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ENCORE: How To Talk With A Loved One Who Believes In Conspiracy Theories


This interview originally aired Oct. 19, 2020.

2020 has been a tumultuous year for the U.S. As the country grapples with a global pandemic and an unsteady economic outlook, some people have turned to conspiracy theories for answers. But theories like QAnon can be dangerous, and have split up families and friends who have gotten involved with the cult-like conspiracy. How can you talk with a loved one believes these theories? Is there any point in trying to convince them otherwise? 

 The Mountain West News Bureau's Maggie Mullen talked to some experts to learn what attracts folks to these theories and how to talk with them in a respectful and kind way. 

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Frankie Barnhill is the Senior Producer of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show and podcast. She's always interested in hearing surprising and enlightening stories about life in the West. Have an idea for Idaho Matters? Drop her a line!