Tortoise Investigates: Dr Anti-vax

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Introducing Dr Anti-vax: the making of a modern panicHow did the anti-vax movement become so mainstream?25 years ago, a British doctor Dr Andrew Wakefield sparked a global vaccine panic. Today, Alexi Mostrous, the reporter behind chart-topping hit podcasts Sweet Bobby and Hoaxed investigates how anti-vaxxers have gone from the fringes of public life to the centre of the culture wars that divide America and so many other countries, and the beguiling fall and rise of the man who started it all.


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Score: 5

Fiona Sturges • Financial Times Nov 5, 2023

"[Mostrous] brings the same rigour and storytelling flair to this story of a man who made a career from stoking a culture war over one of the most life-saving inventions of the modern era. Mostrous takes an empathetic approach towards Wakefield’s supporters...A chill runs down the spine as Mostrous reveals how Wakefield, once a fringe figure, not only won over celebrities…"

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Hannah Verdier • The Guardian Oct 26, 2023

"Criticism from the establishment only fuelled his mission, which is just one thing he has in common with the campaigners of today."

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