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To understand the white supremacist movement today, don’t look at the old guys in white sheets. Look at the last time a wave of hate pulled in young Americans. Look at the neo-Nazi skinheads. From WBEZ Chicago, a new season of Motive.

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To understand the white supremacist movement today, don’t look at the old guys in white sheets. Look at the last time a wave of hate pulled in young Americans. Look at the neo-Nazi skinheads. From WBEZ Chicago, a new season of Motive.

    8: Bloodlines

    8: Bloodlines

    Clark Martell was at the vanguard of reviving the white supremacist movement. Then, he disappeared. His trail reveals how sex, money, and blood have kept the movement alive.

    • 36 min
    7: Tipping Point

    7: Tipping Point

    Atomwaffen was the most extreme white supremacist group, pushing for societal collapse. Today, their ideas are on the streets.

    • 37 min
    6: The New Nazis

    6: The New Nazis

    How did President Trump, the border wall, and the 2017 Charlottesville rally play into the education of a white supremacist?

    • 43 min
    5: What To Do With Christian

    5: What To Do With Christian

    Christian Picciolini grew a violent hate movement for eight years. After he left, it continued to grow. What's his role in fixing the harm?

    • 35 min
    4: Boots To Suits

    4: Boots To Suits

    Daytime TV discovered neo-Nazi skinheads and it was a ratings bonanza. But it also helped to grow the hate movement across America.

    • 39 min
    3: Union And Division

    3: Union And Division

    The Chicago Area Skinheads are, by some accounts, the first racist skinhead crew to organize in the U.S. What drew in those young recruits? And how one brutal event brought them down.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
1.8K Ratings

1.8K Ratings

MickeyMao ,

Brilliant

I listen to a lot of podcasts. Ms. Yousef is simply a delight to listen to. I was dumbfounded a few times. I thought I was the only person alive who remembered that Reagan kicked off his campaign in Philadelphia, Mississippi, and what that signaled to many of us. And this was just one of many facts from the history of these “disunited mistakes” that buttress the thesis: this movement didn’t spring suddenly and fully formed like Athena from her fathers head. This podcast does a great job tracing the formation of groups whose existence relies on the legacy of a nation whose entire existence, since its inception, has been fundamentally white supremacist.
Thanks for the opportunity to listen, Odette

mb4986 ,

Top-rate journalism

This podcast makes me want to pursue a career in investigative journalism. No matter what your political stance is, you have to respect the effort these journalists have gone to in order to uncover what motivates people to commit crimes, do hateful things, etc. I really respect how these journalists try to talk to ALL people involved, courageously asking wonderful and thorough questions, and trying to get to the heart of deeply complex cases with an analytical perspective. This show taught me that if you drill down deep enough into someone’s circumstances, you can start to understand what motivates and influences a person’s actions. And that is cool. That can lead to conversations and, potentially, justice.

Marimartrece ,

For BIPOC Listeners

I am non-white BIPOC and I seriously learned so much from this podcast. I want to thank the creators for making it. It’s chilling. It’s terrifying. And it’s critical. We can’t just learn about BIPOC rights and history, we have to look at white supremacy if we are going to be able to move forward as one country.

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