English Learning for Curious Minds

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Summary

Today we are taking a look at conspiracy theories.

Why people believe them, why they can be so seductive, and the damage that they can do.

We'll also take a look at three of the wackiest ones out there - from why people believe Disney made Frozen to why people think the dinosaurs built the pyramids.

Full transcript, key vocabulary, and bonus episodes available on www.leonardoenglish.com

Show Notes

Do you believe in conspiracy theories? 

Millions of people around the world do. 

Today we're going to ask ourselves why, talk about why they can be so seductive, and zoom in on some of the wackiest ones out there.

This episode covers:

  • 👀 What is a conspiracy theory?
  • 👄Why conspiracy theories can be so seductive
  • 🧠Why do we seek connections between events?
  • 📈Why are conspiracy theories growing in popularity?
  • 🍕Pizzagate & the danger of conspiracy theories
  • ❄Why people believe Disney made Frozen
  • 🦖Why people believe the dinosaurs built the pyramids
  • ⛩Who people think advised on the building of Stonehenge
  • 🐰The internet rabbit warren of conspiracy theories


Key vocabulary: Seductive, Faked, An inside job, Deep state, Fictional, Narratives, Goodies, Baddies, Institution, Baddy, Overplay, Assume, Narrative, Underlying, Intentionally, Deceived, Niche, Recesses, Mainstream, Attribute, Ease, Engaged in, Fanning the flames, Serial, Legitimises, Given the light of day, Laughable, Child sex ring, Spread, Surfaced, Harassed, Debunked, Airtime, Wackiest, Without further ado, Extinct, Tamed, Domesticated, Supposedly, Tenuous, Policy line, Distract, Cryogenically frozen, Franchise, Prehistoric, Piled up, Estimated, Blocks, Quite a stretch, Rabbit warren, Slippery slope

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Learning English shouldn't be boring. It should open your mind.

English Learning for Curious Minds is a podcast aimed at intermediate level English speakers and above, where listeners learn fascinating things about the world while learning English.

There's no small-talk, no boring grammar exercises or vocabulary drills.

You'll learn English by listening, by hearing real conversations and real English, spoken by native speakers, and at a speed you can understand.

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It's English learning, but for curious minds.


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English Learning for Curious Minds is where you can learn English from native speakers while learning fascinating things about the world.

Every episode comes with a transcript & key vocabulary and is spoken at a speed you can understand.

Join listeners from 155 countries and discover the most interesting way to improve your English while expanding your mind.

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