Extremely is a podcast for anyone that wants to understand and interrupt modern hate and extremism. Hosted by Oren Segal and brought to you by ADL and American University. These conversations feature expert analysis and fresh perspective on this global threat and what it might take to stop it in its tracks. firstname.lastname@example.org
Joan Donovan - “Do we care as much as they do?”
In Episode 12, Oren speaks with Joan Donovan, Research Director of the Harvard Kennedy School Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. Dr. Donovan leads the field in examining media manipulation, online extremism and disinformation campaigns.Joan admits to being a bit of an anarchist but describes the ways in which governments are instrumental in service delivery. Oren and Joan discuss the effects of bad regulation on journalists, how to teach people to be critical consumers, and the vital need for community in this field.As we move away from what Joan describes as “block and tackle of the past four years," the Shorenstein Center is building a tech watchdog hub of advocates, journalist, and researchers. This and more on episode 12 of extremely.More on Joan’s work here: https://www.hks.harvard.edu/faculty/joan-donovan; https://shorensteincenter.org/Stay engaged and follow along for more:https://www.adl.org/extremely and american.edu/PERIL or on Twitter at @ADL and @PERIL_AUextremely@adl.org
Amy Spitalnick - Do you want to help us sue Nazis?
A month following the January 6 insurrection we reflect on the sadly inevitable events and how we got here. On this episode of extremely, Oren spoke to Amy Spitalnick, Executive Director of Integrity First for America, about the importance of holding extremists accountable for their actions. Oren and Amy explore: How do extremist groups use try to avoid liability? How did Amy learn how to sue Nazis from Roberta Kaplan? This and more on episode 10 of extremely. More on Amy’s work here: https://www.integrityfirstforamerica.org/about-us Stay engaged and follow along for more: https://www.adl.org/extremely and american.edu/PERIL or on Twitter at @ADL and @PERIL_AU email@example.com
Mark Pitcavage - "At this point I can’t join the circus"
After decades of work together, Oren speaks with Mark Pitcavage, Senior Research Fellow at the ADL Center on Extremism, about ADL's annual Murder and Extremism report. But Mark also has word of encouragement for the next generation of researchers and leaders. In this month’s conversation, we learn how getting in on the ground floor of subject matter expertise can have huge impact. Mark also talks about a career that enables one to interrupt modern hate an extremism by helping law enforcement, legislators, and civic society prevent violence. More on Mark’s work here: https://twitter.com/egavactip?lang=en Stay engaged and follow along for more: https://www.adl.org/extremely and american.edu/PERIL or on Twitter at @ADL and @PERIL_AU firstname.lastname@example.org
Joel Finkelstein - A little bit of light repels so much darkness
This month, Oren spoke to Joel Finkelstein at the Network Contagion Research Institute. “I hate my job. I don’t want to do this” says Joel. A neuroscientist by training, Joel found himself obligated to the work of dismantling hate and polarization knowing that brain science could drive solutions. In his work at NCRI, Joel tracks how hate and virtual deception spreads between social media communities and into the real world.Joel warns that we must stay connected to our purpose in this work. “If it becomes an addiction, we become defined by the things we hate.” In today’s episode, we discover the lie that humans are obsolete and the truth that we are needed now more than ever. How and why will be driven by our compassion and, of course, science.More on Joel’s work here: https://networkcontagion.us/about/First collaboration between ADL and NCRI:https://www.adl.org/blog/when-twitter-bans-extremists-gab-puts-out-the-welcome-matStay engaged and follow along for more:https://www.adl.org/extremely and american.edu/PERIL or on Twitter at @ADL and @PERIL_AUextremely@adl.org
Amar Amarasingam - "Don't be hateful"
The discussion this month is with Amar Amarasingam, Assistant Professor in the School of Religion at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada, and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue. Amar has conducted years of research with foreign fighters and neo-Nazis around the world.There is no one profile for an extremist, but the value of interview-based research has brought Amar a deeper understanding of why extremists are moved to engage in transnational activism. A common thread with conspiracy theorists is a shared sense of moral urgency. Today’s episode explores what this means for the complex problems we face globally.More on Amar here: https://amarnathamarasingam.academia.edu/Stay engaged and follow along for more:https://www.adl.org/extremely and american.edu/PERIL or on Twitter at @ADL and @PERIL_AUextremely@adl.org
Kathy Blee - The intersection of white supremacy and politics...
Kathy joins us as we remember the anniversary of the Pittsburgh attack. After years of research into white supremacy, this event gripped her own community.How does white supremacy function as a political phenomenon? How has the role of women evolved? With a rich understanding of history, Kathy walks us through her top two calls to action and more on episode six of extremely.Dean Kathy Blee is a professor of Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh. Her work as a scholar, writer, and administrator spans from Women’s Studies to Sociology to History.More on Kathy’s work here: https://www.as.pitt.edu/about/kathy-bleeStay engaged and follow along for more:https://www.adl.org/extremely and american.edu/PERIL or on Twitter at @ADL and @PERIL_AUextremely@adl.org