Crooked Minis takes a step back from the chaotic breaking news to offer a new series every month that explores an issue or event that reflects cultural, political, or societal changes in America and need more than a 10-minute conversation and a split-second news cycle to unpack.
Are lizard people real? Was 9/11 an inside job? Is the government really out to get you? We can't conclusively answer those questions, but we will be exploring these topics in September's series, State of Conspiracy. State of Conspiracy is hosted by Professor Kathryn Olmsted a professor of History at UC Davis and scholar of conspiracy theories. This week, Professor Olmsted sits down with author Anna Merlan to discuss how Donald Trump successfully used conspiracy theories to gain national attention and get elected and why the surge in government conspiracy theories today may less funny and more insidious than we think.
In the final episode of the series, Shaniqua McClendon is joined by Dan McCready. He shares what was going through his mind as the news of election fraud broke and a new election was called. We hear more about his platform, what he believes his opponent Dan Bishop stands for and what's at stake in this upcoming election.
In February of 2019 the North Carolina State Board of Elections heard testimony from many of the people who played a key role in the election fraud that tainted Dan McCready and Mark Harris's historic midterm election. The three day hearing ended with a surprise turn of events that led Republican Mark Harris to finally call for a new election. Shaniqua McClendon talks to two people who were in the room. Marc Elias represented Dan McCready throughout the election and argued on behalf of the Democratic nominee. Reporter Joe Bruno also shares some of the most shocking moments on the stand.
Leslie McCrae Dowless is a Republican consultant desperate to win. So he did what no one would do: he stole ballots for GOP congressional candidate Mark Harris, creating a scandal in North Carolina's 9th district and one of the biggest election fraud cases in American politics. Shaniqua McClendon, North Carolina native and Crooked's Political Director, speaks with Joe Bruno, the local reporter who broke the story, to walk us through exactly what happened and why it matters.