9 episodes

Sitting members of Congress aiding and abetting a plot to overthrow the government. Insurrectionists criminally charged with plotting to end American democracy for good. Justice Department prosecutors under crushing political pressure. Rachel Maddow Presents: Ultra is the all-but-forgotten true story of good, old-fashioned American extremism getting supercharged by proximity to power. When extremist elected officials get caught plotting against America with the violent ultra right, this is the story of the lengths they will go to… to cover their tracks. Follow now and join Rachel Maddow for the first two episodes on October 10th.

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    • 4.9 • 215 Ratings

Sitting members of Congress aiding and abetting a plot to overthrow the government. Insurrectionists criminally charged with plotting to end American democracy for good. Justice Department prosecutors under crushing political pressure. Rachel Maddow Presents: Ultra is the all-but-forgotten true story of good, old-fashioned American extremism getting supercharged by proximity to power. When extremist elected officials get caught plotting against America with the violent ultra right, this is the story of the lengths they will go to… to cover their tracks. Follow now and join Rachel Maddow for the first two episodes on October 10th.

    Episode 1: Trip 19

    Episode 1: Trip 19

    It started with a plane crash. The tragic, mysterious crash of a commercial airliner in the summer of 1940 left a scene of devastation in rural Virginia -- and a series of unanswered questions. The cause of the crash was unclear. Among the dozens of people killed was a sitting U.S. senator. His presence on the flight and the strange circumstances surrounding the crash would end up revealing threats to American democracy itself.

    • 36 min
    Episode 2: The Brooklyn Boys

    Episode 2: The Brooklyn Boys

    The most prominent media figure in America calls for the creation of a militia, armed Americans willing to use violence to get their way. What they want is to overthrow the U.S. government and to end democracy in this country – by force. Their plot raised alarming indications that the federal government is not up to the task of dealing with that kind of homegrown threat.

    • 38 min
    Episode 3: The Day

    Episode 3: The Day

    A devastating explosion rips through a munitions plant in a small New Jersey town. And the American public is left with the chilling fact that the federal government had been warned about such an attack almost a year prior. The tip had come from a private spy ring operating in Los Angeles that was intent on doing what law enforcement had largely failed to do. Infiltrate far-right groups plotting violence across the country, and foil their plots before it was too late.

    • 38 min
    Episode 4: A Bad Angle

    Episode 4: A Bad Angle

    A paid agent of Hitler's government ramps up a targeted propaganda effort aimed at weakening democracy and supporting the fascist cause in America. His base of operations... the center of American democracy itself -- the United States Congress. Sitting members of Congress, and the America First movement, take part in an elaborate scheme to subvert democracy. Laundering millions of pieces of Nazi propaganda through Congress and into the hands of the American people.

    • 37 min
    Episode 5: Shut It Down

    Episode 5: Shut It Down

    The walls begin to close in on members of Congress, and members of the America First movement, who are actively involved in a Nazi plot to spread misinformation and propaganda across the country. With a crusading newspaper reporter and a Justice Department prosecutor each peeling back the layers of the scheme, the members of Congress involved in the plot launch a desperate effort to shut down both the reporting and the federal investigation into their activities.

    • 49 min
    Episode 6: Bedlam

    Episode 6: Bedlam

    The most high-profile sedition trial in American history kicks off inside a Washington, DC federal courtroom. The members of Congress who attempted to quash the investigation are now faced with a super-charged indictment and a brand new Justice Department prosecutor who is battle tested and up for the challenge. What he finds as the curtain rises on the trial, though, is something that he is wholly unprepared for: pre-planned, unmitigated chaos.

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
215 Ratings

215 Ratings

MBelderson ,

Maddow’s a great narrator but this could, and, perhaps, should have been even better

What this podcast does extremely well is take a large amount of already published research and weld it into a coherent narrative. However, it is a shame that NBC, with its vast resources, did not do some digging itself. From the first episode onwards, there are so many unanswered questions. For example, what were the names of the DOJ employee and FBI agents on Flight 19? What duties were they assigned that day? And so on. All obvious stuff which could have provided genuine revelations. Every episode leaves questions unanswered.

Akb1977 ,

Incredible

This is an incredible must-listen. It’s both gripping and horrifying. I can’t recommend it enough.

ambermum ,

Unmissable podcast!

Rachel gives us a fascinating and horrifying look at the intersect between 20th century, American far-right extremism and politics, told as only she can. Truly unmissable.

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