10 episodes

Dive into a case of domestic terrorism from the past that’s really a warning about the future. 

Back in 1995, there was a disaster that should have prepared us for January 6th and the political violence that we’re seeing today: the Oklahoma City Bombing. 

Journalist Jeffrey Toobin reveals the story behind Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma City Bombing, and right-wing extremism in America - how a decorated army veteran became consumed with rage, how he somehow went underground and built a bomb that damaged fifty blocks in a modern city, and how everything that led to the horror of April 19th, 1995 is still very present in America. 

Homegrown: OKC is a USG Audio podcast produced by Western Sound and Esmail Corp. Based on the book “Homegrown: Timothy McVeigh and the Rise of Rightwing Extremism” by Jeffrey Toobin.

Homegrown: OKC USG Audio

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    • 4.4 • 153 Ratings

Dive into a case of domestic terrorism from the past that’s really a warning about the future. 

Back in 1995, there was a disaster that should have prepared us for January 6th and the political violence that we’re seeing today: the Oklahoma City Bombing. 

Journalist Jeffrey Toobin reveals the story behind Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma City Bombing, and right-wing extremism in America - how a decorated army veteran became consumed with rage, how he somehow went underground and built a bomb that damaged fifty blocks in a modern city, and how everything that led to the horror of April 19th, 1995 is still very present in America. 

Homegrown: OKC is a USG Audio podcast produced by Western Sound and Esmail Corp. Based on the book “Homegrown: Timothy McVeigh and the Rise of Rightwing Extremism” by Jeffrey Toobin.

    Episode 1: The Blueprint

    Episode 1: The Blueprint

    The Oklahoma City Bombing seemed to come out of nowhere. Initially, America assumed that the attack was committed by Islamic terrorists. But just days later, America found out the truth. The perpetrator was Timothy McVeigh: a white man, a decorated Army veteran, a right wing extremist. Investigators search Timothy McVeigh’s car and find a highlighted excerpt from a racist novel. That book was the blueprint for the bombing, and it connects McVeigh to a movement that still thrives today.

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    • 46 min
    Episode 2: Mr. Spotless

    Episode 2: Mr. Spotless

    McVeigh enlists in the Army and quickly gains a reputation as an “exemplary soldier.” For his service in the First Gulf War, McVeigh is awarded medals and commendations. He seems destined for a successful career as a focused member of the military. But soon after McVeigh returns to the United States, he suffers a devastating defeat. And McVeigh blames his failures on the supposed special treatment granted to minorities.

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    • 44 min
    Episode 3: First Blood

    Episode 3: First Blood

    Stuck in a dead-end job, living at home with his dad, and fuming about a football team that can’t seem to win a championship, McVeigh decides to hit the road. He drives to Michigan to stay at the farm of his old Army buddy, Terry Nichols. McVeigh is introduced to a steady stream of outrage from the far right. But it was a siege at a cult compound in Texas that whipped McVeigh into an uncontrollable frenzy.

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    • 42 min
    Episode 4: Go For It

    Episode 4: Go For It

    McVeigh and Nichols go underground, devoting themselves to an attack on a federal building. The plot takes months of secret, detailed preparation. There were so many moments where it could have all fallen apart. But finally, McVeigh drives towards Oklahoma City in a truck loaded with twelve barrels filled with fertilizer and fuel. But despite all the careful planning, McVeigh left behind a trail of clues.




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    • 42 min
    Episode 5: The Oklahoma Standard

    Episode 5: The Oklahoma Standard

    April 19th, 1995. The explosion in downtown Oklahoma City can be felt 55 miles away. 168 people, including 19 children, are killed. Immediately, a heroic rescue effort begins in the ruins of the Alfred P Murrah Federal Building. Meanwhile, Timothy McVeigh is speeding up a highway, getting away. Investigators work around the clock to find him. A lot of hard work (and a fair amount of luck) pays off.




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    • 49 min
    Episode 6: Clutter

    Episode 6: Clutter

    Inside the White House, President Clinton immediately suspects that the bombing was a domestic attack on the federal government. That hunch proves to be correct, and the President tries to warn the American public about the threat from the far right. But the investigation is soon handed to a then-obscure lawyer inside the Justice Department named Merrick Garland. Garland narrows his focus down to a single case to try and to win.




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    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
153 Ratings

153 Ratings

USA Mknitter ,

Great Deep Dive and reminder

This deep dive really pulled me into the “why”of OKC, and I can see it parallels to January 6. Having lived, worked and gone to school in several countries outside of the USA, I have gained a deep appreciation for other cultures and the freedoms we have in our own country (USA). If one disagrees with our Constitution and laws, then live in another country outside of the USA. We have a lot to be grateful for, but I have also learned to be watchful and careful of my surroundings. Thanks, again, for this thought-provoking podcast. It was great!

Xaedalus ,

Halfway through the first episode

And I had to pause, because the revelation that McVeigh was an incel was jaw-dropping. The use of the word “Patriot” hides that core truth, especially as someone who came of age during this event. The assertion of this series is correct: OKC and Jan 6th and other such incidents are not stand-alone events; they are all related and this is a very old problem. Mr. Toobin’s work is excellent.

Jjpplihgohgohiub ,

Toobin Can’t Help Himself

When Toobin forgets to compare the OKC bombing to January 6th, it is a great overview of the tragedy.

I couldn’t finish final episode. He ‘whips it out’ and doesn’t hold back vomiting his political agenda.

He criticizes the “right wing” and conservative commentators but blindly can’t realize that he perpetuates the same hostility by his skewed “journalism.”
Most people realize that he is not a journalist but a mouthpiece for mainstream media.

Overall, if you recognize he has a huge agenda, it’s worth the actual informative content. But Toobins credibility and character are proven weaknesses in his “reporting.”

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