Fake news, the horror master and an inland port

Long before alternative facts

Fake news isn’t new. Fake news has been a thread in the American fabric since the beginning. But are we as savvy as consumers? This BackStory episode from Nathan Connolly, Joanne Freeman and Ed Ayers takes a look at several famous made-up stories from the past — man-bats on the moon! — and the role they played in giving rise to a new style of media. Are we on the cusp of a new media transition? One guest thinks so. Another featured guest is Bruce Dain, an associate professor of history at the University of Utah, who shares the story of Henry Moss in “The Tale of the White Negro.” The episode ends with a discussion about the future of media, particularly print news, that is both frightening and hopeful. Listen here: A History of Fake News

On H.P. Lovecraft: Live from Salt Lake Comic Con

Tracy V. Wilson and Holly Frey, hosts of Stuff You Missed in History Class, visited Salt Lake Comic Con in March and presented a session on the “odd, sad, problematic and utterly fascinating” life of H.P. Lovecraft. Lovecraft was a poet, ghostwriter, amateur journalist and writer, now famous for his horror stories. Wilson and Frey don’t gloss over the unsavory aspects of Lovecraft’s personality while highlighting his quirkiness and contribution to the writer’s craft. And there is this: A lot of nice shout outs for Salt Lake City and its Comic Con! Listen here: H.P. Lovecraft

Full speed ahead!

I had no idea what an “inland port” was or why Utah would want to be one. I am on board after listening to this episode from the Eccles School Podcast. Natalie Gochnour, associate dean at the David Eccles School of Business and executive director of the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, explains why Salt Lake City is well-positioned to be an inland port, what needs to happen to be designated a port and what it would mean to the state. High-paying jobs are at the top of the benefits list. It’s worth listening to if you are interested in Utah’s economic future. Listen here: Why Salt Lake City should become an inland port

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