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Long Shadow

Long Lead & PRX & The Trace & Campside Media

Narrative, 9-11, History, Terrorism, Anniversary, America

4.8 • 1.8K Ratings

🗓️ 29 March 2023

⏱️ 3 minutes

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The Ruby Ridge raid, the Waco siege at the Branch Davidian compound, the Oklahoma City bombing, the Jan. 6 insurrection… they are all explosive moments in recent U.S. history. But connect the dots between these—and other—seemingly disparate, violent events, and you’ll answer some of the most existential questions facing the U.S. today: How did America get the far right so wrong? What will it take now to get it right?


In LONG SHADOW’s first season, host Garrett Graff examined the lingering questions of 9/11, the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil. Season two, LONG SHADOW: RISE OF THE AMERICAN FAR RIGHT, explores how the modern domestic extremist movement grew from a fatal shootout on a mountain top in Idaho, was fanned by a fiery fiasco on the plains of Texas, and ultimately led to a riot on the steps of the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.

Crackling with rich archival tape and riveting eyewitness and expert interviews, this seven-episode narrative podcast examines a thread of history that’s vitally relevant to our current political climate. It will help listeners understand why the fringe is overrunning the mainstream, conspiracy theorists have captured offices in Congress, and peaceful protests are turning into riots. How did we get here? Find out by following and listening to LONG SHADOW: RISE OF THE AMERICAN FAR RIGHT.


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How did we get here, to this moment when politics have turned to violence in the streets?


A moment when conspiracy theorists inhabit the halls of Congress.


Many in our government are actively worshipping Satan.


A moment when the far-right has become mainstream.


I'm Garrett Graf, a national security journalist in historian.


I've spent two decades covering federal law enforcement, intelligence, and the war on terror.


Now America is engaged in another war right here at home.


A war we've been losing.


This is Longshadow, season two, rise of the American far-right.


In the last season of Longshadow, we explored the lingering questions of 9-11


and the effects of that tragic event on the present day.


But over the past decade, it's become clear that the most pressing terrorism threat


is right here at home.


The government has moved in force against the radical right.


Some of them say they are willing to die for the cause.


This season, we're going to go back to the beginning of the modern far-right movement in the United States.


We'll explore how the U.S. government failed to confront the threat of domestic terror,


and how government mistakes allowed it to grow.


How a movement with its roots in the Ku Klux Klan and America's centuries of white supremacy


became a central animating force of the modern Republican party.


We'll explore how the far-right movement grew from a fatal shootout on a mountain top in Idaho.


How it was fanned by a fiery fiasco on the prairies of Texas.


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