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The Psychology of Conspiracy Theories

We've all heard of conspiracy theories: Elvis is alive and well, the moon landing was faked, the government covered up secret aliens and UFOs at area 51...

On The Point, we discuss the psychology of conspiracy theories. Reasearch from the University of Chicago suggests that up to 50 percent of Americans beleive in one or more conspiracy theories. 

Our guests are Ann Geagon, social worker, and doctors Marc Whaley and Jonathan Schwartz, psychiatrists. Mindy Todd hosts.

Mindy Todd is the host and producer of The Point on WCAI which examines critical issues for Cape Cod and the Islands. She brings more than 30 years of experience in radio and television to WCAI. After starting her broadcasting career as a midday DJ at WARE in Ware, Massachusetts, she quickly advanced to host of the morning drive show, which in 1981, made her one of the few women in broadcasting to anchor her own morning show. Her career has covered nearly all aspects of broadcasting. She has been a radio disc jockey, a traffic reporter, a television news anchor and reporter, a program director, talk show host, and even a ski reporter. Her television work brought her to White River Junction, VT, Portland, ME, Indianapolis, IN and Nashville, TN. Mindy also worked at radio stations in West Palm Beach, FL, Hartford, CT, Boston, MA and Lebanon, NH. She has received numerous awards, most recently her 5th National PRNDI (Public Radio News Directors Incorporated) award for best Call-in program and best Interview.