Aspen Institute and Link TV Team Up for New INFODEMIC Documentary Series Explores Global Scientific Denial and Disinformation Premieres May 2 | New
LOS ANGELES, April 27, 2021 / PRNewswire-PRWeb / – Link TV, the satellite service connecting viewers to the world, today announced the world premiere of the new INFODEMIC documentary series: Global Conversations on Science and Misinformation, produced by the Science & Society program of the ‘Aspen Institute and Robyn Lane Productions. The series delves into the costs of science misappropriation and denial and offers solutions to the challenges facing science globally.
INFODEMIC features top science experts from around the world, including young Sudanese journalist and climate activist Lina Yassin (Climate Tracker), American author and philosopher of science Lee mcintyre (author of Post-Truth, The Scientific Attitude, How to Talk to a Science Denier, Newsweek cover story “The Earth Is Round”), Italian journalist / TV personality Massimo Polidoro (creator of YouTube’s Stranger Stories) and Brazilian microbiologist Natália Pasternak (founder of Question of Science Institute). INFODEMIC will broadcast the first three Sundays in May from Sun, May 2 at 8:30 p.m. ET/ PT on Link TV (DirecTV 375 and Dish Network 9410) and will air on select PBS stations nationwide this summer.
The repackaged digital episodes will be available to stream in the United States at the same time as airing at linktv.org/infodemic, while the streaming will be available to international viewers the next day at http://www.youtube.com/aspeninstitute.
As a prelude to the launch of broadcasting and streaming, a virtual public event will be organized on Wednesday April 28 at 5 p.m. PT. Panelists for the event include: Robyn rosenfeld (Director and Executive Producer of INFODEMIC), Aaron Mertz (Executive Producer and Director of the Science & Society Program at the Aspen Institute), Lee mcintyre (author of How to Talk to a Science Denier), Natália Pasternak (founder of Question of Science Institute), Inez Ponce de Leon (Associate Professor, Department of Communication, Ateneo de Manila University), and Lina Yassin (Program Manager, Climate Tracker). For more information or to participate in the virtual premiere event, please visit https://www.aspeninstitute.org/events/infodemic-documentary-series-launch-event/.
INFODEMIC will broadcast as follows on Sundays at 8:30 p.m. ET/ PT on Link TV (subject to change):
“Dousing Denial” – May 2nd
Investigate the roots and repercussions of denial of science in the United States and China, from climate change to COVID denial. In addition, a young Sudanese journalist is raising awareness about climate change across Islam by speaking with a leading climate specialist from France on climate action and solutions. Includes: American author and philosopher of science Lee mcintyre (author of Post-Truth, The Scientific Attitude, How to Talk to a Science Denier, Newsweek cover story “The Earth Is Round”) and young Sudanese journalist and climate activist Lina Yassin (Climate monitoring).
“Disinformation Divide” – May 9
Explore the politicization of science and its effects in the United States and Saudi Arabia, Also examines the consequences of disinformation and pseudoscience India and Brazil and how disinformation plays a role in each of the four governments’ response to COVID-19. Includes: Brazilian microbiologist Natália Pasternak (founder of Question of Science Institute).
“Breaking the myths” – May 16
From debunking conspiracy theories and supernatural claims to exposing disaster cover-ups and scientific miscommunication, scientific experts at Italy, Germany, The Philippines and Japan separate truth from fiction by examining how to rebuild a post-COVID world where science is central and critical thinking is crucial. Includes: Italian journalist / TV personality Massimo Polidoro (creator of YouTube’s Stranger Stories).
The series was created under unique circumstances. In March 2020, Director and Executive Producer of INFODEMIC, Robyn rosenfeld, was scheduled to travel to Rome with a film crew to cover the Aspen Institute’s World Congress on Scientific Thinking and Action, hosted by Aaron Mertz, executive producer and director of the Aspen Institute’s Science & Society program. Rosenfeld was producing a feature-length documentary examining siled realities propelled by disinformation, starring Aspen Congress participant Lee mcintyre. Suddenly COVID-19 struck and this rare meeting of over 100 science advocates from over 50 countries was called off. Soon after, Rosenfeld came up with an idea to collaborate with Mertz to produce a documentary series that would separate science fact from fiction during the pandemic and beyond, while respecting the cinematic boundaries of the lockdown.
“I was already investigating the disinformation divide in our country, including the denial of science, when the pandemic struck. But then, everything was happening at breakneck speed as science became more politicized and scientific disinformation spread rapidly across the world ”. noted director and executive producer Robyn Rosenfeld. “I wanted to document this unprecedented moment and also stylistically capture the frenetic feeling we all had under lockdown as our world turned upside down.”
“From this global community of science advocates who have a common goal of making science a guiding force for all, I am bringing together stories and lessons that are not found in mainstream US media,” said Aaron , executive producer and director of the Science & Society program at the Aspen Institute. Mertz. “I wanted to bring these under-represented voices to as wide an audience as possible so that we can learn from the successes and pitfalls of others, and apply what we learn from the COVID-19 pandemic to how we approach others. scientific crises like climate change and let’s respond to natural disasters. “
The series was supported by the Aspen Institute, the Rita Allen Foundation and the Instituto Questão de Ciência (Question of Science Institute) in Brazil.
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About LINK TV
Founded in 1999, Link TV is an independent, viewer-supported media organization dedicated to providing programming that engages and informs its audiences with unique perspectives and empowers them to engage in the world. Reaching over 21 million US satellite homes nationwide (DIRECTV channel 375 and DISH Network channel 9410), Link TV connects American viewers with people at the heart of disruptive events, organizations at the forefront of social change and the vibrant cultures of an increasingly global community. . Some Link TV programs are also available for streaming on the Apple TV, YouTube, and Roku platforms. For more information on Link TV productions, web exclusive content and program schedules, please visit linktv.org.
About the Aspen Institute
The Aspen Institute is a global non-profit organization committed to the achievement of a free, just and equitable society. Founded in 1949, the Institute drives change through dialogue, leadership and action to help solve the most significant challenges facing United States and the world. The Aspen Institute’s Science & Society program aims to increase public confidence in science and foster a more diverse and socially engaged scientific workforce. For more information on The Aspen Institute, please visit aspeninstitute.org and aspeninstitute.org/science.
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