Contemporary threats faced by the North Atlantic Treaty Organisaton (NATO) have changed substantially, and considering Russia’s bellicose international stance, well-documented election meddling, and invasion of Ukraine, it is crucial for the Alliance to ensure its unity and resilience. In this first episode, we develop an understanding of how NATO works, its history and how it promotes democracy across the world. We are joined by SIr Graham Stacey,who had a 39-year, internationally focussed, military career as a UK Royal Air Force Regiment officer, with his final position being the Chief of Staff of NATO Transformation. This discussion is supplemented by the insight of Ambassador Julianne Smith, the U.S. Permanent Representative to NATO, on the contemporary threats faced by NATO.

Media Minded explores the bizarre world of misinformation and conspiracies. Following on from the success of the first season in 2019, each episode platforms a different subject who has previously been a victim of, or a willing participant in, a conspiracy theory… but these lines may be more blurred than you think. Ex-cultists, anti-vaxxers and more describe their slow descent into the untrue, and those who experience the brunt of the lies and hatred explain the effect that the proliferation of these ideas has. All the while, industry-leading academics and experts provide theoretical justifications for the actions taken by all parties.

Presented by Matteo Bergamini
Edited and recorded by Sabina Mckenzie Brown.

Season 3 of this podcast is made possible thanks to the kind support and sponsorship of the U.S. Mission to NATO.