DRILLED SEASON 3: THE MAD MEN

Inaction on climate doesn’t start or end with climate denial. In fact, the only reason science denial worked is because it came on the heels of a 100-year propaganda campaign. The fossil fuel industry helped to create the PR industry, and publicists came up with disinformation and manipulation tactics that they deployed for oil, tobacco, and chemical companies for decades. In this season we trace the creation of disinformation from its origins in the American oil industry to the well-oiled machine it is today.

Climate Guilt, Brought to you by Big Oil

Climate Guilt, Brought to you by Big Oil

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A new study from Harvard science historians Naomi Oreskes and Geoffrey Supran points to the use of language targeted specifically ...
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New Documents Link Tobacco, Oil and ... Public Media?

New Documents Link Tobacco, Oil and … Public Media?

New reporting reveals that the head of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting spent 25 years in PR, working for tobacco ...
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Special Episode—Hot Take: Seeing Climate Through Coronavirus Glasses with David Wallace-Wells

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Drilled will be back with bonus episodes soon. In the meantime, check out one of our other climate podcasts, Hot Take. In this episode, hosts Mary Annaise Heglar and Amy Westervelt talk to David Wallace Wells, author of The Uninhabitable Earth and deputy editor of New York magazine, about the ...
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S3, Ep 9: Jay Rosen and Nicholas Johnson on What the Media Can Do About Disinformation

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This season we've traced the creation of Big Oil's big propaganda machine. In this episode, the season finale, we look at what can be done about it now that it has delivered us into an era of disinformation. NYU journalism professor Jay Rosen and former FCC commissioner Nicholas Johnson join ...
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S3, Ep 8: Meet the Harrisons

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E. Bruce and Patricia Harrison launched the E. Bruce Harrison Company in 1973 and ran it until 1996, working for a mix of chemical companies, oil & gas companies, and tobacco companies. E. Bruce is considered the father of environmental public relations ... or by his critics, "the godfather of ...
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S3, Ep 7: John Hill and the Tobacco-Oil-Plastic Triangle

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John Hill, founder of Hill & Knowlton, was an Ivy Lee devotee who worked for Standard Oil in the 1930s, strategized against labor movements and the New Deal, and wound up representing the American Petroleum Institute and the Tobacco Industry Research Committee—a fake research group formed by the CEOs of ...
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S3, Ep 6: Manipulating the Masses and Predicting the Future—Edward Bernays and W. Howard Chase

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Sigmund Freud's nephew, Edward Bernays, coined the term "public relations" when propaganda started to become a negative term. His specialty was using psychological know-how to manipulate the masses and orchestrate cultural shifts in his clients' favor (clients like Standard Oil, the American Tobacco Company, and General Motors). A few decades ...
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We Interrupt This Podcast for New Research + Emily Atkin and Guardian CEO Anna Bateson on Banning Fossil Fuel Ads

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We'll be back with more Mad Men tales next week, we promise! While we're out chasing leads, listen to this great interview from Emily Atkin with The Guardian's interim CEO Anna Bateson about that publication's decision to stop taking ads from fossil fuel companies. Support us: https://www.patreon.com/Drilled Transcript and more ...
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