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Sandy Hook, tragedy and truth

While most of the world was reeling from the shock of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, a conspiracy theory began to form that it was a hoax designed to force through new gun control laws in the US. In her excellent book Sandy Hook: An American Tragedy and the Battle for Truth, New York Times journalist Elizabeth Williamson takes us through events, from the horror police found at the scene to the ongoing struggle of the bereaved parents to defeat the lies told about their children by InfoWars' Alex Jones. She talks to Hannah about the effect such mass shootings have on the local community, why America seems more susceptible to conspiracy theories than most and how this whole tragedy has been a blueprint for the spread of fake news. 

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