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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Michael D. Szydlowski, a 57th Rescue Squadron pararescueman, reviews an article from Stars and Stripes dated November 24, 1998, at Aviano Air Base, Italy, on May 15, 2020. (Ericka A. Woolever/U.S. Air Force)

In the season finale of the Military Matters podcast, hosts Rod Rodriguez and Desmon Farris shed light on the murky world of information warfare.

Message manipulation can take many forms, it can be employed on any topic and it can be directed at anyone. It is used to alter our decision-making process and can have wide-ranging influence on our choices: what products we buy, which candidates we vote for, how we respond to a health crisis — it even can impact national security.

How can disinformation, misinformation, censorship, social media and news media all play parts in how facts are presented and potentially distorted? To find out, the hosts get insight from industry experts including Rand Waltzman, deputy chief technology officer of the Rand Corp., Michael Shermer, who is a science writer and founder of Skeptic magazine, and Bob Reid, senior managing editor of Stars and Stripes.

What can you do to recognize and protect yourself from disinformation and misinformation? How can you avoid be part of the spread of untruths?

Stars and Stripes' podcast team is working to get the right information that matters to you. Subscribe today!

Thanks for listening to Military Matters. Season two starts in three weeks, so stay tuned for updates.

The full transcript of the podcast can be found here.

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