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This series is hosted by Richard Syrett and will actually cover a wide range of topics. The content of "Conspiracy" is largely based off of the radio series of the same name. It will open up the debate on different types of conspiracies, theories and other discussions surrounding major issues. This will inform viewers on these different types of debates. It will also provide the host's own perspective on how these issues should be discussed.

The show will largely follow a talk format, which will last a couple hours. This will open up the debate and introduce different sides of the argument itself. It does introduce a rational platform for the discussion of some of the more pressing issues facing people today. The show is also released in a podcast format, which will help people review some of the facts put forward during the debate.

The subject matter of the series will tend to vary greatly from week to week. Different types of conspiracy theories will be put forward, which will challenge the notions people may have about subjects. Different types of supernatural phenomena will be introduced as well. Viewers will have the chance to weigh evidence for the existence of UFOs and other paranormal issues.

A&E
2 Seasons, 21 Episodes
October 3, 2004
History
7.7/10
Cast: Kenneth Branagh
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  • Since the dawn of the aircraft at Kill Devil Hills in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, the world has been fascinated by the wonders of aviation. Marveling at each and every advancement in flight technology, the public helped to create the first modern celebrity out of an American aviator, Charles Lindbergh.

  • The public has long been suspicious of those in power, particularly when it comes to government espionage. The ideas that "Big Brother" is always watching or that sinister foreign governments have infiltrated countries with "Manchurian Candidates" or "Sleeper Agents" have permeated our culture, growing into large-scale conspiracies that seem to never fade.

  • While the concepts of pseudoscience and medical quackery in the United States date back to the days of the original thirteen colonies, Americans continue to this day fighting misinformation, frauds and hoaxes when it comes to science and medicine.

  • Despite what good it can bring, religion has long found itself at the center of conflict and controversy. While some of these issues have been born from claims or ideologies expressed by devout followers, others have arisen from the assortment of conspiracies swirling around some of the world's most recognized theologies.

  • Between the Biblical flood which propelled Noah to build his Ark and the modern day disasters of global warming, it has been a constant struggle for survival as we strive to understand and control the wild, untamable planet which we call home.

  • American politics have become a hotbed for conspiratorial behavior, sparking interest even beyond our own borders. Although many are under the belief that this is a relatively new phenomenon, with the rise of fake news conspiracies, the twenty first century has in fact only built upon and evolved from the political beliefs and fears of early Americans, for better or worse.

  • Was an unexpected force surrounding the Lockerbie bombing?

  • At 9:02 a.m., on April 19, 1995, a massive explosion detonated outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, collapsing the 9-story building and killing 168, 19 of them children, and wounding more than 700. Convicted by the federal government and executed in June 2001, Gulf War veteran Timothy McVeigh claimed he acted alone. Yet, multiple eyewitnesses identified McVeigh at ground zero with unknown accomplices before and after the blast. The original indictment charged McVeigh, Terry Nichols, and "others unknown" with conspiracy and murder. Was the bombing part of a greater pattern of Middle East-sponsored terrorist attacks, including the 1993 World Trade Center attack, bombing of the Khobar Towers and the USS Cole, and 9/11? Were homegrown neo-Nazi militia groups involved?

  • Conspiracy theories capture the public's imagination, and in this hour, we explore the death of Princess Diana--the world's most photographed woman, who lived and died amidst media madness. On August 31, 1997, while being pursued by paparazzi, the frenzy turned fatal when the car carrying Princess Di and boyfriend Dodi Fayed crashed inside the Alma Tunnel in Paris. From the start, conspiracists suggested that Diana's death was political. The official French inquiry, conducted in near-total secrecy, ignited numerous theories--mainly placing British power behind her death. And while the "official" British inquiry is slated for release in 2005, its findings will likely do little to squelch skeptics.

  • Explore controversial rumors surrounding assassinations.

  • April 14, 1865--Actor John Wilkes Booth shot President Lincoln in the back of the head at a Washington theater. Days later, Wilkes died in a standoff, and eventually, eight Southern sympathizers were tried for conspiracy. This much we know to be true. But many conspiracy theories arose--pointing to the Confederacy, the Union, and even the Catholic Church! Once again, new theories have sprung up, based on recently found documents and forensic technology. Historian Edward Steers Jr. connects Booth to the Confederate Secret Service in Montreal, which indirectly links him to Jefferson Davis and the Confederate government; while biographer Charles Higham places Booth in a larger conspiracy. Historians, biographers, and researchers, who take issue with Steers and Higham, counter their arguments here.

  • What really happened in Roswell, New Mexico in the summer of 1947? Did a flying saucer crash in the vast desert scrubland? The initial Army Air Force press release claimed they had recovered a flying disk. But a day later, the story dramatically changed--now they called it a weather balloon! In 1987, secret documents surfaced indicating the existence of the "Majestic 12"--an elite group of scientists and military and intelligence officials, allegedly brought together by President Harry Truman. Did the MJ-12 truly exist? If so, did these men forever trivialize the most talked-about UFO event in history, as well as all UFO sightings thereafter?

  • On July 17, 1996, at 8:31 pm/et, TWA Flight 800 exploded midair and fell into the Atlantic. All 230 onboard perished. Federal investigators meticulously reconstructed the aircraft, looking for any evidence of terrorism and found none. They concluded that a malfunction in the center fuel tank caused the explosion. But this official conclusion has never satisfied a coterie of independent investigators and conspiracy theorists. We weigh existing evidence against various theories to let you decide.

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