27 episodes

The April 1999 massacre at Columbine High School hurtled the United States into an era of mass shootings. Now, a quarter century later, the horrors of that day have become an almost regular facet of American life, and gun violence a record-smashing epidemic. Clad in both camouflage and Kevlar, 21st-century America is a bastion of freedom where workplaces require active shooter protocols, schools run lockdown drills, and the Second Amendment has become a religion unto itself.Guns are a uniquely American problem, but the U.S. wasn’t always like this. LONG SHADOW: IN GUNS WE TRUST explores the story of the people — some names you'll know, some you won't — who changed the way America relates to guns, for better or worse. This season, host Garrett Graff, in collaboration with The Trace, chronicles how firearms moved from being an ordinary part of the background of rural life to a menacing element of modern American life.Crackling with rich archival tape and riveting eyewitness and expert interviews, this narrative podcast examines threads of history that are vitally relevant to our current political climate. In LONG SHADOW’s first season, Graff, a Pulitzer-finalist and a best-selling author and historian, examined the lingering questions of 9/11, the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil. Season two chronicled how bloody tragedies at the hands of federal agents led to the rise of American far-right extremism and ultimately the January 6 insurrection. Season three will help listeners understand how simply carrying firearms has become its own act of defiance, and how a very specific, carefully manufactured fear has driven explosive demand for guns across America. How did we get here? Subscribe and listen to LONG SHADOW to find out.LONG SHADOW: IN GUNS WE TRUST is produced by Long Lead and Campside Media in collaboration with The Trace, and is distributed by PRX.

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    • 4.8 • 1.8K Ratings

The April 1999 massacre at Columbine High School hurtled the United States into an era of mass shootings. Now, a quarter century later, the horrors of that day have become an almost regular facet of American life, and gun violence a record-smashing epidemic. Clad in both camouflage and Kevlar, 21st-century America is a bastion of freedom where workplaces require active shooter protocols, schools run lockdown drills, and the Second Amendment has become a religion unto itself.Guns are a uniquely American problem, but the U.S. wasn’t always like this. LONG SHADOW: IN GUNS WE TRUST explores the story of the people — some names you'll know, some you won't — who changed the way America relates to guns, for better or worse. This season, host Garrett Graff, in collaboration with The Trace, chronicles how firearms moved from being an ordinary part of the background of rural life to a menacing element of modern American life.Crackling with rich archival tape and riveting eyewitness and expert interviews, this narrative podcast examines threads of history that are vitally relevant to our current political climate. In LONG SHADOW’s first season, Graff, a Pulitzer-finalist and a best-selling author and historian, examined the lingering questions of 9/11, the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil. Season two chronicled how bloody tragedies at the hands of federal agents led to the rise of American far-right extremism and ultimately the January 6 insurrection. Season three will help listeners understand how simply carrying firearms has become its own act of defiance, and how a very specific, carefully manufactured fear has driven explosive demand for guns across America. How did we get here? Subscribe and listen to LONG SHADOW to find out.LONG SHADOW: IN GUNS WE TRUST is produced by Long Lead and Campside Media in collaboration with The Trace, and is distributed by PRX.

    A Uniquely American Problem

    A Uniquely American Problem

    Mass shootings have plagued the U.S. for generations. But in 1999, when shots rang out in a suburban Denver school, it was different. What changed? Everything.

    • 41 min
    Shall Not Be Infringed

    Shall Not Be Infringed

    The Second Amendment may have begun as a Constitutional afterthought, but a late 20th-century ideological shift caused some to view it as a sacred right in the name of self defense.

    • 33 min
    The Hardliners

    The Hardliners

    In the 1980s, a pair of intimidating NRA leaders recast the organization in their own imposing images as the group went on an all-out offensive against gun regulations.

    • 46 min
    The Right to Bear AR-15s

    The Right to Bear AR-15s

    After a devastating, now largely forgotten, mass-shooting prompted lawmakers to take aim at assault weapons in the 1990s, their ban backfired — and caused gun sales to explode.

    • 48 min
    A Good Guy with a Gun

    A Good Guy with a Gun

    Easy to handle and easy to conceal, handguns went boom in the 2000s, the same moment when many Americans — falsely and tragically — began to equate guns with safety.

    • 48 min
    Generation Lockdown

    Generation Lockdown

    Raised on active shooter and lockdown drills, Gen Z has endured an onslaught of violence — and emerged inspiring a wave of activism, a powerful gun safety movement, and hope.

    • 1 hr 8 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1.8K Ratings

1.8K Ratings

KKim3355 ,

True history of guns in America

One of the most important podcasts.
Wish every American could listen and learn the true history of guns in America and the second amendment.

Kate Gearin ,

I’ve been a die-hard since day 1

Season 3 of Long Shadow achieves the same magic as the prior two. With nuance and care, Graff and the entire Long Shadow team deliver another engrossing, necessary look at the American-only epidemic of gun violence. The finale episode, Generation Lockdown, proved most fascinating to me. Throughout the entire episode, I wished for Graff to write a book about Gen Z and gun violence, exploring pivotal life moments that, in a lot of ways, robbed them of traditions every generation longs to experience. I know in my gut that this generation will help resolve and end the mass shootings committed against school children. As a millennial, I feel far too cynical to hope. When we did not change after Sandy Hook, it became harder to understand what would have to happen to spark a redirection in gun policy. Graff’s writing style would do this subtopic immense justice, and those in older generations, like me, need to understand Gen Z’s conditioned peril.

Highly recommend!

New England pilot ,

Amazing podcast. A must listen

Can not recommend Long Shadow enough. It is riveting. It should be required listening in history classes. Give it a shot. You won't be disappointed.

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