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Taking QAnon Seriously

Unpacking the nation’s most dangerous cult.

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On the Gist, cost of living and minimum wage around the U.S.

In the Interview, journalist David Gilbert from Vice News joins Mike to talk about QAnon, the cult of disinformation, it’s propulsion into 2021, and how people from all walks of life are susceptible to believing. Plus, Gilbert translates Marjorie Taylor Greene’s floor speech, and explains why it wasn’t a disavowing of Q or the conspiracy theories she still believes in.

In the spiel, it’s the first lobstar of the antentwig of 2021!

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  • Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.