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How To Spot A Fake: Combatting Disinformation And Media Manipulation


In a world where falsehoods sometimes come directly from our elected officials, how do we spot “disinformation" when we see it? 

This hour, what’s the science behind uncovering “fake news?”

Coming up, we hear how a new Harvard University digital research platform is working to track and study disinformation campaigns. These types of campaigns are more sophisticated than you might think. But the more we can learn to identify disinformation, the more we can combat it. 

We’ll also learn how we can become more media literate, and even teach our children how to look at media (and social media) with a critical eye. 


  • Michelle Ciulla Lipkin - Executive Director, National Association for Media Literacy Education (@ciullalipkin)
  • Dr. Joan Donovan - Research Director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University (@BostonJoan)
  • Belinha De Abreu - Media Literacy Educator at Branford High School (@belmedia)


Lucy leads Connecticut Public's strategies to deeply connect and build collaborations with community-focused organizations across the state.
Tess is a senior producer for Connecticut Public news-talk show Where We Live. She enjoys hiking Connecticut's many trails and little peaks, gardening and writing in her seven journals.

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