The New Yorker Radio Hour

Samantha’s Journey into the Alt-Right, and Back

39:51 | Nov 22nd, 2019

7 recommendations

Since 2016, Andrew Marantz has been reporting on how the extremist right has harnessed the Internet and social media to gain a startling prominence in American politics. One day, he was contacted by a...Show More


serena recommended:Nov 29th, 2019

This story was so unexpected. I can't do it justice, you just have to listen. @mm @aliceko this is worth a listen!

mmDec 6th, 2019

Holy shit @serena! This was Thanks so much for the recommendation. This story was incredible. But I have to say, at the end, where she says "Think critically" as the solution, I don't know if it was possible in her situation. She did think critically (at least she claimed to be) when she ...Show More

mmDec 6th, 2019

@danny @onella @acserrano @jspinelle @michelle_ebooks @rosaguac @yveehops @epekilis @nobelwomen @dee.ngyn @gwin @pannndemonium @argentum You all have to listen to this incredible story about one woman's journey into becoming a Neo-Nazi, but not just any Neo-Nazi, but at the upper echelon of the alt...Show More

jspinelleDec 6th, 2019

@mm I’m reading Andrew’s book now so this is perfect timing! If you liked this story, I would also recommend reading Rising Out of Hatred about Derek Black, or looking for episodes about it.

mmDec 6th, 2019

@jspinelle Amazing! What a coincidence!!! Thanks for the recommendations 🙏

epekilisDec 8th, 2019

@mm Thanks. I’ve added it to my “To Play” list. I heard an excellent podcast episode that sounds like it has a very similar thing on Alan Alda’s Clear + Vivid. It’s the one with Christopher Picciolini about why he joined, and then escaped a neo-nazi group. Clear + Vivid doesn’t seem to have epis...Show More

mmDec 8th, 2019

@epekilis Can’t wait to listen to your recommendation! This one is a female version of Neo-Nazism who I’m not sure is as compassionate as Picciolini. But let’s regroup after listening.

alicekoDec 9th, 2019

@epekilis @serena Please tag me in this episode, I'd love to listen. It sounds fascinating.

epekilisDec 10th, 2019

@mm @serena Ok I did listn to the episode. It’s terrific. The similarities to the fellow in the Clear + Vivid episode are startling. They recruit people who are vulnerablee and insecure, not particularly starting with people who are ovretly racist. They are looking for people who are looking for ...Show More

aliceko recommended:Dec 8th, 2019

Wow, fascinating look into why a 'normal' person may choose to join an extreme hate group - in this case, a neo Nazi group. The raw conversations between Samantha and the host are uncomfortable to listen to at times - but important in understanding why people may choose this path. I echo what @mm ...Show More

zarahnaazDec 9th, 2019

@aliceko Maisha and I must listen to this! And yeah I think being vulnerable is definitely a huge factor especially because young minds are so impressionable. Thanks for the mention.

phocks recommended:May 13th

Wow this is intense.

mm recommended:Dec 6th, 2019

Wow. Wow. Wow. This was an incredible episode about one woman's journey to becoming a Neo-Nazi. Loved this episode for both the content and storytelling.

mmDec 9th, 2019

@nickdemartino I think you'd enjoy this podcast episode about a woman becoming a Neo-Nazi.


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