With the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol a year behind us, what have we learned about extremism in the U.S.?
For today’s show, guest host Karma Chávez looks back on January 6 and ahead to what it means for our shared future with Will Carless from USA Today and Heidi Beirich from the Global Project Against Hate and Extremism.
They talk about Will’s on-the-ground experience in DC that day, the narrative of the “great replacement,” how social media played a role in the Stop the Steal movement and the events of January 6, who can be called an “extremist” as extreme views gain popularity, and more.
You can find the work of the Moonshot, mentioned at the end of the show, at moonshotteam.com.
Will Carless is a reporter covering extremism for USA Today. He was previously an investigative reporter at Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting and has worked as a foreign correspondent in Asia and South America.