘The Encyclopedia of Misinformation’
03:27 Evidence-based people
05:01 Misinfo predates the internet
06:33 How did the book come to be?
08:15 Midwestern sense of authenticity?
10:10 Childhood intuitions lead to sense of trust or doubt
11:05 Why the encyclopedia format?
13:15 Deciding what to include…
14:19 Religion…
16:45 “The Noble Lie”
19:05 Deep fakes
21:29 Are we getting better or worse at spotting misinfo?
22:55 Should misinfo be combatted or ignored? / crisis actors, etc.
26:15 Emma Gonzalez’s “We Call BS!” speech / media literacy
29:16 Virtue signalling
31:24 K fab / wrestling / Trump / blurred lines
34:25 Avoiding Trump / “John Barron” / Huey Long
36:43 Ray’s Pizza (Famous, Original, Not, etc)
37:49 Flat Earth theory /// END
41:19 1st Person: Yanelli // Seeing Her Estranged Father
44:19 Movie Review: ‘The Death Of Stalin’ w/ Winston Cook-Wilson
45:55 Movie Chat: ‘The Death Of Stalin’ (spoiler alert)
70:26 Molly Knefel // The Rise Of Celebrity Politics
73:03 “Dry Heat (Nice Town)” (BTR Live Studio, 2018) Cheekface
76:33 Outro / Credits
77:23 Finish.

This week, we have a conversation between contributor Matt Ruby and his guest, Rex Sorgatz, author of The Encyclopedia of Misinformation, which is described as a compendium of fakes, conspiracies, and self-delusions through time. They discuss the book and how it relates to history and current events. We’re also joined by new contributor Winston Cook-Wilson to discuss the recently released movie, The Death Of Stalin. Along the way, we’ll also hear from Radio Dispatch’s Molly Knefel with her thoughts on Cynthia Nixon and other politicians getting into politics; we’ll hear from a woman named Yanelli, who told us about seeing her estranged father after ten years; and we’ll take an exclusive early listen to a performance by Los Angeles band Cheekface, from an episode of BTR Live Studio set to be released next week.

Music composed by and show edited by Hansdale Hsu.

Host J. McVay
J grew up down in Louisiana and Texas before moving to NYC for college. After college, he decided to stick around, working in film and television production for well over a decade. He came to BTR in 2011 when he…
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