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The American History Podcast

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Since the 2016 election, concerns about fake news –¬†widely circulated news stories that are inaccurate, misleading, or completely made-up – have dominated the headlines.¬†A Buzzfeed study found that in the three months before the election, false news items were shared on social media more than in the mainstream media. On this episode, Nathan, Joanne and Ed will look at other times in history when Americans had to be a bit more careful about what they read.