34. Pandemic of Misinformation

We are in the midst of a pandemic of misinformation. Most people have shared fake news online and didn't know that it was made up until after they shared it. People have trouble sorting through digital information, fall for viral hoaxes on social media, and have difficulty recognizing sponsored content. This problem of misinformation gets especially serious during a pandemic. Two-thirds of people who are not vaccinated believe myths about the COVID-19 vaccine. We talk to Alex Mahadevan, senior multimedia reporter for MediaWise about why we believe misinformation and how to spot misinformation and fake news online. Then we visit St. Petersburg, Florida, a city that earned its name through a coin toss and where commercial aviation got its start. St. Pete is nicknamed "The Sunshine City" and holds a Guinness World Record for logging 768 consecutive days of sunshine.

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