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Zayd Dohrn was born underground - his parents were radicals and counter-culture outlaws, on the run from the FBI. Now Zayd takes us back to the 1970s, when his parents and their young friends in the Weather Underground Organization declared war on the United States government. They brawled with riot cops on the streets of Chicago, bombed the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol, broke comrades out of prison, and teamed up with Black militant groups to rob banks, fight racism - and help build a revolution.

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Zayd Dohrn was born underground - his parents were radicals and counter-culture outlaws, on the run from the FBI. Now Zayd takes us back to the 1970s, when his parents and their young friends in the Weather Underground Organization declared war on the United States government. They brawled with riot cops on the streets of Chicago, bombed the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol, broke comrades out of prison, and teamed up with Black militant groups to rob banks, fight racism - and help build a revolution.

    Chapter 1: The Most Dangerous Woman in America

    Chapter 1: The Most Dangerous Woman in America

    In 1970, a former law student named Bernardine Dohrn declared war on the United States government. Decades later, her son Zayd Ayers Dohrn tells the story of how his mother was radicalized, and became the most wanted woman in America. 

    For more of the story, check out: 

    Students for a Democratic Society, The Port Huron Statement (1962)

    Revolutionary Youth Movement, "The Weatherman Paper" (1969)



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    • 56 min
    Chapter 2: Days of Rage

    Chapter 2: Days of Rage

    Zayd’s father Bill Ayers joins the Weathermen, and he and his friends teach themselves to be revolutionaries, gearing up to build bombs and brawl with police on the streets of Chicago.

    For more of the story, check out: 
    Gillo Pontecorvo, The Battle of Algiers (1966)
    Carlos Marighella, The Mini-Manual of the Urban Guerrilla (1969)

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    • 50 min
    Chapter 3: I Am A Revolutionary

    Chapter 3: I Am A Revolutionary

    Jamal Joseph is radicalized at 15, and joins the New York Black Panthers. And a deadly attack by Chicago Police puts both Panthers and Weathermen on a path towards violent revolution. 

    For more of the story, check out: 
    Jamal Joseph, Panther Baby: A Life of Rebellion and Reinvention (2012)
    Stanley Nelson, The Black Panther Party: Vanguard of the Revolution (2016)

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    • 47 min
    Chapter 4: Bring the War Home

    Chapter 4: Bring the War Home

    The Weathermen decide to bring the horrors of the Vietnam War back to America’s doorstep, planning an action that will change the future of the organization, and Zayd’s family, forever.

    For more of the story, check out: 
    Bill Ayers, Fugitive Days: Memoirs of an Antiwar Activist (2001)
    Cathy Wilkerson, Flying Close to the Sun: My Life and Times as a Weatherman (2007)

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    • 42 min
    Chapter 5: New Morning

    Chapter 5: New Morning

    The Weathermen go underground, and become famous - and infamous - as counter-culture outlaws.

    For more of the story, check out: 
    Thai Jones, A Radical Line: From the Labor Movement to the Weather Underground (2004)
    Timothy Leary, The Psychedelic Experience (1964)

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    • 44 min
    Chapter 6: The Belly of the Beast, Part I

    Chapter 6: The Belly of the Beast, Part I

    The FBI targets the Weather Underground, and a split in the Black Panther Party gives rise to a new, more militant organization - the Black Liberation Army. 

    For more of the story, check out: 

    The Weather Underground, Prairie Fire: The Politics Of Revolutionary Anti-Imperialism (1974)

    Federal Bureau of Investigation, The Declassified FBI Files on the Weather Underground Organization (2010)



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    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
863 Ratings

863 Ratings

I am another Amy ,

Like a book you don’t want to put down

Very interesting, well done and gives us a more intimate view of the stories behind a movement that is so underrated in its importance in fighting imperialist and systemic violence, while all that is talked about is the violence perpetrated by their members. Americans tend to believe that those radicals were simply committing crimes but their conviction and relentlessness changed the course of history.
Even if this is in partnership with Crooked Media’s Jon Favreau, someone who had no problem serving an imperialist president - like all of them - it is an excellent listen

Listens Long ,

Riveting!

Incredible story made even more compelling because of the many first person interviews of the revolutionaries and the next generations. Highly recommend!

lizl.ucy ,

Addictive Listener

I listened through this whole podcast in a matter of a week. It was so good- the story telling - the antidotes. So much we learn in history skips these sorts of stories. I am grateful to learn about this era and am eager to spread the word. Live on radicals!

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